Mouse Development, Stem Cells & Cancer
June 6 - 25, 2018
Application Deadline: March 15, 2018


Benjamin Allen, University of Michigan
Amy Ralston, Michigan State University  


Tamara Caspary, Emory University School of Medicine
Camilla Forsberg, University of California Santa Cruz

See the roll of honor - who has taken the course in the past

This intensive lecture and laboratory course is designed for scientists interested in using mouse models to study mammalian development, stem cells and cancer. The lecture portion of the course, taught by leaders in the field, provides the conceptual basis for contemporary research in embryogenesis, organogenesis in development and disease, embryonic, adult and induced pluripotent stem cells and cancer biology.

The laboratory and workshop portions of the course provide hands-on introduction to engineering of mouse models, stem cell technologies and tissue analyses. Experimental techniques include genome editing by CRISPR/Cas9, Ex vivo and in vivo embryo genome editing usingadeno-associated viruses, pronuclear microinjection, isolation and culture/manipulation of pre- and post-implantation embryos, embryo transfer, embryo electroporation and roller bottle culture, chimera generation, generation and differentiation of mouse embryonic stem cells and fibroblasts, vibratome and cryosectioning, in situ RNA hybridization, immunostaining, FACS sorting and analysis of hematopoietic stem cells, skeletal preparation, organ explant culture and fluorescent imaging, including live time-lapse microscopy.

Confirmed Speakers for 2018:

Kathryn Anderson, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Institute
Richard Behringer, MD Anderson Cancer Center
Blanche Capel, Duke University
Cristina Cebrian, University of Michigan
Frédéric Charron,
Montreal Clinical Research Institute
Anna-Katerina Hadjantonakis, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Brigid Hogan, Duke University School of Medicine
David Katz, Emory University
Diana Laird,
University of California San Francisco Medical Center
Jesse Mager, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Francesca Mariani, University of Southern California
Andrew McMahon, University of Southern California
Jaime Rivera Perez, University of Massachusetts Medical School
Olivier Pourquié,
Harvard Medical School 
Jason Rock, Boston University
Patrick Stover, Cornell University
Paul Trainor, Stowers Institute for Medical Research

Support & Stipends

Major support provided by the National Cancer Institute

Stipends are available to offset tuition costs as follows:


US applicants (National Cancer Institute)
Interdisciplinary Fellowships (transitioning from outside biology)  & Scholarships (transitioning from other biological disciplines) (Helmsley Charitable Trust)
International applicants (Howard Hughes Medical Institute)

Please indicate your eligibility for funding in your stipend request submitted when you apply to the course. Stipend requests do not affect selection decisions made by the instructors. 

Cost (including board and lodging): $4,895

No fees are due until you have completed the full application process and are accepted into the course. Students accepted into the course should plan to arrive by early evening on June 5 and plan to depart in the morning on June 25.

Before applying, ensure you have 1) Personal statement/essay; 2) Letter(s) of recommendation; 3) Curriculum vitae/resume (optional); 4) Financial aid request (optional). More details

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