Advanced Bacterial Genetics
June 2 - 22, 2020
Application Deadline: March 1, 2020


Lionello Bossi, Institute of Integrative Biology of the Cell (I2BC), France
Andrew Camilli, Tufts University Medical School
Angelika Grundling, Imperial College London, UK

This year marks the 75th anniversary of the famous Cold Spring Harbor Phage Course initiated by Max Delbruck in 1945. We plan to celebrate over seven decades of training in bacterial and phage biology by hosting a special mini-symposium (June 13-14) during this year's course , open to students admitted to the 2020 course, and open to other course alumni who may be interested. Course alumni interested in joining us should email Maureen Morrow for more details.

Mini-Symposium Speakers:

Keynote speakers:

John Roth, University of California, Davis
Stanley Maloy,San Diego State University
Kit Pogliano, University of California, San Diego

Symposium Speakers:

Fitnat Yildiz, University of California, Santa Cruz
Renee Tsolis, University of California, Davis
Kelly Hughes, University of Utah
Matt Waldor, Harvard University
Rob Edwards, San Diego State University
Karina Xavier, Gulbenkian Science Institute, Oeiras, Portugal
Manuela Raffatellu, University of California, San Diego

See the roll of honor - who's taken the course in the past

The Advanced Bacterial Genetics course presents logic and methods used in the genetic dissection of complex biological processes in diverse bacteria.

Laboratory methods include:
  • Classical and cutting-edge mutagenesis using transposons and allelic exchange
  • Recombineering with single and double stranded DNA
  • CRISPR/Cas genome editing; genome sequencing and assembly
  • Mapping mutations using genetic and physical techniques
  • Modern approaches to the generation and analysis of targeted gene disruptions and reporter gene fusions
  • Fluorescence microscopy
Key components of the course will be the use of sophisticated genetic methods in the analysis of model bacteria (including Escherichia coli, Salmonella, Staphylococcus aureus, and Vibrio cholerae), and the use of the wealth of new genomic sequence information to motivate these methods.

Invited lecturers will present various genetic approaches to study bacterial mechanisms of metabolism, development, and pathogenesis.

2020 Course Speakers:

Andrew Darwin, NYU School of Medicine 
Heran Darwin, NYU School of Medicine
Marc Erhard,
Humbold University Berlin, Germany
Stefan Pukatzki, University of Colorado
Jan Witkowski, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

The course admits 16 students, both foreign and US residents, from diverse backgrounds and career levels for intensive (but fun) instruction in microbial genetics.

For further academic information about the course, feel free to contact the instructors.

Support & Stipends:

We would like to acknowledge the following companies that provided invaluable support:
Morrell Instruments, Co, Inc
RC Testing LLC, Thermo Fisher Scientific

Major support provided by: National Science Foundation.

Stipends are available to offset tuition costs as follows-

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): $5,140

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 1 and plan to depart after lunch on June 22

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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