Advanced Bacterial Genetics
June 6 - 25, 2023

Key Dates
Application Deadline: March 1, 2023
Arrival: June 5th by 6pm EST
Departure: June 25th around 12pm EST

CSHL Courses are intensive, running all day and often including evenings and weekends; students are expected to attend all sessions and reside on campus for the duration of the course.

Marc Erhardt, Humbold University Berlin, Germany
Angelika Grundling, Imperial College London, UK
Stefan Pukatzki, City University of New York, USA


COVID-19: All participants planning to attend in-person will be required to attest to recent COVID vaccination with an FDA or WHO approved vaccine. Additional safety measures will be in line with current NY and federal guidelines applicable in Summer 2023.


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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 next-generation sequencing techniques
  • Generation of genomic DNA libraries and use for genetic screens
  • 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.

2023 Course Lecturers:

Mehmet BerkmenNew England Biolabs
Briana Burton, University of Wisconsin
Aretha Fiebig, Michigan State University
Urs Jenal, University of Basel, Basel, Switzerland
Catherine WakemanTexas Tech University (TTU)
Jue D (Jade)WangUniversity of Wisconsin

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): $5,500

No fees are due until you have completed the full application process and are accepted into the course.

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