Drosophila Neurobiology: Genes, Circuits & Behavior
June 27 - July 18, 2024

Key Dates
Application DeadlineMarch 15th, 2024
Arrival: June 27th by 6pm EST
Departure: July 18th 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.

Robert Carrillo, University of Chicago
Tim Mosca, Thomas Jefferson University
Tania Reis, University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus

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This laboratory/lecture course is intended for researchers at all levels from beginning graduate students through established primary investigators who want to use Drosophila as an experimental system for nervous system investigation. This three-week course is designed to introduce students to a wide variety of topics and techniques, including the latest approaches for studying nervous system development, activity and connectivity, as well as complex behaviors and disease models.

Daily research seminars present comprehensive overviews of specific subfields of nervous system development or function or focus on state-of-the-art techniques and approaches in Drosophila neuroscience. Expert guest lecturers discuss their findings and approaches, and bring along their own assays and techniques for students to learn in the laboratory part of the course.

The hands-on portion of the course is centered on inquiry-based projects, utilizing the different morphological and physiological measurements and behavioral paradigms learned at the course. This includes molecular-genetic analyses, immunocytochemistry, recording of activity using electrophysiology and genetically encoded calcium indicators, optogenetic and thermogenetic control of neural activity, as well as numerous quantitative behavioral measures.

Collectively, the course will provide a comprehensive and practical introduction to modern experimental methods for studying the neural basis of behavior in Drosophila.

2023 Speakers Included
Sarah Ackerman, Washington University School of Medicine
James Ashley, University of Chicago
Martha Bhattacharya, University of Arizona
Robert Carrillo, University Chicago
C. Andrew Frank, University of Iowa
Bassem Hassan, Paris Brain Institute, Paris
Ellie Heckscher, University of Chicago
Sung Soo Kim, University of California, Santa Barbara
Matt Kayser, UPenn
Kayly Lembke, University of Iowa
Frank Loesche, Janelia HHMI
Matthieu Louis, University of California Santa Barbara
Tim Mosca, Thomas Jefferson University
Nara Muraro, Biomedicine Research Institute of Buenos Aires, Argentina
Caroline Palavicino-Maggio, Harvard Medical School
Pavan Ramdya, Brain Mind Institute / Institute of Bioengineering, Switzerland

Tania Reis, University of Colorado Medical School

Michael Reiser, HHMI
Jens Rister, University of Massachusetts Boston
Avital Rodal, Brandeis University
Katherine Thompson-Peer, University of California, Irvine
Maria Luisa Vasconcelos, Champalimaud Foundation, Portugal
Cale Whitworth, Indiana University

The course is supported by funds provided by: National Science Foundation, and Howard Hughes Medical Institute

We would like to acknowledge the following companies that provided invaluable support:
Nikon Instrument, Inc, Scientifica, Sensapex
Equipment: AD Instruments, A-M Systems Inc, Andor Technology, Molecular Devices, Narishige International USA, Photmetrics, Sutter Instrument Company
Donations: Aves, Vector Laboratories

Funding is available for domestic and international students accepted to this course.

Stipends are available to offset tuition costs as follows-

Scientists from developing countries accepted into this course may be eligible for scholarships provided by the International Brain Research Organization.


Cost (including board and lodging): $5,725USD

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

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