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EMBO Practical Course

Current Methods in Cell Biology

EMBL Heidelberg, Germany Thursday 29 September - Friday 7 October 2011 Application closed
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For over 30 years the EMBO/EMBL Methods in Cell Biology Course has been giving young scientists a unique perspective on the field of cell biology. Each biannual course, which is continuously redesigned to incorporate the very latest trends and cutting-edge technologies, is primarily aimed at two target groups. We encourage applications from young cell biologists (advanced graduate students or post-docs) who are keen to broaden their horizons and become exposed to the newest quantitative imaging, biophysical, biochemical, and computational approaches and how these are applied to key questions in biology. In addition, we welcome those scientists from backgrounds such as physics, chemistry, and engineering who seek direct exposure to cell biology with the intention of applying their expertise to address current topics in cell and tissue organisation. While there will be a strong focus on time-resolved 3D fluorescence microscopy techniques, this is not a microscopy course and applicants whose sole aim is to learn or perfect one specific imaging technique are discouraged from applying.

The course will have three major aims. The first goal is to introduce the participants, via lectures and hands-on practicals, to the methods and technologies used in modern cell biology research. Experiments will be performed directly in laboratories of the EMBL Cell Biology and Biophysics Unit in groups of 2-3 students together with the group members. The second goal will be to expose participants to a range of scientific topics where cell biology is currently most influential or fields where it is likely to have greatest impact in the future. Seminars by leading expert in different areas of cell biology will give the participants in-depth insights into different model organisms, approaches, and technologies currently used to address exciting scientific questions. Thus, participants will learn how to dissect cellular mechanisms across the complete range of biological complexity from single molecules to whole organisms. Finally, by bringing together researchers from different disciplines in a first-class research laboratory environment, our final goal is to promote the cross-fertilisation of ideas for addressing current and future challenges in cell biology.