Coronavirus information for participants
The onsite course and conference programme at EMBL has been paused until the end of June 2020.
We aim to continue offering our advanced training for the scientific community however we safely can. While some events have been cancelled, many have been rescheduled for a later date and others will be delivered as virtual events.
Registration is open for onsite courses and conferences starting after 1 July and for the virtual events. All registration fees for any events which don’t take place due to the COVID-19 disruption are fully refundable.
More information for participants of events at EMBL Heidelberg can be found here.
Optogenetics is a powerful technique that has been primarily applied in the field of neuroscience with spectacular success. This course will be focused specifically on the new and emerging field of non-neuronal optogenetics. The possibility to modulate signaling pathways and cell behavior with high spatio-temporal precision offers entirely novel approaches to dissect molecular mechanisms governing morphogenesis and homeostasis from the cell to the organismal scale.
The course is aimed at PhD students, post-docs or more senior scientists actively involved in experimental work who intend to apply optogenetics to the field of cell and developmental biology.
- Photoreceptors utilised in non-neuronal optogenetics
- In silico genetic engineering/bioinformatics
- In situ application of optogenetic methods in cultured mammalian cells
- Spatial light patterning
- Multi-photon microscopy
- In vivo applications in model organisms including Drosophila melanogaster
While optogenetics will have broad impact on many fields of biology, it is currently challenging to design and perform optogenetic experiments. Significant experimental pitfalls exist and many new optogenetic tools are being developed. With this course we will bring together experts in the field that will teach participants to overcome pitfalls and provide a comprehensive coverage of the current state-of-the-art and future developments, while providing significant hands-on experience at the microscope.