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The fruit fly Drosophila has played a leading role in the discovery and dissection of basic biological processes, uncovering general principles of development, evolution and disease. Almost a century of research has generated a powerful genetic toolbox that provides a unique arsenal of methods that can tackle almost any biological question. This, combined with exciting new technologies developed in recent years have changed the way Drosophila research is conducted, enabling biologists to address questions that were impossible to study before.
The course has three main objectives:
- To educate and inspire the next generation of scientists, by providing an up-to-date overview of both contemporary and classic topics, spanning state-of-the-art techniques in Drosophila genetics and genomics. Participants will obtain an essential knowledge base, providing the necessary foundation for their own research projects.
- To stimulate the exchange of ideas between established and early career scientists, enabling participants to better direct their research questions.
- To provide networking opportunities, hence fostering collaborations and career development.
The course is aimed at PhD students and early post-doctoral researchers who are using Drosophila to answer diverse research questions.