Summer Programs & Workshops


Course Title: Hopkins Microbiology Course -Integrating concepts in microbial physiology, ecology, and evolution

Hosting institution: Hopkins Marine Station of Stanford University, Pacific Grove, California

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Application Deadline: March 23, 2018

This course is "... more than an introduction to microbiology: the course provides a factual background in key aspects of microbial biology, but, in keeping in the tradition of van Niel’s teaching, there is a strong emphasis on concepts, ideas, questions and the placement of microbiological knowledge within a broader and more mainstream context.  A background in microbiology is not essential, but it is an advantage.  Important is a mature approach to learning and a desire to go beyond the undergraduate lecture theatre environment."


Course Title: Advanced Bacterial Genetics

Hosting Institution: Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, NY


Course Date: June 5 - 25, 2018

Application Deadline: March 15, 2018

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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, allelic exchange, and TargeTron; recombineering with single and double stranded DNA; CRISPR/Cas genome editing; genome sequencing and assembly; mapping mutations using genetic and physical techniques; 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.



Course Title: GEOBIOLOGY 2018 - An International Training Course in a Rapidly Evolving Field

Hosting Institution: Owens Valley, Caltech, Wrigley Marine Institute


Course Date: June 10 – July 15, 2018

Deadline: February 9, 2018  

Now entering its 15th year, the International Geobiology Course is an intense, multidisciplinary summer course exploring the coevolution of the Earth and it's biosphere, with an emphasis on how microbial processes affect the environment and leave imprints on the rock record. Participants get hands-on experience in cutting-edge geobiological techniques, learn from a broad team of eminent scientists in the field, and work in research groups to solve relevant questions.



Course Title: Microbial Diversity

Hosting Institution: Marine Biological Laboratory - University of Chicago, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute


Course Date: July 8 – August 22, 2018

Deadline: February 1, 2018 | Apply here

2017 Lecture Schedule

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The course is an intensive six-and-a-half-week research and training experience for graduate or postdoctoral students, as well as established investigators, who want to become competent in microbiological techniques for working with a broad range of microbes, and in approaches for recognizing the metabolic, phylogenetic, and genomic diversity of cultivated and as yet uncultivated bacteria.