With modern molecular methods, many organisms have become amenable to functional genetics: next generation sequencing can reveal genome sequences and expression profiles, RNA interference allows transcript levels to be knocked down to study gene function, new genome editing tools allow the genome to be modified with precision, and gene activity can be visualized in situ.
When used together, these techniques allow for a plethora of zoological questions to be addressed at the genetic level. The Göttingen SPIRIT summer school aims to foster the development and use of these tools in both established and nonconventional animal models.
Part 1: Göttingen Symposium on Molecular Zoology
In this 2-day symposium, we want to bring together international scientists working on understanding the function of genes underlying all kinds of zoological phenomena.
Invited speaker: Sue Brown (Kansas State University), Ralf Nauen (BAYER Crop
Science, Monheim), Taro Nakamura (Harvard University), Frank Lyko (DKFZ,
Heidelberg), Michalis Averof (IGFL, Lyon), Antje Burse (MPI for Chemical Ecology,
Jena), Guy Smagghe (Ghent University, Gent), Irina Häcker (Fraunhofer IME, Gießen)
Part 2: Göttingen SPIRIT Summer school “Molecular Genetics for Zoologists”
Following the symposium, we offer a 3-day hands on training on these methods and we will discuss their application to the particular projects of the participants. We hope, that you will leave Göttingen with an enhanced working plan for your project. This part is restricted to 20 PhD students or postdocs.
Application and Registration:
Please register until June 16th according to the details given on our website.
Gregor Bucher, Nico Posnien, Daniel Jackson, Ernst Wimmer