Acquiring knowledge of and familiarity with contemporary insect genetic technologies can be challenging as their numbers rapidly increase along with their applications. This creates formidable obstacles researchers must overcome to attain access to and proficiencies with these technologies.
The IGTRCN will address this problem directly by organizing laboratory-based technical workshops.
This laboratory/lecture course is intended for researchers at all levels from advanced undergraduates and beginning graduate students through established primary investigators who want to use insect genetic technologies in their research programs. This intense one-week course is designed to introduce students to a wide variety of topics and techniques, including the latest approaches to genome editing and modification. Daily research seminars present comprehensive overviews of specific genetic technologies. Expert guest lecturers will discuss their findings and approaches. The hands-on portion of the course is centered on the intricacies of delivering various genetic technology platforms to appropriate cells as well as downstream aspects of genome modification such as mutant/transgene detection. Students will have access to model and non-model insect systems that present a range of problems that students will learn how to overcome. At the end of this course students will have been exposed to all of the major insect genetic technologies currently in use and will understand how they work, and how and why they are used. Students will gain hands-on experience in genetic platform delivery and will understand the nature of the problems that must be overcome before one can successfully deploy insect genetic technologies.
IGTRCN Workshop participants can be students (undergraduate or graduate), postdoctoral investigators, technicians, independent researchers or faculty. The course is designed for students with familiarity with insects, and basic knowledge of molecular genetics and laboratory practice. Participant eligibility is not restricted by the applicant’s geographical location and applications from U.S. and international institutions are welcome. The course can accept 24 students; applications will be evaluated on a variety of criteria with the objectives of the IGTRCN in mind. Those criteria include the applicant’s career stage, impact of training on the applicant’s research or career, and the potential the applicant’s training to impact others.
Applicants must complete the online application, which comprises the following elements. Written elements must be provided in PDF format and should be prepared in advance of beginning the online application.
- Applicant’s Personal Statement in PDF. Personal Statements should be 1000 words or less and should cover the following points:
- Why you are applying for this course;
- What you hope to gain from the course;
- How your training will impact others;
- The insect systems you work on or would like to work on;
- Your current level of experience and knowledge of insect genetic technologies and any specific learning objectives;
- Applicant’s CV in PDF
- Applicant’s photo portrait, optional (minimum size 240 x 320 pixels)
- Two letters of recommendation
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This event is an activity of the University System of Maryland Foundation, Inc (USM Foundation). Funds earned or contributed will be managed by the USM Foundation for the benefit of the 2016 IGTRCN Insect Genetic Technology: Theory and Practice course.