The fruitfly Drosophila is a popular and extensively used model organism at the cutting edge of genetic research, with exciting new technologies continuing to change the way Drosophila research is conducted. An enormous amount of genetic knowledge has been gained about this small but complex organism, enabling advances in the understanding of development and disease.

This popular, lecture- and discussion-based course, established over 20 years ago, will provide up-to-date summaries for a range of classical and contemporary, from basic to advanced, topics and techniques in Drosophila genetics and genomics. The course will provide participants with a solid knowledgebase when starting or developing research projects using Drosophila as a model organism.

The course is ideally aimed at faculty, postdoctoral researchers, and graduate students who are currently working in a fly lab or those who have completed a PhD in another field and are moving into Drosophila for their postdoctoral studies. Participants may also be considered from other scientific backgrounds.

Learning outcomes
At the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the latest developments in Drosophila genetics.
  • Appraise the latest cutting edge techniques used in Drosophila research.
  • Apply CRISPR/Cas9 and other gene replacement or disruption techniques to their own research.
  • Evaluate the various techniques used in advanced genetic analysis.
  • Design and develop a Drosophila research project.

Please note: To optimise the impact of the course, attendance is limited to 24 participants. Places will be awarded on merit.

Feedback from the 2014 course
‘I would suggest this course to anyone starting out in Drosophila or even some already familiar with Drosophila. I think the breadth of subject matter and discussions of new techniques and methodologies are useful for anyone at any point in their Drosophila career’.

‘It was a great week and an amazing opportunity for young scientists’.

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