Spotlight on Science Meetings, Conferences and Events brings you information on the following event: Molecular Mycology: Current Approaches to Fungal Pathogenesis
To address the need for more research in the area of fungal diseases, this course aims to increase students’ breadth of knowledge in fungal pathogenesis research, introduce and explore both standard and cutting edge model systems for the analysis of fungal virulence, and create an environment that fosters interactions and idea-exchange among students, faculty, and the greater mycology research community.
- To present the current conceptual models for the pathogenesis of medically important fungi, with a focus on the most frequently encountered pathogens – Candida, Cryptococcus, and Aspergillus
- To train students in molecular manipulation of Candida, Cryptococcus, and Aspergillus
- To provide hands on experience with mammalian, invertebrate, and cell culture models to assess virulence and analyze different types of host-pathogen interactions
- To present a broad perspective on experimental issues pertinent to pathogenic fungi, such as the definition and determination of virulence, the determination of host responses relevant to infection, and the quantification of antifungal susceptibility
- To instruct students in techniques relevant to the analysis of the function of fungal gene products such as determination of essentiality, microscopic analysis of morphology and fluorescent protein fusions, comparison of RNA expression profiles of wild-type and mutant strains, assessment of chromosome content
- To provide insight into the clinical aspects of fungal diseases from the perspective of the host and the pathogen
- To provide an introduction to tools for comparative genome and transcriptional analysis
- To discuss research ethics, professional development (academic, industrial, or government careers), and issues specific to the medical mycology field.
Marine Biological Laboratory
Woods Hole, MA
Monday, July 31, 2017 to Wednesday, August 16, 2017