Drosophila Genetics and Genomics

30 July–3 August 2018

Wellcome Genome Campus, Hinxton, UK



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 and has been gained about this small
but complex organism, enabling advances in the understanding of
development and disease.

This popular course, established more than 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

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 starting to work on Drosophila
for their postdoctoral studies interested in developing new ideas to
transfer to their own research strategy.

Please note: To optimise the impact of the course, attendance is limited
to 25 participants. Places will be awarded on merit.

Learning outcomes
After attending this course, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the latest advances 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 research project using Drosophila.
  • Access an international network of leading Drosophila researchers.
Feedback from the 2016 course
absolutely loved this course, it offered a great chance to network and
the speakers were extremely generous with their time and approachable. I
had an amazing time and got to meet a great bunch of Drosophila
researchers. It was very interesting to find out about all the cool
research that others are doing with this model organism and the
enthusiasm from the speakers has sincerely motivated me for my own
research. This course highlighted not only the importance of science but
the importance and tractability of Drosophila’.

Feedback from the 2014 course
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 caree
r’.‘It was a great week and an amazing opportunity for young scientists’.


The course will start at approximately 12.00 on Monday 30 July and close
at approximately 14.00 on Friday 3 August 2018.

Topics will include:

  • Introduction to Drosophila
  • Advanced genetic analysis
  • Genomics
  • Genetic screens and mosaic analysis
  • CRISPR and genome editing
  • Recombineering and imaging
  • RNAi and proteomics
  • Gene regulation and development
  • Behaviour and metabolism
  • Evolutionary and ecological genetics

This is a residential course. All students are requested to stay onsite
for the full duration to benefit fully from discussions and interactions
with the faculty and other students.

A draft
is available.

Instructors and speakers

Lead instructors
Casey Bergman University of Georgia,
Scott Hawley
Stowers Institute for Medical Research, USA

Confirmed speakers
Dan Barbash Cornell University, USA
Eileen Furlong
EMBL, Germany
Amanda Larracuente
University of Rochester, USA
Ruth Lehmann
New York University School of Medicine,
Kate O’Connor-Giles
University of Wisconsin-Madison,
Norbert Perrimon
Harvard Medical School,
Pavel Tomancak
Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology
& Genetics, Germany
Luis Teixeira Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência,

Event organiser
Zoey Willard Wellcome Genome Campus, UK

How to apply


Registration with Single Accommodation £650

The fees include accommodation, meals and lectures for the duration of
the course. The fee will be requested once acceptance is confirmed.

This is a residential course. All participants will stay at The Wellcome
Genome Campus Conference Centre, Hinxton, Cambridge, for the nights of
30, 31 July and 1, 2 August 2018. For twin accommodation, roommates will
be allocated on a gender basis.

If you wish to book onsite accommodation either side of the summer
school/course dates, please contact the Conference

Application deadline: Closed

Places on this course are limited to 25 students and will be awarded on
merit. Applicants should be currently engaged in relevant research and
will be required to complete an online application form.
The selection process will take place in May 2018.

The following will need to be provided:

  • Qualifications and justification for attendance
  • A list of relevant publications
  • An outline of current research
  • Supervisor’s details: your supervisor will then receive an e-mail requesting a supporting statement to complete your application.

Please note: Applications cannot be considered without a
supervisor’s supporting statement.

Travel visas
Please contact the event organiser if you require a letter to support a
travel visa application. Note that letters will be provided to confirmed

Non-European Economic Area or Swiss nationals may be required to have a
visa to enter the UK.
Early application is strongly advised, as this process can take 6-8 weeks
or longer.

Please visit the following websites for further information:
UK Border Agency website:
Information for general visitors and business visitors:



A limited number of registration bursaries are
available for students to
attend this course (up to 50% of the

The following documents will need to be provided:

  • CV
  • A justification letter from applicant
  • A supporting letter from supervisor stating financial need

To apply, please contact the event organiser.

Bursary deadline: Closed

Additional funding opportunities
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