The Hopkins Microbiology Course offers…
...four weeks of intense learning activity focused on microbes and microbial life. Our approach is integrative, holistic and concept based. The study of microbes is placed firmly within the physiological, ecological (biogeochemical), genetic and evolutionary framework.
...exposure to a wealth of new ideas and concepts. Dedicated faculty and experienced teaching assistants are continuously on hand to offer guidance and expertise.
...seminars ranging from the factual to the philosophical. Practical work forms a large part of the course and provides students with hands-on experience in isolation of a wide range of microbes, experimental evolution, population genetics, clone library construction, and bioinformatic analysis. The course experiments are not “canned” and you will make new discoveries.
By the end of the course you will have a broad, fundamental understanding of the key concepts of microbial life and how they interconnect to each other. In addition you will have a solid set of experimental tools that enables you to address contemporary questions in microbial biology.
Speakers confirmed for the 2013 course include (in alphabetical order):
Nicole Dubilier, Max-Planck-Institute for Marine Microbiology, Bremen, Germany
John Gerlt, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL
Carrie Harwood, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
Rob Knight, University of Colorado - Boulder, CO
Gijs Kuenen, Delft University of Technology, the Neatherlands
Ken Nealson, Unviersity of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
Victoria Orphan, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA
John Roth, University of California - Davis, CA
Forest Rohwer, San Diego State University Scripps, San Diego, CA
Ned Ruby, University of Wisconsin - Madison, WI
Tom Schmidt, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
Is this the course for you?
The HMC is more than an introduction to microbiology: the course provides a factual background in key aspects of microbial biology, but, in keeping in the tradition of van Niel’s teaching, there is a strong emphasis on concepts, ideas, questions and the placement of microbiological knowledge within a broader and more mainstream context. A background in microbiology is not essential, but it is an advantage. Important is a mature approach to learning and a desire to go beyond the undergraduate lecture theatre environment.
The application deadline for the 2013 course is March 1, 2013. Apply Here. This year we will be able to provide all students with fellowships to cover the tuition fees.
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