EMBL Aus PhD Course

Get a head start on your research career

For students just starting their PhD in Australia, EMBL Australia offers sixty students a unique introduction to research with the annual EMBL Australia PhD Course. 

Modelled on EMBL’s compulsory pre-doctoral course for first year PhD students, this two-week program shows students how their research fits into the bigger picture of science, and introduces a range of fields including: bioinformatics; developmental biology; genomics; systems biology; and regenerative medicine.

“It was great to meet so many other PhD students, and to be able to talk about our research and troubleshoot our problems together,” says Chloe Warren, a PhD student at the University of Newcastle who attended the first course in Melbourne in 2013.

About the 2014 EMBL Australia PhD Course
The 2014 Course will be hosted by the Australian National University from 30 June to 11 July.

During the first week students will attend sessions at the John Curtin School of Medical Research.  The second week will be hosted in the Research School of Biology.

“The course gives students a glimpse of what’s ‘hot’ and a basic understanding of a broad range of life science fields,” says Prof Thomas Preiss, an EMBL alumnus now at ANU.
The course will be held from 30 June to 11 July 2014, covering topics including:
  • gene expression and genomes
  • structural biology
  • RNA regulation
  • cell biology
  • systems biology
  • bioinformatics
  • neuroscience
  • next generation sequencing
  • beyond hope – managing expectations in stem cell science
  • communicating your science: the how and why
  • animal models of disease
  • translational and clinical sciences
  • crop genetic engineering

There are no course fees and once students are in Canberra, EMBL Australia will provide accommodation on campus and most meals.

Speakers and topics:

Gene Expression and Genomes – Coordinator: Dr Tim Mercer (Garvan Institute)
Prof Susan Clark (Garvan Institute)
Prof David Tremethick (ANU)
Dr Alicia Oshlack (Murdoch Childrens Research Institute)
Dr Vladimir Benes (EMBL Heidelberg)

Structural Biology – Coordinator: Dr Daniela Stock (Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute)
Prof Alice Vrielink (UWA)
Dr Michael Landsberg (Institute for Molecular Bioscince, UQ)
Prof Gottfried Otting (ANU)

RNA Regulation – Coordinator: Prof Thomas Preiss (ANU)
Dr Tony Millar (ANU)
A/Prof Damian Purcell (University of Melbourne)
Dr Traude Beilharz (Monash University)
A/Proff Ross Hannan (Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre)

Cell Biology – Prof Barry Pogson (ANU)
Developmental Biology – A/Prof Ruth Arkell (ANU)
Neuroscience – Prof Jan Provis (ANU)
Animal Models of Disease – Dr Michael Dobbie (Australian Phenomics Network, ANU)
Systems Biology – Dr Sarah Boyd (Systems Biology Institute Australia)

Bioinformatics – Coordinator:Dr Sylvain Foret (ANU)
Michael Imelfort (UQ)
Alexie Papanicolaou (CSIRO)
Gavin Huttley (ANU)
Toni Reverter (CSIRO)
Ville-Petteri Makinen (SAHMRI)

Introduction to Next Generation Sequencing – Dr Catherine Shang (Bioplatforms Australia)
Imaging – Dr Jenny Whiting (Aust Microscopy & Microanalysis Research Facility, Sydney Uni)
Crop Genetic Engineering – A/Prof Spencer Whitney (ANU)

Translational and Clinical Sciences – Coordinator: Dr Gilberto Paz–Filho (ANU)
Prof Stefan Broer (ANU)
Prof Matthew Cook (ANU)
Prof Peter Ebeling (Monash University)
Prof Glen Marshall (UNSW, Children's Cancer Institute)
Prof Chris Parish (ANU)
Dr Ron Somers (University of Adelaide / SA Department for Health and Ageing)
Mr Chris Pugmire (ANU)

Beyond Hope – Managing Expectations in Stem Cell Science -  A/Prof Megan Munsie (Stem Cells Australia)

Communicating your science: the how and why – Dr Merryn McKinnon (Australian National Centre for Public Awareness of Science, ANU)

Email Jane, our Student Programs Coordinator, on student.admin@emblaustralia.org with any questions or to express your interest in supporting this unique school.
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