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.

Apply for the 2014 course now using our online application portal

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. 
We've confirmed the following speakers and topics:

Gene Expression and Genomes – Dr Tim Mercer (Garvan Institute)
Structural Biology – Dr Daniela Stock (Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute)
RNA Regulation – Prof Thomas Preiss (ANU)
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 – Dr Sylvain Foret (ANU)
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 – Dr Gilberto Paz–Filho (ANU)
Science in Society –  A/Prof Megan Munsie (Stem Cells Australia)
Science Communication – Dr Merryn McKinnon (Australian National Centre for Public Awareness of Science, ANU)

About the 2013 EMBL Australia PhD Course

Broaden your horizons.
See how your PhD fits into the bigger world of science. Get a taste for a range of fields: bioinformatics, developmental biology, genomics, systems biology, regenerative medicine and more. Think about how developments in another field of science can impact your own research direction. 
Learn from experts in the field.
Hear about bioinformatics from WEHI’s Terry Speed, biomedical imaging from Monash's Gary Egan, and regenerative medicine from EMBL Australia’s scientific head Nadia Rosenthal. Chat with scientists from leading Australian universities and research institutes, as well as from the EMBL. It’s a great opportunity to make connections. 
Build your scientific toolkit.
Gain insight into cutting edge new technologies and techniques in molecular biology. Get to know the resources available to you in your career as a researcher – visit the Synchrotron, see the latest tools for imaging and get an introduction to the latest tools for genomic analysis.

Our program is modelled on the annual pre-doc training course which is compulsory for first year PhD students at EMBL – the European Molecular Biology Laboratory.  

“The EMBL course is a fantastic way to find out about the current trends in molecular biology,” says Australian student Simone Li, who has just completed the EMBL pre-doc course as part of her PhD studies at EMBL. “From super resolution microscopy to molecular medicine and metagenomics—the course introduced me to fields I would not otherwise have known about!”

Program highlights
  • In depth workshops on developmental biology and regenerative medicine led by internationally renowned scientists, Professor Nadia Rosenthal (EMBL Australia, Australian Regenerative Medicine Institute), and Dr Edwina McGlinn, (EMBL Australia, Australian Regenerative Medicine Institute). 
  • The latest in genomics (Dr Vladimir Benes, EMBL Heidelberg), phenomics, RNA biology (Professor Thomas Preiss, Australian National University), and structural biology (Dr Matthias Wilmanns, EMBL Hamburg).
  • Up-to-date discussions on topics including neuroscience, systems biology and obesity research.
  • Bioinformatics workshops with leading bioinformaticians, including Professor Terry Speed (WEHI).
  • Imaging workshops with Professor Gary Egan (Monash Biomedical Imaging).
  • An introduction to science communication and working with the media (Science in Public).
Sponsorship opportunities
We’re also seeking sponsors for the course. This is a great opportunity for organisations to provide tangible support to Australia’s young scientists starting out on their research career.

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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