MBL Biology of Parasitism Course

Directors: Barbara Burleigh, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health; Flaminia Catteruccia, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health; and Photini Sinnis, Johns Hopkins School of Public Health

bophome_photo2For more than 35 years, the Biology of Parasitism (BoP) Course has served a critical role in training the next generation of parasitologists: bringing bright, motivated students together with outstanding and committed faculty to create a stimulating environment for interaction, education and discovery. BoP is an intensive 7 week course with a strong laboratory component in which students share the bench with scientists to test creative new ideas in parasite and vector systems and apply the newest approaches in molecular and cellular biology, biochemistry, immunology and bioinformatics. The course is structured around morning lectures from established investigators and rising stars in the field, followed by experimental work in the afternoons and evenings. Lectures and experimental work cover a wide range of parasite systems and vectors, and are designed to go both broad and deep. Experimental work is organized into four individual modules, each 1-2 weeks long and run by a different expert in the field. While the module directors set the general parameters of what will be studied, within that context students have flexibility to design their own experiments or take the questions in a new direction. The quality of the research done in the course is reflected in the many papers subsequently published in which BoP students are acknowledged for having generated the idea or preliminary data that led to the study. A summer at the MBL is a truly unique experience in its intensity, excitement, fun, and relentless pursuit of scientific discovery.

Read more: Biology of Parasitism: A Broad and Deep Parasitology Discovery Course