Neurobiology: Mechanisms & Advanced Approaches

Course Information

Course Date: June 11 – August 3, 2019 Apply Here

Deadline: February 1, 2019

2018 Lecture Schedule (PDF)

Directors: Diana Bautista, UC Berkeley; Marc Hammarlund, Yale University; and Ellen Lumpkin, Columbia University Medical Center

Financial Information: Tuition: $6,650.00; Room & Board: $3,975.00. The admissions process at the Marine Biological Laboratory is need-blind, meaning that we evaluate students on their merits alone, without weighing their financial situations. Financial assistance will be considered for those admitted students who are in need. Upon acceptance, students will be asked to complete a financial aid request form if they need assistance.

In 2018, 100% of those students in the Neurobiology: Mechanisms & Advanced Approaches course who requested financial aid received some support. The amount of financial aid available from the MBL varies by course based on funding from grants and scholarships, but typically covers 80-100% of student need.

Course Description

The goal of the Neurobiology: Mechanisms and Advanced Approaches course at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, MA is to provide intensive and immersive training in neurobiology with a particular focus on cellular and molecular mechanisms that govern nervous system function in health and neurological disorders. The program is designed to provide an on-ramp for entry into neuroscience for scientists from other fields, as well as to augment conventional training by providing educational approaches that are not typically available to graduate students or postdoctoral fellows. This program is a comprehensive, research-oriented course that runs for eight weeks, from the mid-June to early August. A hallmark of this course is the opportunity to work side-by-side with internationally recognized experts using state-of-the-art technologies. Our goal is to empower participants to approach neuroscientific inquiry using the most advanced and appropriate technologies available.

The Neurobiology course teaches concepts and methodology at the forefront of modern cellular and molecular neuroscience. The advanced technologies and equipment that are assembled each year are truly remarkable. In addition to teaching fundamental concepts and technical skills, participants and faculty pursue cutting-edge research that is designed and implemented within the course. By carrying out real research projects, participants are empowered to formulate rigorous experiments, to address scientific questions that push the boundaries of modern neuroscience, and to build an international network of peers and colleagues. To our knowledge, no other training program offers a similarly intense, comprehensive, and cutting-edge educational experience in cellular and molecular neuroscience.

2018 Course Faculty & Lecturers

Adler, Carolyn, Cornell University
Aizenman, Carlos, Brown University
Araneda, Ricardo, University of Maryland
Bautista, Diana, University of California, Berkeley
Bean, Bruce, Harvard University
Bloom, Ona, Feinstein Institute
Brohawn, Stephen, University of California, Berkeley
Douglas, Adam, University of Utah
Garrison, Jennifer, Buck Institute
Grueber, Wesley, Columbia University
Higley, Mike, Yale University
Hollopeter, Gunther, Cornell University
Hoppa, Michael, Dartmouth University
Jorgenson, Erik, University of Utah
Lichtman, Jeff, Harvard University
Logan, Mary, OHSU
Lumpkin, Ellen, Columbia University
MacKinnon, Roderick, Rockefeller University
McIlvain, Jim, MBL/Zeiss
Morgan, Jennifer, MBL
Mueller, Martin, University of Zurich
Oesterle, Adair, Sutter Instruments
Parrish, Jay, University of Washington
Peterka, Darcy, Columbia University
Piskorowski, Rebecca, Université Paris Descartes
Prakash, Manu, Foldscope
Rasmussen, Jeff, University of California, Los Angeles
Sack, Jon, University of California, Davis
Sagasti, Alvaro, University of California, Los Angeles
Sandmann, Thomas, Denali Therapeutics
Shroff, Hari, NIH
Speese, Sean, OHSU
Wantanabe, Shikegi, Johns Hopkins University
Yasuda, Ryohei, Max Planck FLA
Zito, Karen, University of California, Davis
Zuo, Yi, University of California, Santa Cruz

Course Support

This course is supported with funds and equipment provided by:

National Institute of Mental Health, NIH
Howard Hughes Medical Institute
The Grass Foundation
International Brain Research Organization
Genentech, Inc.
Sutter Instrument