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Junior Scientist Workshop on Protein Engineering: Making and Using Tools for Neuroscience and Other Biological Problems

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Junior Scientist Workshop on Protein Engineering: Making and Using Tools for Neuroscience and Other Biological Problems

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June 21 - 25, 2020
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Intended for graduate students and postdocs, and organized by Loren LoogerEric SchreiterLuke Lavis and Lin Tian, this workshop will cover aspects of modern protein engineering, particularly as it pertains to making tools for biology. Examples include genetically encoded sensors for molecules or cellular states; light-, temperature-, or ligand-gated effectors of cell state; fluorescent proteins; labels for light or electron microscopy; tools for improving the performance and/or analysis of next-generation sequencing; viruses or other transgene delivery agents, etc.

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Over the course of the week, attendees will present their work and partake in lively discussions on key problems and obstacles in the field, and what tools and approaches might be useful for future progress. Although mainly junior researchers, a few carefully selected investigators will also join, ensuring that minds remain open, conversation flows and things move along accordingly. We will also host plenary talks from more senior researchers.

This workshop will be interactive, intense, and interdisciplinary. We see it as a unique learning opportunity for everyone involved and intend for it to be an enjoyable experience. Participants should be comfortable presenting their results and the techniques used to get there and should be able to follow a pretty intense schedule and contribute actively to discussions. 

To maintain the small group atmosphere that we believe is necessary for extensive interactions and discussion, space in the workshop is limited. Participants are expected to stay for the duration. We especially encourage applications from women and those who identify with groups underrepresented in science.

Janelia will cover the cost of accommodation, meals and reasonable travel expenses. 

Application Instructions

To be considered, applicants must APPLY online and provide:

  1. Research Abstract
  2. Answers to two Scientific Thought Questions
  3. Current CV
  4. Recommendation Letter

Application Deadline: February 20, 2020 (11:59 p.m. EST)