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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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March 4 - 8, 2018
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Organized by Loren LoogerEric Schreiter and Luke Lavis, this workshop offers an exciting opportunity for graduate students and postdocs in the field to explore the latest advances, network with colleagues, discover potential next career steps, and generally have a good time.

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Topics 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.

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 be on hand 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. We especially encourage applications from female scientists and those who identify with groups traditionally underrepresented in science.

In order to maintain a small group atmosphere, allowing for productive discussions and presentations by everyone, space in the workshop is limited. Participants are expected to stay for the duration.

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

Application Instructions

To be considered, applicants must:

  1. Register and submit an abstract.
  2. Submit a current CV (in PDF format) to
  3. Have your PI send a brief reference letter to
  4. Provide answers to the following questions (send as a pdf to
    • In 300 words or less, describe one technical solution you developed and how it enabled a previous or current project
    • In 300 words or less, describe 1) your favorite reagent(s) in real life, and 2) your dream reagent(s).

Application deadline: November 8, 2017 (11:59 p.m. ET)