The CRISPR/Cas9 system has in the last years revolutionized genetic studies in many organisms and opened up new avenues for gene therapy and pest control. The main power of this genome editing tool lies in its simplicity, cost efficiency and easy implementation. Despite its high impact and importance for e.g. mosquito pest control, this system has not yet set foot on the African continent.
In this 2-week workshop we will introduce up to 20 students to genome engineering approaches and their application in two vertebrate fish models and in fruit flies and mosquitos. Participants will learn the design of genome editing experiments, preparation of reagents and how to evaluate and monitor the success of their experiments. We will also discuss ethical considerations of gene editing and recently developed approaches for pest control. After the course, participants will be equipped with the required knowledge and molecular biology tools to set up their own genome editing experiments related to their research question.
The various modules of the workshop will be taught by the following faculty (in alphabetical order):
Dr. Thomas Auer, Center for Integrative Genomics (CIG), University of Lausanne, Switzerland.
Anne de Cian, Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle and TEFOR, France.
Dr. Jean-Paul Concordet. Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle and TEFOR, France.
Andrew Hammond, Imperial College, London, UK.
Dr. Jeremy Herren, International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE), Nairobi, Kenya.
Prof. Dr. Daniel Masiga, International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE) and Department of Biochemistry & Biotechnology, Kenyatta University, Nairobi, Kenya.
Dr. Tony Nolan, Imperial College, London, UK.
Dr. Lucia Prieto Godino, Center for Integrative Genomics (CIG), University of Lausanne, Switzerland.
Dr. Joachim Wittbrodt, Centre for Organismal Studies (COS), Heidelberg University, Germany.