The Jackson Laboratory Sponsors IDeA Graduate Student Training

Maine INBRE research institution The Jackson Laboratory recently provided course fellowships for five graduate students from IDeA states to participate in The Jackson Laboratory’s 54th Annual Short Course on Medical and Experimental Mammalian Genetics, held from July 21-August 2, 2013 at JAX and co-organized by John Hopkins University. The awarded fellowships covered all expenses, including travel, registration, on site meals, and local housing.

The course focuses on understanding the molecular basis of genetic disease, animal models of disease, treatment and therapy. It includes: (1) an up-to-date presentation of genetics in experimental animals and humans, (2) the relationship of heredity to disease in experimental animals and humans, and (3) the importance of molecular genetics in the diagnosis and treatment of inherited disorders. The development and uses of modern techniques in bioinformatics, mathematical genetics, genome manipulation, mutagenesis and phenotyping are taught in lectures and in afternoon workshop sessions.

To qualify for the fellowships, the students were required to be enrolled in a graduate science program in an IDeA state and submit an abstract for the poster session.

Students awarded fellowships include:
Boise State University – Cheri Lamb, a PhD student in biomolecular sciences
University of Vermont – Victoria DeVault, a PhD student in biotechnology; Sidra Hoffman and Joyce Thompson, graduate students in pathology
University of Delaware – Carrie Barnum, a graduate student in biological sciences