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Maize Genetics, Genomics, and Bioinformatics Workshop

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About The Workshop

When: March 7-11, 2004 (directly preceding the 2004 Maize Genetics Conference)
Where: CIMMYT, Mexico (outside of Mexico City)

The final workshop website is now available!

The primary topic of this workshop is maize genetics, encompassing diverse genetic principles, concepts, approaches, technologies, and mutant stocks used in the contemporary study of maize. The unifying and underlying theme of the workshop is genomics and bioinformatics. Genetic concepts or approaches presented in lecture will include some coverage of related genomic and bioinformatic resources, and how these emerging areas impact the topic. Lectures will be followed by related computer lab sessions that will involve accessing databases with genomic information and performing bioinformatic exercises. Breakout discussion sessions designed to facilitate integration of lecture and computer lab sessions will be regularly scheduled.

Torbert Rocheford, Department of Crop Sciences, University of Illinois
Sarah Hake, Plant Gene Expression Center, USDA-ARS, U.C. Berkeley
Dave Jackson, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, New York
Jean-Philippe Vielle-Calzada, Department of Genetic Engineering, Carretera Irapuato-Len, Irapuato, Mexico

Lecture Topics & Instructors
The Maize Organism, Development of the Plant Sarah Hake & Dave Jackson
Mutants and Their Analysis Bob Schmidt & Becky Boston
Meiosis & Recombination, Classical & Molecular Maps   Lisa Harper & Anne Sylvester
Transposable Elements & Their Uses Hugo Dooner & Jean-Philippe Vielle-Calzada
Quantitative Trait Locus Mapping, Association Analysis    Torb Rocheford & Ed Buckler
Maize as a Model for Genetic Study of the Cereals Toby Kellogg & Susan McCouch

Each of the lecture topics will be accompanied by hands-on computer sessions involving bioinformatic exercises and/or use of genomic databases (Maize GDB, Gramene) led by Doreen Ware & Trent Seigfried.

Small group discussions will accompany each lecture topic. After lecture there will be break out groups into computer lab and discussion sessions to keep numbers small. There will be evening research seminars and poster sessions.

Generous funding from the NSF Plant Genome Program, Biological Sciences will provide full support for all travel and workshop costs for 14 U.S. graduate students. This funding is for U.S. citizens only, and is limited to graduate students. (U.S. citizens studying in another country are eligible to apply).

There will be an equal number of graduate students/very early career scientists from Africa and Latin America participating in the course. These participants are being invited (there will be not be an online application process) and will be supported by other sources, including generous support from Rockefeller Foundation.

It is expected that the students selected for this workshop will also attend the Maize Genetics Conference, which will be announced shortly. However funding from this program will not cover costs of attendance at the Maize Genetics Conference.

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