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EMBO Practical Course on Biophysical and Mathematical Approaches to Cell

Frank-Martin Haar Frank-Martin.Haar at EMBL-Heidelberg.de
Tue May 4 14:20:46 EST 1999

!!!======= Announcement =======!!!

EMBO Practical Course on Biophysical and Mathematical Approaches to Cell

4 July - 17 July 1999 @ EMBL, Heidelberg, Germany

ORGANIZERS: Ernst H.K. Stelzer, Michael Way, J.K. Heinrich Hörber

The links between physics and cell biology are becoming more and more
important.  In many instances it is no longer sufficient to test a model
quantitatively.  Many processes such as microtubule dynamics (i.e. the
microtubule assembly and disassembly) have only been understood since a) the
in vitro system was sufficiently well developed, b) a mathematical model
that describes the events became available, and c) the events could be
recorded, analyzed and compared with the model.  This course is aimed first
of all at researchers working in the life sciences who wish to improve their
mathematical background and move into a more direct use of physics for
quantitative biology.  They wish to acquire a mathematical/physical
framework for their biological system of interest and need to know how to
verify it in a quantitative manner.  However, another equally important
group of attendees has a background in mathematics and/or physics and wishes
to understand the problems of working with biological systems in a
quantitative manner.  One of the main objectives of this EMBO course is to
improve the communication between biologists and physicists.

Speakers from the Americas and Europe including the staff at EMBL (Boulin,
Dotti, Eaton, Florin, González, Griffiths, Hörber, Hyman, Karsenti, Nilsson,
Pepperkok, Simons, Stelzer, Vernos, Way, Zerial) will introduce students to:
microtubule dynamics, determining growth shrinkage/rates, generating
microtubule patterns, molecular motors, mechanisms of neuronal plasma
membrane asymmetry, microtubule organization during development, complex
membrane organelles, chromosome movement at mitosis, mitotic spindle
assembly, distributions of proteins along exocytic pathway, surface polarity
in epithelial cells, actin cytoskeleton and cell motility, membrane traffic
in eukaryotic cells, cell polarity in Drosophila, single molecule force
measurements, molecular mechanics.  Further topics may be added.

The deadline for applications is 15 May 1999.  The organizers will select
the students.  Their decision is final.  Industry applications will be
considered.  The course participants will come from all over Europe.  The
selected students will be informed by 21 May 1999.  The main selection
criteria are: degree in natural sciences, exposure to modern cell biology
for at least one year, research is related to progress in biology, and the
ability to convince the organizers of an interest in this course by CV and
covering letter.  Students will not be exclusively post-doctoral.

Applications should be sent in printed or electronic form to: Dr. Ernst H.K.
Stelzer, European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), Cell Biology and
Biophysics Programme, Meyerhofstrasse 1, D-69117 Heidelberg, Germany.
stelzer at embl-heidelberg.de, fax +49 (6221) 387306.

Sincerely Yours E. Stelzer

Dr. Ernst H.K. Stelzer              EMBL-Heidelberg
Light Microscopy Group    Cell Biophysics Programme
Meyerhofstrasse 1                D-69117 Heidelberg
Postfach 10.2209                 D-69012 Heidelberg
Phone +49-6221-387 354         Fax +49-6221-387 306

mailto:stelzer at embl-heidelberg.de

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