Microbial physiology course

Chuck Daniels daniels.7 at osu.edu
Sat Mar 11 10:31:07 EST 1995

 The Department of Microbiology, through support from NSF, DOE and the
College of Biological Sciences,  will offer a four week intensive summer
course in microbial physiology.  This course is intended for graduate
students, postdoctoral fellows, and established researchers who desire
advanced training in current techniques and research strategies in
microbial physiology.

    During the four week session students will participate in five
experimental modules: adaptive responses in fermentation, environmental
stress responses, biodegradation and bioconversion, carbon metabolism in
methanogens, and regulation of autotrophism.  These modules are designed to
illustrate modern and classical approaches to the analysis of physiological
processes.  After completion of the course students will be familiar with a
variety of techniques including: basic fermentation techniques; the use of
radioisotopes to study macromolecular synthesis and the 2-D analysis of
protein populations; the use of cDNAs to identify regulated genes; the
isolation and kinetic characterization of proteins isolated from an
anaerobe, the analysis and quantitation of metabolites by HPLC; and the use
of Western blot analysis and reporter genes to study regulatory mutants.
The laboratory sessions will be supplemented with presentations by the
course faculty and a distinguished group of invited speakers.  This year's
invited speakers include:  J.G. Ferry, C. Harwood, J. Konisky, S. Kustu,
K.H. Nealson, F.C. Neidhardt, N.R. Pace, F.B. Perler, J.M. Tiedje, J.D.
Wall, and S. Zinder.  Additional information about the individual modules
is available on the WWW

    A typical day will begin with an informal lecture on the laboratory
topic of the day  followed by a morning laboratory session.  At midday
students and faculty will break for lunch and conversation.  Laboratory
sessions will continue into the afternoon, and late afternoons will be
reserved for formal presentations by the guest speakers.   Evening will be
unstructured.  This time will be used for informal discussions with course
faculty or invited guests, and the occasional softball game.  Sundays will
be set aside as free time.

    While on campus students will be housed in recently renovated, air
conditioned dormitories.  Each room has a private bath and is equipped with
a refrigerator-microwave.  Meals and linen service will be provided.

    Tuition for the four week course is $1,000; this includes room and
board.  Scholarships are available to qualified applicants.  If you wish to
be considered for a scholarship, please indicate this in your application
letter.  To apply,  send a brief curriculum vitae, a statement of purpose,
and two letters of recommendation to:  Dr. Charles J. Daniels, Department
of Microbiology, The Ohio State University, 484 West 12th Avenue, Columbus,
Ohio  43210.  The Ohio State University has a strong commitment to
Affirmative Action and encourages applications from women and minority

    The Department of Microbiology has expanded into the recently completed
Riffe Building, which connects the Biological Sciences and Pharmacy
buildings and bringing together more than 100 life science researchers.
This complex is also home to the new fermentation laboratory and the
Biological Sciences Library.  These facilities provide an ideal environment
for research and study.  An active summer program on campus, and the nearby
downtown area of Columbus, provide modern sports facilities and numerous
social activities for relaxation.

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