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Apply Now for the 2015 Yeast Genetics & Genomics Course

April 21, 2015

This will be the 45th year that the legendary summer Yeast Genetics & Genomics course has been taught at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. (OK, the name didn’t include “Genomics” in the beginning…) The list of people who have taken the course reads like a Who’s Who of yeast research, including Nobel laureates and many of today’s leading scientists. 

The application deadline is May 15th, so don’t miss your chance! Find all the details and application form here.

This course (July 21 – August 10) provides a comprehensive education in all things yeast, from classical genetics through up-to-the-minute genomics. Things you’ll learn include:

  • How to Find and Analyze Yeast Information Using SGD
  • Transformation of Plasmids & Integrating DNAs
  • Looking at Yeast Cells using Light Microscopy and Fluorescence Microscopy
  • Manipulating Mating-Type and Epigenetic Transcriptional Silencing
  • Meiosis & Tetrad Dissection
  • Isolation and Characterization of Mutants
  • Working with Essential Genes
  • Synthetic Genetic Array Analysis
  • Measuring Mutation Rates and Studying Human Genetic Variation in Yeast
  • Detecting Copy Number Variants using Comparative Genomic Hybridization
  • Mutation Detection using Whole Genome Sequencing and Linkage
  • Barcode Sequencing and Comparative Functional Genomics

All these techniques will be summarized in a completely updated course manual, which will be published by CSHL Press.

If you’re going to the Yeast Genetics & Genomics course, start training now for the Plate Race!

Scientists who aren’t part of large, well-known yeast labs are especially encouraged to apply – for example, professors and instructors who want to incorporate yeast into their undergraduate genetics classrooms; scientists who want to transition from mathematical, computational, or engineering disciplines into bench science; and researchers from small labs or institutions where it would otherwise be difficult to learn the fundamentals of yeast genetics and genomics. Significant stipends (in the 30-50% range of total fees) are available to individuals expressing a need for financial support and who are selected into the course.

Besides its scientific content, the fun and camaraderie at the course is also legendary. In between all the hard work there are late-night chats at the bar and swimming at the beach. There’s a fierce competition between students at the various CSHL courses in the Plate Race, which is a relay in which teams have to carry stacks of 40 Petri dishes (used, of course). There’s also a sailboat trip, a microscopy contest, and a mysterious “Dr. Evil” lab!

Announcing the 27th International Conference on Yeast Genetics and Molecular Biology (ICYGMB)

February 1, 2015

We at SGD are happy to share this announcement from the organizers of ICYGMB 2015. We’ll keep you up to date on the latest news about the conference and important deadlines. You can also follow announcements on Twitter by searching for the hashtag #yeast2015.

It is our great pleasure to announce the 27th International Conference on Yeast Genetics and Molecular Biology (ICYGMB) to be held in Levico Terme, Trento, Italy, from 6th to 12th September 2015.

The conference, initially scheduled to take place in Lviv, was moved to the heart of the Italian Alps, following the assessment of the political situation in Ukraine, and is now being co-organized by the Italian and the Ukrainian Scientific Committees under the auspices of the International Committee on Finances and Policy, together with the help of some international scientific societies such FEMS and EMBO.

The goal of the conference is to bring together investigators from around the world to present and discuss research focused on yeasts as model for the understanding of molecular biology and genetic processes, and as a paramount biotechnological microorganism.

The Conference is historically an exciting forum on yeast biology, on our web site, you will have the opportunity to appreciate the scientific program and the beautiful scenery of this magnificent part of Italy where the Conference venue is located. In addition to the exceptional selection of speakers, we kept the opportunity, for brilliant researchers, to present their most recent work, since the fourth speaker of every plenary session will be selected from the abstracts submitted to the poster sessions. The science, the surroundings, and, of course, the food will be in the best tradition of Italian professional hospitality.

The conference is also part of EXPO2015, the world exposition that will be hosted in Italy in 2015 in Milano, comprising events in every Italian region. This year, the theme is to feed the planet, and we are committed to divulge to the public the importance of yeast in food and beverage productions. For this reason, the conference will be followed by a one-day EXPO2015 Symposium on Yeast Ecology and Food Production as well as on the fundamental role of the microscopic world in nutrition and human health (12th September 2015), together with a Roundtable on science as nurturer of peace. The registration to the 27th ICYGMB Conference will also include the participation to these extra events that will take place at the Museum of Modern Art of Rovereto, Italy.

Join us in this lovely part of the Trentino Region, in Italy, from 6th to 12th of September 2015 for this unique international event!

Help us spread the news by word of mouth and circulate the announcement you find here because for some colleagues we may not have had the updated e-mail address in our database. 

Good science, food and location are waiting to make this a most memorable yeast Conference. 

 Yours sincerely,

Duccio Cavalieri & Andriy Sibirniy (ICYGMB Organisers), 
on behalf of the National and International Organizing Committees.

Look for SGD at the Yeast Genetics Meeting in Seattle!

July 23, 2014

SGD staff will be attending the GSA Yeast Genetics Meeting in Seattle, July 29 – August 2, 2014 en force! We will be hosting a Workshop, Posters, and an Exhibit Table. The Workshop, “Computational Tools at SGD,” is on Thursday, July 31 at 1:30 PM in Kane Hall, Room 220. We will be discussing our powerful search tool, YeastMine, what’s new in the realm of Strains and Sequences, and new displays in SGD. Bring your questions and comments – we love feedback!

Follow @yeastgenome and #YEAST14 on Twitter for the latest research being presented at YGM.

Find these SGD staff members, as well as those presenting posters, at the Workshop and the Exhibit table:

Maria Costanzo
Workshop Speaker
Rob Nash
Rob Nash
Workshop Speaker
Ben Hitz
Ben Hitz

Workshop: “Computational Tools at SGD”

Thursday, July 31, 1:30 – 3:00 PM
Kane Hall, Room 220
Featured topics: YeastMine (our powerful search tool), Sequences and Strains update, New data displays at SGD


In addition to the Workshop, SGD curators will present 4 posters – please stop by and chat with us.

Date & Time
Poster Title
318C Friday, August 1
7:30 – 8:30 PM
HUB Grand Ballroom
Defining the transcriptome of Saccharomyces cerevisiae Edith Wong
Edith Wong
387C Friday, August 1
8:30 – 9:30 PM
HUB Grand Ballroom
Yeast – it simply has a lot to say about human disease Selina Dwight
Selina Dwight
411C Friday, August 1
8:30 – 9:30 PM
HUB Grand Ballroom
Transcriptional regulation and protein complexes in budding yeast Stacia Engel
Stacia Engel
459C Friday, August 1
8:30 – 9:30 PM
HUB Grand Ballroom
Staying current and modern: Overhauling an actively-used model organism database website Kelley Paskov
Kelley Paskov

Exhibit Table

SGD will also have an exhibit table at the YGM. Come by to take a spin on our site, receive a prize for taking a survey, learn about various features of the database, and provide us with feedback as to what we can do to improve SGD. Look for us wearing our SuperBud fleece jackets, and feel free to flag any of us down!

YGM Early Registration Deadline is Approaching!

June 23, 2014

There are only a few days left to register for the Yeast Genetics Meeting at the early registration rate. After midnight on Thursday, June 26, the fees will increase by $75. Conference housing is filling up fast too. This is a meeting you don’t want to miss, so don’t delay!

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