Week 1: January 13
- Meet & Greet
- Introduction to the course
- Scope and expectations of assignments
- Lecture: 'Common themes in plant stress signaling'
- Assembly of groups for tech talk and journal club presentations
- Assign preliminary readings for research proposal topics
Week 2: January 20
- Lecture: 'Common techniques in plant stress signaling'
- Lecture: 'What makes a good research proposal'
Week 3: January 27
- Lecture and journal club by Lauren Grubb: 'Calcium as a second messenger in plant stress signaling'
- Hand in research proposal topic
Week 4: February 3
- Lecture: 'Plant biotic stress signaling 1'
- Tech talk, group 1: Manipulating DNA (basic & advanced cloning, mutagenesis, transgenic plants, public databases)
- Tech talk, group 2: Functional genomic analyses (forward and reverse genetics, complementation, physiological assays)
Week 5: February 10
- Lecture: 'Plant biotic stress signaling 2'
- Tech talk, group 3: Measuring changes in gene expression (qPCR, RNASeq, Microarrays, public databases)
- Tech talk, group 4: Analysis of protein expression and sub-cellular localization (western blots, coIPs, proteomics
Week 6: February 17
- Lecture: 'Plant abiotic stress signaling 1'
- Journal Club, group 1: 'Paper TBA'
Week 7: March 3
- Lecture: 'Plant abiotic stress signaling 2'
- Journal Club, group 2: 'Paper TBA'
Week 8: March 10
- Lecture: 'Biotech applications'
- Journal Club, group 3: 'Paper TBA'
- Hand in research proposal drafts
Week 9: March 17
- Journal Club, group 4: 'Paper TBA'
- Hand in peer review of proposal drafts
- Round table: Overall disucssion of proposals
Week 10: March 24
- Break-out groups: Peer-to-peer disucssions of proposals and reviews
Week 11: March 31
- Proposal Presentations 1
Week 12: April 7
- Proposal Presentations 2