Life sciences are one of the most innovative and fast changing fields of the 21st century. Advances in Molecular Biology, Systems Biology and Sequencing Technologies are gaining more and more impact on our personal lives – our health, the economy and the environment. However, what is behind these developments, how is research in life sciences actually done and how do we handle new information and knowledge?
In the Intellectual Tool “Life Sciences”, we go through some of the fundamentals of Molecular Biology, Microbiology, Animal research and DNA Sequencing. The program includes practical courses in Molecular Biology as well as guided tours through lab facilities at the ETH Zurich. We will extract and sequence our own DNA, experience what biosafety means in practice and learn how animal research is done. Furthermore, Prof. Pascale Vonaesch will share her insights into the impacts of malnutrition on the gut microbiome in low- and middle-income countries.
The goal of this seminar is to give you an overview of the life sciences field and to enable you to engage in future debates on related topics. The IT is specifically tailored to people with no previous background in the field but may also be interesting for students studying life sciences.
Keynote lecture: Prof. Dr. Pascale Vonaesch
Melanie Stäubli, Doctoral Candidate, Institute of Microbiology, ETH Zurich
Marco Barandun, Master Graduate in Biology, Institute of Integrative Biology, ETH Zürich
Lea Fuchs, Doctoral Candidate, Institute of Microbiology, ETH Zurich
Ester Simkova, Master Student in Life Sciences Engineering, School of Life Sciences, EPFL
Working Language: English
Reader: A manageable reader will be sent in advance
Coordination: Lydia Tchambaz
Administration: Nathalie Ellington
Time: Saturday, 9.00 – Sunday, 17.00
Saturday at ETH Zurich, Institute of Microbiology
Sunday at University of Zurich, Life Science Zurich Learning Center
Participants: max. 20 participants