The Woods Hole Course: Molecular Mycology of Fungal Pathogenesis

Woods Hole Course

A unique feature of our training program is a close link with the Woods Hole course: Molecular Mycology: Current Approaches to Fungal Pathogenesis. The course was initiated in 1997 by three directors, Jack Edwards, Pete Magee, and Aaron Mitchell, and Aaron and Jack have continued to co-direct the course over the past decade. The course spans 2.5 weeks each August, accepts 18 students per class and five teaching assistants, and following the 2008 course this August there are now 208 graduates of the course. Joe Heitman joined the course in 1998 as an instructor in residence, and Scott Filler, Judy Rhodes, and Ted White are also instructors in residence on the faculty. The course focuses on laboratory experiments with Candida albicans, Cryptococcus neoformans, and Aspergillus fumigatus, and includes gene disruption studies, genetic crosses, and analysis of virulence. Many students, fellows, and scientists from the Duke mycology group have participated in the course since its inception, and students and post-docs from Duke are frequent applicants and participants at this unique resource.