Summer Workshop 2007

The 2007 Teacher Workshop was funded by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and hosted by the Department of Biology at MIT.

Group feeding Well fed planarium Students with Prof. Jaenisch Workshop participants
Planarium regenerating Linda Breen, Stoneham HS 2007 Workshop Participants Professor Jaenisch

Regeneration: Animal Growth and Development

2007 Wiki Page for Summer Workshop

A laboratory exercise based on this teacher's workshop was designed for the classroom which uses planaria as a model system to study development, differentiation and stem cells in the classroom. This laboratory exercise is suitable for all levels of high school biology.

Faculty Lecutures

Dr. Néstor Oviedo, the Forsyth Institute, Boston — "Planarian: a Model Organism to study Tissue Regeneration & Stem Cell Biology"

Institute Professor Robert Langer, Dept. of Chemical Engineering, MIT "Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering: Progress & Future Perspectives"  

Professor Rudolf Jaenisch, Whitehead Institute & Dept. of Biology, MIT "Embryonic Stem Cells and the Control of Self-renewal"

Dr. Michiko Taga, Department of Biology, MIT — "Vitamin B12 Biosynthesis:  The Missing Link"

Laboratory Courses - Curriculum Development

Dr. Mandana Sassanfar, MIT Dept. of Biology, Science Outreach Coordinator

Planaria Biology with Dr. Mandana Sassanfar   

Teacher curriculum materials inspired by this workshop are available for download as pdf files:

Other Resources

Video Links

Planarian Regenration and Stem Cells (Alejandro Sánchez Alvarado, Jan. 2007, HHMI, Dept. of Neurobiology & Anatomy, University of Utah School of Medicine)

Planarians swimming and rocking

Planarian Links

The Virtual Planarians

General Introduction to Flatworms (Phylum: Platyhelminthes)

Levin Lab Planaria Center

The Sanchez-Alvardo Lab

The Acoelomate Animals

Animal Classification

Planarian papers published in the 18-19th Centuries in Europe

Introduction to the Platyhelminthes

Introduction to Immunohistochemistry

Genetic Science Learning Center

General Resources and Standards

Intel ISEF Rules and Guidelines

National Center for Biotechnology Information

Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Howard Hughes Medical Institute "Cool Science"

Learn about Synthetic Biology