Summer Workshop 2008

The 2008 Teacher Workshop was funded by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and hosted by the Department of Biology at MIT.

      2008 Workshop Participants


Drosophila Genetics and Behavior

2008 Wiki Page for Summer Workshop

Faculty Lectures

Monday, July 21
Professor Edward Kravitz, Department of Neurobiology, HMS — "Genetic Manipulations in the Fruit Fly Fight Club: Love and War in a Single Gene and Other Stories." (Notes)

Tuesday, July 22
Professor William Quinn, Department of Brain and Cognitive Science, MIT — "Learning and Memory in Drosophila." (Notes)

Wednesday, July 23
Professor Jeroen Saeij, Department of Biology, MIT — "Pathogenesis of Toxoplasma gondii." (Notes)

Thursday, July 24
Professor Troy Littleton, Department of Biology and Picower Institute for Learning and Memory, MIT — "Modeling Neurological Disease in Drosophila." (Notes)

Friday, July 25
Dr. Thomas McHugh, Picower Institute for Learning and Memory, MIT — "A Genetic Approach to Understanding Learning and Memory." (Notes)

Laboratory Courses - Curriculum Development

  • Fruit flies as great model organisms for hands-on activities( Dr. Mandana Sassanfar, Director of High School Science Outreach, MIT Department of Biology)
  • Building a CO2 Fly pad
  • Identifying male, female, mutants and virgin flies
  • Drosophila Melanogaster Life Cycle- from egg to eclosion
  • Tissue and cell specific expression of GFP in larvae
  • Phototaxis and Chemotaxis in larvae Mating Behavior
  • Eye pigment Chromatography and Biochemical Pathways for the synthesis of eye pigments
  • Early Development in flies: Histological staining of embryos with DAPI and Feulgen's reagent

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

Other Resources

Related Links

JoVE (Journal of Visualized Experiments)

Kravitz's Lab Website




General Resources and Standards

Intel ISEF Rules and Guidelines

National Center for Biotechnology Information

Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Howard Hughes Medical Institute "Cool Science"

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