EMBO Practical Course: Optogenetics: From Design to Cell Signalling to Tissue Morphogenesis, 25 – 29 March 2019, EMBL Heidelberg, Germany

Course Overview

Optogenetics is a powerful technique that has been primarily applied in the field of neuroscience with spectacular success. This course will be focused specifically on the new and emerging field of non-neuronal optogenetics. The possibility to modulate signaling pathways and cell behavior with high spatio-temporal precision offers entirely novel approaches to dissect molecular mechanisms governing morphogenesis and homeostasis from the cell to the organismal scale.


The course is aimed at PhD students, post-docs or more senior scientists actively involved in experimental work who intend to apply optogenetics to the field of cell and developmental biology.


  • Photoreceptors utilised in non-neuronal optogenetics
  • In silico genetic engineering/bioinformatics
  • In situ application of optogenetic methods in cultured mammalian cells
  • Spatial light patterning
  • Multi-photon microscopy
  • In vivo applications in model organisms including Drosophila melanogaster

Application deadline 6 January 2019.
For additional information please visit the course web pages.