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Non-coding RNA in infection

18 – 24 September 2016 | Würzburg, Germany

Registration deadline

4 July 2016

Selected participants will be notified by

18 July 2016

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About the practical course

Infections are an intricate interplay between hosts and pathogens involving dynamic changes in gene expression. This does not only involve changes in the expression of protein coding genes but also of large diverse groups of non-coding RNAs in the host and pathogens. However, in the vast majority of cases the biological roles and mechanisms of action of non-coding RNAs remain unclear. Given the current focus and emerging importance of non-coding RNAs in virulence and immunity this course aims to provide training on the molecular techniques needed to understand their mechanisms and functions in both pathogen and host cells.

The EMBO Practical Course will focus on both theoretical and practical approaches to study non-coding RNAs (ncRNAs) and RNA-binding proteins in eukaryotic and bacterial cells.

The lectures from leading experts in the field will introduce the role of ncRNAs and RNA-binding proteins during infection, including small and long non-coding RNAs in both the host and pathogen. The lectures will also cover the basic principles of RNA bioinformatics, RNA-sequencing, RNA structure analysis, identification of small RNAs, and methods for studying their functions and mechanisms, as well as emerging topics such as RNA-localization technologies.



  • RNA isolation methods
  • RNA quality control
  • RNA-protein binding assays
  • RNA expression profiling using qRT-PCR
  • global transcriptome analysis using deep sequencing
  • methods for the characterization of non-coding RNA targets






Registration deadline

4 July 2016

Selected participants will be notified by

18 July 2016








Registration includes:

  • Accommodation (shared room)

  • Meals

  • Social evening

  • Course dinner

Does not include travel to and from the venue or extra nights of accommodation before or after the course.


Selection criteria

Applicants need to submit three documents, which will form the basis for the selection of participants:

  • Maximum two-page CV
  • One page letter describing their current project and motivation for attending the course
  • A letter of recommendation from their current supervisor

Please combine the three documents and upload them to the registration website as a single PDF.


A preference will be given to those working in the field of infection biology and priority will be given to applicants who come from labs without strong expertise in RNA biology.

The course will be limited to 18 participants.

It is expected that attendees will be working on a number of different infection systems. To facilitate interactions and also to raise any specific practical issues each student will be asked to give a short talk to introduce their current project and expertise and also present a poster which will be displayed throughout the meeting.



Successful applicants will receive an email from the selection committee with details on how to pay their registration fee by bank transfer.


Travel grants

A small number of travel grants are available for eligible participants who are selected to attend the EMBO Practical Course. This grant can be used to reimburse economy travel costs. However, Visa costs, accommodation and subsistence will not be covered by these funds.

Priority will be given to participants working in labs in: Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, India, Italy, Malta, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Singapore, South Africa, Taiwan and Turkey.

Travel grants may also be provided to participants working in labs in: Africa, Asia (excluding Japan and Korea), South and Central America, Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, Russian Federation, Serbia and Ukraine.

More information is available at EMBO Travel Grants' page.




Stan Gorski

Phone: +49-931-31-89079





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Institute of Molecular Infection Biology
Josef-Schneider-Str. 2/building D15
D-97080 Würzburg


The Institute for Molecular Infection Biology (IMIB) is an interdisciplinary research institution of the Medical Faculty at the University of Würzburg. It is located in a new 9,000 m2 state-of-the-art research building with bio-containment, molecular imaging, high-throughput genomics, and animal facilities. Members of the institute investigate fundamental biological problems and molecular mechanisms, with a focus on microbial pathogens and infectious disease processes. IMIB research involves studies of bacteria, parasites and fungi, as well as their eukaryotic host, and ranges from bacterial and eukaryotic cell biology and immunology to fundamental aspects of gene regulation and RNA biology.

Würzburg is an old city situated on the River Main in the region of lower Franconia (Franken) in southern Germany. The city contains many buildings of stunning historical architecture such as the baroque Residence Palace, which is registered as UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site, the fortress Marienberg and the cathedral Dom St. Kilian. The city and region is also inextricably linked to wine and is home to some of the largest and best-known vineyards and wineries in Germany.



Speakers and participants will be accommodated in the Ghotel Würzburg, which is centrally located in Würzburg and less than 5 minutes from the Institute of Molecular Infection Biology by tram.



Arrival by Plane

Würzburg is located within 1.5 hr of three major airports:
The closest airport is Frankfurt-Main International: A high-speed ICE train can be taken from terminal 1 at Frankfurt airport (Flughafen Fernbahnhof) directly to Würzburg (Würzburg Hbf). The train leaves Frankfurt Airport about every hour and tickets can be purchased in advance online.

From Nürnberg airport:  Please take the U2 underground train to the main train station Nürnberg Hbf- then an ICE train from Nürnberg Hbf to Würzburg Hbf.
From Stuttgart airport: Please take a train connection from Stuttgart Flughafen Echterdingen to Würzburg Hbf.


Arrival by Train

Würzburg is centrally located in Germany and easily accessible by train. Tickets can be booked on the Deutsche Bahn website by selecting Würzburg Hbf as the destination.

From the train station the Institute of Molecular Infection Biology can be reached using tramline 1 or 5 in the direction "Grombühl" to the station "Würzburg Uni-Klinik, Bereich D"