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BroadE Workshops

Demand for BroadE workshops is so high that they often fill quickly. To manage demand, we are continuing to increase the number of times we offer our workshops, and we have implemented a one-week registration period for all BroadE workshops. Participants are selected from the pool of applicants who register during this period.

Everyone who registers has an equal chance of being accepted. Registrants are given a priority number at random, and registrants with high priority numbers are put on a participant list. This list may be revised to ensure that BroadE workshops reach a diverse group of Broadies based on the following factors:

  • the applicant’s home institution
  • the applicant’s lab
  • whether the applicant has previously participated in this particular workshop
  • whether the applicant was previously waitlisted for this particular workshop
  • whether the applicant was previously selected to attend this particular workshop and failed to attend without notifying the BroadE organizers

We offer our most popular workshops several times throughout the year. If you are not selected to attend a workshop the first time you register, we encourage you to apply for a future session.

Upcoming Workshops


An Introduction to Image Analysis with CellProfiler
Microscopy and image processing methods improve every year. As the capacity to acquire and analyze images continues to grow, so too does CellProfiler, an open-source, freely-downloadable software designed for large-scale, automated phenotypic image analysis. Attendees will have a hands-on introduction to CellProfiler and ilastik, followed by case-studies on HCS and cell-type classification.

November 22
Registration is closed

Editing the genome with prime and base editors
The development of programmable genome editing tools that can efficiently modify DNA sequences inside of living cells has transformed the life sciences. During this workshop, we will explore and summarize the current suite of available genome editing methods, paying particular attention to precision editing technologies established in the Liu laboratory. In 2016, the Liu laboratory reported their first programmable C-to-T base editor (CBE), which enables the precise introduction of C:G to T:A base pair transition mutations at targeted positions in the genomes of mammalian cells. Since this time, an A-to-G base editor (ABE) and several variant constructs have been developed. Last month, the Liu laboratory described an entirely new genome editing method known as prime editing. Prime editing vastly expands the versatility of potential edits, but comes with a unique set of design challenges. After an introductory overview, we will present the state-of-the-art in prime and base editing and discuss considerations for choosing a particular editor and guide RNA spacer based on the target sequence's features. Case examples will be covered during the lecture, and participants are encouraged to email the instructors a week or more in advance of the workshop with target mutations of interest.

November 15
Registration is closed
Primer on Medical and Population Genetics
The Primer on Medical and Population Genetics series includes informal discussions of basic topics relevant to medical and population genetics by speakers drawn from across the Broad community. The target audience includes technicians, grad students, postdocs, and established investigators just entering the field of complex trait genetics with the goal of bringing all up to speed on basic principles of human genetic variation, genotyping and sequencing methods, statistics, and analysis.

Please note: When the weekly MPG meeting is cancelled (due to weather, conflicting events, etc.), primers are also cancelled.

September - January