Dr. Kim Carlson
Associate professor of Biology, 308.865.1554
A University of Nebraska at Kearney biology professor is one of only 15 in the nation selected to attend a developmental biology course in Brazil this spring.
Dr. Kimberly Carlson, UNK assistant professor of biology, will attend the Model Organisms and Innovative Approaches in Developmental Biology workshop in Sao Paulo in April.
“This will be a wonderful learning experience for me,” Dr. Carlson said. “To put it into perspective, it’s like attending the Oscars, but in developmental biology. All the world famous scientists will be there, even Scott Gilbert, whose textbook I use. I will be able to apply what I will learn in both the classroom and my research.”
The workshop is a satellite short course of the second international meeting of the Latin American Society of Developmental Biology. It is being made possible by support from the Society for Developmental Biology and the Pan-American Advanced Studies Institutes Program of the National Science Foundation (USA). The course has received official approval from the Brazilian Academy of Sciences.
According to Dr. Carlson, the workshop’s main objectives are to expose graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and junior faculty, both Americans and Latin Americans, to the fundamental questions in the field of developmental biology and to the tools for exploring them; to forge a cadre of young investigators interested and trained in the field to continue future advances; and to promote unique opportunities for integration between students and instructors from the United States and Latin American countries.
The course will examine in detail the basis underlying the recent fast advancements in the field of developmental biology, its reliance on a variety of model organisms, and its ability to incorporate and generate new technologies. Top educators will discuss the strengths, weaknesses and contemporary applications of model organisms, both mainstream and emerging.
The course content is tailored to give participants a balanced view of the potentials and limitations of model organisms and current technologies, as well as future approaches in developmental biology.