Pasteur course: Mouse genetics





This five-week intensive laboratory and lecture course covers the analysis of gene function at all levels: the gene and its product, the cell and its interactions, the embryonic tissues and the entire animal.



This course offers a full traing program for advanced graduate and PhD students, as well as post graduate biologists and medical doctors willing to work on medical and experimental Mammalian Genetics.


The theoretical part of this course deals, in particular, with the early embryo biology, pluripotent stem cells, cellular and molecular mechanisms controling embryogenesis and methods to study cell lineage in mouse embryos, gene inactivation and conditional expression systems for transgenes, the role of small RNAs, and genetic analysis of mendelian and complex traits.


The practical part presents methods and techniques used to derive induced pluripotent stem cells (iPS) from differentiated cells, to study behavioral traits and to analyze gene function in embryonic and adult mutants, to map mendelian traits and perform positional cloning, and to identify QTLs. They illustrate the use of RNA interference to silence gene expression.


Download the program of the Mouse genetics course  - 2015-2016 Academic year


Student opinion on the Mouse Genetics Course

According to recent opinion surveys, 100% of the students felt that the course fulfilled their expectation, covers the topic, and offers very good or excellent lectures. The general organization and the program were qualified as very good or excellent by all attendees. From free comments: "Effective teaching through an exchange with the students by an active teaching staff. All this orchestrated by very receptive and well recognized experts", "I really enjoyed the course despite the very busy days of study", "A very big thank for this incredibly rich training", "I really appreciated the quality of lectures and practical trainings. I will recommend this course to other students".



Candidates must have a good knowledge of basic laboratory techniques to Masters degree level. The course committee will evaluate applications.


Members of the course committee:


J. Artus* (Université Paris Saclay),

E. Coeffier (Institut Pasteur),

M. Cohen-Tannoudji (Institut Pasteur),

A. Lalouette* (Université Paris-Diderot),

X. Montagutelli (Institut Pasteur),

J.-J. Panthier* (Institut Pasteur, Ecole Nationale Vétérinaire d’Alfort),

V. Ponticelli (Institut Pasteur),

B. Robert (Institut Pasteur),

M. Sala (Institut Pasteur),

F. Toledo*(Université P. et M. Curie),

H. Waxin (Institut Pasteur).


* University Representatives


Practical information


Title of the course Mouse genetics
Directors Xavier Montagutelli

Mouse Functional Genetics Unit

Institut Pasteur


Jean-Jacques Panthier

Mouse Functional Genetics Unit


Alfort Veterinary Medical School

Head of studies

Michel Cohen-Tannoudji

Mouse Functional Genetics Unit

CNRS, URA 2578

Institut Pasteur

Language English
Participants 20
Duration 5 weeks

 January 9-February 14, 2017 (exam included)

Closing date for application September 9, 2016

Institut Pasteur Diploma


Diplôme d'Université (DU) from Paris Diderot University for people registering at this university (registration fees ≈ €250).


Credits for a Masters degree for students registered at partner universities.


Attending conferences can be validated as "module d'école doctorale (doctoral school module)" for students registered  at partner universities.



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Mis à jour le 20/09/2016