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Faculty members participate in course at Marine Biological Laboratory



Larry Reynolds, University Distinguished Professor of Animal Sciences, and Pawel Borowicz, director of NDSU’s Advanced Imaging and Microscopy Core Laboratory recently participated in an advanced summer course at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachusetts. 

The six-week course, Frontiers in Reproduction, is in its 18th year and attracts more than 300 senior doctoral students, postdoctoral fellows, medical fellows and junior faculty.

Reynolds was course co-director for the fourth year and was responsible for organizing the last two-week section “Implantation, Development of the Reproductive Tract and Transgenesis.” Reynolds has participated in the course seven times. His first three years were as an instructor. As co-director, Reynolds determines what faculty will participate in his two-week section and also is responsible, along with the course coordinator and the lead teaching assistant, for ensuring successful lectures and labs for all faculty in his section.

“We bring the world’s experts in each of the areas and sub-specialties,” Reynolds said. “Because of that, our graduates are consistently much more successful in their careers than their peers.”

Borowicz served as a lab instructor, presenting the laboratory on “Laser Capture Microdissection.” Borowicz was a student in 2008, and has served as an instructor several times. “These really are top-notch students, and being in a place like the Marine Biological Laboratory allows us to present state-of-the-art methods to them using the latest equipment,” said Borowicz.

The Marine Biological Laboratory is considered the premiere research laboratory in the world. More than 50 Nobel laureates, mostly in the category of Physiology or Medicine, have been affiliated with the lab as students, faculty, staff or visiting scientists. “We feel very privileged to be affiliated with such a premier institution and to spend time in such an outstanding environment,” said Reynolds.

Several other animal sciences personnel also have participated in Frontiers in Reproduction in the past. Professor Anna Grazul-Bilska was a student in the first class in 1998, served as an instructor several times and also was an invited speaker at the annual Frontiers in Reproduction Symposium, which is held each year in conjunction with the course. Dale Redmer, Dale Hogoboom Endowed Professor, also participated in the course several times as an instructor. One of Grazul-Bilska’s doctoral students, Ewa Borowczyk, was a student in the course.

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