Advanced Methods for High-Throughput Microscopy Screening of Genetically Modified Yeast Libraries

  • Yifat Cohen
  • Maya SchuldinerEmail author
Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology book series (MIMB, volume 781)


High-throughput methodologies have created new opportunities for studying biological phenomena in an unbiased manner. Using automated cell manipulations and microscopy platforms, it is now possible to easily screen entire genomes for genes that affect any cellular process that can be visualized. The onset of these methodologies promises that the near future will bring with it a more comprehensive and richly integrated understanding of complex and dynamic cellular structures and processes. In this review, we describe how to couple systematic genetic tools in the budding yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae alongside robotic visualization systems to attack biological questions. The combination of high-throughput microscopy screens with the powerful, yet simple, yeast model system for studying the eukaryotic cell should pioneer new knowledge in all areas of cell biology.

Key words

Yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae Systematic libraries SGA Genetic screen High- throughput Automated microscopy Fluorescent marker Cellular phenotypes 



Yifat Cohen and Maya Schuldiner were funded by the Legacy Heritage Biomedical Science Partnership Program of the Israel Science Foundation (grant No. 1995/08). Yifat Cohen is a ­recipient of the Karen Siem Fellowship for Women in Science. We would like to thank Michal Breker and Anat Shemesh for help with setting up the protocols and robotics to enable high-throughput microscopy in our laboratory. We would like to thank Moshe Gabso, Ayelet Rahat, and all the members of the Schuldiner ­laboratory for critical reading of the manuscript.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Molecular GeneticsWeizmann Institute of ScienceRehovotIsrael

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