Off-campus Optical Microscopy Courses (winter & spring 2018)

Cold Spring Harbor - Quantitative Imaging: From Acquisition to Analysis

Date: April 4 - 17, 2018
Deadline: January 31, 2018
Location: Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
Contact: Jennifer Waters (Harvard University), 
Combining careful image acquisition with rigorous computational analysis allows extraction of quantitative data from light microscopy images that is far more informative and reproducible than what can be seen by eye. This course will focus on advanced quantitative fluorescence microscopy techniques used for imaging a range of biological specimens, from tissues to cells to single molecules. The course is designed for quantitative cell and molecular biologists, biophysicists and bioengineers.
We provide a thorough treatment of the complete process of quantitative imaging, from the photons emitted from the sample to the extraction of biologically meaningful measurements from digital images.  Material is covered in lectures, discussion groups and hands-on quantitative exercises using commercial microscopes and open-source image analysis tools.

Woods Hole - Analytical and Quantitative Light Microscopy

Date: May 2- May 11, 2018
Registration: (Financial assistance is available)
Deadline: Thursday, February 8, 2018
Location: Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, MA, USA
Course Director:  Gary Laevsky (Princeton University),
AQLM is a comprehensive and intensive course in light microscopy for researchers in biology, medicine, and material sciences. This course provides a systematic and in-depth examination of the theory of image formation and application of digital methods for exploring subtle interactions between light and the specimen. This course emphasizes the quantitative issues that are critical to the proper interpretation of images obtained with modern wide-field microscopes, confocal microscopes, and new emerging technologies.

Mount Desert Island – Quantitative Fluorescence Microscopy

Date: May 18 – 25, 2018
Deadline: Rolling admissions process, the first student group will be accepted at the end of January, then March, and the final group in April.
Location: MDI Biological Laboratory, Bar Harbor, Maine
Course Director:  Simon Watkins (University of Pittsburgh),
This is an intensive lab/lecture course, focusing on fluorescence microscopy in all its forms, including widefield, Confocal, Multiphoton, Decon, Super resolution TIRF, FRET, 2D and 3D image processing (including time-based analysis), etc., with an emphasis on live cell methods.
We also encourage students to provide their own specimens such that the hands-on components of the course are as enriching as possible.  Enrollment is quite competitive, so if you think that you or your colleagues would benefit from the course please enroll as soon as possible.
Please note that previous course alumni are eligible to return.



Wadsworth Center - Microscopy & Analysis “Tools” Course

Date: Jan 8-12, 2018
Deadline: none given, but registration is required
Location: Wadsworth Center, Albany, NY
Contact: Rich Cole (NY State Dept of Health),
A five-day course, covering the basics of light microscopy and image analysis techniques. Day 5 can be used to complete project. Morning lectures and afternoon laboratory sessions allow theories and concepts to be explored and then put into practice in a “hands-on” setting.

UC Berkley - Advanced Imaging Methods Workshop

Date: January 24 - 26, 2018
Deadline: Early registration ends December 15th
Location: Berkeley City Club, 2315 Durant Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94704
Organizer: Holly Aaron,
This year will include sessions on time-correlated techniques, lattice lightsheet, mechanobiology, correlative techniques, probe development, neuroscience, clinical imaging, and more! There will also be vendor fairs, demonstrations on-site and on campus, a poster session, and multiple receptions.

University of Virginia - Workshop on FLIM and FRET Microscopy: Imaging protein-Protein interactions

Date: March 5-9, 2018
Deadline: Early registration ends December 15th
Location: W.M. Keck Center for Cellular Imaging, University of Virginia
Organizers: Horst Wallrabe –, 434-243-7764; Dr. Shagufta Rehman –, 434-982-4869; Dr. Zdenek Svindrych –, 434-982-4869
The workshop is designed primarily for research scientists, physicians, postdoctoral trainees and graduate students in medical, animal, and plant research. Non-biologists seeking a comprehensive introduction to FRET microscopy will benefit greatly from this course as well. There are no specific prerequisites, but an understanding of the basic principles of microscopy and molecular biology is desirable.
The five-day course consists of lectures, training on various FRET microscopy, exercises, discussions, and presentation by the attendees that will enable the attendees to obtain and interpret FRET images of high quality, to understand the importance of qualitative and quantitative FRET data analysis.
The Histochemical society is supporting TWO fellowships (each $1000) to attend the workshop which you can use it towards the workshop tuition fees. To apply for the fellowship please visit the URL


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