Microscopy Courses

A number of in-depth microscopy courses are offered annually both near and far.  Here is a small selection of courses recommended by the HCBI:



Tissue Clearing Workshop
Harvard Center for Biological Imaging, Cambridge, MA

When: Bienially (next January 22-24, 2020)
Description: The HCBI Tissue Clearing Workshop is a 3 day intensive course covering all aspects of Tissue Clearing.  Each day consists of morning lectures, followed by hands on wet-lab or microscopy experimentation in the afternoon.  In addition, evening social events allow time for networking with colleagues. This course is limited to 25 attendees.
Website: http://hcbi.fas.harvard.edu/tcw2020

Analytical & Quantitative Light Microscopy
Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, MA

When: Annually in Spring
Description: 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 video and 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 and confocal microscopes. This course is limited to 32 students.
Website: http://www.mbl.edu/education/special-topics-courses/

Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, MA

When: Annually in Summer
Description: An intensive and comprehensive laboratory-oriented course in cellular and molecular neurobiology intended for predoctoral students, postdoctoral or clinical researchers, and young investigators beginning independent research careers. Limited to 14 students. A hallmark of this course is the extensive lab work done in close collaboration with expert faculty. The course is divided into three sections: Electrophysiology, Imaging, and Molecular Neurobiology. These are taught by separate groups of faculty, usually six in each section, and with many guest lecturers. Each section begins with specific training in core laboratory techniques; students then undertake one- to two-week directed or independent projects using the methods they have learned. Didactic lectures are combined with laboratory experience in order to establish a strong conceptual foundation for each section. A typical day has 3 hours of lecture and 10 hours of lab.
Website: http://www.mbl.edu/education/summer-courses/

Optical Microscopy & Imaging in the Biomedical Sciences
Where: Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, MA
When: Annually in Fall
This course is designed for research scientists, postdoctoral trainees, and advanced graduate students in animal, plant, medical, and material sciences. Non-biologists seeking a comprehensive introduction to light microscopy and digital imaging will benefit greatly from the course. Both theoretical and practical fundamentals are stressed. An understanding of the basic principles of optics and/or some previous experience with light microscopes and imaging is highly desirable.
Website: http://www.mbl.edu/education/special-topics-courses/


Quantitative Imaging: From Cells to Molecules
Where: Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Cold Spring Harbor NY.
When: Annually in Spring
Description: This course will focus on advanced quantitative fluorescence microscopy techniques used for imaging a range of biological specimens, from cells to single molecules. The course is designed for cell and molecular biologists with little or no microscopy experience, who wish to begin utilizing microscopy in their own research. Students will gain a theoretical understanding of, and hands-on experience with, state-of-the-art equipment used in quantitative fluorescence microscopy, including: laser scanning and spinning disk confocal microscopy, deconvolution methods, total internal fluorescence microscopy (TIRF), super-resolution methods (structured illumination, STORM, and PALM), multi-photon microscopy, light sheet microscopy, and digital image processing and analysis.
Website: http://meetings.cshl.edu/courses.html

Montreal Light Microscopy Course
Where: McGill University, Montreal, QC, Canada
When: Bi-annually in Summer
Description: MLMC is designed to provide one week of advanced instruction in optical microscopy. Students, fellows, technical staff and research scientists are welcome to attend. Lectures will be presented in the morning, while the afternoons will be devoted towards hands-on sessions with a variety of optical microscopy techniques. Interested students can apply for one of the thirty-six spots available. Lectures will be presented by experts in optical microscopy drawn from the academic, government, and industrial sectors. Afternoon laboratory sessions build on the morning lectures.
Website: http://www.mlmc.ca/

Quantitative Fluorescence Microscopy
MDI Biological Laboratory, Bar Harbor ME.
When: Annually in Spring
Description: This one-week, intensive microscopy course will cover all aspects of the technology from the principals of fluorescence imaging to multidimensional imaging in living cells. Lectures dealing with the theory, mechanics, and application of fluorescent imaging methods will be intermingled with extended laboratory practicals in which students will be encouraged to use their own specimens to optimize the utility of the course. Our goal is to provide students with the knowledge and expertise to implement cutting-edge microscopic methods within their own laboratories.

ImageJ Analysis Workshop
Where: Harvard NeuroDiscovery Center (HMS)
When: Annually, dates vary
Description: This intensive 3-day workshop taught by Dr. Lai Ding, Ph.D., manager of the Harvard NeuroDiscovery Center Enhanced Neuroimaging Core, introduces ImageJ, its basic functions, and its macro programming capabilities. Using real imaging projects performed at the Harvard NeuroDiscovery Center's Enhanced Neuroimaging Core, Dr. Ding will demonstrate common image analysis tasks such as basic image processing, stack alignment, cell counting and measurement. Macro writing will be covered to demonstrate how to automate a series of ImageJ commands, to process massive datasets automatically and to store results as desired.
Website: http://www.neurodiscovery.harvard.edu/research/imaging_2.html

ESRIC Super-Resolution Summer School
Where: Heriot-Watt University and The University of Edinburgh, Scottland
When: Annually in Summer
Description: The ESRIC super-resolution summer school is a five-day residential course held in Edinburgh during the world-renowned Edinburgh Festival. The course is designed to give participants a thorough grounding in super-resolution microscopy in an informal and intimate setting. It brings together leading academics and the major suppliers of super-resolution microscopes to provide expertise and guidance in structured illumination (SIM), stimulated emission depletion microscopy (STED) and single molecules localization microscopies (PALM, sptPALM and dSTORM). The summer school will include informal lectures on the theory of these approaches, the benefits and limitations of each technology and how they can be applied to real world biological research questions. This will be supported by extensive hands on workshops, using the latest equipment, from the major microscopy suppliers. In addition participants will have ample time to gain project specific advice from all of the academic experts and suppliers through dedicated Q&A sessions and informal social events. The course is suitable for anyone with prior experience of fluorescence microscopy looking to exploit the benefits of super-resolution microscopy in their research.
Website: http://www.esric.org/summer-school.html

Principles and Applications of Fluorecence Microscopy
Where: Institut Pasteur, Paris, France
When: Annually in Winter
Description: The use of fluorescence microscopy (widefield, confocal, and multi-photon) in combination with genetically encoded fluorescence probes comprise a powerful set of scientific tools to study live cells. However, surprising little practical and theoretical training in such methods exists within standard curricula, in particular at the early stage of training (Masters or Doctorate level). This course covers the basic optics principles necessary to understand the origin of microscope resolution and design. Students will get hands-on experience implementing simple optical configurations to illustrate these fundamental optics principles. They will then perform experiments on state-of-the-art imaging equipment provided by microscope vendors. Lectures will cover, in depth, the principles behind traditional high-resolution imaging methods such as confocal, multi-photon, and the recently developed super-resolution methods, as well as image analysis. Students will also learn about the fundamental properties of synthetic and genetically encoded fluorescence indicators for the study of cellular morphology and signaling.
Website: https://www.pasteur.fr/en/teaching/institut-pasteur-courses/mechanisms-living-organisms-theme/principles-and-applications-fluorescence-microscopy