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Microscopy – Bioimaging

7.5 credit, NABIO13
There has been a dramatic development of microscopical methods for visualization of biological structures and physiological events. Microscopy has become an increasingly important tool in cell and molecular biology, as well as in many other areas of biology. This course gives an introduction to the use of microscopy-based methods in life science today. It is given for both PhD students (NABIO13) and Master’s students (BIOS08) and is supported by the graduate school Advanced Microscopy Research Environment (ADMIRE).

Course description

The course includes an introduction to microscopy, with emphasis on fluorescence microscopy, and theoretical principles of confocal microscopy and image deconvolution. We give an overview of different types of advanced research microscopes and the principles of the most common advanced methods. There is also an introduction to electron microscopy and some “imaging methods” that are not based on optical microscopes. Another important aspect is the preparation and optimisation of samples for microscopy, both fixed samples and tissue sections, as well as living samples. The different types of molecular markers and staining methods are discussed, allowing microscopic visualisation of cellular structures and physiological functions. The course also includes a theoretical introduction to digital visualisation, with emphasis on fluorescence-based methods, including a brief introduction to ImageJ and basic analysis of digital images.

Course organization

In addition to lectures, seminars, and demonstrations, the course includes two projects. A literature project is dedicated to the principles and utility of some of the most important advanced microscopy methods. In this project, you apply the fundamental theoretical knowledge that is acquired in the beginning of the course. Finally, the course ends with practical bioimaging project. Here, you get the chance to practically apply what you have learned about sample preparation, microscopy methods, image acquisition, documentation and analysis of image data – including written and oral presentation of the completed project.


24 April – 1 June 2018


Preliminary schedule (pdf: 214 kB)


Contact the course coordinator Klas Flärd

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Contact information

Klas Flärdh
Molecular Cell Biology

Telephone: +46 46-222 85 84
E-mail: Klas [dot] Flardh [at] biol [dot] lu [dot] se

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Advanced Microscopy Research Environment (ADMIRE)

Course Syllabus

Course syllabus (pdf; 243 kB)