CB 399: Optics and Light Microscopy for Life Sciences: Introduction

Optics and Light Microscopy for Life Sciences: Introduction

Light microscopy is a key component of life science research. Many systems are available on the HMS quad to image samples from the nanometric to the macroscopic scale, whether the samples are live or fixed, fluorescent or stained.
This nanocourse aims at refreshing the fundamentals of light and optics, explains the various components of microscopes and basic software controls in order to acquire the best image. We will also discuss the strengths and weaknesses of common microscopes to help you choose the right modality for your experiments.
In the workshop, we will dissect a microscope and demonstrate the capability of various systems used in Life Sciences research. There will be two repeat sessions, you only need to register for one.

Enrollment:
20 graduate students and postdocs.
Preference will be given to members of the Department of Neurobiology.
Note: Registration is required to attend any of the sessions. No auditing.
REGISTRATION CLOSES MONDAY, APRIL 15.

Course Director: Aurelien Begue, Aurelien_Begue@hms.harvard.edu
Course Instructors: Michelle Ocana, Michael Blanchard, Mahmoud El-Rifai
Curriculum Fellow : Taralyn Tan, Taralyn_Tan@hms.harvard.edu

Session Dates and Times
Monday April 22nd (2-3.30pm): Fundamentals in optics and microscopy
Wednesday April 24th (2-3.30pm): What does that button do? (How to acquire a good image to be analyzed later)
Friday April 26th (2-3.30pm): Microscopy showdown.
Tuesday April 30th (10.30-12pm and 1.30-3pm): Workshop (only one workshop required).

Location:
All classes meet in Warren Alpert 236
Workshop will be in Goldenson 253