Cutting-edge technology and renowned expertise pack one-two punch at microscopy workshop

Roby Hill
December 01, 2022
John Lemasters
GlaxoSmithKline Distinguished Endowed Professor John Lemasters

There’s gravitational pull around John Lemasters.

Technology companies want to partner with him. Scientists want to collaborate with him. Students and young researchers want to study with him. And every couple of years, the GlaxoSmithKline Distinguished Endowed Professor at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) puts on a workshop where all these planets align.

MUSC recently announced the 8th Charleston Workshop on Light Microscopy for the Biosciences (LMB), which will be June 11-16, 2023. Students will have the opportunity for extensive hands-on experience with Lemasters’ state-of-the-art equipment and research colleagues. The LMB is designed for doctoral level scientists, pre-doctoral students, and high-level technical personnel; students are even encouraged to bring their own specimens for analysis.

The LMB will provide a solid introduction to the concepts and practical applications of light microscopy relevant to modern cell and molecular biology.

Lectures and laboratory exercises will include:

  • optics of image formation
  • microscope alignment
  • phase contrast and differential interference contrast microscopy
  • video and digital cameras
  • contrast enhancement by analog and digital image processing
  • principles of fluorescence and fluorescence microscopy
  • ion imaging and fluorescent probes, including fluorescent proteins
  • fluorescence resonance energy transfer
  • light-sheet imaging
  • laser scanning confocal and multiphoton microscopy
  • super-resolution microscopy.

Commercial faculty representing leading microscope manufacturers will make available for student use the latest and most advanced instrumentation for light microscopy, image detection, and computerized image analysis.

The workshop qualifies for one course credit as DDBS 722, Light Microscopy for the Biosciences for students registered with the College of Graduate Studies.

Registration is open now. Application Deadline: April 25, 2023. Course fee is $650.

For further information contact: Li Li, Ph.D., manager, Cell & Molecular Imaging; 765-430-8896.