The 2013 Workshop on FRET microscopy will be held from March 11-16, 2013.

Dear BPS members,

I thought i should definitely share this event with you all, since many stopped by my poster and also requested about learning more about fluorescence microscopy and FRET technique.

Here is your opportunity ……..

The W.M. Keck Center for Cellular Imaging, a University Imaging Center is sponsoring an advanced course on fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET) microscopy. The workshop will be an intensive lecture/laboratory series that will enable participants to develop theoretical and hands-on expertise with various FRET microscopy techniques. Attendees will closely interact with the teaching faculty and assistants while using modern research grade microscopes equipped with essential filters, objective lenses, high-sensitivity detectors (CCD cameras and PMTs), and state-of-the-art user friendly software. This four days intensive course includes morning lectures and afternoon hands on training on FRET microscopy systems. Experienced staff from universities and industry will provide instruction. With a maximum enrollment of 20 students, there will be ample opportunity to the attendees can work with various state-of-the-art FRET microscopes, video cameras, recorders, and image processing software.

Topics to be covered include:

    • Basics of fluorescence, theory of resonance energy transfer (RET), existing techniques for RET detection, need of microscopy for FRET imaging
    • Principles of microscope design and image formation, detectors for video imaging

Fluorescence microscopy, confocal laser scanning microscopy, multiphoton excitation fluorescence microscopy and digital deconvolution and 3-D reconstruction, fluorescence lifetime imaging microscopy

  • Fluorphore pairs for FRET, Green fluorescent proteins, conventional fluorophores, fluorphores labeling conditions for various biological applications.
  • Selection of filters for FRET imaging, various FRET microscopy techniques, positive and negative controls, photobleaching FRET, FRET data analysis
  • Localization of proteins in live and fixed cells

For Whom:

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 four-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.

For more information please follow this link: http://www.kcci.virginia.edu/workshop/index.php

if you have any other clarification or discussion please be free to contact me vj3s@virginia.edu

hope to see you all in next BPS meeting………………

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