Imaging – From Organisms to Molecules

Imaging Methods and Applications in Life Sciences and Soft Matter

The application areas of imaging in life sciences and soft matter are almost inexhaustible in number. Highly specialized techniques and methods have thus been developed over time for imaging and analyzing a wide variety of samples, giving us unique insights into their structures at all scales.

Over the course of this lecture series, data scientists and domain scientists will introduce you to a great number of imaging techniques. Starting with techniques for the study of organisms (X-ray imaging, CT, PET, ...), we will address methods that allow for increasingly fine resolution. We will continue with optical coherence tomography and a variety of microscopy techniques (fluorescence microscopy, LSM, ...) for analysis on the level of cell size. We will complete the series of talks with electron microscopy to image structures in the single-digit nanometer range. The speakers will highlight both the physical aspects of imaging as well as user-specific issues and topics of data analysis.

This lecture series is held by Principal Investigators of the organizing schools and Helmholtz Imaging. The course consists of lecture-style elements and interactive discussions. It covers different imaging techniques that are widely applied in life sciences and soft matter. For an in-depth understanding of the subject, we recommend attending all lectures. Registration is mandatory for participation. Places are limited and in the case of overbooking, priority will be given to fellows (members) of the three schools. Participants demonstrating an attendance record of more than 75% can receive a certificate of participation.

April 28: Imaging Physics in Medicine
May 12: Analyzing Medical Images Using Machine Learning 
June 02: Optical Coherence Tomography in Biofilm Research
June 23: Basics of Light Microscopy for the Study of Cells
June 30: Advanced Fluorescence Microscopy 
July 07: Microscopy Assessment of DNA-based Information Processing
July 14: Imaging Biological Molecules by Electron Cryo-microscopy

All lectures take place from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm CET!

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Following the lecture series, there will be a short workshop on image processing to complement the theoretical and methodological content of the lectures. Image viewer software will be presented that allows plugins that facilitate scientific image analysis. The aim will be to provide hands-on experience and practical exercises. The exact date, content, and registration link for the workshop will be announced in the lecture series.

Most of the IHRS BioSoft courses are open to all interested colleagues. If you participate in more than 75% of a course, you can receive a Certificate of Participation. To register for our newsletter, send us a short email with your name, your institute, and your position.

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Last Modified: 23.04.2023