Bio Optics Facility

In the light microscopy courses you will get knowledge about microscopy related topics with the aim that you understand the principles behind microscopic techniques and are able

  • To plan and perform experiments and
  • To interpret and analyse your data correctly.

This will be achieved by a mixture of lectures, demos and hands-on practical sessions. However, to be able to practically work with a specific instrument you need to ask for a personal introduction/ training on that instrument.

Basic Light Microscopy

The course is an introduction to light microscopy. It covers standard transmitted light techniques like brightfield, phase contrast and DIC as well as fluorescence and confocal microscopy. Apart from that, people will be introduced to the basics of digital image acquisition and analysis. For more detailed information please click here. The course is usually held in English.

Advanced Courses

If requested, the facility can offer the following advanced courses:

  •  Hyperspectral imaging
  •  Two-photon microscopy
  •  Image processing with ImageJ addressing specific problems and tasks

In cooperation with other groups or institutions there may be further options for course topics. Please ask if you are interested in a specific topic. In the past we organised courses for e.g FCS and FLIM. Minimum number of participants for the courses is three, maximal four or eight attendees (depending on the course content) can participate. The advanced courses are usually held in English.

Master Module "Microscopic Imaging Techniques"

This module is offered as part of the Master program "Biochemistry" of the University of Tübingen. However, the course is in principle open for Master or Diploma students of the natural sciences. It covers the contents of the above mentioned "Basic Light Microscopy". Additionally, as the course is organised in cooperation with several research groups across Tübingen, students get insight and practical experience on a variety of imaging techniques available around town. The schedule changes slightly every year based on the availability of techniques and tutors. In the past we covered e.g live cell imaging, hyperspectral imaging, two-photon imaging, fluorescence correlation spectroscopy. The course is accompanied by a seminar covering advanced and recent developments in light microscopy techniques. Furthermore, students are given a small project about optical imaging, the outcome of which they need to present on the last course day. The course is held in English and usually takes place during the summer semester. Please see the "Vorlesungsverzeichnis" of the university for more info or contact Sandra Richter at the ZMBP.

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