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Title Functional Fluorescence Microscopy Imaging (fFMI) in Biomedical Research
Course number 2348
Programme Allergi, immunologi och inflammation (Aii)
Language English
Credits 3.0
Date 2023-11-13 -- 2023-11-24
Responsible KI department Institutionen för klinisk neurovetenskap
Specific entry requirements
Purpose of the course This course is a basic course on advanced fluorescence microscopy imaging and correlation spectroscopy techniques for quantitative characterization of molecular transport and interactions in live cells. The purpose of the course is to give an introduction of the underlying physicochemical principles, hands-on training and an overview of applications of these specialized techniques in biomedical research. At the end of the course, the student will have hands-on experience with live-cell imaging and specialized fluorescence microscopy and correlation spectroscopy techniques. The course is suitable for doctoral students lacking training in mathematics, physics, or optical engineering who want to apply these techniques in their research.
Intended learning outcomes The participant who has successfully finalized all moments of the course is expected to be able to:
1. Use fundamental aspects of molecular structure to describe light-matter interactions and the emission of fluorescence; use this knowledge to discuss fluorescent properties of a fluorophore.
2. Understand the buildup of fluorescence imaging instrumentation, identify different optical elements and describe their function.
3. Describe the theoretical background behind specialized fluorescence based methodologies for studying molecular interactions in live cells. Discuss pros and cons in relation to the biological problem studied.
4. Specify instrumental requirements and design a fluorescence imaging assay for a biological problem of interest.
5. Apply a specific labeling strategy and perform a fluorescence imaging assay.
6. Communicate the results in written and oral form.
7. Discuss the adequateness of the methodology used in the scientific literature concerned.
Contents of the course Fluorescence microscopy and associated techniques are indispensable research tools for investigating molecular mechanisms of biological processes. Versatility of fluorescence microscopy based techniques comes from the possibility to characterize fluorescence emission by spatial position, intensity, wavelength, lifetime and polarization. In addition, fluorescence microscopy and correlation spectroscopy based techniques allow us to quantitatively study the cellular dynamics of molecules and the kinetics of their interaction with high spatio-temporal resolution and ultimate, single-molecule sensitivity. These techniques bring new biological insight at an unprecedented rate and are of crucial importance for the development of life sciences. The course covers the following topics: Luminescence and the nature of light (Fluorescence, Phosphorescence, Light scattering); Fluorescent markers and their photo-physical properties (Organic fluorescent dyes for covalent conjugation (Rhodamine 6G, Alexa dyes, Cyanine dyes); Quantum dots; Intrinsically Fluorescent Proteins (Aequorea victoria (GFP, YFP), Discosoma coral (DsRFP) and Montipora (Keima) families); Selectively binding dyes (DiI, DraQ 5)). Instrumentation for Confocal Laser Scanning Microscopy (CLSM): Light sources, Optical Elements, Objectives, Detectors, Read-out devices; Quantization and Sensitivity in fluorescence imaging (Instrumental sensitivity, Method sensitivity, Absolute sensitivity); Factors affecting quantitative accuracy. Point Spread Function; Spatially resolved fluorescence imaging: Multi-photon excitation, Total Internal Reflection Fluorescence (TIRF) Microscopy, Single Plane Illumination Microscopy (SPIM), Super-resolution techniques (STORM, PALM and STED). Fluorescence based methods for studying molecular diffusion and interactions in live cells (FRAP, FRET, FLIM, FCS, FCCS, ICS). Image analysis techniques for quantitative characterization of cell phenotypes (CellProfiler).
Teaching and learning activities The course includes lectures, laboratory training, demonstrations, discussion sessions, quizzes for self-testing and short written assignments.
Compulsory elements All sessions are compulsory. Please report any absence to the course organizers in advance by e-mail. Absence from any part of the course (lectures, laboratory sessions, discussion sessions and exam) is generally not accepted but could in special cases be compensated by an individually tailored additional module and a special written examination organized by the course committee.
Examination The final assignment consists of a project report (5-10 pages presentation in PowerPoint) and an oral presentation of the project report (10 min + 5 min for Q & A).
Literature and other teaching material Recommended literature:
Selected chapters from:
Joseph R. Lakowicz, Principles of Fluorescence Spectroscopy, Springer, 2006.
Pawley, James (Ed.) Handbook of Biological Confocal Microscopy, Springer, 3rd edition, 2006.
On-line virtual microscopy interactive tutorials:
Scientific papers with related methodology.
Number of students 8 - 12
Selection of students Selection will be based on: 1. The relevance of the course syllabus for the applicant's doctoral project (according to written motivation); 2. Date for registration as a doctoral student (priority given to earlier registration date).
More information This is a two-week course with 10 sessions that include: lectures, laboratory practice, hands-on training, written assignments, discussions, and time for self -study. The first week focuses on underlying physicochemical principles, instrumentation and hands-on training at the microscope. During this week, specialized techniques are introduced and the details are discussed in the context of a broader body of available techniques. The second week is dedicated to expert lectures on advanced applications and hands-on image analysis. The last session is reserved for assessment. Experimental exercises are carried out in the laboratory for Functional Fluorescence Microscopy Imaging (fFMI) at the Center for Molecular Medicine (CMM), Solna, L8:01, 056. Lectures are conducted in the seminar room at the Center for Molecular Medicine (CMM), Solna, L8:01, 021.
Additional course leader Course responsible: Vladana Vukojevic, Department of Clinical Neuroscience, CMM L8:01 17176 Stockholm E-mail:, Mobile: +46 (0)70 306 06 48, Contact persons: Ann Tiiman Institutionen för klinisk neurovetenskap Sho Oasa Institutionen för klinisk neurovetenskap
Latest course evaluation Course evaluation report
Course responsible Vladana Vukojevic
Institutionen för klinisk neurovetenskap

CMM L8:01

Contact person Ann Tiiman
Institutionen för klinisk neurovetenskap

Sho Oasa
Institutionen för klinisk neurovetenskap