Light Microscopy Meets Structural Biology

April 21, 2009

A symposium with a focus on light microscopy and its application in structural biology, organized by the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) in Heidelberg, Germany will take place form June 22-23, 2009. The symposium aims to bring together structural biologists, cell biologists and light microscopy specialists to explore opportunities and requirements for structural biologists in using different light microscopy techniques and to foster interactions at the interface between structural biology and cell biology.

Planned sessions include:
– Imaging protein-protein interactions
– Protein dynamics
– Correlative light- electron microscopy
– Super-resolution techniques

Deadline for registration is May 3, 2009.

Heidelberg, Germany (source:

Heidelberg, Germany (source:


Distinguishing Single Cells With Nothing But Light

April 6, 2009

Researchers at the University of Rochester have developed a novel optical technique that permits rapid analysis of single human immune cells using only light. Andrew Berger, associate professor of optics and his graduate student Zachary Smith integrated Raman and angular-scattering microscopy into a single system, which they call IRAM. This is the first time clear differences between two types of immune cells have been seen using a microscopy system that gathers chemical and structural information by combining two previously distinct optical techniques, according to Berger. „Conceptually it’s pretty straightforward – you shine a specified wavelength of light onto your sample and you get back a large number of peaks spread out like a rainbow,“ says Berger. „The peaks tell you how the molecules you’re studying vibrate and together the vibrations give you the chemical information.“ Until now scientists have not had a non-invasive way to see how human cells, like T cells or cancer cells, activate individually and evolve over time.

IRAM scattering data from a single granulocyte.

IRAM scattering data from a single granulocyte.

IRAM scattering data from a single lymphocyte. Clear differences are visible when compared to data from a granulocyte.

IRAM scattering data from a single lymphocyte. Clear differences are visible when compared to data from a granulocyte.

RMS Events 2009

Februar 18, 2009

The Royal Microscopical Society (RMS) announced a programme of events for imaging and microscopy taking place in the UK in 2009.

16 March:
NanoFIB Meeting, Oxford, UK

17-20 March:
Microscopy of Semi-Conducting Materials XVI, Oxford, UK

24-25 March:
Capturing Colloids Meeting, Manchester, UK

30-31 March:
Electron Backscatter Diffraction Meeting, Swansea, UK

27 May:
Flow Cytometry Immunophenotyping of Leukaemia & Lymphoma, London, UK

9-12 June:
European Light Microscopy Initiative (ELMI), Glasgow, UK

24-25 June:
UK SPM (Scanning Probe Microscopy Meeting), London, UK

15-17 July:
Flowcytometry UK 2009, Oxford, UK

Focus on Microscopy 2009

Januar 9, 2009

From Sunday April 5 to Wednesday April 8, 2009 the Focus on Microscopy (FOM) conference will take place in Krakow, Poland. It is the continuation of a yearly conference series presenting the latest innovations in optical microscopy and its application in biology, medicine and the material sciences. Key subjects are the theory and practice of 3D optical imaging, related 3D image processing, and reporting especially on developments in resolution and imaging modalities. The FOM conference also covers the rapidly advancing fluorescence labeling techniques for the confocal and multiphoton 3D imaging of live- biological-specimens. A technical exhibition will be a special feature of this year’s conference in Krakow.

Upcoming topics will cover:
– Confocal and multiphoton-excitation microscopy
Novel illumination and detection strategies
– Fluorescence: new labels, fluorescent proteins, quantum dots, single molecule

– Time-resolved fluorescence: FRET, FRAP, FLIM, FCS

– Coherent non-linear microscopy: SHG, THG, SFG, CARS

– Raman, light scattering microscopy

– Multi-dimensional imaging

– Sub-wavelength resolution: near field microscopy, STED, PALM

– Laser manipulation, ablation and microdissection, photoactivation

– Optical tools in genomics, proteomics, phenomics, cytometry

– Magnetic resonance and X-ray microscopy

– Image processing and visualization

– Live cell and whole tissue imaging

The conference will take place at the Jagiellonian University Auditorium Maximum, ul. Krupnicza 35, in the center of Krakow.

Details for registration, abstract submission, deadlines, etc. will soon be available on:

Krakow, Poland, source:

Krakow, Poland (source: