Imaging – From Organisms to Molecules

Lecture Series on 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 analysing 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 nanometre 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.

28.04. M. Ladd (DKFZ), Imaging Physics in Medicine
12.05. P. Jäger (DKFZ), Analyzing Medical Images Using Machine Learning
02.06. M. Wagner (KIT), Optical Coherence Tomography in Biofilm Research
23.06. R. Merkel (FZJ), Basics of Light Microscopy for the Study of Cells
30.06. G. U. Nienhaus (KIT), Advanced Fluorescence Microscopy
07.07. L. Hilbert (KIT), Microscopy Assessment of DNA-based Information Processing
14.07. C. Sachse (FZJ), Imaging Biological Molecules by Electron Cryo-microscopy

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

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Registration is mandatory.

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You will receive a registration confirmation that contains a personalized Zoom link, which will be valid for all meetings of the lecture series—save the meeting link!