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Course Overview

The main aim is to allow participants to experience modern cell biology at work: to see and also to try out how cutting-edge technologies can be used in practice to answer outstanding questions at the frontiers of cell biology. It is a tradition for the entire faculty of the Cell Biology and Biophysics Unit of EMBL to teach the course.

In addition, being embedded in the EMBL collaborative environment, the course provides an excellent opportunity for participants and faculty to discuss current and future challenges in cell biology


The course will be primarily aimed at postdocs and advanced graduate students who have developed an interest in cell biology. We wish to attract cell biologists who want to acquire quantitative, biophysical, and computational methods as well as scientists (including early-career principle investigators) with different backgrounds (including physics, chemistry, engineering, informatics, etc) who want to use their expertise to address current problems in cell biology. We aim to balance the number of participants with a background in biology and participants coming from other disciplines. A key criterion for selection is the potential benefit of adding novel cell biological methods to the students' own research plans. Preference will be given to students where there is little or no possibility that the student can acquire these technologies at her/his home institution.


  • Biological sample preparation
  • Biochemistry
  • Microscopy
  • Fluorescent probes development
  • Image analysis
  • Mechanobiology

Learning Outcomes

The course will provide an update to the latest developments spanning an entire experiment: starting with recent advances in fluorescent probe development (e.g. self-labelling probes), through new techniques of biological specimen preparation (e.g. mounting of live embryos), novel approaches in biochemistry, genome engineering, innovative microscopy (e.g. light-sheet imaging of entire organisms, atomic force microscopy, super-resolution light microscopy, cryoEM, correlative light and electron microscopy to deep tissue microscopy), to image analysis and computational modeling – covering the entire range of biological complexity from single molecules to whole organisms. 

As the topics of the practicals are closely related to the current research in EMBL laboratories, they will cover many experimental model organisms (yeast, mammalian cells, fly, ascidian) and a wide variety of methods (fluorescence and electron microscopy, biochemistry, in silico approaches, image analysis).

This course is kindly supported by the Cell Biology and Biophysics Unit of EMBL.


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