Quantitative Optical Imaging

Course description

Quantitative Optical Imaging explores the fundamentals of optical imaging in biology, especially molecular and cellular biology. Covered topics include an introduction to optics and microscopes, fluorescence microscopy and image analysis, and biological applications. MATLAB will be taught at the beginning of the course and used throughout for image processing. Prior experience with MATLAB (or Python) is highly recommended but not required.

Additional details

This course is co-taught by Dr. Joe Dragavon and myself. It is available for students in Biochemistry and MCD Biology, as either an undergraduate course (BCHM/MCDB 4312) or a graduate course (BCHM/MCDB 5312). The graduate version requires students to host a journal club as the graduate-level requirement.

From Fall 2021 onwards, an additional one credit microscopy lab is offered for students enrolled in the course. However, note that space in the imaging facility is limited and approximately ten slots are available. Prior to this, the lab was only offered to graduate students completing the Interdisciplinary Quantitative Biology graduate program.

If you have questions about the course, please feel free to contact me.

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