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Electron Microscopy (EM) and Cryo-EM - Practical Course


28-29 October and 4-5 November 2024


Christel Genoud, Dr., Electron Microscopy Facility (EMF), University of Lausanne
Alexander Myasnikov, DCI, EPFL


Speakers : TBA

Teachers practicals:
Jean Daraspe, EMF, University of Lausanne
Damien De Bellis, EMF, University of Lausanne
Antonio Mucciolo, EMF, University of Lausanne
Cristina Martin Olmos, Center for Advanced Surface Analysis, EPFL & University of Lausanne
Bertrand Beckert, DCI, EPFL
Emiko Uchikawa, DCI, EPFL
Sergei Nazarov, DCI, EPFL
Inay Mohammed, DCI, EPFL



The course with take place at the University of Lausanne.
The practicals will be held at the Electron Microscopy Facility of The University of Lausanne.

28-29 October : basics of EM and cellular biology at room temperatur
4-5 November : cryo-EM

Mornings: lectures
Afternoon: hands-on demonstrations + work on participant's samples


* identify the best EM method for each student samples/questions;
* discover which EM techniques that are available at the EMF could forward your research;
* identify how molecules can be localized in cells or tissues;
* learn the basics of EM image acquisition, analysis and reconstruction;
* understand basic SEM and TEM operating principles & gain exposure to various methods of preparing biological samples for EM together with the advantages and disadvantages related to each of these methods.

Topics covered:
TEM, transmission electron microscopy;
TEM sample preparation: chemical and high-pressure freezing procedures;
SEM, scanning electron microscopy;
SEM sample preparation;
Volume EM: TEM- tomography, Focused Ion Beam-SEM, Array Tomography;
Ultramicrotomy, resin sections;
Cryo-ultramicrotomy, the Tokuyasu technique & Image processing, volume reconstruction, and modelling


On the first day of activity, each student has 3 minutes (1-2 slides) to explain his needs in electron microscopy in the frame of the PhD work.


More Information will follow


University of Lausanne, Room TBA


This course is organized in collaboration with the CUSO doctoral programs in Microbial Sciences and StarOmics


Reimbursements for CUSO MPS Students:
Train ticket, 2°class, half-fare from your institution to the place of the activity.

Reimbursement of your travel tickets can be asked online through your MyCUSO. See HERE for the procedure.


For any question concerning reimbursement please contact the CUSO MPS coordinator Debora Zoia

Other CUSO Students: Please contact the coordinator of your Program.



Registation is CLOSE

Deadline for registration: TBA

12 places available for CUSO students (4 for each participating program)


For cancellations after the deadline of registration or no show: 150 CHF administrative fees




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