Program Details

We explain and give you hands-on experience with a broad range of techniques in this field, including absorption spectroscopy, various types of fluorescence spectroscopy and fluorescence microscopy.
Location:
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Program Type:
Study Abroad
Degree Level:
Undergraduate
Term:
Summer

Program Overview

Program Description:

Fluorescence spectroscopy and microscopy have become common techniques in cell biology and biophysics. This is due to the incredibly high sensitivity and selectivity of fluorescence, combined with its non-invasive nature. In particular, the development of super-resolution microscopy (Nobel Prize for Chemistry, 2014) and the introduction of fluorescent proteins (Nobel Prize for Chemistry, 2008) have brought about a leap forward in the study of intracellular processes. It is now possible to localize a single fluorescently labelled protein molecule inside a living cell with nanometric accuracy.

This course begins by discussing the theoretical basis of these phenomena, but its main focus is their practical application. We explain and give you hands-on experience with a broad range of techniques in this field, including absorption spectroscopy, various types of fluorescence spectroscopy (polarization, FRET, etc.) and fluorescence microscopy (confocal, TIRF, lifetime imaging, etc.). Their use in modern biophysics and cell biology research is further illustrated with the help of case studies from our own lab and from recent literature.

Setting Description:
With over 180 unique nationalities, Amsterdam is a melting pot of cultures and embraces different cultures, religions, and lifestyles. 165 canals criss-cross the entire city, giving it its nickname ‘Venice of the North.’ The city also features more bikes than inhabitants! With a bustling creative industry, Amsterdam offers plenty of cultural activities and events throughout the year. In Amsterdam you can benefit from the advantages of a big city with enough quiet spots to kick back and relax.
Cost:
1150 EUR. The VU Amsterdam Summer School offers ten scholarships that cover the full tuition and housing fees of one course. Information about how to apply for the scholarship will be posted on the VU Amsterdam Summer School website.

Additional Program Information

Scholarships:
Yes
Scholarships Description:
The VU Amsterdam Summer School offers ten scholarships that cover the full tuition and housing fees of one course. Information about how to apply for the scholarship will be posted on the VU Amsterdam Summer School website.

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