Course Description

For Grad students and postdocs of Harvard University only


Light microscopy is a key component of life science research. Many systems are available on the HMS quad to image samples from the nanometric to the macroscopic scale, whether the samples are live or fixed, fluorescent or stained.

This nanocourse aims at refreshing the fundamentals of light and optics, explains the various components of microscopes and basic software controls in order to acquire the best image. We will also discuss the strengths and weaknesses of common microscopes to help you choose the right modality for your experiments.

In the workshop, we will dissect a microscope and demonstrate the capability of various systems used in Life Sciences research. There will be two repeat sessions, you only need to register for one.