Hands-on training on protein and glycan detection by fluorescence microscopy

Hands-on training on protein and glycan detection by fluorescence microscopy

This is a NEW COURSE!

Objectives

This 5-day course offers to the participants a light microscopy course focusing on fluorescence microscopy techniques applied to the detection of proteins and glycans in tissue samples and cell cultures. Proteins are a direct product of genes, while glycan synthesis does not require a template. Together proteins and glycans are key elements that contribute to the cellular and organismal diversity and provide the substrate for evolution. The course integrates theoretical lectures (~50%) with hands-on experiments, practical experience at the microscope and image analysis sessions (~50%), focused on cell biological studies.

The teaching staff consists of biologists that use fluorescence microscopy in their research work. Participants are encouraged to discuss their specific problems during the course.

The specific objectives are:

- To give a general overview on light microscopy with a focus on fluorescence microscopy;

- To present the most useful techniques to detect proteins and glycans using fluorescence microscopy;

-  To provide basic knowledge on digital image processing and analysis.

 

Topics:

 

  • Light, optics and microscopy
  • Fluorescence, spectra and filters
  • Microscopy hardware: Lasers, lamps and detectors
  • Dyes and Fluorophores
  • Antibodies and Lectins
  • Sample preparation and incubation
  • Concept of colocalization and image acquisition
  • Image processing and analysis using ImageJ

This course can have a recognition of 6 ECTs for FCUL PhD students enrolling in it as part of their first doctoral year. For students only requiring 5 ECTs recognized in their specific PhD programmes, the last 4 hours of the course on Imaging processing and analysis are not mandatory and the certificate will be on ‘Basic application of fluorescence microscopy: antibodies and glycans detection’. For FCUL PhD students requiring credits additionally to the exercises done during the week the delivery of a written report done after the course is mandatory. Students getting 6 ECTs have also to deliver a summary report. The reports must be delivered two weeks after the course. Such report(s) are also advised for other students requesting creditation of the course in their institutions.

Minimum formation: Basic notions of cell and molecular biology.

 

Directed to: MSc or PhD students in Biology, Biochemistry, Biotechnology, Biomedical Sciences or related areas, postdocs and professionals working in related topics

General Plan

MONDAY

09:00-09:30 Welcome session and program presentation

09:30-12:30 Lectures: (i) Light, optics and microscopy; (ii) Fluorescence, spectra and filters; (iii) Microscopy hardware: Lasers, lamps and detectors; Trainer: Luís Marques

12:30-13:30 Lunch

13:30-17:30 Visit to the Microscopy facility + Participants work presentation; Trainer: Luís Marques

 

TUESDAY

09:00-12:30 Lectures: (iv) Dyes and Fluorophores; (v) Antibodies and Lectins; (vi) Sample preparation and incubation; Trainers: Ana Rita Carlos and Romana Santos

12:30-13:30 Lunch

13:30-17:30 Practical session: Sample Fixation, Embedding, Paraffin and Cryostat sectioning; Trainers: Ana Rita Carlos, Luís Marques and Romana Santos

 

WEDNESDAY

9:00-12:30 Practical session: Immunohistochemistry in cell cultures; Trainers: Ana Rita Carlos and Romana Santos

12:30-13:30 Lunch

13:30-17:30 Practical session: Immunohistochemistry in cell cultures; Trainers: Ana Rita Carlos and Romana Santos

 

THURSDAY

9:00-12:30 Practical session: Lectin histochemistry in paraffin sections; Trainers: Ana Rita Carlos and Romana Santos

12:30-13:30 Lunch

13:30-17:30 Practical session: Lectin histochemistry in paraffin sections; Trainers: Ana Rita Carlos and Romana Santos

 

FRIDAY

9:00-10:30 Lecture: (vii) Colocalization and image acquisition

10:30-12:30 Practical session: Image acquisition with the fluorescence microscope 

12:30-13:30 Lunch

13:30-17:30 Tutorial Computer session: Image processing and analysis using ImageJ; Trainer: Luís Marques


Funding

Students fees


Partners

n.a.


Fee

Free for 1st year PhD students in  Doctoral programmes  at FCUL (e.g. Biologia), Biodiversity, Genetics and Evolution (BIODIV UL; UP), Biology and Ecology of Global Changes (BEAG UL, UA) and Sustainability Science (UL, several institutions), when the course counts credits for their formation; the course is also free for more advanced PhD students of the BIODIV programme (ULisboa or UPorto); 50 € for more advanced PhD students of cE3c; 80 € for PhD students of the PEERS network (CFE); 125 € for FCUL Master students and unemployed; 180 € for BTI, BI and other PhD students; 250 € for Professional and postdocs.

When the maximum number of students is reached, 10 vacancies will be available for non-paying 1st year PhD students mentioned above, being, by order of preference students from: 1) cE3c; 2) BIODIV (not from cE3c); 3) FCUL (not from cE3c); 4) Sustainability Science (not from cE3c or FCUL); 5) BEAG (not from cE3c or FCUL).


Contacts for Inscription

Candidates should send a short CV and a motivation letter to Ana Rita Carlos (arcarlos@fc.ul.pt) and Romana Santos (rlasantos@fc.ul.pt). The cv and letter should be named as 1st-lastNAME-CV.pdf and 1st-lastNAME-ML.pdf (that is personalize the name of each file with your first and last name).

 

In the email please add the following information:

 

Full Name:

E-mail:

Phone:

Professional activity: Professional/Postdoc, BTI, BI (or other non-post-doc research grant), PhD student (with/ without scholarship), Lic. (Bachelor)/Master student

PhD student of the 1st year of a Doctoral programme at FCUL, BIODIV (FCUL/FCUP), or BEAG (FCUL or UA)?

If yes to the above question, PhD student doing the Course to count credits for 1st year?:

PhD student of cE3c or CEF (Centro de Ecologia Funcional)?:

Name of the PhD programme:

 

arcarlos@fc.ul.pt