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SCELSE Microscopy Seminar 2017
Speaker(s): Prof. Peter Török, Dr Foo Yong Hwee, Dr Graham Wright, Dr Samuel Ko and Dr Jaron Liu
When: 28 August 2017 - 29 August 2017 ()
Where: SCELSE, SBS-01N-27, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Type: Others

SCELSE’s inaugural Microscopy Seminar marked an important first step in the establishment of a training platform to develop advanced microscopy expertise not only within SCELSE but for the wider research community as well.

“For us, this is a big step forward,” said SCELSE Centre Director, Prof. Staffan Kjelleberg. “We are improving and expanding our imaging facility, and training people to utilise it to the fullest. We are becoming a part of a rapidly growing network in advanced imaging, and I look forward to more such meetings in the future.”

The two-day seminar, which was attended by more than 30 participants, featured an impressive line up of microscopy experts such as Prof. Peter Török from Imperial College London, Dr Foo Yong Hwee from Mechanobiology Institute, Dr Graham Wright from Institute of Medical Biology at A*STAR, Dr Samuel Ko from Carl Zeiss Singapore and Dr Jaron Liu from GE Healthcare Life Sciences.


Prof. Török presented foundation optics, focusing on geometrical optics and aberrations. 

“In order to use the microscopes, you need to have some understanding of the physics. It is also important to keep the applications in mind - you have to tell me what you need,” he said. 


Other lecture topics included fluorescent probes and proteins by Dr Foo, widefield fluorescence and confocal microscopy by Dr Wright, Lightsheet fluorescence microscopy by Dr Ko, and super-resolution microscopy by Dr Liu.


SCELSE researcher Ms Choo Pei Yi found the seminar informative and useful for both new and experienced microscope users. 

“The talk by Prof. Török was the most interesting to me because he was able to explain complicated optics formulae in a way that was easy to absorb and understand. It allowed me to appreciate the art behind building a microscope,” she said. Pei Yi added that the seminar was a good refresher on selecting the right microscope, and using the correct techniques and dyes for the nature of the experiment.

SCELSE researcher Dr Tan Shi Ming felt that the most interesting thing about the workshop was the introduction of different microscopy technologies that have rapidly improved imaging resolution over time.

“The workshop brought many microscopy specialists together, both from industry and academia, and it was a great experience to interact and learn from the best,” he said. Shi Ming also gained a practical benefit when he learnt that even with widefield microscopy, it is possible to perform deconvolution to get an image with good contrast.

“Widefield can be used and that might save me some time from using the confocal microscopes – which are often heavily utilised!” he said.

Prof. Török said that he planned to conduct such microscopy seminars once or twice a year in the future. 

A big thank you goes to Prof. Török, Mr Talgat Sailov and all SCELSE members who helped to organise the workshop.