MDI Biological Laboratory

Quantitative Fluorescence Microscopy 2023

An international course in fluorescence microscopy and imaging for advanced graduate students, postdoctoral trainees, imaging core managers and researchers at all levels who are incorporating the technology into their laboratories.


Please use the button above to apply for the waitlist.

This one-week intensive microscopy course will cover all aspects of the technology from the principles of fluorescence imaging to multidimensional imaging in living cells. Lectures dealing with the theory, mechanics, and application of fluorescent imaging methods will be intermingled with extended laboratory practicals in which students will be encouraged to use their own specimens to optimize the utility of the course.

A signature component of this course is the availability of microscopy equipment and teaching representatives from leading manufacturers.

Our goal is to provide students with the knowledge and expertise to implement cutting-edge microscopic methods within their own laboratories.

This is a popular course which fills quickly, do not delay in submitting an application!

Course Director

Course Faculty

Laboratory Manager

Project Facilitators

Mike Calderon

University of PIttsburgh

Callen Wallace

University of PIttsburgh

Teaching Assistant

Katherine Helfrich

University of PIttsburgh


Tuition: $3,500 USD

Tuition includes on-campus housing and meals. Participants are responsible for travel costs.

Limited scholarships are available, awarded as tuition reduction only. The online application contains a mechanism to request consideration for scholarship support.


The course will begin with a welcome dinner on Friday May 19 and end with a lobster bake celebration Thursday evening. Participants depart from campus housing by 9am Friday May 26.  A detailed daily schedule will be provided to accepted participants when it is available.


On campus housing is provided. The housing provided in the tuition cost is double occupancy bedrooms with shared bathrooms. Single occupancy bedrooms may be available at an additional charge.


Student Scholarship funds are generously provided by: