WPI Nano Life Science Institute, Kanazawa University

【Call for Participants】”8th Bio-AFM Summer School” will be held

Application for the 8th Bio-AFM Summer School 2019 is closed. Thank you very much for your interest. (June 14, 2019)

The Nano Life Science Institute (WPI-NanoLSI), Kanazawa University, is calling for participants for 8th Bio-AFM Summer School.

1. Overview

The research teams of Kanazawa University have engaged in the pioneering development of original Bio-AFM technologies, including high-speed AFM, super-resolution AFM (FM-AFM/3D-AFM), and scanning ion conductance microscope (SICM), and applied them to the life sciences.

The Nano Life Science Institute (WPI-NanoLSI), Kanazawa University, will hold a “Bio-AFM summer school” and is calling on young researchers and students who are interested in Bio-AFM systems. In this school, we provide participants with the opportunity to use our Bio-AFM systems for imaging of their own samples and realize their potentials.

Participants can choose among systems ranging from high-speed AFM, super-resolution AFM, and SICM, according to their purpose. Biological samples or materials related to biological research are available for imaging with Bio-AFMs. The NanoLSI faculty teaches not only the usage of the instruments but also the preparation of samples.

2.  Application Eligibility

Young researchers and students who are interested in observing their own samples by Bio-AFMs. Prior knowledge about Bio-AFM is not required.

3.    Schedule

Date Morning Afternoon
Mon., Aug. 19 09:30 ~ Reception

10:00 ~ Lecture

Explanation and demonstration of the instruments
Tue., Aug. 20 Hands-on training with standard samples Observation of your own samples
Wed., Aug. 21 Observation of your own samples Observation of your own samples

18:00 ~ Mixer

Thu., Aug. 22

Fri., Aug. 23

Observation of your own samples
Sat., Aug. 24 13:00 ~ 17:00 Presentation of your results

19:00 ~ 21:00 Closing

4.  Notes

  1. The targets of super-resolution AFM include any solid-liquid interfacial structures and phenomena whose understanding require subnanometer-scale imaging. Examples include organic and inorganic crystals, self-assembled monolayers, surfactants, lubricants, proteins, DNAs and lipids. The high-speed AFM can observe living cells and isolated intracellular organelles in addition to proteins and DNAs. SICM can observe surface structures of larger samples such as living cells or bacteria.
  2. You can learn some one super-resolution FM-AFM, high-speed AFM or SICM (not both).
  3. We remind you that you may not be able to find appropriate imaging conditions of your samples within the period of this summer school.
  4. We will accept up to 23 people (10 for High-speed AFM, 7 for super-resolution AFM, and 6 for SICM). In case the number of applicant exceeds quota, we will review your application form and select participants. The result will be informed by early July.
  5. There is no charge to participate in this summer school. Travel expenses will be supported up to 200K JPY for overseas participants based on the travel expense regulations of Kanazawa University.
  6. Those who participated in the previous Bio-AFM summer school are no longer eligible to participate. Please apply our Bio-SPMs collaborative research.

5.    How to Apply

The Application Form should be submitted to the following e-mail address by  June 14 (Fri), 17:00 JST:
ikemoto [at mark]staff.kanazawa-u.ac.jp   replace [at mark] with @

[Application Materials]

Application Form  [Word]  [PDF]