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Imaging Africa 2022

An all-expenses-paid microscopy and image analysis workshop for life science researchers in Africa.


Location: Cape Town, South Africa

Workshop dates: 21-26 October 2022

Imaging Africa will host its 2nd optical microscopy and image analysis workshop over the course of six days at the Institute of Infectious Disease and Molecular Medicine in Cape Town, South Africa. This iteration of the workshop will cover the following: 

  • Principles of microscopy, including the fundamentals of optics, digital detectors, wide-field microscopy, laser scanning confocal, deconvolution, spinning disk confocal, and TIRF.

  • Principles of fluorescence and fluorophores.

  • Advanced imaging approaches and techniques, such as FRAP, FRET, photoconversion, lightsheet, and super-resolution microscopy.

  • Computational techniques such as deconvolution and AI-denoising.

  • Motion tracking in live samples.

  • Sample preparation techniques.

  • Digital image processing and quantitative image data analysis. 

  • Writing workshop on project proposals.​

  • Ethics of digital image manipulation.

Workshop Overview

Lectures will introduce topics that are covered in subsequent practicals. Lectures will cover various topics, including the fundamentals of microscopy, fluorescence probes, lightsheet microscopy, super-resolution techniques, image processing, and data analysis.

Hands-on Laboratory Sessions
Lab sessions will enable participants to gain hands-on experience with a variety of optical microscopes. The labs will cover a wide variety of imaging techniques, from live-cell experiments to super-resolution modalities. 

Teaching Faculty

          Harikrushnan Balasubramanian, HHMI Janelia Research Campus

          Heather Cartwright, HHMI Janelia Research Campus

          Teng-Leong Chew, HHMI Janelia Research Campus

          Dan Fletcher, University of California–Berkeley

          Michelle Itano, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

          Caron Jacobs, University of Cape Town

          Satya Khuon, HHMI Janelia Research Campus

          Rachel Lee, HHMI Janelia Research Campus

          Naomi Okugbeni, Stellenbosch University  Imaging Africa alumnus

          Michael Reiche, University of Cape Town



Workshop participants will have the cost of shared hotel accommodation and meals covered by Imaging Africa.


The workshop will cover participants' air travel expenses between Cape Town International Airport (CPT) and any airport within Africa. In addition, Imaging Africa will provide daily group transportation between the hotel and the workshop.




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