[Chicken anti-neural marker antibodies provided by Aves Labs. Other sponsors include IBIDI, Cell Signaling, and Life Technologies.]
Offered every fall, the graduate level Bioimaging course is intended to instruct students the basics of microscopy. Students will learn how microscopes are constructed and adapted to produce various forms of images, common protocols for preparing cells and tissues for imaging as well as receive training to utilize instruments within the Keck Bioimaging lab to complete a research project that will be presented at the semester end.
This class is offered every year to upper level undergraduate and new graduate students. The course provides training in common lab techniques including aseptic technique, cell culture, transfection, sectioning, immunocytochemistry, as well as live cell and fluorescent/confocal imaging. During the last third of the semester students will decide upon and work on collecting data for a final presentation that will be given to the class and visiting bioimaging faculty. Each year images from each project are used to create the final collage for the class that is placed on display in the cell biotech lab and Keck Bioimaging Facility.
Each semester select undergraduate students register to join the Baluch lab to do undergraduate research. All students learn the basics of cell culture, immunocytochemistry and microscopy. Students are encouraged to continue and develop their project so that they can present their work at national conferences such as the Society for Neuroscience or American Society for Cell Biology undergraduate poster session.
The Baluch lab hosts the Cellular Scaffolds journal club to review current literature regarding the development of new techniques and research findings. Students take turns reviewing the articles and leading the discussions.
Changing How Science is Visualized and Communicated