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Fluorescence-lifetime imaging microscopy (FLIM) not only for biologists - practical aspects with hands-on experience - MB100P03
Title: Mikroskopie dob života fluorescence nejen pro biology - praktické aspekty a cvičení na mikroskopech
Guaranteed by: Biology Section (31-101)
Faculty: Faculty of Science
Actual: from 2022
Semester: winter
E-Credits: 2
Examination process: winter s.:
Hours per week, examination: winter s.:0/3, C [DS]
Capacity: 11
Min. number of students: unlimited
Virtual mobility / capacity: no
State of the course: taught
Language: English
Explanation: Please register first at the webpage of the course.Selected participants will add this course to their list of subjects later.
Additional information:
Note: enabled for web enrollment
the course is taught as cyclical
Guarantor: Mgr. Aleš Benda, Ph.D.
Teacher(s): Mgr. Aleš Benda, Ph.D.
Mgr. Piotr Jurkiewicz, Ph.D.
Mgr. Peter Kapusta
Mgr. Marie Olšinová, Ph.D.
Ing. Dalibor Pánek, Ph.D.
Ing. Petra Prokšová, Ph.D.
Last update: Mgr. Aleš Benda, Ph.D. (23.09.2020)
Fluorescence microscopy became an indispensable tool for biologists to uncover the secrets of live. The more we want to know, the more details we need. Fluorescence Lifetime Imaging Microscopy (FLIM) offers a set of tools that allow to utilize extra information offered by fluorescence probes and sensors, which is otherwise difficult to access. Typical examples, which will be demonstrated during the course, are metabolic activity by NAD(P)H imaging, protein interactions by FLIM-FRET and lipid membrane micro-environment sensing by Laurdan imaging.
The course focuses on explaining the principles of nano-second time-resolved fluorescence detection, on demonstration of different hardware realizations, on trying various applications of FLIM in biological imaging and on testing of several ways of FLIM data analysis.
The aim is to uncover the richness of information hidden in multi-parametric fluorescence imaging and to inspire the participants to use the easily obtainable extra contrast in their imaging applications. An important part is to make the FLIM data analysis understandable.
The course will cover the most widespread FLIM realization – acquisition in time domain based on raster scanning combined with pulsed lasers and time-correlated single photon counting (TCSPC). Participants will hands-on three different systems, covering pulsed diode lasers, white-light laser source as well as two-photon excitation, SPAD, HyD and GaAsP NDD detectors and three different TCSPC systems and software.
A focus will be given on common pitfalls, instrumental artifacts and ways of avoiding them.
The demonstrated applications will include FLIM-FRET, environmental sensing, metabolic NAD(P)H imaging and FLIM data analysis.
Last update: Mgr. Aleš Benda, Ph.D. (08.06.2022)

The bible of FLIM is the handbook from Wolfgang Becker:

Technical aspects of the main applications are described here:

A recent review on newest applications, including those demonstrated during the course, is J. of Biomedical Optics, 25(7), 071203 (2020).

Requirements to the exam
Last update: Mgr. Aleš Benda, Ph.D. (07.10.2019)

Active participation at the whole course plus short 3 min presentation of your own work or planned work..

Last update: Mgr. Aleš Benda, Ph.D. (23.09.2020)

Entry requirements
Last update: Mgr. Aleš Benda, Ph.D. (12.09.2018)

The course is intended for magister and doctoral students.

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