Quantitative Super-resolution Microscopy

Dive into the fascinating world of superresolution imaging this May

May 8-12, 2023

Active learning emphasized

Workshop Overview

Join us for a workshop designed for active and personalized learning. With participants from universities across North America and vendors showcasing the latest technology, this workshop is a unique opportunity to learn and grow in the field. Our instructional delivery is informed by best practices in education research, ensuring a memorable and effective learning experience.

  • High instructor to student ratio ensures that you receive individual attention and guidance
  • Case study approach provides practical experience and real-world applications
  • Hybrid delivery ensures that you get the most of the onsite learning
  • Live online sessions in April followed by week-long onsite hands-on workshop at the University of Calgary
  • Travel awards available



  • Best practices in sample preparation for superresolution microscopy
  • Tissue clearing
  • Tissue expansion
  • Stimulated emission depletion (STED) microscopy
  • Point localization microscopy (direct stochastic reconstruction microscopy, dSTORM)
  • Super-resolution radial fluctuations (SRRF) microscopy
  • Related techniques such as total internal reflection microscopy (TIRF) and single particle tracking
  • Emerging technologies for superresolution
  • Fluidics and live-cell applications
  • Data visualization and analysis
  • 3D printing evening session and pizza social
  • One on one mentoring sessions with faculty and/or imaging personnel tailored to the individual and their imaging goals

Now Accepting Applications


Rolling acceptances | Apply early

  • $1850 fee includes online and onsite training
  • Includes lunch, breaks, evening social events on Monday and Friday
  • Includes optional 3D printing session + pizza supper on Wednesday
  • Discounted rates at Hotel Alma (we can arrange bookings by request)
  • If accomodation is booked at Hotel Alma, breakfasts are compliments of the workshop
  • Funding from BioImaging North America (BINA) and other sponsors is available to defer costs for out-of-town participants

Who should attend


This course is targeted to researchers who want to apply superresolution microscopy to address their research questions. The workshop requires a working knowledge of fluorescence microscopy. Participants should be comfortable carrying out experiments using wide-field, confocal, and/or multiphoton microscopes.


Don't miss out, apply now!

Deadline extended to March 17, 2023 

To apply for BINA funding (for people travelling to Calgary, please apply by March 10, 2023 or email the organizers here).

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Community of learners

Keynote speaker

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Sarah Aufmkolk, PhD

Sarah Aufmkolk is a Research Associate at Harvard Medical School in the Department of Genetics. In the group of Ting Wu, she is focusing on advancing genomic imaging technologies for unraveling information hidden in the three-dimensional organization of chromatin. Her goal is to visualize the whole human genome in super-resolution, which she works on in collaboration with other laboratories in the context of the NIH-funded Center of Excellence in Genomic Science (CEGS).  She is also working on the qualitative assessment of genomic SMLM studies and, in the context of the 4D Nucleome project, is working on platforms for open-source sharing of imaging data. 

Sarah received her Diploma in Physics at the University of Wuerzburg in Germany, where she also completed her Ph.D. studies, titled “Super-resolution Microscopy of Synaptic Proteins”, in 2017 in the group of Markus Sauer, whose team pioneered the super-resolution technique of dSTORM.  

In her postdoctoral research time at the Montreal Neurological Institute and the Chemistry Department of McGill in Montreal, she applied single-molecule localization techniques to investigate the peculiarities of structural changes in synaptic plasticity on the nanoscopic level introduced through development or neurodegenerative diseases. This venture led to the exploration of various fluorescence and label-free imaging techniques pushing for potential correlative imaging approaches with super-resolution microscopy. She continues this effort at Harvard Medical School, applying it to the field of genomics.   

  1. Instructors

    Sarah Aufmkolk, PhD, Harvard University

    Grace Baruta, PhD, University of Calgary

    Anthony Bilodeau, Université Laval

    Andrew Boyce, PhD, University of Calgary 

    Craig Brideau, PhD, University of Calgary

    Claire Brown, PhD, McGill University

    Pina Colarusso, PhD, University of Calgary

    Vincent Ebacher, PhD, University of Calgary

    David Elliott, PhD, University of Calgary

    Guang Gao, PhD, University of British Columbia

    Grant Gordon, PhD, University of Calgary

    Bryan Heit, PhD, University of Western Ontario

    Han Huang, University of Alberta

    James Jonkman, University of Toronto 

    Flavie Lavoie-Cardinal, PhD, Université Laval

    Sabine Mai, PhD, University of Manitoba

    Jeffrey Mewburn, Queens University

    Robert Nabi, PhD, University of British Columbia

    Kamala Patel, PhD, University of Calgary

    Ian Percel, PhD, University of Calgary

    Björn Petri, PhD, University of Calgary

    Nicholas Pittner, University of Calgary

    Kelvin Poon, PhD, University of Calgary

    Timothy Shutt, PhD, University of Calgary

    Thomas Stroh, PhD, McGill University

    Xuejun Sun, PhD, University of Alberta

    Lucy Swift, PhD, University of Calgary

    Nicolas Touret, PhD, University of Alberta

    Chloë van Oostende-Triplet, PhD, University of Ottawa

    Timothy Wong, University of British Columbia


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