Educational Program and Resources

NIC@HMS Workshops

A primary goal of the NIC@HMS is to provide training in basic and advanced light microscopy techniques.  The NIC@HMS offers a series of workshops and lectures that are open to everyone, and free for members of all non-profit and/or academic institutions.  Commerical/corporate attendees pay a $300 registration fee.  

Our workshops are encouraged but not required for using the microscopes in the NIC@HMS. If you want to use the NIC@HMS microscopes for your research, please fill out the online request for training.

Upcoming Workshops & Lectures

Click on the Date/Time for a description of the workshop and to register.  Registration is not transferrable from one person to another.  Registration for Nov & Dec workshops will open later in the fall. 

Workshop Date/Time
Digital Imaging Fri Sept 11 / 10am-5pm
Fluorescence Microscopy Fri Oct 2 / 10am-4pm
Transmitted Light Microscopy Fri Oct 16 / 10am-4pm
Confocal Microscopy Fri Oct 30 / 10am-2:30pm
Fluorescence Microscopy Tentative Wed Nov 4 / 10am-4pm
Digital Imaging Tentative Wed Dec 2 / 10am-5pm


Future Courses

The following courses are each taught 1 to 3 times per year. Courses are usually scheduled 3-4 weeks in advance.  To receive first notification when new courses are scheduled, please subscribe to our listserv by sending a blank email to

Fluorescence Microscopy

Digital Imaging

Confocal Microscopy

Transmitted Light Microscopy

Microscope Care & Maintenance

We also offer several special topic courses per year. Past topics include FRET, deconvolution, CellProfiler, NIS Elements, MetaMorph and more.

We also teach several courses in the HMS nanocourse program, including Fluorescence Live Cell Imaging and Quantitative Microscopy. For more information visit the Nanos and Quarters website.

Intensive Course

If you are looking for an intensive and rigorous microscopy course, please consider Quantitative Imaging: From Cells to Molecules at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory.  This two-week course is organized by Jennifer Waters (HMS), Hunter Elliott (HMS), Talley Lambert (HMS) & Torsten Wittmann (UCSF).  The course is taught every April, with applications due the January before.  Visit the CSHL website for more information (note, they generally list courses 2-3 months in advance of the application deadline, so if you don't see it try again later). 

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