VWO Masterclass Fluorescence Microscopy

Title: Masterclass Fluorescence Microscopy
Date: 18-19 November 2021 (Annual)
Location: LCAM-FNWI Sciencepark
Contact: Charlotte Clarijs & Mark Hink
Previous editions: Mar & Nov 2013, Nov 2014, Nov 2015, Mar 2017, Nov 2021

Once a year a masterclass Fluorescence Microscopy is organised. This is in collaboration with the It’s Academy/Betapartners Academie that tries to activate highschool (VWO) students to  follow bèta and technical studies by focusing and challenge the students on these topics. One of the activities is to organise Masterclasses where motivated students can sign in.

The Masterclass Fluorescence Microscopy is a two days course in Dutch that allows 12-20 5 & 6-VWO students to learn more about biology and microscopy. During the course the students will isolate, purify DNA encoding for celorganelle markers tagged with a gene for green fluorescent protein. After the introduction of this recombinant DNA in cells the students will work with fluorescence microscopes to visualize the fluorescent proteins and to recognize the enlightned celorganelles. A demo with an advanced confocal microscope will illustrate the capabilities of modern state-of-the art microscopes to monitor the function and dynamics of proteins in a living cell, which is important to study cell biology and medicine.

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