BIOS S-175 Optical Imaging in Biology

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7-week session | CRN 32731

From the basic microscopes used by Robert Hooke when he coined the phrase "cell" to Rosalind Franklin's X-ray diffraction images used to explain the DNA double helix structure, imaging technologies have enabled scientists to make amazing biological discoveries. This course explores the historical development of various modern optical imaging techniques, their underlying mechanisms based in physics, their applications in biomedical research, and the advantages and limitations of each technique. Students learn to apply various forms of optical imaging to different biological samples and use computer-based image analysis software to extract relevant information from images.

Course information
Class meetings

On campus
Mondays, Wednesdays, 6:30-9:30 pm
Sever Hall 208

Required sections meeting in the Longwood Medical Area to be arranged.

Start date

Monday, June 19


4 credits

Course tuition


Enrollment status

  • Limited to 12 students
    Registration Closed
  • Prerequisites

    High school math and sciences (physics, trigonometry, geometry, biology, and chemistry); good computer skills.


    Open to admitted Secondary School Program students by petition. Harvard College students see additional information.




    Lai Ding, PhD.

    Senior Research Scientist, Brigham and Women's Hospital Institute for the Neurosciences

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