New Grad Student Opportunity: Free Cryo-EM Workshop

The Van Andel Research Institute is hosting a cryo-EM workshop August 13-15, 2018 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Full scholarships, including travel, are available for up to 15 graduate students. Applications are due May 11, 2018.

Taught by internationally recognized cryo-EM experts, Cryo-EM at the Van Andel Research Institute will give gifted graduate students an intense overview of the latest innovative methodology and its applications across several fields including cancer and neurodegenerative disease research. By the end of the week, students will have a greater appreciation of what can be achieved through the application of cryo-EM.

Sessions will cover:

  • Electron microscopy
  • Electron tomography
  • Image processing basics
  • Image processing and 3-D reconstruction (hands-on session)
  • Negative stain and cryo-EM grid preparation
  • Cryo-EM on the Arctica and the Krios with a Volta phase plate

The course is designed to engage students and promote discussion between fellow participants and course instructors. In addition to talks and hands-on lessons, there will be social events that will provide opportunities to network.

For more information and to apply please visit the workshop website. Questions can be directed to Aubrie Bruinsma at


Raman Spectroscopy Workshop at Harvard

Horiba Scientific and Harvard’s Center for Nanoscale Systems will be hosting a two day Raman spectroscopy workshop May 15 – 16.  The lectures will be focused on Raman spectroscopy of 2D materials, but anyone with interest in learning the fundamentals and applications of Raman spectroscopy in greater detail should attend.

There will be a poster session and cocktail reception the evening of May 15th.  Please consider submitting a poster to help foster discussion about the topics that interest you and the challenges that you face in your research.  Poster abstracts should be sent to

David Tuschel from Horiba Scientific will be presenting the lectures at the workshop.  David has more than 30 years of experience in optical characterization of materials.  David shares responsibility with Fran Adar also from Horiba for authoring the Molecular Spectroscopy Workbench, which appears regularly in Spectroscopy magazine.

Since space in the workshop is limited there is a small ticket fee to discourage no shows.  Tickets are available here.

More information can be found in this flier.

How to Make It and Use It – A Microfluidic Workshop

The Center of BioModular Multi-Scale Systems in conjunction with RTNN will host a microfluidic workshop at the Chapel Hill Analytical and Nanofabrication Laboratory (CHANL). This workshop will offer participants the opportunity to learn about patterning structures across different length scales (nm→μm) and become familiar with a number of important application areas – microfluidics and nanofluidics for biological/biomedical applications. There will be lectures (mornings) covering relevant technological and application areas. In the afternoons, there will be on-site demonstrations of fabrication
equipment and hands-on experiments focused on making a microfluidic device and using it. More details can be found here.

Register here. RTNN is able to offset costs associated with registration and travel to a limited number of participants who demonstrate need. To apply for support, please visit the RTNN support page.