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Webinar: Techniques and Methods in Live-Cell Imaging

Practical Advice for Microscopy-based Research

Imaging technologies are ubiquitous in today's life science laboratory. From basic microscopy to high throughput modalities, most cell based research benefits from some tried and true methods for imaging. Techniques applied to imaging live cells, either in culture or in vivo, have enabled many biological questions to be addressed that were not possible with fixed samples. Advances in the technologies available, and in the different ways in which they can be applied to analyze live cells, is continuously occurring. This webinar will examine some of the cutting-edge technologies available today, through real-world examples provided by our panel of experts.

In this exciting webinar organized by Science and sponsored by Leica Microsystems, you will hear from renowned scientists about their research in live cell imaging.


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During the webinar, the speakers will:

  • Provide specific examples of imaging modalities and how they can be applied in a basic research setting
  • Give practical problem-solving advice on imaging issues encountered
  • Discuss specific methodologies for achieving the best imaging data
  • Answer your questions live during the webinar!

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Vytas Bindokas, Ph.D.

University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, USA

Dr. Bindokas earned his Ph.D. degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago and trained as a postdoctoral fellow at both the Davis and Riverside campuses of the University of California. He has been a research associate (associate professor) in the University of Chicago’s Department of Neurobiology, Pharmacology and Physiology since 1997, and is currently also the core director for the Biological Sciences Division/Cancer Center/Digestive Diseases Integrated Light Microscopy Core Facility. Dr. Bindokas has extensive experience in many different forms of fluorescence microscopy, including physiologic probes, FRET, FLIM, and superresolution as well as with the associated hardware and software.



Simon C. Watkins, Ph.D.

University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, PA, USA

Dr. Watkins was awarded his Ph.D. from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne in England and received postdoctoral training at the Pasteur Institute in Paris, France and the Dana Farber Cancer Institute in the U.S. He was recruited to the faculty of the University of Pittsburgh as a tenure stream assistant professor and was promoted to full professor with tenure in 2001. Currently Dr. Watkins is a professor of Cell Biology and Physiology, and Immunology, and vice chair of the department of Cell Biology and Physiology. He is the founder of the Center for Biologic Imaging at the University of Pittsburgh, which is an internationally renowned intellectual center for the application of all aspects of microscopic imaging specifically for the study of molecular, cellular, and tissue biology. His current research focus is understanding the mechanisms of communication between cells of the immune system using molecular and optical imaging tools. Dr. Watkins is a fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists and holds an honorary doctorate from the University of Umeå in Sweden for his contributions to the field of microscopic imaging.



Tomasz Zal, Ph.D., MD

Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, USA

Dr. Zal completed his Master’s and Ph.D. degrees in Wroclaw, Poland, at the Wroclaw University of Technology and the Institute of Immunology and Experimental Therapy of Polish Academy of Sciences, respectively. He underwent postdoctoral training at the National Institute for Medical Research in London and at The Scripps Research Institute in California. Dr. Zal then moved to the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas, where he is currently an assistant professor and director of the Immune Imaging Core at the Department of Immunology. The goal of his current research is to understand the spatiotemporal regulation of immune interactions and the role of tissue microenvironment in immunological regulation, for which he employs various dynamic imaging techniques. Dr. Zal has developed new dynamic imaging modalities, such as FRET and intravital dynamics-immunosignal correlative (iDISC) microscopy, and is experienced in numerous imaging technologies, ranging from intravital multiphoton microscopy to FRET to superresolution microscopy.




Sean Sanders, Ph.D.

Science/AAAS, Washington, DC, USA

Dr. Sanders did his undergraduate training at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, and his Ph.D. at the University of Cambridge, UK, supported by the Wellcome Trust. Following postdoctoral training at the National Institutes of Health and Georgetown University, Dr. Sanders joined TranXenoGen, a startup biotechnology company in Massachusetts working on avian transgenics. Pursuing his parallel passion for writing and editing, Dr. Sanders joined BioTechniques as an editor, before joining Science/AAAS in 2006. Currently Dr. Sanders is the Editor for Custom Publishing for the journal Science and Program Director for Outreach.