Electron Microscopy and Imaging/Prac (EMHU3002)


The course is run conjointly by the Department of Anatomy & Histology and the Australian Centre for Microscopy & Microanalysis (ACMM). The course will provide hands-on training in the operation of transmission and scanning electron microscopes, processing biological samples for electron microscopy, ultrathin sectioning, cryo-ultramicrotomy, electron diffraction, digital imaging, immunological and other techniques required in modern research and hospital electron microscope laboratories. Students will also learn the operation of laser scanning confocal microscopes, including the use of fluorescent probes to visualise cellular organelles and cellular processes. Students will apply their knowledge to complete a project of their choice on electron microscopy of a biological sample, from fixation of the sample to interpretation of the resulting electron micrographs.

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Two 2-hour practicals and one 1-hour tutorial per week.


One 2hr exam (60%) and in-semester assessment of practical book exercises, practical report, practical project assignment by powerpoint submission and oral presentation (40%)


Bozzola, JJ and Russell, LD. Electron Microscopy. 2nd edition. Jones and Bartlett Publishers. 1999.

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Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

12 cp of Intermediate Science units of study including ANAT2008. For BMedSc: (BMED2401 and BMED2402 and BMED2405) OR (BMED2801 and BMED2802 and BMED2806 and BMED2804).

General concepts in Biology, Histology and in Biochemistry or in Chemistry.



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