NYSBC - New York Structural Biology Center

The Winter-Spring 2016 EM Course has concluded.

When the 2017 Winter-Spring EM Course is scheduled, details will be listed on this page. Below is a description of and syllabus for the 2016 class. The next class will follow the same format.


Electron microscopy in combination with image analysis is increasingly powerful in producing 3D structures of individual molecules and large macromolecular complexes that are unapproachable by other methods. This course is focused on the concepts and theories behind electron microscopy and will be taught in a reverse classroom format based on Grant Jensen’s online course (Getting Started in Cryo-EM [https://cryo-em-course.caltech.edu/] from Caltech). Students will be responsible for watching these online lectures prior to class. Each week guest lecturers and SEMC staff lead discussions on the practice of solving molecular structures by electron microscopy.

The course will be held at the New York Structural Biology Center at 89 Convent Ave (133rd St).

Course Syllabus:

Classes in A-11 seminar room (Mon 3:30-5pm)

  • Jan 11 : Introduction & SEMC tour (short class) [Ed Eng & SEMC staff, NYSBC] [pdf]
  • Jan 18 : No class - Martin Luther King
  • Jan 25 : Basic anatomy of the electron microscope [Christoph Wigge & Anchi Cheng, NYSBC] [pdf]
  • Feb 1 : Fourier transforms and Image Formation [Bill Rice, NYSBC] [pdf]
  • Feb 8 : Challenges in biological EM & Sample Prep [Ed Eng & Ashleigh Raczkowski, NYSBC] [pdf]
  • Feb 15 : No class - President's Day
  • Feb 22 : Tomography (part I) [David Stokes, NYU]
  • Feb 29 : Tomography (part II: FIB-SEM ) [Christoph Wigge & Bill Rice, NYSBC] [pdf]
  • Mar 7 : Single-particle analysis (part I) [Joachim Frank, COLU] [pdf]
  • Mar 14 : Single-particle analysis (part II) [Amedee Des Georges & Reza Khayat, CUNY] [pdf]
  • Mar 21 : Single-particle analysis (part III) [Yong Zi Tan, COLU/NYSBC] [pdf]
  • Mar 28 : EMDataBank: Structure Data Archiving, Validation Challenges [Cathy Lawson, Rutgers] [pdf]
  • Apr 4 : 2D crystallography (part II: Helical) [Hernando Sosa, AECOM] [pdf]
  • Apr 11 : 2D crystallography (part I) [Iban Ubarretxena, MSSM] [pdf]
  • Apr 18 : Validation methods [Tom Walz, RU] [pdf]
  • Apr 25 : Fitting Atomic Models [Willy Wriggers, Old Dominion University] [pdf]
  • Apr 26 : Forum Presentation - Multiscale Biomolecular Modeling in 4-D @12pm [Willy Wriggers, Old Dominion University] [pdf]
  • Apr 26 : Workshop - Multi-Scale Fitting and 4-D Modeling Workshop [Willy Wriggers, Julio Kovacs, and Manuel Wahle] [Situs_pdf][TimeScapes_pdf][Sculptor_pdf]
  • May 2 : Conclusion & open discussion (short class) [SEMC staff, NYSBC]

  • Note: The lecture slides are provided for educational purposes only. All rights are reserved by their original authors. Please contact them if you would like to use or repost their content.

    Video screenings in the SEMC conference room (starts @3:30pm, optional)

  • Jan 13 : Basic anatomy of the electron microscope
  • Jan 20 : Fourier transforms and reciprocal space
  • Jan 27 : Image Formation
  • Feb 3 : Fundamental challenges in biological EM
  • Feb 10 : no screening
  • Feb 17 : Tomography (part I)
  • Feb 25 : Tomography (part II)
  • Mar 2 : Single-particle analysis (part I)
  • Mar 9 : Single-particle analysis (part II)
  • Mar 16 : Single-particle analysis (part III)
  • Mar 23 : no screening
  • Mar 30 : 2D cystallography

  • Click here for a detailed syllabus



    Class structure (1.5 hr class)

    30 min Introduction by guest lecturer on applying the class topic to scientific questions with focus on the nuts & bolts of the technique. Examples may be from their own research or a recent paper.

    15 min Coffee break/informal conversation

    45 min Open ended discussion covering concept check questions on the topic



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