The Winter-Spring 2019 EM Course

About the course

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 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).

To register for this course apply here:

Preliminary Course Schedule

Classes in A-11 seminar room (Mondays 3:30-5pm and select Wednesdays 3:30-5pm)

EM fundamentals section (month of January)

Jan 7 : Introduction & SEMC tour [Ed Eng, NYSBC]
Jan 9 : Basic anatomy of the electron microscope [Anchi Cheng, NYSBC]
Jan 14 : Challenges in biological EM & Sample Prep and practical [SEMC staff, NYSBC]
Jan 16 : Support films and practical [SEMC staff, NYSBC]
Jan 21 : No class – Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday
Jan 23 : Fourier transforms and Image Formation [Lorenzo Finci, NYSBC]

Tomography section

Jan 28 : Tomography (part I: Intro and overview of ET) [Wei Dai, Rutgers]
Feb 4 : Tomography (part II: FIB-SEM) [Bill Rice, NYSBC]
Feb 11 : Tomography (part III: Cryo-Applications & Sub-tomogram averaging) [Alex Noble, NYSBC]
Feb 18 : No class – President’s Day

Single particle section

Feb 25 : Single-particle analysis (part I: Intro and overview of SPA) [Joachim Frank, COLU]
Mar 4 : Single-particle analysis (part II: Data Analysis and reconstruction workflow [Reza Khayat, Amedee des Georges CUNY]
Mar 11 : Single-particle analysis (part III: Reconstruction workflow (cont), and Interpretation and Limitations) [Rich Hite, MSKCC]

EM crystallography section

Mar 18 : MicroED and 2D crystallography intro [Bill Rice, NYSBC]
Mar 25 : Helical (part I: Intro and overview of helical) [Greg Alushin, RU]
Apr 1 : Helical (part II: Helical cont) [Hernando Sosa, AECOM]

EM challenges and new frontiers

Apr 8 : Validation methods [Tom Walz, RU]
Apr 15 : EMDataBank: Structure Data Archiving, Validation Challenges [Cathy Lawson, Rutgers]
Apr 22 : Moderate resolution interpretation [Gira Bhabha, NYU]
Apr 29 : Fitting Atomic Models [Oli Clarke, COLU]
May 1 : Conclusion & open discussion (short class)

Lecture slides from the 2016 course may be found here, 2017 course may be found here and 2018 course may be found here. 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.


Practicals/Journal club in the SEMC conference room (starts @3:30pm)

EM fundamentals
Jan 30
Feb 6
Feb 13
Feb 20
Single Particle
Feb 27
Mar 6
Mar 13
EM crystallography
Mar 20
Mar 27
Apr 3
EM challenges and new frontiers
Apr 10
Apr 17
Apr 24


For researchers taking the course for credit, the final score will be tabulated as follows:

Recitation 50%

Practical Worksheet 10% x 4

Attendance 10%

Suggested 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 recent papers.

15 min Coffee break/informal conversation

45 min Open ended discussion on the topic. Conversation starters may come from concept check questions on the topic or presentation on newer developments in the field.

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