AFM BioMed Conference

9th AFMBioMed Summer School  in GRENOBLE 2017 (August 21st-25th)


The School offers an introduction to Atomic Force Microscopy in Life Sciences and Medicine for Ph.D student, post-docs,  scientists, core facility technicians and engineers. Lectures in the morning are complemented by hands-on experiments in the afternoon. There are about 20 places for students doing hands-on experiments. Participants are encouraged to send a CV and a motivation letter to the organizers. AFM beginners are welcome.




Trainees will be welcomed by CEA Fundamental Research Division, Institut de Biology Structurale  and  Institut Laue-Langevin.

Lectures and practical trainings will be organized at the IBS building located on the European Photon & Neutron Campus in Grenoble  (access)

Local Organizer (and for more information): Jean-Luc Pellequer

Click here for the current program and here for the list of Lecturers/Trainers

Registration deadline: June 15th, 2017




Luca Costa (CBS, Montpellier)

Giovanni Dietler (EPFL, Lausanne)

Sébastien Janel (IPL, Lille)

Frank Lafont (IPL, Lille)

Michael Odorico (CEA/ICSM, Marcoule)

Pedro J de Pablo (Univ. Autónoma Madrid)

Jean-Luc Pellequer (IBS, Grenoble)

Laura Picas (CBS, Montpellier)

Lorena Redondo-Morata (INSERM, Marseille)

Felix Rico (INSERM and Univ. Marseille)

Hermann Schillers (Univ. Muenster)

Jean-Marie Teulon (IBS, Grenoble)









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Luca Costa (Centre Bioch. Struct., Montpellier): "Introduction to atomic force microscopy: methods and instruments"

Giovanni Dietler (Ecole Polythech. Féd. Lausanne): "Polymer physics and topology of DNA at the single molecule level: an AFM Study"

Frank Lafont (Inst. Pasteur Lille): "Correlative microscopy using AFM to study cell mechanobiology"

Pedro de Pablo (Univ. Autónoma de Madrid): "Imaging and force spectroscopy of viruses with Atomic Force Microscopy"

Jean-Luc Pellequer (IBS Grenoble): "Atomic Force Microscopy and integrated structural biology"

Laura Picas (Centre Bioch. Struct., Montpellier): "Quantitative mapping of biological membranes using AFM"

Lorana Redondo-Morata (INSERM Marseille): "High-speed Atomic Force Microscopy: probing the dynamics of biomolecules"

Felix Rico (INSERM / Univ. Aix-Marseille): "Mechanics of single proteins probed by force spectroscopy"

Hermann Schillers (Univ. Munster): "AFM in cancer research"


An additional course on AFM cantilevers will be announced subsequently.




Practical training:

Five AFM instruments will be accessible: Two multimodes, one Bioscope Resolve, one FastScan, and one Cypher VRS.

Plus computers for image processing and analyzis.


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Sebastien Janel & Hermann Schillers: cell mechanics

Laura Picas & Luca Costa: imaging membranes

Felix Rico: protein unfolding

Jean-Marie Teulon & Jean-Luc Pellequer: imaging viruses

Lorena Redondo-Morata: High-speed imaging of membranes

Pedro de Pablo: Calibration processes