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Okinawa Microscopy Workshop 2024

An all-expenses-paid Microscopy and Image Analysis Workshop
for life scientists working in Japan and Southeast Asia

Location: Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST), Okinawa, Japan

Workshop Dates: 2-7 April 2024

Application Deadline: 15 November 2023

This 6-day intensive workshop is organized by the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST) and the Advanced Bioimaging Support platform (ABiS) in partnership with the Advanced Imaging Center (AIC) at HHMI Janelia Research Campus, USA. 


With an emphasis on hypothesis-driven experimental design, participants will learn how to properly devise and execute microscopy experiments to quantitatively address complex biological questions.

Workshop Group Photo


Extensive hands-on microscopy practicals across a variety of imaging platforms

This workshop will cover the following:

  • Microscopy

    • Introduction to optics​

    • Fundamentals of fluorescent molecules

    • Brightfield microscopy

    • Widefield fluorescence microscopy

    • Confocal fluorescence microscopy

    • TIRF microscopy

    • Light-sheet microscopy

    • Two-photon microscopy

    • Super-resolution microscopy
      (SIM, Airyscan, STED, SMLM)

    • Advanced live-cell imaging
      (FRET, FRAP, FLIP, photoactivation)

  • Image Processing​

    • Fundamentals of digital images​

    • Basic principles of image processing

    • Fourier transformation

    • Object segmentation

    • Machine learning

  • Quantitative Analysis​​

    • Colocalization​

    • Ratiometric image analysis

    • Intensity measurements

    • Morphometric analysis

    • Motion tracking and modeling

Participants will not only learn the tools and skills necessary to perform a suite of quantitative analyses, but also the importance of imaging ethics and proper reporting to ensure reproducibility.


Image processing and analysis training for quantitative fluorescence microscopy

All communications and interactions during the workshop will be conducted strictly in English.

The expenses (registration, flights, lodging, ground transportation, and food) are entirely covered for all attendees.

The workshop is more than a training program. It will also be a platform for interaction and sharing research interests to foster a collaborative Japanese-Southeast Asian imaging community.


Only life science researchers working in non-profit organizations in the following countries are eligible to apply:​

  • Japan

  • Singapore

  • Malaysia

  • Thailand

  • Indonesia

  • Vietnam

  • Philippines

  • Myanmar

  • Cambodia

  • Laos

  • Brunei

  • East Timor

Keynote speakers

Atsushi Miyawaki
RIKEN Center for Brain Science
Hari Shroff
HHMI Janelia Research Campus

Teaching Team

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Teng-Leong Chew
HHMI Janelia Research Campus
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Jesse Aaron
HHMI Janelia Research Campus
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Mai Rahmoon
HHMI Janelia Research Campus
Shinya Komoto
Michael DeSantis
HHMI Janelia Research Campus
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Harikrushnan Balasubramanian
HHMI Janelia Research Campus
Michelle Itano
UNC Chapel Hill
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Satya Khuon
HHMI Janelia Research Campus
Owen Puls
HHMI Janelia Research Campus

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