July 8-9
Course: AFM in Biology

Learn AFM Skills for Research in Biology and Biophysics

Asylum Research is proud to announce the return of our highly popular AFM in Biology course.  This hands-on course has been updated with the latest information on relevant techniques and modes of operation for applying Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) to biological samples including biomolecules and membranes.  Now in its 16th session, work alongside Asylum Research applications scientists in a hands-on learning environment during this two-day class held on July 8-9, 2020.  Get the most out of your AFM by learning from the experts. 

Course topics

  • Biological sample preparation and interpretation of AFM data
  • Cantilever probe selection
  • Imaging samples in air and fluid
  • Tips for achieving highest resolution with your AFM
  • Nanomechanical modes:  Force-based modulus measurements and AM-FM viscoelastic mapping
  • Optical integration, include combined AFM and optical microscopy techniques like fluorescence and phase contrast for MFP-BIO students
  • Photothermal excitation of the cantilever for simplified and stable liquid imaging
  • Cypher video rate scanning for capturing the dynamics of biomolecular reactions and assembly processes
  • Image processing and analysis
  • Recognizing artifacts

Attendees may choose to add an additional day to their stay, during which they will work with Asylum applications scientists to image samples brought from their own labs or receive advanced training. Students will receive a certificate of completion at the end of the course. 

Who Should attend?

Academic researchers and industrial users who already possess basic AFM skills but want to become more skilled in preparing and imaging biological samples.  New users are welcome to attend this course by adding the additional optional day of basic training. 


Attendees registering before May 1st will receive early-bird pricing of $1,950 per attendee for the two-day course. Registrations after May 1st will be charged at $2,250.

AFM Basics option:  Students who are new to AFM should register for the 1-day of basic training scheduled on the day prior to the two-day course for an additional $1,350.

Custom Training option:  An optional day of individualized training can be added the day after the two-day course for an additional $1,650 (subject to availability). 


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Course Schedule 

To be determined

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Santa Barbara, California, USA


July 8-9

Registration deadline

June 8, 2020


Asylum Research

Travel and Lodging

For directions and hotel information click here.


Contact Dominic Paszkeicz at Dominic.Paszkeicz@oxinst.com


The course will use the following Asylum AFMs:

Cypher ES and Cypher VRS


MFP-3D and MFP-3D Bio

MFP-3D Infinity

Jupiter XR

Jupiter XR
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Registrants may choose to pay with credit card or purchase order. To pay via credit card please call (805) 696-6467 x241. To pay via purchase order please email Marie.Halton@oxinst.com to receive a formal quotation. 


For questions related to this course please contact Dominic Paszkeicz at Dominic.Paszkeicz@oxinst.com.

Terms and Conditions 

Attendees are responsible for all travel, hotel, and meal costs, except lunch, which will be included daily and a group dinner on the first night. Your seat for the course will be confirmed after the registration deadline of June 8th. The minimum number of participants is 4. If there are fewer than 4 registrants, the course will be cancelled and any paid registratrants will have the option to register in a future course or be fully refunded. Attendees are therefore advised to avoid making non-refundable travel arrangements before the course in confirmed.