Building a Scanning PALM Microscope

The Class

In Spring Semester of 2011, the goal of Biological Microscopy was to design and build a new super-resolution microscope. The class was designed as an interdisciplinary course for juniors and senior undergrads. The class consisted of undergraduates from the physics, math, electrical engineering, computer science, biochemistry departments and a Masters student from business administration. The class provided students with the opportunity to apply skills that they learned in their majors, and to work as an interdisciplinary team to solve problems as they emerged during the construction of the system.

Scanning PALM Microscope