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AFM Workshop at the University of Michigan
May 7-8, 2019

Increase Your AFM Knowledge

Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) is a powerful tool for nanoscale label-free imaging of cells, tissues, biomolecules, and novel materials in-situ.  Video-rate AFM further enables direct imaging of dynamic cell and molecular processes.  This workshop covers applications of modern video-rate AFM for cell and biomolecular imaging, as well as biophysical measurements such as force spectroscopy and cellular stiffness measurements.  The workshop will also include a hands-on demonstration of select samples on an Asylum Research Cypher VRS Video-Rate AFM.  The workshop is appropriate for both experienced AFM users as well as less experienced researchers who would like to learn more about how AFM could impact their projects.


Jay M. Pittman, Univ. of Chicago
Christopher T. Boughter, Univ. of Chicago
Dr. Bikash Soo, Dept. of Chemistry, Univ. of Michigan
Justin Cooper, Andor Technology
Drew Griffin, Asylum Research
Tim Walsh, Asylum Research
Amanda Howard, Bitplane
David Richards, Oxford Instruments NanoAnalysis


Registration is free, but all attendees must register due to limited seating. Please choose one of the four time slots for the May 8th Cypher VRS hands-on demonstrations.

May 9th is an optional day to run individual samples. Please indicate your interest when registering and you will be contacted to discuss your sample and schedule time. Limited spots are available.


University of Michigan
Forum Hall in Palmer Commons 4th Floor
100 Washtenaw Ave,
Ann Arbor, MI

Demonstration Labs
Room 3080 Chemistry
930 North University Ave.
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May 7

  9:30 – 9:40am

Introduction and Welcome

Univ. of Michigan and Asylum Research


  9:40 – 10:00

What's New in the Nanoworld of AFM

Drew Griffin, Asylum Research


  10:00 – 10:30

Capturing Nanoscale Dynamics with Video-Rate AFM

Tim Walsh, Asylum Research


  10:30 – 10:45




  10:45 – 11:30

Observing the Dynamics of Amyloid-β 40 Oligomerization

Chris Boughter and Jay Pittman, Univ. of Chicago


  11:30 – 12:00pm

Imaris 9.3 Object Detection and Motion Tracking

Amanda Howard, Bitplane


  12:15 – 1:15

Lunch provided



  1:15 – 1:45

Scientific Camera Technologies for Single-Molecule Imaging

Justin Cooper, Andor Technology


  1:45 – 2:15

Real-time Monitoring of Inhibition of Human Amylin Aggregation using High-Speed AFM
Dr. Bikash Soo, Univ. of Michigan


  2:15 – 3:00

The Fascinating World of Chemical and Microstructural Analysis in the SEM

David Richards, Oxford Instruments NanoAnalysis

May 8

 9:00 – 10:30am
 11:00 – 12:30pm
 1:30 – 3:00
 3:30 – 5:00

 Cypher VRS Video-Rate AFM demonstration. Select one slot when registering

Tim Walsh, Asylum Research



Drew Griffin, Asylum Research