Course detail

Experimental Biophotonics

FSI-TEB-AAcad. year: 2011/2012

Basics of cell biology in vitro: structure and functions of the cell; isolation into and maintenance of cells from multicellular organism into in vitro systems; mastering the specialty of preparation of live cells for microscopical observations. Protocols of in vitro investigations of cell behaviour. Interpretation and evaluation of results of microscopical observations of cell behaviour. The role of light microscopy techniques for study of live cells in vitro: principles of light microscopy, fluorescent and confocal microscopy, quantitative phase contrast in holographic microscopy, image processing and analysis.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Acquaintance with the basics of live cell biology in vitro; preparation and cultivation of cell for microscopy observation; application of light microscopies to study cell living in vitro; elements of interpretation of results of biological experiments from physical and biological points of view.
Understanding problems and gaining insight into current trends of biological microscopy.
Acquiring of widened ability to interdisciplinary professional activity.


Knowledge of elements of geometric optics.


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

B. Alberts et al.: Molecular Biology of the Cell, 5th Ed. Garland Science, 2007.
D. Bray: Cell Movements: From Molecules to Motility. Garland Science 2000.
D. E. Chandler, R. W. Robertson: Bioimaging. Jones & Bartlett, Boston 2009.
A. R. Hibbs: Confocal Microscopy for Biologists. Springer, 2004.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Teaching methods depend on the type of course unit as specified in the article 7 of BUT Rules for Studies and Examinations.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

Student assesment will take into consideration his/her work at laboratory and wiil depend on the result of final discussion on specified themes. Notes and literature is permitted.

Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.


Objective of the theme is the introduction into the basics and prospective of live cell biology in vitro as observed and studied with techniques of light microscopy.

Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences

Presence in all teaching units is required because of their mutual links. In the case of student absention, tacher will specify alternative requirements.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme M2A-P Master's

    branch M-FIN , 1. year of study, winter semester, 3 credits, elective (voluntary)
    branch M-PMO , 1. year of study, winter semester, 3 credits, elective (voluntary)

Type of course unit



26 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer


Structure and functions of the cell
Cells isolation into in vitro systems
Principles of light microscopy
Mastering the specialty of preparation of live cells for microscopical observations
Protocols of in vitro investigations of cell behaviour.
Fluorescence and confocal microscopy
Quantitative phase contrast in holographic microscopy
Image processing and analysis
Analysis of results of biological experiments

labs and studios

13 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer


Lecture themes are developed by laboratory demonstrations and laboratory work of students.