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The Expert Microscopy Training Program gives scientists like you an edge—so you can...

  • Understand how to capture an image that meets the approval of editorial, grant, and patent reviewers.
  • Complete experiments more quickly so they avoid wasting time and resources.
  • Lessen the effort involved in capturing important microscopy images.
  • Decrease the frustration that results from a poor understanding of microscopy principles.
  • Lay a solid foundation for biotech experiments or more advanced research.
  • Gain information that enables them to troubleshoot microscopy challenges during research.
  • Follow best practices for avoiding accusations of image fraud.

Here’s What You Get

4 core
Private Group And Webinar Access

4 Core Instructional Modules

Exscope Workbooks & Presentations

50+Advanced Training Videos

14 Training Quizes

Private Group

Webinar Season Pass


Here's What Current Expert Microscopy Members Are Saying

Heather Brown-Harding

"Microscopy and image analysis tools are ubiquitous in the biomedical research lab, From basic cell counting and checking growth of cultures, to the latest approaches such as Super Resolution and Light Sheet microscopy, these tools help reveal the deep workings of the cell. However, even with the most basic microscope there are important considerations that need to be addressed. Kohler illumination, for example, is often not taught in the lab, but is important to ensure even illumination of the sample.

A colleague of mine once said that in microscopy, it was important to try to understand how the microscope was trying to trick you. If you don’t understand how the system works, how the image is generated, you can readily be mislead by the data collected. Thus, it’s critical to have a fundamental understanding of how the microscope works. How does light move through the optics? Where is the focal plane? How is the image captured? With all the demands on the modern researcher, education is critical. Attending workshops and seminars can help, but those are single point learning options.

Enter Expert Microscopy, written by Dr. Heather Brown-Harding, who has been using microscopy since her Ph.D. With this wealth of knowledge, Dr. Brown-Harding has takes the microscope and guides you through all aspects from the parts of the system to sample preparation and the tradeoffs between different methods, to how to properly process the final image in a scientifically acceptable method.

What is even better about Expert Microscopy is that you can go back and review sections at your leisure. This allows for reviews important topics over and over. On the bus, in the lab, at the beach if you have an internet access, you can be reviewing and learning. As the director of a SRL, I appreciate the organization and range of the material presented. Educated users make the best users, and this is a perfect way to get that knowledge.

Flow Cytometry Resource Facility Director, University of Rochester
Founder, Expert Cytometry
Tim Bushnell, Ph.D.

"I recently had the pleasure to review the materials for this CSA Advanced Microscopy Program. As an experienced microscopist, I can sincerely say that I was blown away by this program! CSA has flawlessly managed to condense decades worth of knowledge into a short portfolio. I felt that I both learned something new from this and that it was also a convenient refresher resource. This program provides an all-encompassing overview of how microscopy works from the most basic of terms and microscopes, to the most sophisticated instruments on the market. This provides a strategic advantage to both newcomers and experienced workers in the field, by encouraging a thorough knowledge base of the technical aspects as well as the recent market trends. And it really is all aspects of microscopy - not just the microscope itself, but also the physics of light, how to prepare samples for microscopy, principles of generating a digital image, and image processing and analysis. This would be excellent for anyone searching for a position in the biosciences, sales, hardware and engineering, or clinical and medical research fields. I truly wish I had access to this when I was a PhD candidate!"

Advanced Imaging Specialist at Nikon Canada, Inc
John-Michael Arpino, Ph.D.

Heather Brown-Harding

"This course is a must-have for anyone interested in or looking to expand their knowledge of microscopy. Each module is well-organized and easy-to-follow. The resources provided both reinforce what the user learned and offer more detail about microscopes and microscopy techniques. This course is a one-stop-shop for microscopists of all skill levels! "

Research Assistant, Washington State University
Alex Woychek, Ph.D.

"I have reviewed the ExScope course and found the material to range from basic to complex ideas that are conveyed in a succinct manner. There are consolidated, practical tips for preparation, imaging, processing and post-processing. It is a useful resource for anyone planning to begin working with microscopes which can go on to serve as a reference for advanced users too."

Product Support Specialist, Zeiss Microscopy
Swati Arora, Ph.D.

Poor Microscopy Training

Below, you’ll see an image before the right microscopy technique was applied.

Expert Microscopy Training

This image is taken after the proper microscopy technique has been executed.

June bug imaged on a CMO stereomicroscope. First is max intensity projection, second is extended depth of focus

BPAE cells stained with phalloidin, mitotracker and Hoechst

Arabidopsis seedling with brightfield transillumination followed by ring light illumination

Importance of accurate and reproducible microscopy images:

3.8% of published papers
contained problematic figures.

20-25% of papers
contained at least one figure that did not comply with the journal's instructions to authors

69,700 new papers that mention a microscope In 2018 alone.

The cost of not knowing how to use a microscope is immense:

$225,000- $1,000,000 Two-photon microscope

$150,000 - $700,000 Scanning Confocal microscope

$3,000 - $40,000 New Laser

$14,000 - $25,000 New Objective

$7000 Minor Repair