AFM BioMed Conference


The AFM BioMed Summer School offers an introduction to Atomic Force Microscopy in Life Sciences and Medicine for PhD students, post-docs, young scientists and core facility technicians/engineers. Lectures in the morning are complemented by hands-on experiments in the afternoon.

There are about 25 places for students doing hands-on experiments. Participants are encouraged to send a CV and a motivation letter. AFM beginners are welcome.




Registration info:

    Fees: 690€ TTC for academics / 990€ TTC for industry

    Deadline: 31 May 2018




Preliminary Program:



  • Lorna Dougan - University of Leeds (UK)
  • Georg Fantner - École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (Switzerland)
  • Cristina Flors – IMDEA Nanoscience Institute Madrid (Spain)
  • Núria Gavara - Queen Mary University of London (UK)
  • Jean-Luc Pellequer - Institut de Biologie Structurale/CEA Grenoble (France)
  • Laura Picas - Institut de Recherche en Infectiologie de Montpellier, CNRS (France)
  • Alessandro Podestà - Università degli Studi di Milano (Italy)
  • Johannes Preiner - University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria (Austria)
  • Pierre-Henri Puech/Ignacio Casuso/Felix Rico - INSERM / Aix-Marseille University (France)


  • Nicolas Buzhinsky
  • Ignacio Casuso
  • Arin Marchesi
  • Pierre-Henri Puech
  • Felix Rico
  • Fidan Sümbül
  • Francesca Zuttion


Practical Training:

Session: Single molecule force spectroscopy (SMFS)

- JPK or/and HS-AFM

- Titin unfolding using ultrastable complexes


Session: Biomaging

- bacteriorhodopsin and lipid membranes (Nanoscope)

- lysenin or other “dynamic protein” (HS-AFM and Cypher)


Session: Cell Mechanics

- cell elasticity mapping (Bruker Resolve)

- cell adhesion (JPK)


Short tutorials
- Both cell mechanics and SMFS topics will include a short tutorial on sensitivity and spring constant calibration.

- SMFS session will also include a short tutorial on tip coating.

- The last lecture (Friday) will include two tutorials on data and image processing.



Local Organizers:

  • Felix Rico
  • Ignacio Casuso
  • Pierre-Henri Puech
  • Nicolas Buzhinsky
  • Sophie Gall



    Meeting site: Luminy Campus, Marseille 13009 -  Campus Plan (jpg)

   Public transport: Bus connection between the Airport and the St Charles Train Station. At the train station take the Metro line 2, stop at
                             "Rond Point du Prado". Then take the bus N21 till Luminy (terminus).
                              Marseille public transport: 


    Accommodation: Cité Universitaire/Studinettes, Bât. B - Jul.23 - Jul.27; 5 nights covered by the inscription fees.

    Alimentation: Two meals per day (lunch and dinner).