AFM BioMed Conference


11-16 July 2022

The school will offer an introduction to Atomic Force Microscopy in Life Sciences and Medicine for PhD students, post-docs, young scientists and core facility technicians/engineers.

Lectures will be complemented by hands-on tutorials to facilitate communication between experienced and novice AFM users.

AFM beginners are welcome!


Registration info:





  • Kerstin Blank - Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, Potsdam, Germany

Never Stop Tugging at Me: a practical guide to probing molecular interactions with single molecule force spectroscopy

  • Sonia Contera - University of Oxford, UK

Introduction to scanning probe microscopy in biology

  • Patricia Losada - Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium

Solid supported lipid membranes: A testing ground for equilibrium and non equilibrium phenomena by AFM

  • Andra C Dumitru - Centro Nacional de Investigaciones Cardiovasculares Carlos III, Spain

                  Coupling strategies for single molecule force spectroscopy studies on proteins

  • Alessandro Podestà - University of Milano, Italy

Measuring mechanical properties of cells and tissues by atomic force microscopy

  • Alice Pyne - University of Sheffield, UK

AFM imaging of biomolecules

  • Lorena Redondo-Morata - INSERM, Institut Pasteur Lille, France

High-Speed Atomic Force Microscopy: A tool for studying dynamic membrane remodeling processes

  • Nuno Correia Santos - Institute of Molecular Medicine, University of Lisbon, Portugal

Cardiovascular risk assessment by AFM-based force spectroscopy


  • Nicolas Buzhinsky- INSERM UMR1067, Marseille
  • Ignacio Casuso - INSERM UMR1067, Marseille
  • Natalia Martin Gonzalez - INSERM UMR1067, Marseille
  • Ismahene Mesbah - INSERM UMR1067, Marseille
  • Leda Lacaria - INSERM UMR1067, Marseille
  • Jean-Luc Pellequer - IBS, Grenoble
  • Alice Pyne - University of Sheffield, UK
  • Lorena Redondo- INSERM, Institut Pasteur Lille
  • Felix Rico- INSERM UMR1067, Marseille
  • Jorge Rodriguez-Ramos - INSERM UMR1067, Marseille
  • Prithwidip Saha - INSERM UMR1067, Marseille
  • Claire Valotteau- CNRS UMR1067, Marseille


Preliminary Program (local time Paris):

The school will start on Monday July 11 at 1.30pm and end on Friday July 15 at 6pm (accommodation will be provided until Saturday morning).


Practical Training :

1. HS-AFM of membrane proteins
2. HS-FS of protein unfolding
3. Cell mechanics / Mapping
4. AFM of lipid membrane
5. PFQNM/HS-AFM Imaging of DNA
6. AFM Calibration

7. Tutorials on AFM image processing and force curve analysis



Local Organizers:

  • Nicolas Buzhinsky
  • Ignacio Casuso
  • Pierre-Henri Puech
  • Felix Rico
  • Lorena Redondo
  • Claire Valotteau




    Meeting site: LAI laboratory - UMR1067 INSERM (Ground Floor), TPR2 building - block 5, Luminy Campus, Marseille 13009.
Google map

   Public transport: Bus connection between the Airport and the St Charles Train Station. From the train station take the Metro line 2
                              (direction Sainte-Marguerite - Dromel) till the stop "Rond Point du Prado". Then take the bus B1 till Luminy campus.
                              Marseille public transport: