CBIS Workshops & Courses

The Centre for Biolmaging Sciences brings together an interdisciplinary group of biologists, chemists, computer scientists, physicians and engineers from the NUS Faculties of Science and Engineering, Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School and the Mechanobiology Institute, Singapore. Together these resources offer an excellent opportunity for students wishing to further their training in biological imaging.

The Centre has developed a new training program in biological imaging with the NUS Graduate School for Integrative Engineering and Sciences and the Biophysical Sciences Program in the Department of Biological Sciences.



CBIS BioImaging Training Programme (BIT)

The BioImaging Training programme (BIT) is aimed at students with an interest in the application of state-of-the-art imaging techniques to the solution of biologically relevant questions. Students with a background in natural sciences or engineering are encouraged to apply.

There are two admission possibilities to BIT. Prospective students can apply through the NUS Graduate School for Integrative Engineering and Sciences clearly indicating in their application that they would like to join BIT. Alternatively, students can apply directly to a department of one of the eligible supervisors (see below). All members of CBIS belong to a home department (e.g. Physics, Chemistry, Biological Sciences, etc.) and can take in students over their department. Please note that the two graduate scholarships have different conditions and requirements.

The successful candidate will have to fulfill the requirements of their respective programs and within these requirements will have to take a number of BioImaging specific courses. At the moment there is one compulsory course, BL5232: Introduction to BioImaging, which is the prerequisite for all other courses within BIT. Over the next years we will develop a range of practical hands-on modules, which aim at training students in sample preparation, the usage of optical and electron microscopes, and data evaluation. In addition, we will create other relevant modules including computational biophysics and optics modules.

Benefits of the BIT programme

BIT students will benefit from a thorough education in basic theory and applications of BioImaging. CBIS provides training for BIT students for the usage of all instrumentations after which they have free access to these facilities for their research. The course program will allow all students to meet on a regular and frequent basis and develop interactions across departmental borders. This will encourage problem solving skills with an interdisciplinary approach and innovative solutions to imaging problems. Advanced BIT students will act as mentors of BIT newcomers by organizing seminars and conferences. Hence, an active and vibrant BIT student community will be established.

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Possible supervisors include CBIS members and associated researchers. Other supervisors can be chosen subject to approval by BIT. Interested persons are encouraged to contact Prof Thorsten Wohland and Prof Christoph Winkler.

About the University of Singapore


A leading global university in Asia, the National University of Singapore (NUS) offers a global approach to education and research, with a focus on Asian perspectives and expertise. Its transformativeeducation includes a broad-based curriculum underscored by multi-disciplinary courses and cross-faculty enrichment, as well as special programmes which allow students to realise their potential. Over 30,000 students from 100 countries further enrich the community with their diverse social and cultural perspectives, making campus life vibrant and exciting. Discover more at nus.edu.sg.

About the Department of Biological Sciences

The mission of NUS’ Department of Biological Sciences (DBS) is education, research, and outreach.DBS’s graduate program attracts the best students from 17 countries and 3 continents. Backed by world-class funding in biological research from NUS and the Singapore government, DBS offers new graduate students their pick of projects in areas as diverse as tropical and urban ecology and biodiversity, microbial ecology, molecular cell biology and developmental biology of plants and fish, structural biology, systems biology, computational biology and bioinformatics, and new programs in mechanobiology and bioImaging sciences. Our goal is for DBS to be an international hub for biological sciences research. Find out more about DBS.