'Automated Control Platform for Single-Molecule Microscopy Instrumentation' - PHYS 396 Undergraduate Research Project Application Form

Supervisor's Name: Sabrina Leslie

Supervisor's Email: sabrina.leslie [at] mcgill.ca

Supervisor's Phone:

Supervisor's Website: http://www.physics.mcgill.ca/~leslielab/

Supervisor's department: Physics

Course number: PHYS 396 (Physics)

Term: Fall 2013-2014

Project start date: Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Project end date: Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Project title: Automated Control Platform for Single-Molecule Microscopy Instrumentation

Project description (50-100 words suggested): The Leslie Lab creates accessible approaches to dramatically improving single-molecule imaging. This research project will develop custom computer-control software for microscopy experiments. Through this project, the student will learn to control a wide range of microscopy instrumentation (e.g. solid state lasers, CCD cameras, nano-positioning stages, microfluidics devices) and to automate this instrumentation for new kinds of biophysical measurements. The primary focus of this project will be instrumentation-control, data-acquisition and data-storage software, which will first be developed using virtual devices and subsequently tested using Leslie’s microscopy station. A secondary, collaborative aspect of this work will be to link the developed control-tools with an image processing platform (being developed in a different 396 project). The student will be directly supervised by Dr. Sabrina Leslie (McGill Physics) and collaborative with another student. This project is open to application by a motivated student who wishes to be part of a dedicated research environment.

Prerequisite: 1 term completed at McGill + CGPA of 3.0 or higher; or permission of instructor.

Grading scheme (The final report must be worth at least 50% of final grade): The final report is 50% of the final grade. A presentation is 25%. A lab book is 25%.

Other project information: This project is for a student with computer programming experience.

Project status: This project is open to applicant.

How students can apply: Email sabrina.leslie [at] mcgill.ca with your transcript and CV attached, and with a statement of interest in the project.

Ethics, safety, and training: Supervisors are responsible for the ethics and safety compliance of undergraduate students. This project involves NEITHER animal subjects, nor human subjects, nor biohazardous substances, nor radioactive materials, nor handling chemicals, nor using lasers.