Seven favourite modern microscopy papers

There is an enormous microscopy literature available. These are seven of the most useful papers. I recommend them to my students:

Under Other information, I have a further list of useful microscopy papers


  1. North, A (2006) Seeing is believing? A beginners’ guide to practical pitfalls in image acquisition Jour. Cell Biol. 172/1: 9-18
  2. Johnson, J (2012) Not seeing is not believing: improving the visibility of your fluorescence images Mol. Biol. Cell. 23/5: 754-757
  3. Fischer, RS et al (2011) Microscopy in 3D: a biologist’s toolbox Trends Cell Biology 21/12: 682-691
  4. Ishikawa-Ankerhold, HC et al (2012) Advanced Fluorescence Microscopy Techniques – FRAP, FLIP, FLAP, FRET and FLIM Molecules 17: 4047-4132
  5. Rodriguez, EA et al (2017) The Growing and Glowing Toolbox of Fluorescent and Photoactive Proteins Trends Biochem. Sci. 42/2: 111-129
  6. Richardson, DS & Litchman, JW (2015) Clarifying Tissue Clearing Cell 162/2: 246-57  Also see a more recent Beginner’s Guide review here.
  7. Pawley, JB (2006) Points, Pixels and Gray Levels: Digitizing Image Data pp 59-79, Chapter 4 in: Handbook of Biology Confocal Microscopy 3rd edition. (ed.) JB Pawley. Springer, New York. ISBN = 0-387-25921-X