Biological TEM Workshop

This intensive, three-day workshop will provide a practical and basic theoretical introduction to the Transmission Electron Microscope and biological sample preparation techniques. Each day will consist of lecture, discussion and hands-on training led by GEM staff.
What: Anyone requiring training on TEM and biological sample preparation. The workshop will be limited to 6 participants based on the availability of equipment.
Cost: UGA: $600 per participant, Non-Profit Institutions: $800 per participant, For-Profit participants: $1200. This fee includes supplies, chemicals, hands-on beam time, personalized training by GEM staff, and completion certificate. Lunch is provided each day.
Where: GEM laboratories, Barrow Hall, UGA campus
Registration: Contact John Shields ( for more information and to sign up. Registration requires iLab account.
Workshop Schedule: Schedule – Biological TEM Workshop
Lodging and Food in Athens GA: Workshops lodging and food


John Shields, Ph.D. – Dr. Shields is the Managing Director of GEM.  He has over 25 years experience with electron microscopy, analysis, and confocal microscopy in various disciplines.  While his main work is with biological samples, he has extensive experience with geology, food science, textiles and archaeology.

Mary Ard – Ms Ard has over 30 years experience in electron microscopy. She is also a board-certified Histotechnician.  Ms Ard works primarily with animal pathogens for Veterinary Pathology, but has a wide range of experience with cellular, tissue, and microbiological specimens.


Past Participants include:  Merck & Co., Univ. of Maryland, Breathitt Veterinary Center, Univ. of Illinois at Chicago, Stowers Inst. for Medical Res., West Virginia State Univ., Georgia State University