Animation Sites

  • SUMMIT, from Stanford University – The SUMMIT Lab, under the leadership of Dr. Parvati Dev, was active in research and development in the educational use of technology from 1990-2008. This website is an archive of their amazing work. (View Website)

Image, Video Galleries and Contests

BioScapesBioScapes, from Olympus

Recognizing outstanding images of life science specimens captured through light microscopes, using any magnification, any illumination technique and any brand of equipment.

  • The Cell: An Image Library™ – A freely accessible, easy-to-search, public repository of reviewed and annotated images, videos, and animations of cells from a variety of organisms, showcasing cell architecture, intracellular functionalities, and both normal and abnormal processes. The purpose of this database is to advance research, education, and training, with the ultimate goal of improving human health. (View Website)
  • ASCB iBioSeminars – A library of free, on-demand lectures (View Website)
  • Alta Vista – Generic Search Engine (View Website)
  • Fagan Finder – An image search engine image search engine (View Website)
  • Cellular Imaging Facility Core, by the University of Arizona – An on-line collection of images taken with a microscope. (View Website)
  • Radboud University Biology Image Gallery, by Radboud University, Nijmegen – Microscopical images and other views from biology (View Website)
  • ASCB Celldance – Open the eyes of the world to the best video and still images that illuminate the wonders of cell biology. (View Contest)
  • Bioscapes, from Olympus – Recognizing outstanding images of life science specimens captured through light microscopes, using any magnification, any illumination technique and any brand of equipment. (View Contest)
  • Cinema of the Cell, from BioClips – Promoting multimedia documents in Life sciences. (View Contest)
  • Small World, from Nikon – A leading forum for showcasing the beauty and complexity of life as seen through the light microscope. (View Contest)
  • Nothing Remains Invisible! From Leica – A collection of photos taken with a Leica microscope. (View Contest)
  • MicroImages, from Carl Zeiss – Cell Image Contest. (View Contest)
  • Imaging in Action, from MediaCybernetics – Celebrating imaging research. (View Contest)

Textbooks and Lab Manuals

  • Cell Biology Laboratory Manual – by Dr. William H. Heidcamp, Gustavus Adolphus College (View Manual)
  • Molecular Biology of the Cell (4th ed) – by Alberts et al (View Publication)
  • Molecular Cell Biology (6th ed) – by Lodish, et al (View Publication)
  • Plant Physiology Online: A Companion to Plant Physiology, (4th ed) – by Lincoln Taiz and Eduardo Zeiger (View Book)

Microscopy Primers and Instructional Material

Resources from the University of Flordia:

  • Concepts in Digital Imaging, from Molecular Expressions, Florida State University (Read Article)
  • Introduction to Optical Microscopy, from Molecular Expressions, Florida State University (Read Article)
  • Introduction to Live Cell Imaging, from Molecular Expressions, Florida State University (Read Article)

Microscopy: Interactive Java tutorials ifrom Molecular Expressions, Florida State University:

Microscopy Weblinks from Harriet Smith-Sommerville, PhD University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa

Scientific Volume ImagingScientific Volume Imaging (SVI)

A rapidly expanding public knowledge, wiki-style, resource website on #D microscopy, image restoration (deconvolution), visualization and analysis.

  • Fluorescence & Confocal Microscopy – Resources for Fluorescence & Confocal Microscopy (View Website)
  • Fluorescence & Confocal Microscopy Protocols – Resources for Fluorescence & Confocal Microscopy Protocols (View Website)
  • History of Microscopy – The history of Microscopy (View Website)
  • Light Microscopy – Resources for Light Microscopy (View Website)
  • Light Microscopy Protocols – Resources for light microscopy protocols (View Website)
  • Scanning Electron Microscopy – Resources for scanning electrons (View Website)
  • Scanning Electron Microscopy Protocols – Resources for scanning electron microscopy protocols (View Website)
  • Transmission Electron Microscopy – Resources for Transmission Electron Microscopy (View Website)
  • Transmission Electron Microscopy Fixation/Embedding – Resources for Electron Miscroscopy Fixation and Embedding (View Website)
  • Transmission Electron Microscopy Sectioning/Staining – Resources for Transmission Electron Microscopy Sectioning and Staining. (View Website)

Other Microscopy Materials

  • Confocal Microscopy – Confocal microscopy and immunofluorescence protocols, optimization methods and techniques (View Website)
  • Confocal Microscopy – How Does it Work? by Eric Weeks, PhD, Emory University (View Website)
  • Microscope Basics and Beyond – A Pamphlet by Mortimer Abramowitz, Olympus (View .PDF)
  • Microscopy Powerpoint Slides, by J Paul Robinson, PhD, Purdue University – Lecture Slides (View Website)
  • Scientific Volume Imaging – A rapidly expanding public knowledge, wiki-style, resource website on #D microscopy, image restoration (deconvolution), visualization and analysis. (View Website)
  • Tutorials in Transmission EM, by John Rodenburg, University of Sheffield (View Website)
  • Web Focus on Imaging, from EMBO Journal – Imaging of biological membranes, dynamics of protein structure, gene expression, cell polarity and cell migration (View Website)

Microscopy Courses

Active Learning

  • Active Learning: Web by Design – Links from IUPUI to interactive, educational Web sites that help you incorporate the Internet into your active learning environment. (View Website)
  • Wikipedia’s Active Learning Page (View Wiki Page)
  • GapMinder – Gapminder is a data visualization tool used in classrooms. Gapminder Desktop does not need an Internet connection for lecture or presentation. (View Website)


  • Allen D, Tanner K. – Infusing active learning into the large-enrollment biology class: Seven strategies, from the simple to complex. Cell Biol Educ [serial online]. 2005;4:262-268. (View .PDF)
  • Armstrong N, Chang S, Brickman M. – Cooperative learning in industrial-sized biology classes. CBE Life Sci Educ [serial online]. 2007;6:163-171. (View .PDF
  • Freeman S et al. – Prescribed active learning increases performance in introductory biology. CBE Life Sci Educ [serial online]. 2007;6:132-139. (View .PDF)
  • Klymkowsky M. – Teaching without a textbook: Strategies to focus learning on fundamental concepts and scientific process. CBE Life Sci Educ [serial online]. 2007;6:190-193. (View .PDF)
  • Knight J, Wood W. – Teaching more by lecturing less. Cell Biol Educ [serial online]. 2005;4:298-310. (View .PDF)
  • McDaniel C, Lister B, Hanna M, Roy H. Increased learning observed in redesigned introductory biology course that employed Web-enhanced, interactive pedagogy. CBE Life Sci Educ [serial online]. 2007;6:243-249. (View .PDF)
  • Wood W, Handelsman J. – Meeting Report: The 2004 National Academies Summer Institute on Undergraduate Education in Biology. Cell Biol Educ [serial online]. 2004;3:215-217. Available at: (View .PDF)
  • Wright R. – Walking the walk. CBE Life Sci Educ [serial online]. 2006;5:311-312. (View .PDF)

Biology Course Materials

Graduate Materials

  • Cell Biology Handouts: A listing of Cell Biology Handouts by Gwen Childs, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (View Website)
  • iBioSeminars – A freely available library of research seminars by leading scientists (View Website)
  •, Inc. – An introductory biology course by M. W. Klymkowsky, PhD, The Bioliteracy Project/Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology, University of Colorado, Boulder (View Website)
  • Medical Biochemistry Page – A Biochemistry website by Michael King, Indiana University School of Medicine (View Website)

General Education Sites

National Science Foundation WebsiteNational Science Foundation

An independent federal agency created by Congress in 1950 “to promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; to secure the national defense…”

  • Frank Potter’s Science Gems on Biology – Resources sorted by Category, Subcategory, and Grade Level (View Website)
  • National Science Foundation – An independent federal agency created by Congress in 1950 “to promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; to secure the national defense…” (View Website)
  • NCBI Science Primer – Understanding nature’s mute but elegant language of living cells is the quest of modern molecular biology. (View Website)
  • Virtual Classroom Biology, by Radboud University – educational site of the Radboud University Nijmegen, especially meant for secondary school students who like to have a first glance on teaching items of the Bio-science programs. (View Website)
  • The Science Network – To build an online science and society agora, or public square, dedicated to the discussion of issues at the intersection of science and social policy. (View Website)
  • TeachOne Biology – A list of useful biology links. (View Website)
  • “The Why Files” – Cell Biology news and information. (View Website)
  • National Evolutionary Synthesis Center – The National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCent) is a science center dedicated to cross-disciplinary research in evolution. (View Website)
  • NIMBioS National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis – A science synthesis center that explores the interface between math and biology and promotes cross-disciplinary approaches to science. (View Website)
  • Masters in Data Science – Useful information on schools with Master’s Programs in Data Science as well as information relevant to Data Science. (View Website)

Science Education Journals – Open Access

  • Advances in Physiology Education – Publishes peer-reviewed descriptions of strategies for teaching in the classroom and laboratory, essays on education, and review articles for teachers on our current understanding of physiological mechanisms. (View Publication)
  • CBE — Life Sciences Education – Publishes articles on life science education at the K-12 outreach, undergraduate and graduate levels. (View Publication)
  • School Science and Mathematics – Publishes papers emphasizing issues, concerns, and lessons within and between the disciplines of science and mathematics in the classroom. (View Publication)
  • Science in School – European journal to promote inspiring science teaching (View Publication)

Science Education Journals – Registration Required

  • International Journal of Science Education – Special emphasis on research relevant to educational practice. (View Publication)
  • Journal of College Science Teaching – Publishes manuscripts that describe the best college-level ideas on and experiences with undergraduate science courses. (View Publication)
  • Journal of Science Education and Technology – Provides papers aimed at improving and enhancing science education at all levels in the United States. (View Publication)
  • Journal of Science Teacher Education – Disseminates research and theoretical position statements concerning the preparation and inservice education of science teachers. (View Publication)
  • Journal of Research in Science Teaching – Publishes articles on issues of science teaching and learning, as well as in the broader context of science education policy. (View Publication)
  • Science & Education – Publishes research informed by the history, philosophy and sociology of science and mathematics that seeks to promote better teaching, learning, and curricula in science and mathematics. (View Publication)
  • Science Education – Publishes articles on the latest issues and trends occurring internationally in science curriculum, instruction, learning, policy and preparation of science teachers. (View Publication)

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