IMC19 represents a forum for sharing and contesting the latest ideas and technologies in the world of microscopy. The 2018 program will be truly transformational, featuring the world’s thought leaders and rising stars. 

The scientific program will include world-renowned plenary and invited speakers, young scientists showcasing their research, digital posters and Pre-Congress workshops. The program will encompass four main streams – Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, Instrumentation and Techniques and Frontier Issues.


 Physical Sciences                                             Life Sciences

Instrumentation & Techniques                       Frontier Issues


Physical Sciences

Chair: Prof Julie Cairney – The University of Sydney, Australia
Committee: A/Prof Jodie Bradby, Prof Marc de Graef, Dr Alex la Fontaine, Prof Dr Joachim Mayer, A/Prof Matt Weyland, Prof Jin Zou 

PS1 - Nanoscale, nanostructured and porous materials

Dr. Ben Britton, Imperial College London, UK

Dr Ben Britton is a senior lecturer in Materials Science and Engineering at Imperial College and a Royal Academy of Engineering Research Follow. He focusses his microscopy work to provide quantitative understanding of deformation and structure in crystalline materials. He works on developing new microscopy modalities, especially within the scanning electron microscope, and contributes to developments of the high angular resolution electron backscatter diffraction (HR-EBSD) technique. His research group focus their efforts on materials for high-value high-risk applications in the oil & gas, nuclear power, and aerospace industries. He can also often be found on twitter as @bmatb.


Dr. Frances M. Ross, IBM, USA

Frances M. Ross received her B.A. in Physics and Ph.D. in Materials Science from Cambridge University. Her postdoc was at A.T.&T. Bell Laboratories, using in situ electron microscopy to study oxidation of Si and dislocations in SiGe. She then joined the National Center for Electron Microscopy, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, where she imaged anodic etching of Si and domain walls in ferroelectrics, as well as coordinating users of several of the microscopes. She later joined IBM, building a program around a TEM with in situ chemical vapour deposition, evaporation and focused ion beam capabilities, for which she developed a liquid cell, and a UHV mass-filtered focused ion beam/STM system. Her interests include liquid cell microscopy, epitaxy, nanowires, quantum dots, electrodeposition and thin film properties. She is a Fellow of the APS, AAAS, MRS, MSA and AVS and was an Outstanding Referee for APS. 

PS2 - Carbon-based materials and 2D structures

Prof. Dr. Ute Kaiser, ULM University, Germany

Born in Berlin, Ute Kaiser studied Crystallography at the Humboldt University Berlin, received her Diploma in Crystallography (Physics) in 1976, worked at the Academy of Sciences in Jena and received her doctor degree in 1993. From 1993 until 2004, she worked as scientific assistant at the Jena University in the field of transmission electron microscopy on semiconductors, mainly SiC, and finished with the habilitation in 2003. Since 2004 she is a full professor at Ulm University and head of the group of materials science electron microscopy. She is the scientific director of the SALVE project and focussed on the development of the unique chromatic and spherical aberration-corrected TEM to unravel the crystallographic and electronic properties of low-dimensional materials on the level of the single atoms.

Prof. Dougal McCulloch, RMIT, Australia

Professor McCulloch established and is the current Director of the RMIT Microscopy and Microanalysis and is the Associate Dean Physics in the School of Science at RMIT. He has published 200 papers in international refereed journals within the fields of advanced microscopy & microanalysis, carbon based solids and advanced coating materials. He currently has an h index of 33 and over the past 10 years, he has been awarded over $3M in competitive grant funding as lead investigator. He is a past President (2008-2010) of the Australian Microscopy & Microanalysis Society.

PS3 - Thin films, coatings and surfaces

Chairs: Xiuliang Ma & Zonghan Xie

Dr. Xiuliang Ma, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China

Dr. Ma is the head of Solids Atomic Imaging Division, Shenyang National Laboratory for Materials Science, Institute of Metal Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences. He has nearly 30 years of experience in transmission electron microscopy of advanced functional materials and structural materials, aiming at setting up relationships between atomic scale information and a material’s properties. The materials that he has been working on range from metallic compounds, engineering alloys, to advanced functional materials, in which atomic mapping and high-resolution spectroscopy are of the major concern. His current research focuses on design, epitaxial fabrication, and atomic mapping of heteroepitaxial oxides, particularly interface-induced novel phenomena in ferroelectric thin films. Dr. Ma has published over 200 papers in well-known journals and co-authored 2 books. Dr. Ma also serves as the vice-president of Chinese Electron Microscopy Society.

Prof. Zonghan Xie, University of Adelaide, Australia

Zonghan Xie is a Professor in Materials Science and Surface Engineering. He grew up in Huaibei, a small town in eastern China’s Anhui Province, and studied Materials Science and Engineering at Northeastern University and Southeast University, both in China. In 2004 he received his PhD (Materials Science and Engineering) from the University of NSW (UNSW), supported by the IPRS scholarship program of the Australian Government. Subsequently he was awarded the Australian Postdoctoral Fellowship from the Australian Research Council. Later Dr Xie worked as a researcher at the University of Sydney and the Centre for Integrated Nanotechnologies of the Los Alamos National Laboratory, NM, USA before returning to Australia in 2008 to assemble and lead a materials research group at ECU, WA. In July 2012 Dr Xie joined the University of Adelaide to undertake materials research and teaching at the School of Mechanical Engineering.

PS4 - Metals and alloys

Prof. Xiaodong Han, Beijing University of Technology, China

Professor Xiaodong Han works as a professor at and directs Institute of Microstructure and Property of Advanced Materials of Beijing University of Technology. His research interest mainly focuses on developing novel electron microscopy tools and instruments for atomic scale and multi-scale in situ experiments on structural and functional materials. He and colleagues developed the Precise Atomic Resolution Mechanical Microscopy for investigation of the strain-induced atomic resolution dynamics of materials’ mechanical properties. His interests also include multi-scale mechanical-microscopy characterization and related device fabrication for energy, environment, corrosion and oxidation effects, information, structural and biomedical applications. The elasticity and plasticity mechanisms, high strength yet ductile structural materials, energy related materials and physics and catalysis materials. He published more than 150 papers at international recognized peer-reviewed journals such as Science, Nature Materials, Nature Communications, Nano Letters, Physical Review Letters and Acta Mater.. He currently serves as the President of Chinese Electron Microscopy Society.

Prof. Jianfeng Nie, Monash University, Australia

Jian-Feng Nie received his B.Eng. degree from Beijing Institute of Technology in 1986 and PhD degree from Monash University in 1993. He is a professor of Monash University. His current research interests cover physical metallurgy of magnesium and aluminium alloys, applications of scanning transmission electron microscopy in materials characterization, and processing-microstructure-property relationships in light alloys. He has published one book, one book chapter and over 150 papers based on results obtained from imaging and diffraction techniques of electron microscopy. He also edited proceedings of several major international conferences. He was awarded the Marcus Grossmann Young Authors Award of ASM International in 2006 and AIME Champion Mathewson Medal Award of TMS in 2015. He is editor of Metallurgical and Materials Transactions, former Chair of Phase Transformations Committee of TMS, and chair of the National Events Committee of Materials Australia.


PS5 - Ceramics and inorganic composites

Prof. Peter Crozier, Arizona State University, USA

Peter A. Crozier is a professor of materials in the School for Engineering of Matter, Transport and Energy and is chair of the materials graduate program at Arizona State University. He develops and applies advanced transmission electron microscopy techniques to problems related to energy and the environment with special emphasis on electroceramics and catalytic materials. He is a recognized international leader in developing and applying the technique of aberration corrected transmission electron microscopy to problems in catalytic materials and oxide electrolytes. He also works with monochromated electron energy-loss spectroscopy to determine the optical and vibrational properties of ceramics. He is a member of the American Ceramics Society, Microscopy Society of America, Materials Research Society, the North American Catalysis Society and is a Fellow of the Microscopy Society of America. He serves on the editorial boards of Micron and Microscopy Today and was guest editor for Solid State Ionics.


Prof. Yuichi Ikuhara, The University of Tokyo, Japan

Yuichi Ikuhara is Professor and Director of Nanotechnology Center, Institute of Engineering Innovation at University of Tokyo since 2003. He received Dr.Eng. from Department of Materials Sciences, Kyushu University in 1988. His current research interest is in interface and grain boundary and interface phenomena, advanced transmission electron microscopy and so on. Dr.Ikuhara is author and coauthor of about 720 scientific original papers in this field, and has more than 350 invited talks at international and domestic conferences. He received“Medal with Purple Ribbon”from the Emperor of Japan (2016), “Humboldt Research Award”from Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (2010) and so on. He is a fellow of the American Ceramics Society (2011), member of World Ceramic Academy (2014), and an associate member of the Science Council of Japan. He holds a group leader position at JFCC and WPI (World Premier International Research Center Initiative) professor at Tohoku University concurrently.

PS6 - Biomaterials, polymers and polymer-based composites

Prof. Cheng Yan, Queensland University of Technology, Australia

Cheng Yan got his PhD from the University of Sydney in 1998. He is a professor in the School of Chemistry, Physics and Mechanical Engineering, Queensland University of Technology, Australia. His main research interest is characterisation of nano, bio and energy materials.



Dr. Yogambha Ramaswamy, Lecturer at the Biomedical Faculty, the School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Mechatronics, Australia

Dr. Yogambha Ramaswamy is currently appointed as a lecturer in school of AMME. She completed her PhD in Biomedical engineering from university of Sydney. She is the recipient of vice chancellors fellowship and the NHMRC early career fellowship. She has a strong background in the area of biomaterials and tissue engineering and her contributions are well recognised, particularly for the development of orthopaedic implant materials to treat musculoskeletal disorders.  Recently, she has expanded her research interests and is applying her skills in material science, biomaterials and cell biology to the interdisciplinary and emerging field of mechanobiology.

PS7 - Semiconductors and materials for communication

Dave Muller, Cornell University, USA

David Muller is the Samuel B. Eckert Professor of Engineering in the School of Applied and Engineering Physics at Cornell University, and co-director of the Kavli Institute at Cornell for Nanoscale Science. He is a graduate of the University of Sydney, received a PhD from Cornell University, and worked at Bell Labs for six years before returning as faculty to Cornell. His current research interests include developing high-speed pixelated detectors, and the atomic-scale control and characterization of matter for applications in energy storage and conversion. His work has focused on the development of scanning transmission electron microscopy and spectroscopy as quantitative tools for atomic-resolution analysis, and their application to unraveling connections between electronic-structure changes on the atomic scale and the macroscopic behavior of materials. David is a fellow of both the American Physical Society and the Microscopy Society of America, and recipient of the MSA Burton Medal and MAS Duncumb Award.

Dr. Jenny Wong-Leung, Research School of Physics and Engineering, Australia

Jenny Wong-Leung is currently a senior fellow in the department of Electronic Materials Engineering at the Research School of Physics and Engineering. She has a BSc Hons in Physics (University of Bristol, UK) and a PhD on defects in ion implanted silicon (ANU, Australia). She was awarded an ARC postdoctoral fellowship (1998-2001) and an ARC QEII fellowship (2002-2007). She has over 15 years post-PhD experience and have collaborated extensively with research groups in the US, Sweden, Norway and the UK as well in Australia. Her research interests and expertise are in the electron microscopy of semiconductors processing, III-V nanowires, semiconductor heterostructures and nanostructures as well as electrical characterisation techniques.

PS8 - Phase transformations and corrosion

Prof. Dr. Jim Howe, University of Virginia, USA

James M. Howe received his Ph.D. in Materials Science from the University of California-Berkeley (1985) and joined Carnegie Mellon University as the Alcoa Assistant Professor of Physical Metallurgy. He moved to the University of Virginia (1991), where he was promoted to Full Professor (1999) and recognized with the Thomas Goodwin Digges Chair (2010). He is Director of the Nanoscale Materials Characterization Facility, and his research utilizes in-situ TEM techniques to study plasmons and the dynamic behavior of material interfaces. Dr. Howe received a von Humboldt Research Award (1999), the ASM Materials Science Research Silver Medal (2000), and the TMS Champion H. Mathewson Research Medal (2005, 2009). He was a visiting professor at the University of Vienna and Osaka University, has published over two-hundred fifty technical papers and authored the books “Interfaces in Materials” (1997), “In-Situ Electron Microscopy” (2012), and “Transmission Electron Microscopy and Diffractometry of Materials” (4th ed. 2013).


Prof. Jianqiang Zhang, University of New South Wales, Australia

Dr Jianqiang Zhang is an Associate Professor at the School of Materials Science & Engineering, UNSW. He received his PhD at UNSW in 2000 and then worked as a research scientist in Max-Planck Institute for Iron Research, Germany. He returned UNSW in 2003, working in high temperature corrosion, focussing on gas-solid reaction thermodynamics and kinetics, phase transformation and characterisation, reaction mechanism understanding, and high temperature materials development. His research covers broad areas of oxidation, carburisation, sulphuration, and chlorination of metals in the mixed gases at high temperatures. He was served as a president of Australasian Corrosion Association, NSW branch from 2014 to 2016.

PS9 - Amorphous and disordered materials, liquid crystals

Dr. Amelia Liu, Monash Centre for Electron Microscopy, Australia

Amelia received her PhD from the University of Melbourne in 2003 and then took up a post-doctoral research position at Argonne National Laboratory from 2004-2007.  In 2008, Amelia returned to Australia and Monash University where she has completed fellowships in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering and the School of Physics and Astronomy before taking a permanent role managing instruments and capabilities in the Monash Centre for Electron Microscopy.  Amelia‘s research interests focus on understanding the structure of disordered solids like glasses and amorphous materials. She was recently awarded the AMMS FEI Cowley-Moodie Award for Research in the Physical Sciences for the development of new S/TEM-based techniques to characterise the atomic structure of disordered materials.


Prof. Dr. Paul Voyles, University of Wisconsin, USA

Paul Voyles is Professor and Chair of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering and Beckwith-Bascom Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He earned degrees in physics from Oberlin College and the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, then worked as a post-doctoral member of technical staff at Bell Labs in Murray Hill NJ. He joined the UW-Madison in 2002 as an Assistant Professor. His research specialty is the structure of materials, investigated primarily with electron microscopy, supplemented by simulations and data science. He has worked in materials for microelectronics and spintronics, superconductors, and on metallic and other glasses. He has published over 150 journal articles, book chapters, and conference proceedings.

PS10 - Magnetic, ferroelectric and multiferroic materials

Prof. Shujun Zhang, University of Wollongong, Australia

Shujun Zhang received Ph.D. from Shandong University, China, in 2000. He is Professor at ISEM, Australian Institute of Innovative Materials, University of Wollongong, Australia. Prior to which, he was Senior Scientist at Materials Research Institute and Professor at Materials Science and Engineering Department of The Pennsylvania State University, US. He is associate editor for IEEE Transaction on Ultrasound, Ferroelectric and Frequency Control, Journal of the American Ceramic Society and Journal of Electronic Materials, Section EIC of Crystals, mdpi. He is senior member of IEEE and elected AdCom member of IEEE- UFFC (2016-2018). He was a recipient of the Ferroelectrics Young Investigator Award of IEEE UFFC Society in 2011. He holds six patents and has authored/coauthored more than 380 papers in refereed journals, with Google Scholar H index of 58. He is now focusing on the fabrication- structure- property- performance relationship of dielectric/ferroelectric materials, for sensors, transducers and energy storage applications.

Laura Bocher, Université Paris, France

Laura Bocher is a research scientist at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) affiliated at the Laboratoire de Physique des Solides (LPS, Orsay, FR). Her main experimental research activities include functional nanostructured oxides mainly probed by advanced electron spectromicroscopy techniques.

She currently develops her activities on heterostructures, anisotropic crystals and nanostructured materials for energy technologies (thermoelectrics, phosphorents) and/or on systems presenting remarkable physical properties (multiferroic and magnetoelectric for spintronics). Her experimental approach aims at correlating more precisely the relationship between the physical properties at the macroscopic scale and the local structural, chemical, optical, and electronic properties of these nanostructured systems down to the atomic scale mainly by advanced STEM-EELS. She also combined these studies with X-ray spectroscopy techniques in synchrotron in particular on magnetic systems with X-ray absorption (XAS) and circular magnetic dichroism (XMCD) measurements. 

PS11 - Materials in geology, mineralogy and archeology

Dr. David Saxey, Curtin University, Australia

David has a background in experimental physics, and has worked in high-precision instrumentation and materials characterisation, with more than 10 years of experience in research and technique development in Atom Probe Tomography. David has managed Atom Probe facilities at the University of Sydney (Australian Centre for Microscopy and Microanalysis, 2004-2006) and the University of Oxford (UK National Atom Probe Facility, 2007-2010) – studying a wide range of materials, within both academic and industrial collaborations. Prior to joining Curtin, David was Science Lead on the VK1 Airborne Gravity Gradiometer project – a Rio Tinto project aiming to develop the next generation of gravity survey systems for resources exploration. In August 2015, David joined Curtin University and now manages the Geoscience Atom Probe Facility within the John de Laeter Centre. The facility was established in 2015 with the purpose of applying atom probe microscopy to geoscience research.

Dr. Ashley Slattery, The University of Adelaide, Australia

Dr Ashley Slattery has a background in nanotechnology and materials characterisation. He is currently a TEM specialist at Adelaide Microscopy, managing an aberration-corrected Titan Themis and working across various fields of research including mineralogy and nanotechnology. Ash obtained his PhD from Flinders University, advancing techniques for atomic force microscopy and then went on to manage a variety of analytical instruments including AFM, SEM and TERS. His research interests are primarily focused on instrument and technique development for high resolution materials characterisation.

PS12 - Materials for energy production, storage and catalysis

Prof. Dr. Christina Scheu, Max-Planck-Institut für Eisenforschung GmbH, Germany

Prof. Christina Scheu has a diploma degree in physics and did her doctorate at the Max-Planck-Institute for Metals Research in Stuttgart (Germany) in the field of material science. She spent two years as a Minerva Fellow at the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology – in Haifa, Israel. 2008 she was appointed as a full professor at the Ludwig-Maximilian-University (Munich, Germany). Since April 2014 she holds a joint position as a full professor at the RWTH Aachen, and as an independent group leader at the Max-Planck-Institut für Eisenforschung GmbH (MPIE) in Düsseldorf Germany. Her expertise is the structural and chemical analysis of functional materials with ex-situ and in-situ transmission electron microscopy and electron energy loss spectroscopy and correlation to optical, electronic and electrochemical properties. The investigated materials range from (photo)catalyst for hydrogen production to electrodes and membranes for polymer based fuel cells.


Prof. Paulo Ferreira, International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory (INL), Portugal

Paulo Ferreira is currently the Head of Department of Advanced Electron Microscopy, Imaging and Spectroscopy at the International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory (INL), Portugal. He is also a Full Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at IST, University of Lisbon, Portugal and an Adjunct Professor, Robert & Jane Mitchell Endowed Faculty Fellowship in Engineering in the Materials Science and Engineering Program at the University of Texas at Austin, USA. Before joining INL and IST in Portugal, he was Robert & Jane Mitchell Endowed Faculty Fellowship in Engineering and Full Professor at the University of Texas at Austin, USA and the Director of Electron Microscopy at the Texas Materials Institute at the University of Texas at Austin.

He has a Ph.D in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Illinois, USA and has done his Post-doctoral work at MIT in Materials Science and Engineering. He concentrates his scientific research in the areas of Nanomaterials, Nanotechnology and Electron Microscopy applied to Alternative Energy Technologies. At the educational level, he teaches graduate courses in Nanomaterials and Nanotechnology, Structure and Electron Microscopy. In parallel, he has been involved in initiatives with various American and Portuguese institutions in the areas of Education and Higher Education, Systems of Innovation, and Science and Technology. He is co-author of three books, namely “Materials 2000”, IST Press, 2003, “Investing in the Future: University-Industry Collaborations in USA and Portugal”; and “Nanotechnology for Architects, Designers and Engineers” with co-authors D. Schodek (Harvard University) and Michael Ashby (University of Cambridge, UK). He is also the author of 177 scientific articles published in international journals and conference proceedings. Prof. Ferreira has also acted as a special advisor to the Minister of Economics and Innovation, Portugal, on Government Strategy for Science & Technology.

PS13 - Physical science applications of in-situ microscopy

Prof. Xiaozhou Liao, The University of Sydney, Australia

Dr. Xiaozhou Liao is a full professor in the University of Sydney, Australia. He conducted his PhD research under the supervision of late Professor David Cockayne FRS in the University of Sydney in 1997—1999 and was awarded his PhD degree in 2000. He moved to USA taking up a Director Funded Postdoctoral Fellowship in Los Alamos National Laboratory in 2001 and was a research scientist in the University of Chicago from 2004 to 2006. He returned to Sydney as a lecturer in the School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering in June 2006.

Dr. Liao’s research interest focuses on the structures and structure–property relationships of advanced structural and functional materials using ex-situ and in-situ electron microscopy techniques. He has published more than 200 papers that have been collectively cited ~10,000 times. He was the recipient of the 2000 Cowley-Moodie Award and the 2014 John Sanders Medal awarded by the Australian Microscopy and Microanalysis Society.

Dr. Masaki Takeguchi, National Institute for Materials Science, Japan

Masaki Takeguchi is Station Director of Transmission Electron Microscopy Station, National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS) in Japan, and has actively involved in developing instrumentation and methodology for in-situ TEM. He is also Managing Director of Advanced Characterization Nanotechnology Platform (ACNP) project, and leads promotion and operation of advanced characterization infrastructure network in Japan. He has published over 200 papers during JEOL Ltd. (1992-1998), National Research Institute for Metal (1998-2001), and NIMS(2001-present).

Instrumentation and Techniques

Chair: Prof Joanne Etheridge – Monash University, Australia
Committee: Prof Michael Bosman, Prof Wah Chiu, Prof Jacob Hoogenboom, Prof Sandra Van Aert, Prof Roger Wepf

IT1 – Instrumentation

Greg McMullan, MRC Laboratory of Molecular Sciences, UK

Greg is an investigating scientist with a background in physics working at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge. For more than a decade he has been working in the development and characterisation of direct electron imaging detectors for application in cryoEM.



Dr. Nestor Zaluzec, Argonne National Laboratory, USA

A Fellow of both Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the Computational Institute of the University of Chicago, Zaluzec continues to hold the tripartite role of Senior Scientist, Educator and Inventor in the Photon Science Division at Argonne National Laboratory. His research includes development of instrumentation and techniques for state-of-the-art analysis in x-ray and electron spectroscopy, and electron optics targeted to expand the impact of electron-optical beam lines for characterization of soft and hard matter in both static and dynamic states. As a researcher he wields these bleeding edge technologies with collaborators to study vexing problems in technologically important materials during studies of: structural phase transformations, radiation damage in metals and ceramics, immobilization of nuclear waste, magnetic nano-arrays, elemental segregation in: alloys, semiconductors, polymers, and catalysts, in vacuum, gases and liquid and into the realm of soft-matter and cryo-microscopy of macromolecular materials and proteins.

IT2 - Computational methods for data acquisition, analysis and visualization

Chairs: Steven Ludtke & Nigel Browning

Prof. Nigel Browning, University of Liverpool, UK

Nigel Browning is currently the Chair of Electron Microscopy in the School of Engineering and the School of Physical Sciences at the University of Liverpool.  He has over 25 years of experience in the development of new methods in electron microscopy for high spatial, temporal and spectroscopic resolution analysis of engineering and biological structures.  He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the Microscopy Society of America (MSA).  He received the Burton Award from the Microscopy Society of America in 2002 and the Coble Award from the American Ceramic Society in 2003 for the development of atomic resolution methods in scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM).  With his collaborators at LLNL he also received R&D 100 and Nano 50 Awards in 2008, and a Microscopy Today Innovation Award in 2010 for the development of the dynamic transmission electron microscope (DTEM). 

Dr. Steven Ludtke, Baylor College of Medicine, USA

Dr. Ludtke holds the Charles C. Bell Jr. Professorship of Structural Biology in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Baylor College of Medicine, where he also directs the Cryo-EM Core. Dr. Ludtke’s group focuses on CryoEM and CryoET, and is best known for development of the popular EMAN scientific image processing software suite.   Recent software innovations include development of a deep learning based semi-automated segmentation tool for high resolution cellular tomograms and a strategy for using bispectra to speed CryoEM single particle processing by more than an order of magnitude. His group’s biological research interests span a wide range of topics from the interaction of peptide antibiotics with lipid bilayers to the structures of membrane channel complexes to in-situ structural analysis of macromolecules within cells.

IT3 – Methods and workflows for correlative microscopy

Dr. Fei Sun, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China

Dr. Fei Sun is the principal investigator, leader and chief scientist of Center for Biological Imaging, Institute of Biophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, and professor of University of Chinese Academy of Sciences. He obtained his Ph.D in Biophysics with Prof. Zihe Rao at Tsinghua University, China. He has led his team to build the Center for Biological Imaging (CBI) of Chinese Academy of Sciences and conducted biophysical methodology and technology developments of cryo-electron microscopy, such as camera optimization (eHEC) for single particle analysis, cryo-thinning method (D-cryoFIB) for sample prepariation, reconstruction algorithms (ICON) for cryo-electron tomography, cryo-correlative light and electron microscopy (HOPE cryo-CLEM), volume EM technique (AutoCUTS) for Large scale three-dimensional reconstruction, expression system (SmartBac) for multi-subunit macromolecule complex. Besides, he also led scientific researches to combine various structural research approaches (majorly crystallography and cryo-electron microscopy (cryoEM)) as well as developing new methodologies to determine the architecture of the biological system, involved in mitochondrial dynamics, biomembrane remodeling, and vesicle trafficking, in vitro and in vivo, from nano-scale to meso-scale. Dr Sun is supported by the national youth talent support program of Ten thousand plan, and won Outstanding Contribution Award of Cryo-EM in China.   

Dr. Saskia Lippens, VIB BioImaging Core, Belgium

Dr Saskia Lippens is Head of the VIB BioImaging Core in Ghent, Belgium. She is trained as a molecular biologist and picked up an interest in bio imaging during her postdoctoral studies at the University of Lausanne. In 2012, she joined the BioImaging Core that is set up to provide advanced light and electron microscopy in cells and tissues. She was mainly involved in implementing Volume SEM in this core facility setting that serves various research domains within the Life Sciences. Her main interest is to combine functional light microscopy and with Volume EM.

IT4 - Cryo-TEM techniques for biological material

Christopher Russo, Medical Research Council, UK 

Born in Detroit Michigan, Chris attended the University of Notre Dame where he studied electrical engineering and philosophy. He then went on to graduate school at Harvard and MIT, where he studied physics and medicine under the supervision of Jene Golovchenko (Physics, Engineering) and Daniel Branton (Biology). During this time, he developed a new technique to create nanopores in graphene with atomic precision that combined ion bombardment with high energy electron irradiation.

 He then moved to the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge UK to work on developing new methods for electron cryomicroscopy (cryo-EM). Chris has since started his own group at LMB, and continues to study the physical phenomena that limit resolution in cryo-EM and thus enable the development of new devices, instruments and methods to improve the imaging power of the electron microscope in biology.


A/Prof Sara Sandin, Nanyang Technical University, Singapore

Sara Sandin (b.1975) is a structural biologist with a long-standing interest in electron microscopy (EM). She studied chemistry (1999-2001) at Stockholm University, Sweden. During this time she had the opportunity to work in Prof. Höglund’s group at Uppsala University with transmission electron microscopy and HIV-1. She obtained a fellowship from the Knowledge Foundation, Sweden to carry out her doctoral research with an industrial focus (pharma & biotech) at the Karolinska Institute (2001-2005). Her PhD supervisor was Prof. Skoglund and she worked with cryo-EM and electron tomography. She obtained an EMBO long-term fellowship and a MRC career development fellowship for her post-doctoral research work at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biological (LMB), Cambridge, UK (2006-2012). At LMB she worked in Prof. Rhodes’ group with human telomerase, single particle EM and chromatin. She received a visiting fellowship to work at the Salk Institute in Prof. Karlseder’s group and at UCSD in Prof. Ellisman’s laboratory (2012). In November 2012 she became an Assistant Professor at the School of Biological Sciences (SBS), NTU Singapore. She established a new cryo-EM laboratory for single particle analysis and correlative imaging of telomeres. In 2017 she became Deputy Director of the Facility for Analysis Characterisation Testing & Simulation (FACTS) at NTU. 

IT5 - In-situ, environmental and time-resolved microscopies

Prof. Pratibha Gai, University of York, UK

Pratibha Gai is a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS) and Fellow of Royal Academy of Engineering.  She is Founding Professor and Chair of Electron Microscopy in Departments of Chemistry and Physics and founding Co-Director of the York Nanocentre at University of York, UK.  She joined York from USA where she held senior positions as DuPont research fellow and concurrently as adjunct Professor at University of Delaware. Previously, she established and led Catalysis Group at University of Oxford, after graduating with a PhD in physics from University of Cambridge. With E. D. Boyes she co-invented in-situ atomic resolution environmental-(S)TEM (E(S)TEM) to image dynamic gas-solid reactions at the atomic level, which is exploited commercially and used worldwide. Her publications and patents include, in in-situ EM of catalysts, food and pigment coatings and superconductors.  Her awards include Institute of Physics Gabor Prize and L’Oréal-UNESCO International Women in Science Award as the 2013 Laureate for Europe.


Patricia Kooyman, University of Cape Town, South Africa

Patricia obtained her MSc from Leiden University (The Netherlands), studying the selective reduction of nitrosobenzene over mixed manganese oxides. She obtained her PhD from Delft University of Technology (The Netherlands) studying TS-1 zeolite synthesis and catalytic applications. Following a post-doc at Shell research centre (Amsterdam, The Netherlands), she learned all about TEM during a long post-doc period at the NCHREM (Delft, The Netherlands). Subsequently she was appointed assistant professor at the Chemical Engineering department (catalysis engineering group) at Delft University of Technology (The Netherlands). She came to South Africa in 2015 as SARChI Chair Nanomaterials for Catalysis. She has always enjoyed travelling and has held many short-term visiting scientist positions throughout her career. Her research focusses on heterogeneous catalysis, especially catalyst characterisation. She is an expert in high resolution transmission electron microscopy and is one of the pioneers in gas-phase in situ TEM.

IT6 -Diffraction techniques

Chairs: Randi Holmestad & Kenji Tsuda

Prof. Randi Holmestad, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway

Randi Holmestad (born in 1967) is (since 99) a professor at Department of Physics, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, NTNU in Trondheim, Norway.   She has a PhD (Dr. ing.) in materials physics from NTH,Trondheim, in 1994 and a MSc (Siv. Ing.) in technical physics, from the same university in 1991. Holmestad’s present research interests are focussed on materials physics; transmission electron diffraction, microscopy and spectroscopy (TEM, HREM, EDS, EELS, STEM), materials microstructure and the relation to macroscopic properties, modelling and simulations in materials physics. Ongoing projects are on aluminium alloys, solar cell materials, electron diffraction and new functional materials. She has educated 14 PhD students and 55 MSc students, in addition to co-supervision of 6 PhD students. Holmestad has had several sabbaticals abroad, latest 6 months in 2005 and 2012, both at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL, USA. Web of Science (Nov 2017): Cited documents = 190, Citations = 2165, h-index = 26.

Prof. Kenji Tsuda, Tohoku University, Japan

Apr. 2016 – Present: Professor, Frontier Research Institute for Interdisciplinary Sciences (FRIS), Tohoku University. Nov. 2001 – Mar. 2016: Associate professor, IMRAM, Tohoku University. Apr. 2001 – Oct. 2001: Research associate, Institute of Multidisciplinary Research for Advanced Materials (IMRAM), Tohoku University. Apr. 1992 – Mar. 2001: Research associate, Research Institute for Scientific Measurements (RISM), Tohoku University. Nov. 1991: Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, Tohoku University, Awarded the degree of PhD in Physics.


IT7 - Multi-scale 3D imaging

Paul Matsudaira, National University of Singapore, Singapore

Paul Matsudaira is a Professor Biological Sciences in the Department of Biological Sciences at the National University of Singapore. In addition, he directs the NUS Centre for BioImaging Sciences and is a member of the Mechanobiology Institute. His lab studies the mechanobiology of development and disease for which they turn to light and electron microscopes for information about mechanics, dynamics, and structure. Prior to NUS, he was a Professor of Biology and Bioengineering at MIT and a member of the Whitehead Institute.


Prof. Sara Bals, University of Antwerp, Belgium

The research of Sara Bals focuses on electron tomography of nanostructures, even with atomic resolution. She is a Full Professor at the University of Antwerp and she received her PhD degree (2003) from the same University. She did post-doctoral work at the National Centre for Electron Microscopy at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California. She is the author of more than 270 ISI contributions, including Nature or Science type contributions. Her work has been cited more than 5000 times and she has an h-index of 40 (web of science). She gave more than 40 invited presentations at international conferences and workshops. She has organized several workshops and symposia and chaired several sessions at international microscopy conferences. In 2013, she received an ERC Starting Grant concerning 3D characterisation of nanostructures (Colouratom). In 2016, she became “Laureate of the Academy for Natural Sciences” awarded by the Royal Flemish Academy of Science. 

IT8 - Phase-related techniques

Dr. Etienne Snoeck, French national Centre for Scientific Research, France

Etienne Snoeck graduated from the Institut National des Sciences Appliquées in 1984 and get in PhD at the “Laboratoire d’Optique Electronique” of Toulouse in 1986. He entered at CNRS as full researcher in 1989. In 1993-1994 he spent a year in the group of Prof. R. Sinclair in Stanford University. From 2009 to 2016 he was associated director Instituto de Nanociencia de Aragón of Saragossa (Spain) in charge of the «Laboratorio de Microscopias Avanzadas ». He led the “nanomaterials” group at CEMES from 2012 to 2016 and was the leader of the European Community project « ESTEEM2 » which gathered the major European laboratory in Transmission Electron Microscopy. He became director of the CEMES laboratory in 2016. His research concerns the development of quantitative electron microscopy techniques and more especially of Electron Holography for quantitative measurements of electrostatic and magnetic fields. Dr. E. Snoeck gave 15 invited talks in international conferences, published 234 peer-reviewed journal articles and his “h” factor is 38.

Dr. Nobuo Tanaka, Nagoya University, Japan

Dr. Tanaka is studying nano-structure science, thin film physics, catalysis science, and surface/interface physics by using aberration-corrected high-resolution electron microscopy including phase imaging, environmental electron microscopy and electron tomography. He is also interested in magnetic properties of transition metal clusters and micro-devices studied by using spin-polarized and vortex electron beams as well as EELS.


IT9 - STEM and TEM imaging

Dr. Richard Leapman, National Institute of Health, USA

Richard Leapman obtained his B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. in physics from Cambridge University. He subsequently trained in the Materials Department at Oxford University and in the School of Applied and Engineering Physics at Cornell, where he contributed to development of EELS for the nanoscale characterization of materials.  Dr. Leapman then moved to the National Institutes of Health to develop STEM and EELS for analyzing supramolecular structure and subcellular elemental composition. More recently, his group has developed approaches based on STEM tomography and serial block-face SEM for 3-D imaging of cellular and tissue ultrastructure.  In 2011, Dr. Leapman was elected Fellow of the Microscopy Society of America.  He serves as an Editor of the Journal of Microscopy and on editorial boards of other microscopy and nanotechnology journals.  Currently, he is Scientific Director of the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering, NIH, while also heading NIBIB’s Laboratory of Cellular Imaging and Macromolecular Biophysics.

Prof. Peter Nellist, University of Oxford, UK

Pete Nellist is a Professor in the Department of Materials, and a Tutorial Fellow at Corpus Christi College, University of Oxford. He leads a research group that focuses on the applications and development of high-resolution electron microscope techniques, in particular scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM), including atomic resolution Z-contrast imaging, ptychography, electron energy-loss and energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy and applications of spherical aberration correctors. Pete gained his PhD from the Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge. Since then he has worked in academia and in the commercial world in the UK, USA and Republic of Ireland. In 2007 he was awarded the Burton Medal by the Microscopy Society of America for exceptional contributions to microscopy, and in 2013 the Ernst Ruska Prize of the German Microscopy Society.  He is Vice-President of the Royal Microscopical Society and a Board Member of the European Microscopy Society.

IT10 - SEM, FIB, scanning probe and surface microscopy

Prof. Raynald Gauvin, McGill University, Canada

Professor Raynald Gauvin received his Ph.D. in 1990 at École Polytechnique de Montréal in Metallurgical Engineering. He was then appointed as an assistant professor in Mechanical Engineering at Université de Sherbrooke where he became associate Professor in 1995 and full Professor in 1998. In 2001, he joined the department of Mining and Materials Engineering of McGill University, Montréal, Canada, as a full Professor. Pr. Gauvin’s research interest are related in developing new methods to characterize the microstructure of materials using high resolution scanning electron microscopy with x-ray microanalysis and Monte Carlo simulations. He is the creator of the CASINO program that is used by more than 10 000 users in the world. He has more than 300 papers in scientific journals and conference proceedings. He was Invited Speaker in more than 100 international scientific conferences. He won several scientific prices, most notably the 31st Canadian Materials Physics Medal in 2007 by the Metallurgical Society of the Canadian Institute of Mining, the Heinrich Award in 1997 from the Microbeam Analysis Society of America and the Prix d’excellence du président de l’École for the best Doctorate Thesis defended in 1990 at École Polytechnique de Montréal. Pr. Gauvin was the President of the Inter American Societies of Electron Microscopy (CIASEM) from 2009 to 2011, the President of the Microbeam Analysis Society of America (MAS) from 2005 to 2006, the President of the Microscopical Society of Canada (SMC) from 2001 to 2003 and the President of the International Union of the Microbeam Analysis Societies (IUMAS) from 2000 to 2005. He is currently the holder of the Birks Chair in Metallurgy. He was appointed in 2017 Honorary Member of the Europran Microbeam Analysis Society.


A/Prof. Alex de Marco, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia

I did my PhD at EMBL in Heidelberg, where I focused on the development of cryo-Electron Tomography and Subtomogram Averaging to allow large-scale structural studies on heterogeneous and pleomorphic samples.Immediately after I joined FEI Company (now ThermoFisher Scientific) where I have been responsible for the development of hardware and software solutions for Correlative Light and Electron Microscopy (CLEM). Back to academia, I am working on the development of Plasma FIBs applications associated with molecular imaging in life sciences.



Prof. Tomonobu Nakayama, University of Tsukuba, Japan

Tomonobu Nakayama is the Deputy Director, Administrative Director and a Principal Investigator at International Center for Materials Nanoarchitectonics (WPI-MANA), National Institute for Materials Sceince (NIMS) and also a Professor at University of Tsukuba. He graduated and received his master’s degree from Tokyo Institute of Technology (1988), and later received a PhD in physics from the University of Tokyo in 1999. He worked for Mitsui Mining & Smelting Co. Ltd., JRDC (former JST), RIKEN, and moved to NIMS in 2002. He has been investigating nanofunctionality of integrated material systems using scanning probe microscopes and related techniques, such as manipulation of atoms and molecules, multiple-probe scanning probe microscopy. His research is largely motivated by his belief that a development of new methodology and technology at the nanometer regime is essential to open a new paradigm of nanoscience and nanotechnology.

IT11 - Optical Nanoscopy and Spectral Imaging Techniques

Prof. Colin Sheppard, University of Wollongong, Australia

Colin Sheppard is Honorary Professorial Fellow at the University of Wollongong, Australia, and also an External Collaborator and Visiting Scientist with the Italian Institute of Technology, Genoa, Italy. Previously he has been Professor in the Department of Bioengineering at National University of Singapore; Professor of Physics at the University of Sydney; and University Lecturer in Engineering Science at the University of Oxford. He obtained his PhD degree from University of Cambridge. He developed an early laser microscope (1975), patented scanning microscopy using Bessel beams (1977), published the first demonstration of scanning two-photon microscopy (SHG) (1977), proposed two-photon fluorescence and CARS microscopy (1978), launched the first commercial confocal microscope (1982), and developed the first confocal microscope with computer control and storage (1983). In 1988, he proposed scanning microscopy using a detector array with pixel reassignment, now known as image scanning microscopy.

IT12 - Spectroscopy – High energy excitations and local chemical analysis

Dr. Gianluigi Botton, McMaster University, Canada

Gianluigi Botton received a degree in Engineering Physics and a PhD in Materials Engineering at Ecole Polytechnique of Montreal. He was Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy at the University of Cambridge. He joined the Materials Technology Laboratory of Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) in 1998 as a research scientist. In 2001 he moved to the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at McMaster University where he holds a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Electron Microscopy of Nanoscale Materials. He received the Metal Physics Medal of the Canadian Materials Science Conference in 2017 and he is Fellow of the Microscopy Society of America. Prof. Botton established, and currently leads, the Canadian Centre for Electron Microscopy a national facility for ultrahigh-resolution microscopy.


Prof. Dr. Gerald Kothleitner, FELMI-ZFE – Austrian Centre for Electron Microscopy, Australia

Gerald Kothleitner completed both his undergraduate and graduate education at the Graz University of Technology at the FELMI Institute of Electron Microscopy where he received his Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry. After a 3 year leave as an International Product Manager for analytical instruments at Gatan, he became Associate Professor in Graz in 2004. He continued working to establish quantitative EFTEM imaging, focused on new analysis and processing schemes for EELS and EDX spectroscopic data sets, on improved information extraction and artifact-free data interrogation and its application for materials characterization. His research has also encompassed new specifications of analytical hardware and catalyzed the development and improvement of the latest generation of post-column energy-filters. He has published numerous papers in peer-reviewed journals, has organized schools and conference symposia and co-organized international conferences. In 2007 he received the K.F.J. Heinrich Award, from the US Microbeam Analysis Society for outstanding achievements in analytical microscopy.

IT13 - Spectroscopy – Low energy excitations and ultrafast spectroscopy

Prof. Odile Stéphan, University Paris-Sud, France

Odile Stéphan received a PhD in Condensed Mater Physics from University of Paris-Sud, in Orsay. She was Postdoctoral Fellow at the National Institute for Materials Science in Tsukuba. She is currently a Professor of Physics at the University of Paris-Sud. Her interests focus on the development of Electron Energy-Loss Spectroscopy and associated spectroscopies in a Scanning Transmission Electron Microscope with applications to various topics such as plasmonics and nanooptics, oxide physics or 2D material optical and electronic properties. In 2012, she received the Ancel Prize from the French Physical Society.


IT14 – Advances in Atom Probe Tomography

Dr. David Larson, CAMECA Instruments, USA

David J. Larson is Director of Scientific Marketing for CAMECA. He received his PhD degree from the University of Wisconsin and is currently the President of the International Field Emission Society. Prior to joining CAMECA, he held staff positions at Seagate Technology, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and was a U.S. National Science Foundation International Research Fellow at the University of Oxford (Wolfson College). His awards include the Burton Metal (Microscopy Society of America), Honorary Staff (University of Sydney), the Cosslett Award (Microbeam Analysis Society), Visiting Scholar (Corpus Christi College, Oxford), the Innovation in Materials Characterisation Award (Materials Research Society), the President’s Award (University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire), and he is a Fellow of the Microscopy Society of America. He has more than 300 publications and eight patents and may be reached at

Dr. Leigh Stephenson, Max-Planck-Institut für Eisenforschuing, Germany

Australian-born scientist who studied mathematics, physics and quantum computation at Macquarie University (BSc), and then transmission electron microscopy, atom probe tomography and light alloy metallurgy at the University of Sydney (PhD). Through collaborative characterisation efforts, he has since then contributed to work on a variety of materials including photovoltaic materials, steels, nano-crystalline tungsten and GaN semiconductors. 

Leigh currently works at MPIE in Düsseldorf with Dr. Baptiste Gault and Prof. Dierk Raabe and many other talented researchers. His current experimental efforts mainly concern the development of an instrumental suite for the nanoscale analysis of environmentally-sensitive materials. His research considers atom probe experiments from a holistic point-of-view, regarding that only deep understanding of both the experiment and the data can result in the generation of new materials knowledge.

He is passionate about science communication but believes that responsibility for it starts with the scientist.

Frontier Issues

Chair: Prof Julie Cairney – The University of Sydney, Australia
Committee: A/Prof Jodie Bradby, Prof Marc de Graef, Dr Alex la Fontaine, Prof Dr Joachim Mayer, A/Prof Matt Weyland, Prof Jin Zou 

FI1 - Facility Management and Outreach

Prof. Tim White, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Tim White is a Director in the President’s Office Research Strategy and Co-ordination Unit responsible for Science and Engineering at the Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He is also a Professor and Associate Chair (Research) in the School of Materials Science & Engineering, and Co-Chair of the NTU Research Integrity Committee. Prior to joining NTU in 2005, he acquired over 35 years of research experience at national laboratories in Australia and Singapore in materials science and engineering, minerals processing, nuclear waste treatment and environmental management. These appointments included group leader at The Australian Atomic Energy Commission and Multiplex Professor of Environmental Technology developing ceramic methods for the treatment of toxic metal wastes at brown-field sites in Australia.

He served as the Head of the Department for Materials Science (2006-2009) and Director of the Facility for Analysis, Characterization, Testing and Simulation (FACTS) (2005-2009) at NTU. Tim was Secretary of the Materials Research Society of Singapore (2003-2007), Director of the Centre for Advanced Microscopy at the Australian National University (2009-2012) and President of The Australian Microscopy and Microanalysis Society (2010-2013). Formally trained in solid state chemistry his research has focused on unravelling nonstoichiometry and functionality in complex oxides (catalysts, electrolytes, and hazardous and nuclear waste forms), through advanced analytical methods to investigate condensed matter. Other research in Singapore includes: Team leader (1999–2001) at the A*STAR Environmental Technology Institute validating the performance of membrane technology for the recovery and recycling of automotive oil; Director (2001-2004) at the Institute for Environmental Science and Engineering (IESE) responsible for developing a program of advanced research for the development of new ecomaterials for environmental protection. International research partners include the National Research Council of Canada, Fraunhofer UMSICHT of Germany and Johnson Matthey of the UK. His recent research is concerned with the discovery of thermoelectric materials and the properties of hybrid perovskites as photovoltaic materials. He is also a pioneer of massive open online courses (MOOCs) and for several years delivered one of the few such courses in the world that awards full academic credit. He current teaching is in partnership with Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München to develop a new on-line platform to serve the needs the Skills Future lifelong learners, as well as catering for graduate students.

Dr. Jenny Whiting, The University of Sydney, Australia

Jenny Whiting is a researcher and science communicator with 20 years experience in using microscopy to engage the public with science. She started out as a molecular/developmental biologist, doing her PhD at the University of Adelaide and postdoctoral research in the UK at the National Institute for Medical Research, the Institute of Child Health and Guy’s Hospital, London. She then worked for the Wellcome Trust as Picture Editor, acquiring biomedical images and making them accessible to academic and commercial clients and curating regular exhibitions. Jenny is now the Marketing & Business Development Manager for the Australian Microscopy & Microanalysis Research Facility where she communicates the benefits and outcomes of this national research infrastructure. This includes outreach activities that share the wonder to be found in the microscopic world. 


FI2 - Facility Management and Data Management (Storage, Processing and Sharing)

Dr. Wojtek Goscinski, Monash University, Australia

Dr Wojtek James Goscinski is the coordinator of the Multimodal Australian ScienceS Imaging and Visualisation Environment (MASSIVE), a national high performance computing facility for imaging and visualization, the manager of the Characterisation Virtual Laboratory, a collaborative national program to help researchers apply capture and process imaging data, and the External Collaborations Manager at the Monash eResearch Centre, a role in which he leads teams to develop and implement digital strategies to nurture and underpin next-generation research. He holds a PhD in Computer Science, a Bachelor of Design (Architecture), and a Bachelor of Computer Science.

Dr. Dieter Weber, Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany

Dr. Dieter Weber is managing the collaborative LiberTEM project, an open software platform for high-throughput distributed processing of data from pixelated detectors in scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM). A single pixelated STEM data set can reach 64 TB in raw data and contains rich information about the sample. Processing this on personal computers is not practical anymore. The optimized architecture of LiberTEM supports a paradigm change in electron microscopy towards „big data“ by processing pixelated STEM data at 6 GB/s per node on cost-efficient scalable clusters built from stock hardware. This opens the door to interactive supercomputing with response times in the order of seconds or minutes on such massive data sets with only a moderate investment in IT infrastructure. He holds a PhD in Materials Science and has work experience as a product manager, project manager and entrepreneur.

Prof. David Bell, Harvard University, USA

David C. Bell is Professor of Applied Physics at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard University and the Associate Director of the Center for Nanoscale Systems. This shared user facility houses the highest resolution aberration corrected TEM and STEM in the New England area and the only atom probe in the northeast. Professor Bell received his doctorate in physics from the University of Melbourne and did his postdoctoral study at MIT. His research group focuses on the “Emergent Phenomena” of new materials. Using the theory and application of aberration-corrected and high resolution analytical electron microscopy with application of aberration corrected low voltage electron microscopy to study the structure and properties advanced material designs. Current research areas are quantum materials, nanowires, bimetallic catalysis systems and characterization of nanomaterials for nano-toxicological research. Prof. Bell lectures on electron microscopy, cryo-EM, nanotechnology and microfluidics. He has authored numerous publications and books (most recently the RMS Wiley volume on Low Voltage Microscopy) and serves on editorial boards of several materials and microscopy journals; he is associate editor of Ultramicroscopy. Professor Bell is a fellow of the Microscopy Society of America and the Royal Microscopical Society UK.

Angus Netting, University of Adelaide, Australia

Angus Netting currently holds the position of Director of Adelaide Microscopy and Adelaide Biobank, the University of Adelaide’s centre for Advanced Microscopy and Microanalysis. Angus studied Physical Chemistry at Flinders University in the early 1980’s and worked as an Industrial Chemist for a number of years before taking up a position in Surface Analysis at the University of South Australia. He later became manager of Scientific Services at the Ian Wark Research Institute before joining the University of Adelaide in 2001 as a Senior Microscopist in EPMA and SEM. He was appointed deputy director of Adelaide Microscopy in 2009 and Director in 2014. His main area of interest is in x-ray micro-analysis in Electron Microscopy and has held the position of President of the Microbeam Analysis Society of Australia (AMAS) from 2010-2012, secretary of AMAS from 2013- present. In February 2014 he convened the 23rd Australian Conference for Microscopy and Microanalysis.

Life Sciences

Chair: A/Prof Filip Braet – The University of Sydney, Australia
Committee: Prof Yves Dufrêne, Dr Jan Ellenberg, Prof Katharina Gaus, A/Prof Eric Hanssen, Prof Bram Koster, Prof Thomas Müller-Reichert, Prof Rob Parton, Prof Peter Peters, Dr Melanie Rug, Dr Yannick Schwab, Prof Paul Verkade, Dr Renee Whan, Dr Rosemary White

Since the last IMC conference, the life sciences have witnessed unprecedented progress that coincides with the development of novel microscopy instrumentation and approaches. New breakthroughs in optical super-resolution imaging, cryogenic approaches, direct electron detection, including the ever-growing activity in correlative and integrated imaging have changed the landscape of biological microscopy for many generations to come. Contributors to these thrilling advances have recently been awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for the invention of optical super-resolution imaging and cryogenic electron microscopy. This part of the IMC-19 program aims therefore to accurately report on those advances with special emphasis on how these innovations have contributed to our enriched understanding in the complexities of life.

LS-1. Structure and Function of Cells & Organelles

Prof. Dr. Bram Koster, Leiden University Medical Center, The Netherlands

The research and method developments of the Koster group are focused on the development of methods combining high resolution fluorescence light-microscopy with ultra-structural imaging with electron microscopy. We develop technologies enabling the identification and visualization of specific macromolecular arrangements and/or changes in the cellular context. Bram Koster is one of the pioneers in the development of 3D electron microscopic imaging using electron tomography and worked on life sciences and materials sciences applications. He obtained his PhD Applied Physics in 1989 (Delft University, the Netherlands). After post-doctoral positions at UCSF (San Francisco) and the Max-Planck-Institute for Biochemistry (Martinsried) he returned to the Netherlands in 1997 (Utrecht University). In 2006 he relocated to his current position at the Leiden University Medical Center in the In 2014 he was appointed director of the Netherlands Center of Electron Nanoscopy (NeCEN), also in Leiden.

Dr. Sharon Grayer Wolf, Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel

Dr. Sharon Grayer Wolf was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. Sharon earned her BA in chemistry at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and her MSc & PhD degrees in Structural Chemistry at the Weizmann Institute of Science under the supervision of Prof. Leslie Leiserowitz, where they developed grazing incidence diffraction of lipids at the air/water interface. Dr. Wolf’s  postdoctoral training was with Dr. Kenneth H. Downing at Lawrence Berkeley Laboratories, and together with fellow postdoc Eva Nogales, they solved the structure of tubulin by electron crystallography.  Dr. Wolf returned to the Weizmann Institute in 1997 as a staff scientist in the Electron Microscopy Unit. Dr. Wolf  is currently  a Senior Research Fellow, and Head of the EM Unit, where she manages a group of 14 staff members.

Dr. Wolf specializes in the field of three-dimensional imaging of biological cells using electron microscopy. Together with her EM Unit colleague, Dr. Lothar Houben, and Prof. Michael Elbaum from the Department of Chemical & Biological Physics, she recently developed a new method for imaging frozen specimens using a scanning transmitted electron probe beam (published in Nature Methods in 2014). This method provides unprecedented new detail from thicker regions of cells, allowing researchers to examine previously unobservable cellular processes. Together with the group of Prof. Deborah Fass from the Structural Biology Department, Sharon used this novel technique to describe solid-state calcium storage in the mitochondria of human cells. Their results were recently published in Elife.

LS-2. Multiplex Live Imaging of Cells, Tissues & Organisms

Assoc. Prof. Paul Timpson, Garvan Institute for Medical Research, Australia 

Paul completed his PhD with Prof Margaret Frame at the Beatson Institute for Cancer Research, UK in 2002 where he assessed the interplay between Src family kinases and the actin cytoskeleton during cancer cell invasion, focusing on the role of Rho family GTPases. He then moved to the Garvan Institute in 2003 to work with Professor Roger Daly investigating the role of the actin-binding protein cortactin in growth factor receptor trafficking in breast cancer and head and neck cancers.

Paul was awarded an AstraZeneca Postdoctoral Research Fellowship allowing him to return to the UK in 2007, to work with Professor Kurt Anderson in collaboration with AstraZeneca Advanced Technology Laboratories. This ongoing work has focused upon the development of novel multi-disciplinary live imaging techniques to investigate molecular dynamics of cancer cells in vivo.

Returning to Australia to establish a research group in November 2012 within the Cancer Program, Paul aims to understand pancreatic cancer in the context of the surrounding environment using cutting edge imaging technology. Pinpointing the molecular drivers of cancer progression and the environmental cues that cause resistance to current systemic therapy are the focus of his research.


Dr. Renee Whan, UNSW Sydney, Australia

Information coming soon.


LS-3. 3-D Structures of Macromolecules & Supramolecular Assemblies

Assoc. Prof. Eric Hanssen, The University of Melbourne, Australia

Eric received his PhD in biological science from Université Claude Bernard in France in 1999 for his work done on the ultrastructure of elastic tissues. From 2000 to 2005 he continued this work as postdoctoral fellow at the University of Adelaide. In 2006 he joined the ARC Center of Excellence for Coherent X-ray Science at La Trobe University to develop and implement cutting edge imaging techniques (electron and soft x-ray tomography, structural illumination). In 2010 he was recruited at the Bio21 Institute to develop the electron microscopy unit and implement cryo EM and 3D EM. His research interests lie in 3D electron imaging of both cellular and molecular samples

Assoc. Prof. Gabriel Lander, The Scripps Research Institute, USA

Gabe Lander has been solving the structures of macromolecular machines by cryo-electron microscopy (cryoEM) for over 12 years, using 3D structures to shed light on how protein assemblies interact with the cellular environment. Gabe received his B.S. in biochemistry from Binghamton University, and performed his graduate studies at The Scripps Research Institute jointly under Bridget Carragher, Clint Potter, and Jack Johnson. Gabe then performed his postdoctoral research at UC Berkeley, applying his streamlined cryoEM methodologies to investigate the properties of microtubule dynamics and the mechanism of protein degradation by the 26S proteasome. As an Associate Professor at The Scripps Research Institute, Gabe’s group uses the latest cutting-edge cryoEM instrumentation and innovative processing algorithms to determine the molecular bases for heart diseases, neurodevelopmental and neurodegenerative diseases, and cancers. Gabe is a recipient of an Innovator Award from the National Institutes of Health, and is a Searle and Pew Scholar.

LS-4. Atomic Force Microscopy in Molecular and Cell Biology

Prof. Yves Dufrêne, Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium

Yves Dufrêne obtained his Bioengineering degree and PhD at the Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium. He is now Professor and Research Director at the National Fund for Scientific Research. He is interested in studying the nanoscale surface architecture, biophysical properties, and interactions of living cells using atomic force microscopy (AFM), focusing primarily on microbial cells (bacteria, fungi). Currently, the main objective is to understand how pathogens use their surface molecules to guide cell adhesion and trigger infections, and to develop anti-adhesion strategies for treating biofilm-infections.


Prof. Dr. Peter Hinterdorfer, Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria

I was educated as biophysicist and worked mainly on high resolution microscopy techniques on native and model biological systems. In my time as student and PostDoc (University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, USA) I learnt various fluorescence microscopy techniques. I started with scanning probe microscopy technologies from 1993 on, when I took a position at the University of Linz, Austria, where I am now working as department head of the institute of biophysics. I think I can say that we have done some pioneering work in single molecule force spectroscopy and that we invented a combined topography and recognition imaging technique. My running research grants and my publications may indicate that I see my focus in the application and development of advanced nanoscopic techniques for nano-bio technology, life science, and medical diagnostics. My particular research interests cover structural elucidation, molecular recognition and transport.


LS-5. Cellular Transport & Dynamics

Prof. Rob Parton, University of Queensland, Australia

Rob Parton studied biochemistry in the UK before moving to the EMBL in Heidelberg, Germany. He received Royal Society and EMBO postdoctoral fellowships before becoming a junior group leader in 1990 studying endocytosis. In 1996, he moved to the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia. He is currently a group leader in the Institute for Molecular Bioscience and Deputy Director of the Centre for Microscopy and Microanalysis. His research centres on the microdomains of the plasma membrane, with a particular focus on caveolae and caveolins. He is using a number of experimental systems (including cultured cells, zebrafish, and mice) to understand how caveolae form, to dissect the structure of caveolae and caveolins, and to investigate the role of caveolae in health and in disease. He is currently a Chief Editor of Traffic and Associate Editor for Molecular Biology of the Cell and is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science.

Dr. Georg Ramm, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia

Dr Ramm studied Biochemistry in Germany and obtained his PhD in Cell Biology at Utrecht University in the Netherlands. After moving to Australia he work at the Institute for Molecular Bioscience in Brisbane and the Garvan Institute in Sydney on cellular transport and signalling. Dr Ramm was recruited to Monash University in 2009 as a group leader in the Biochemistry Department and to build a Life Sciences EM facility. The resulting Monash Ramaciotti Centre for Cryo EM has developed into an expertise centre for both cellular and structural EM and houses Australia’s first Titan Krios. The focus of Dr Ramm’s research is to develop and apply advanced imaging techniques to solve biological questions regarding the dynamics of cellular traffic and its regulation by metabolic and other factors.

LS-6. Applications of Cryo Electron Microscopy in Biology

Prof. Dr. Thomas Mueller-Reichert, Technische Universität Dresden, Germany

Thomas Müller-Reichert is interested in how the microtubule cytoskeleton is modulated within cells to fulfill functions in meiosis, mitosis and abscission. The Müller-Reichert lab is mainly applying correlative light microscopy and electron tomography to study the 3D organization of microtubules in the early embryo of the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans and in tissue culture cells. He got his PhD degree from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich and moved afterwards to the EMBL in Heidelberg (Germany) for a post-doc with Dr. Tony Hyman. He was a visiting scientist with Dr. Kent McDonald (UC Berkeley, USA) and set up the electron microscope facility at the newly founded Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics (MPI-CBG). Since 2010 he is head of the Core Facility Cellular Imaging (CFCI) of the Medical Faculty Carl Gustav Carus of the TU Dresden (Germany).


Prof. Dr. Michel Steinmetz, Paul Scherrer Institut, Switzerland

Steinmetz is a world-leading expert in the structural biology of microtubules and their interacting proteins and drugs. Since he joined the Paul Scherrer Institute in 2000 as a senior scientist, later in 2006 as a tenured research group leader and in 2013 as the deputy head of the Laboratory of Biomolecular Research, he contributed important results to the microtubule field. His work resulted in the publication of more than 130 papers in high-impact journal, including Nature, Science and Cell. The most important contributions of the Steinmetz group are:

  • The development of a unique tubulin structural biology pipeline that allows elucidating the mechanisms of action of tubulin-binding drugs to high resolution by X-ray crystallography and in a medium throughput mode.
  • The discovery of a universal Microtubule tip Localization Signal (MtLS).
  • The deciphering of the structural basis of the universal nine-fold symmetry of centrioles and consequently of cilia and flagella.
LS-7. Embryology & Developmental Biology

A/Prof. Louise Cole, University of Technology Sydney, Australia

A/Prof Cole completed her Masters and PhD degrees in Oxford. Her research included both light and electron microscopy techniques. She brought these skills to Sydney, Australia, to carry out postdoctoral work at UNSW investigating the role of pleiomorphic vacuoles in fungi, and then moved to the University of Sydney (USYD) to study plant cell-to-cell communication. In 2004, A/Prof Cole became Light and Laser Optics Manager at USYD. In 2006, she moved to the Bosch Institute where she led the Advanced Microscopy Facility (AMF) for over 11 years and drove the expansion of the Bosch AMF to include laser micro-dissection, multi-photon, confocal, and light-sheet imaging methods. A/Prof Cole has recently taken up the position of Director of the Microbial Imaging Facility at the University of Technology Sydney.

Dr. Anastasios Pavlopoulos, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Janelia Research Campus, USA

Dr. Anastasios (Tassos) Pavlopoulos completed his PhD with Dr. Michalis Averof at IMBB-FORTH in Greece, his postdoctoral training with Prof. Michael Akam at Cambridge University and with Dr. Pavel Tomancak at MPI-CBG in Germany, before taking up an independent group leader position as a Fellow at the HHMI Janelia Research Campus in US (2013-present). His lab aims to understand the molecular genetic and cellular basis of tissue and organ morphogenesis during animal development and evolution. His research has been funded by the European Molecular Biology Organization, the European Commission’s Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and other organizations. Dr. Pavlopoulos has supervised more than 20 undergraduate, graduate and post-doctoral researchers and has been teaching courses continuously since 2006 on Embryology, Animal Development and Evolution, Light-sheet Microscopy and Tissue Morphogenesis organized by EMBO, the Marine Biological Laboratory, the Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência, UC Santa Barbara and other institutions.

LS-8. Pathology and Immunocytochemistry & Biomolecular Labeling

Dr. Danielle Jorgens, University of California, USA

Danielle earned her PhD at University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley), where she trained in advanced sample preparation techniques including cryopreservation for cells and tissues for resin-based EM. She joined Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) as a postdoctoral fellow, where she studied novel cellular protrusions that form connections between breast cancer cells and their environment. As a research assistant professor at OHSU, her interests expanded to studies focused on the intersection between genomics, transcriptomics and ultrastructure in human pancreatic cancer. Her work is marked by her highly collaborative approach to science and the use of advanced EM instruments and techniques, such as CLEM, FIB-SEM, and HPF-FS. Danielle currently serves as Director of the Electron Microscope Laboratory at UC Berkeley, where she works toward modernizing and expanding the EM capabilities on campus and continues to research the ultrastructure of cancer and normal cells with particular interest in nuclear morphology and structure.


Prof. Paul Verkade, University of Bristol, UK

Prof. Paul Verkade’s research group is based at the University of Bristol where he also heads the EM unit of the Wolfson Bioimaging Facility, a fully integrated light and electron microscopy centre.

His research group focuses on the development and application of microscopy techniques mainly for the study of sorting mechanisms in intracellular transport pathways. The main tools in the lab are Electron microscopy (EM) and Correlative Light Electron Microscopy (CLEM) in which fields he has published over 70 papers. The current focus of the lab is on the application of those techniques to the field of Synthetic Biology, i.e. how are synthetic particles taken up and processed by cells.

Prof. Verkade has been the chair and is the current co-chair of the Electron Microscopy section of the Royal Microscopy Society. He has also organised and taught on several courses and workshops on subjects such as high-pressure freezing, Correlative Light Electron Microscopy (CLEM), and immuno EM. His lab is the home of the EMBO practical course on CLEM (2012, 2014, 2016, 2018).

LS-9. Applications in Correlative Microscopy of Biological Systems

Dr. Yannick Schwab, European Molecular Biology Laboratory, Germany

Yannick Schwab is a neuroscientist by training, graduating in 2001 at the University of Strasbourg, France. After two post-doctorates in Neurobiology (in Canada and in France), he joined in 2005 the staff of the Electron Microscopy facility at the IGBMC, Strasbourg, becoming its operational manager in 2009. During that time, he developed methods in Correlative Light and Electron Microscopy (CLEM) applied to cultured cells and to model organisms. Yannick joined EMBL in 2012, as a team leader in the Cell Biology and Biophysics Unit and as head of the Electron Microscopy Core Facility (EMCF). The Schwab team is focused on methods development in CLEM, combining in particular fluorescence imaging of whole-mount specimens with volume EM. The EMCF offers access to a large portfolio of techniques in cellular EM, including ultrastructural analysis, 3D electron microscopy and CLEM on a variety of biological model systems.



Prof. Roger Wepf, The University of Queensland, Australia

Roger Wepf is the Director of the Center for Microscopy & Microanalysis (CMM) at the University of Queensland. He received his academic degrees in cell biology in 1992 (ETH). After a post-doctoral fellowship (Biocenter Basel/ETH), Roger joined the physical instrumentation program at EMBL, Heidelberg, in the Max Haider group, developing cryo-technology for corrected LVSEM and EM. Before he moved to the ETH, Roger was with Beiersdorf AG for nine years, as head of the analytical microscopy department in Hamburg, working mainly on human skin morphomics, colloidal systems and adhesives, with a focus on developing cryo-preparation techniques for imaging and spectroscopy. In May 2006 Roger was elected as the Director of the EM Center of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EMEZ) and in 2014 became the Technical Director of the Scientific Center for Optical and Electron Microscopy (ScopeM). His major research activities were focused in the field of correlative microscopy, automatic sample preparation and imaging techniques for particle imaging. Roger’s current research interest leads to developing tools for integrative imaging and spectroscopy to explore new frontiers in structure research.

LS-10. Plant Science & Mycology

Prof. Staffan Persson, University of Melbourne, Australia

Staffan Persson completed his PhD in Dec, 2003, which was a joint degree between Lund University (Sweden) and North Carolina State University (US). He then pursued a postdoc at the Carnegie Institution of Washington at Stanford University 2004-2007. Staffan was appointed as a Max-Planck Group Leader at the MPI for Molecular Plant Physiology in Potsdam in 2008, where he stayed until 2014. Since Jan 2015 Staffan is a R@MAP Professor and an ARC Future Fellow (level 3) at the School of BioSciences at University of Melbourne. He is a Thomson Reuter highly cited researcher 2016. The research in his group aims at understanding how plants are producing cellulose, which is the most abundant biopolymer on Earth and that is a raw material for many applications in our society.


Dr. Rosemary White, CSIRO Agriculture and Food, Australia

Rosemary White completed a PhD (Utah State University) and postdoc (Ohio State University) on how plants respond to gravity, then moved to the University of Sydney to work on plasmodesmata and the cytoskeleton. She continues this work in collaboration with the ARC CoE for Translational Photosynthesis, looking at how plasmodesmata regulate metabolite transport. After lecturing at Monash University, she moved to CSIRO Plant Industry in 2000, where she is director of the Black Mountain MicroImaging Centre (BMIC). Recent interests include understanding the substructure of plant cell walls, especially in cotton fibres.

LS-11. Innovations in Light / Laser Microscopy and Optical Nanoscopy

Dr. Jan Ellenberg, EMBL Heidelberg, Germany

Jan Ellenberg heads the Cell Biology & Biophysics unit and is senior scientist at EMBL Heidelberg. For over 20 years, he has been interested in cell division and nuclear biogenesis, including systematic analysis of mitosis, NPC assembly, and formation of mitotic and meiotic chromosomes. His goal has been to obtain structural and functional measures of the required molecular machinery inside cells using quantitative 4D imaging, single molecule spectroscopy, as well as super-resolution microscopy. His research group played a key role in large EU-wide efforts on systems biology of mitosis, as well as microscopy automation and unbiased computational image analysis. He has coordinated European efforts to make imaging technologies more accessible to researchers via his role as Coordinator of EuBI Preparatory Phase II and as EMBL delegate in the EuBI Interim Board.

Prof. Katharina Gaus, University of New South Wales, Australia

 Scientia Professor Katharina Gaus is an NHMRC Senior Research Fellow at the University of New South Wales and Head of the EMBL Australia Node in Single Molecule Science. She is also the Deputy Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence in Advanced Molecular Imaging (2014-2020). Katharina received her PhD from the University of Cambridge in 1999 and has led an independent research group since 2005. Her group investigates signal transduction processes in T lymphocytes with advanced fluorescence microscopy approaches. She was awarded the Young Investigator Award from the Australia and New Zealand Society for Cell and Developmental Biology (2010), the Gottschalk Medal from the Australian Academy of Science (2012), the New South Wales Science and Engineering Award for Excellence in Biological Sciences (2013) and the Khwarizmi International Award (2018).

LS-12. Multimodal Molecular Imaging in Health & Disease

Prof. Peter Peters, Maastricht University, The Netherlands

Peter Peters was instrumental in improving cryo-immunogold EM and vitreous cryo-sectioning. His team discovered that mycobacteria causing tuberculosis move from the phagosome into the cytosol (top 10 cited in tuberculosis in the last 10 years). He initiated the Netherlands Centre for Electron Nanoscopy (NeCEN). He is a distinguished university professor and co-directs the Maastricht Multimodal Molecular Imaging Institute studying native unfixed cells with 3D cryo-electron tomography to visualize molecular machines in the context of organelles. His group aims to resolve the type VII secretion system of Mycobacterium tuberculosis within the phagolysosome.  He initiated a new start-up CryoSol-World that will produce the next generation vitrification devices called Vitrojet. Vitrobots, developed in Maastricht have been distributed to more the 500 cryo-EM labs worldwide. His research has been reported in 120 articles with more than 25.000 citations.

Dr. Peijun Zhang, University of Oxford, UK

Dr. Peijun Zhang obtained her Ph.D. in Biophysics from University Virginia, M.S. in Physics and B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Nanjing University, China. She was a postdoc and later a staff scientist at the National Cancer Institute, NIH. In 2006, she joined the faculty of the University of Pittsburgh, and was promoted to associate professor with tenure in 2012. She was recently recruited to the University of Oxford as a full professor, and jointly as the director of eBIC (the UK National Electron Bio-imaging Centre) at the Diamond Light Source. She pursuits an integrated, atomistic understanding of the molecular mechanisms of large protein complexes and assemblies, in particular those involved in HIV-1 pathogenesis, by developing and combining novel technologies for high-resolution cryoEM and cryoET. Dr. Zhang received many awards, including the Wellcome Trust Investigator Award, Carnegie Science Emerging Female Scientist Award, and University of Pittsburgh Senior Vice Chancellor’s Award.

LS-13. Invertebrate Biology & Taxonomy

Dr. Andreas Holzenburg, The University of Texas, USA

Professor Holzenburg studied Microbiology, Botany and Chemistry in Göttingen (Germany; PhD 1987) before moving more into Physics, interfacing with Engineering, developing a passion for Preventive Medicine and Economics, and embracing quantum effects. After the conclusion of a postdoctoral position at the Biozentrum of the University of Basel (Switzerland, 1987-1989) and a Feodor-Lynen-Fellowship of the (Alexander von Humboldt Foundation) at the University of Georgia in Athens, GA (USA, 1990), he rose through the ranks at the University of Leeds (UK, 1991-2000) to Senior Lecturer in Structural Molecular Biology. Since October 2000, first as a Full Professor at Texas A&M University and then at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, he has been successful in building and overseeing shared infrastructure cores at the Director and Associate Vice President level and served internationally as consultant on this matter. His research focus on imaging resulted in over 100 peer-reviewed publications.

Prof. Maria Byrne, University of Sydney, Australia

Maria Byrne is Professor of Marine and Developmental Biology at the University of Sydney.  Prof Byrne’s research on the biology and ecology of marine invertebrates that has largely involved echinoderms as model organisms. In recent years Prof Byrne’s research on on comparative evolutionary biology has involved the quantification of the impacts of climate change stressors, ocean warming and ocean acidification on fundamental biological processes including growth, physiology, development and calcification.  This work investigates the responses of marine invertebrates across life stages to climate change and has involved species from the tropics to the poles.  Most importantly the labile nature of marine invertebrate development and the possibility of an in-built redundancy and adaptive capacity of developmental processes in a climate change world will be crucial to the resilience of some marine species. Her current research investigates potential for climate adaptation merging her two main areas of research, evo-devo and global change.


LS-14. Host-Pathogen Interactions, Microbiology & Virology

Junior Prof. Salvo Chiantia, University of Potsdam, Germany

Salvo Chiantia studied Physics in the University of Palermo where he graduated in 2003. In 2008, he obtained his PhD in Physics under the supervision of Prof. Schwille in the TU-Dresden, working on a combination of Atomic Force Microscopy and single-molecule fluorescence for the study of cellular membranes. In 2009, he received a fellowship from the Life Science Foundation and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute to carry on his postdoctoral studies at Stony Brook University, NY. Since 2015, he is Junior Professor in the University of Potsdam, Germany. His research focus is the study of the assembly of the Influenza virus in infected cells by means of advanced quantitative optical microscopy.

Dr. Melanie Rug, The Australian National University, Australia

Melanie Rug is a Cell Biologist with extensive experience in the application of a wide range of microscopy techniques to research questions in the life sciences. Her main research interest lies with understanding the relationship between the malaria parasite and its host environment. As Director of the Centre for Advanced Microscopy at the ANU she shares her passion for the “Inner Space” with researchers from all science disciplines.



Please note the above information is correct as of March 2018 and is subject to change.


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