19th International Microscopy Congress (IMC19)


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

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

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PS2 - Carbon-based materials and 2D structures

Chairs: Ute Kaiser & Dougal McCulloch

Ute Kaiser

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Dougal McCulloch

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

Xiuliang Ma

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.

PS4 - Metals and alloys

Chairs: Xiaodong Han & Jianfeng Nie

Xiaodong Han

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.

Jianfeng Nie

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

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PS6 - Biomaterials, polymers and polymer-based composites

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PS7 - Semiconductors and materials for communication

Chairs: Jenny Wong-Leung

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PS8 - Phase transformations and corrosion

Chairs: David Young

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PS9 - Amorphous and disordered materials, liquid crystals

Chairs: Amelia Liu

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PS10 - Magnetic, ferroelectric and multiferroic materials

Chairs: Shujun Zhang & Laura Bocher

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PS11 - Materials in geology, mineralogy and archeology

Chairs: Katarina Marquardt & David Saxey

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PS12 - Materials for energy production, storage and catalysis

Chairs: Christina (Tina) Scheu 

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PS13 - Physical science applications of in-situ microscopy

Chairs: Masaki Takeguchi & Xiaozhou Liao

Xiaozhou Liao

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Masaki Takeguchi

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

Chairs: Greg McMullan & Nestor Zaluzec

Greg McMullan

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Nestor Zaluzec

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

Nigel Browning

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Steven Ludtke

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

Chairs: Saskia Lippens

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IT4 - Cryo-TEM techniques for biological material

Chairs: Juergen Plitzko & Yao Cong

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

Chairs: Patricia Kooyman & Pratihba Gai & Bradley Siwick

Pratihba Gai

Pratibha Gai is a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS) and Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering.  She is Foundation Professor of Electron Microscopy, Professor of Chemistry and Physics and co-founder of the York Nanocentre at the University of York, UK.  She joined York from DuPont, USA. She held senior positions as DuPont research fellow and concurrently adjunct professor at the University of Delaware. Previously, she established and led the Catalysis Group at the University of Oxford. She graduated with a PhD in physics from University of Cambridge. She has original publications and inventions in several areas including, novel catalysts, coatings, superconductors, semiconductors and electronic ceramics. With E D Boyes she co-pioneered atomic resolution-environmental (S)TEM (E(S)TEM) to image gas-solid reactions, which is used globally. She received the 2010 Gabor Prize of the Institute of Physics, UK, and L’Oréal-UNESCO International Women in Science Award as the 2013 Laureate for Europe.

Patricia Kooyman

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Bradley Siwick

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IT6 -Diffraction techniques

Chairs: Randi Holmestad & Kenji Tsuda

Randi Holmestad

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.

Kenji Tsuda

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IT7 - Multi-scale 3D imaging

Chairs: Paul Matsudaira & Sara Bals

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IT8 - Phase-related techniques

Chairs: Nobuo Tanaka

Nobuo Tanaka

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

Chairs: Richard Leapman & Peter Nellist

Richard Leapman

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.

Peter Nellist

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

Chairs: Tom Wirtz & Tomonobu Nakayama

Tomonobu Nakayama

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.

Tom Wirtz

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IT11 - Optical Nanoscopy and Spectral Imaging Techniques

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IT12 - Spectroscopy – High energy excitations and local chemical analysis

Chairs: Gianluigi Botton & Gerald Kothleitner

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IT13 - Spectroscopy – Low energy excitations and ultrafast spectroscopy

Chairs: Odile Stephan

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IT14 – Advances in Atom Probe Tomography

Chairs: David Larson & Ross Marceau & Leigh Stephenson

David Larson

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Ross Marceau

Dr Ross Marceau is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Frontier Materials (IFM) at Deakin University. He also leads the Deakin Advanced Characterisation Facility at IFM and is manager of the atom probe instrument. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Materials) obtained from The University of New South Wales, and a PhD from The University of Sydney at the Australian Centre for Microscopy and Microanalysis. After completion of his PhD in 2008, Dr Marceau became a research associate of the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Design in Light Metals at The University of Sydney (2008 – 2011). Following this he was awarded an Alexander von Humboldt Postdoctoral Fellowship to conduct research at the Max-Planck-Institut für Eisenforschung (Max Planck Institute for Iron Research) in Düsseldorf, Germany, prior to starting at Deakin University in 2013. Ross serves as an Editor for the journal Microscopy and Microanalysis, and is a member of the International Steering Committee for the International Field Emission Society (IFES).

Leigh Stephenson

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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 - Outreach

Chairs: Jenny Whiting

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FI2 - Data management (storage, processing and sharing)

Chairs: Wojtek Goscinski

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FI3 - Facility management

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FI4 - AMMRF-ACNP exchange of technical experience session

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Life Sciences

Chair: A/Prof Filip Braet – The University of Sydney, Australia
Committee: Dr Lucy Collinson, 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

Chairs: Bram Koster & Sharon Wolf

Bram Koster

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.

Sharon Wolf

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

Chairs: Renee Whan 

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

Chairs: Eric Hanssen & Gabriel Lander

Eric Hanssen

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

Gabriel Lander

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

Chairs: Yves Dufrêne & Peter Hinterdorfer

Yves Dufrêne

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.

Peter Hinterdorfer

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

Chairs: Rob Parton & Georg Ramm

Rob Parton

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.

Georg Ramm

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LS-6. Applications of Cryo Electron Microscopy in Biology

Chairs: Thomas Mueller-Reichert & Michel Steinmetz

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LS-7. Embryology & Developmental Biology

Chairs: Louise Cole & Anastasios Pavlopoulos

Louise Cole

Dr Cole completed her Masters and PhD in Prof. Hawes’ lab (Oxford) investigating endocytosis in plants and plant-host pathogen interactions. Her research included light and electron microscopy techniques. She brought these skills to Australia, to carry out postdoctoral work at UNSW investigating the role of pleiomorphic vacuoles in fungi. She later transferred to University of Sydney (USYD) and employed microinjection and confocal methods to study plant cell-to-cell communication. In 2004, Dr Cole became Light and Laser Optics Manager at USYD. In 2006, she moved to the Bosch Institute where she currently heads the Advanced Microscopy Facility (AMF). Dr Cole has been instrumental in the growth and development of the AMF which now includes laser micro-dissection, optical tweezers, multi-photon, high-resolution confocal, slide-scanning and light-sheet technologies. AMF also trains and supports over 150 users per year on imaging methods required for biomedical research, including developmental biology, cancer, neurodegenerative diseases and cardiovascular research.

Anastasios Pavlopoulos

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LS-8. Pathology and Immunocytochemistry & Biomolecular Labeling

Chairs: Danielle Jorgen

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LS-9. Applications in Correlative Microscopy of Biological Systems

Chairs: Lucy Collinson & Yannick Schwab

Lucy Collinson

Lucy Collinson leads the Electron Microscopy Science Technology Platform (EM STP) at The Francis Crick Institute in London. She has a degree and PhD in Medical Microbiology, and post-doctoral research at UCL and Imperial College London investigating membrane trafficking pathways in lysosome-related organelles in mammalian cells using light and electron microscopy as key techniques. She has 11 years experience running biological EM facilities, first at UCL and then at the Cancer Research UK London Research Institute, which became part of the new Francis Crick Institute in 2015. With a team of 7 electron microscopists and 2 physicists, she oversees more than 100 research projects with more than 50 research groups within the Crick, imaging across scales from proteins to whole organisms. Her microscopy and technology development interests include volume EM, correlative imaging techniques, cryo-microscopy, X-ray microscopy, image analysis, citizen science and microscope design and prototyping.

Yannick Schwab

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LS-10. Plant Science & Mycology

Chairs: Rosemary White & Staffan Persson

Staffan Persson

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.

Rosemary White

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

Chairs: Katharina Gaus & Jan Ellenberg

Jan Ellenberg

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Katharina Gaus

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 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) and the New South Wales Science and Engineering Award for Excellence in Biological Sciences (2013).

LS-12. Multimodal Molecular Imaging in Health & Disease

Chairs: Peter Peters & Peijun Zhang

Peter Peters 

Peijun Zhang

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

Chairs: Marek Cyrklaff & Lars Hufnagel

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

Chairs: Melanie Rug & Freddy Frischknecht

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Please note the above information is correct as of 5 December 2017 and is subject to change.


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