Meet our IMC19 Ambassadors

We are delighted to welcome on board our IMC19 Ambassadors.

Our Ambassadors are helping us to actively promote IMC19 across the globe and participate in the development of an outstanding scientific program for the Congress. We thank them for their valuable contribution to the Congress.


Serap Arbak

Prof. Dr. Serap ARBAK  obtained her PhD. in 1990 in Histology & Embryology in Istanbul University, Institute of Health Scineces. She  is Head  of the department of Histology and embryology in School of Medicine, Acıbadem Mehmet Ali Aydınlar University, Istanbul, Turkey. She is President  of Turkish Society for Electron Microscopy and Past-President of International Federation  of Societies for  Histochemistry and Cytochemistry, as well as Board Member of European Microscopy Society. Dr. Serap ARBAK  has contributed to the organization of several national and international scientific meetings and congresses since 1997.

Dr. Serap  ARBAK’s research interests include: gastrointestinal and urogenital  histopathology, immunocytochemistry, transmission and scanning electron microscopy, cell culture & mechanism of antioxidants. 


Louise Cole

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.

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 the technologies behind 3D electron imaging.

Trevor Hinwood

 My involvement in Microscopy [ Electron and Light ] goes back many years.

I have been a committee member and President of the “ Microscopical Society of Australia “ [ MSA ]. In 2001 I administered the integration of the MSA into the “ Australian Microscopy and Microanalysis Society “ [ AMMS ], and also becoming part of the AMMS committee. In 2015 I administered the restructuring of the MSA into “ Light Microscopy Australia “ [ LMA ], continuing on as President. My scientific background is in Life Sciences. My working life has revolved around Industry in technical sales/ sales management/marketing and service support/management. Specialising in specimen preparation equipment for electron and light microscopy. Attending the 8th International Congress on Electron Microscopy in 1974 demonstrated how important these Conferences are to Australian Microscopy. So I am very enthusiastic about IMC19 and the developments happening in the microscopy world. This is a great opportunity to showcase Australian Science.

Laura McNally

Laura is Projects Coordinator/Executive Assistant to the IMC19 co-Chair and Head of School, Materials Science and Engineering at UNSW Sydney, Professor Paul Munroe.Since graduating with a Bachelor of Accounting, she has pursued a career in academic advisory and support within the university sector, with a particular focus on streamlining processes and enhancing workplace efficiencies.

Laura also has active interests in personal development, mental health and physical fitness, consciously embodying the great Mahatma Gandhi’s advice to ‘be the change you wish to see in the world’ and encouraging those around her to do the same.

Adrian Murdock

 Adrian is an OCE Postdoctoral Research Fellow at CSIRO. His research focuses on the synthesis of novel nanomaterials (graphene, MoS2, hBN, and nanoparticles), high-resolution electron microscopy and elemental analysis, and applications ranging from future energy storage devices to water membranes.

Adrian completed a BSc(Nanotechnology)(Hons) at Curtin University with research on high-resolution AFM. Following guidance from the late Prof David Cockayne at ACMM20 he went on to complete a DPhil in Materials at the University of Oxford.

Beyond research Adrian has broad interests around Australian science innovation, policy, and education with 10 years’ experience in teaching, tutoring, and science communication.

Jamie Riches

 Dr. Jamie Riches obtained his PhD in Physics at the University of Queensland in 1999. He has worked in the Centre for Microscopy and Microanalysis at the University of Queensland, from 2001 to 2006, and in the group of John Briggs at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory in Heidelberg, from 2007 to 2012. He is currently a Senior Research Officer in the Institute of Future Environments, at the Queensland University of Technology. His research interests include the application of cryo-electron tomography and subtomogram averaging to structural determination of biological samples. He is the current Treasurer of the Australian Microscopy and Microanalysis Society.

Sandrine Roy

 Sandrine studied at the University of Queensland (PhD). Double-majoring in Biochemistry and Microbiology. Completing her PhD in 2002 in Molecular Biology. Following several postdoctoral positions, she began microscopy facility management at UQ and is now managing the TRI microscopy facility. Instruments under her care include Multiphoton, Super-resolution, Spinning disc confocal, Laser scanning confocal microscopes, and a host of other instruments. Her future aims include continuing to develop new imaging applications, and broaden her management skills. She is in contact with a broad network of microscopy experts here and overseas, and is Queensland representative for the LMA and the AMMS.

Sarah Ellis

Sarah was awarded her PhD from the University of Melbourne for her research on the haematopoietic stem cell niche. She heads the world-class Centre for Advanced Histology and Microscopy (CAHM) within Australia’s largest comprehensive cancer centre, the Peter MacCallum. CAHM is an open access facility encompassing four platform technologies: histology, optical microscopy, electron microscopy, and image analysis. Specialties include multiplex immunohistochemistry, live cell/animal microscopy, immuno-gold labeling and methodology development. Her research group is investigating the role of polarity proteins in hematological malignancies with the ultimate aim of identifying new therapeutic targets. She represents Victoria on the LMA branch of AMMS.

Colin Veitch

 Colin studied at RMIT graduating with an MSc (App Phys) in surface science.  During that time he assisted in running the Electron Microscopy laboratory within the Physics Department.  He began working for CSIRO in 1987 and has remained with the organisation since then.  He has worked in the field of Microscopy since starting with CSIRO.  He works primarily in SEM but has experience in TEM, optical microscopy, variable pressure SEM and analytical techniques such as EDS and EELS.  His main experience is in the examination of natural and synthetic fibres and well as carbon fibres and nanotubes.

Jenny Wong-Leung

 Jenny Wong-Leung is a senior fellow in the department of Electronic Materials Engineering at the Research School of Physics and Engineering. She holds 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 also 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, growth and microstructures.   

Pamela Young

 Pamela Young is a Light and Optical Microscopist at University of Sydney.  She was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Wisconsin in the Laboratory for Optical and Computational Instrumentation and Patricia Keely’s breast cancer research group.  Here she optimised the Mammary Imaging Window technique for intravial imaging of mammary tissue in a mouse model and applied this model to studies of the tumour-stomal interactions using Multiphoton Microscopy, Second Harmonic Generation imaging, and Fluorescence Lifetime Imaging.  She completed her PhD in Medical Biophysics: a program in Biomedical Imaging at Indiana University School of Medicine under the mentorship of Kenneth Dunn.  

South America

Gilberto Álvares da Silva

 Gilberto Álvares da Silva is a professor from Metallurgical and Materials Engineering department at Universidade Federal de Ouro Preto, Brazil. He received his doctorate degree from Aeronautics Institute of Technology, Brazil, before eventually becoming technical supervisor at the Laboratory for Mineral and Metallic Materials Characterization. His research focusses on applied electron microscopy (EDS, EBSD) for phase identification and its crystallographic relationships on geological and metallic materials, such as minerals, iron ore and NiTi-based shape memory alloys. Martensitic transformations and general electron microscopy topics are also often addressed.

Humberto Ibarra-Avila

 Microbiologist – Universidad de Los Andes and Master of applied Sciences in Microscopy and Microanalysys – University of Sydney. Worked as senior microscopist at Max Planck institute of molecular cell biology and genetics in Dresden, Germany; then moved to Colombia where he founded Micros Corporation, an organization that develops and promote microscopy education for children and young people. In 2012, he moved to Sanford Burnham Prebys medical research institute, to lead the Cell Imaging Core in Orlando, Florida. In 2016 moved back to Bogotá, Colombia to work as Head of microscopy Core at Los Andes University in Bogotá-Colombia.

North America

Janet Gbur

I am a Doctoral Candidate in Materials Science and Engineering at Case Western Reserve University where I work in the Nitinol Commercialization Accelerator Laboratory and Advanced Manufacturing and Material Reliability Center under John J. Lewandowski and on the HAPTIX iSens team under Dustin Tyler in the Functional Neural Interfaces Lab. My research focuses on the reliability of wires/cables used in biomedical applications and I am currently investigating effects of inclusions on the lifetime performance of superelastic Nitinol wire. I am a Student Board Member for the Microscopy Society of Northeastern Ohio and I am the current MSA Student Council President.

Ethan Lawrence

I am a Ph.D. Student at Arizona State University where I work in the Electron Microscopy for Energy and the Environment Research Group under Peter A. Crozier. My research focuses on using in situ imaging and spectroscopy to study oxygen exchange reactions occurring on surfaces and interfaces over metal-oxide catalysts. Currently, I serve as the Treasurer for the Microscopy Society of America Student Council and am also the Activities and Social Events Chair for the Pre-meeting Congress for Students, Postdocs, and Early-career Professionals at the annual Microscopy and Microanalysis meeting.

Cameron Varano

  I am a doctoral candidate in Translational Biology, Medicine and Health program at Virginia Tech. I work at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute in the laboratory of Dr. Deborah Kelly. My research is aimed at examining the link between protein structure and function in human disease. My dissertation work is predominantly focuses on the effects of post-translational modification to the BRCA1-BARD1 protein complex in metastatic breast cancer. I combine biochemical assays and cryo-EM to gain insights into the mechanisms of disease progression. The goal is to elucidate how BRCA1, an imperative tumor suppressor, is silenced. The knowledge gained could impact how metastatic disease is both screened and treated. I am the currently serve as President-Elect for Microscopy Society of America Student Council. 

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