Plenary & Invited Speakers

The 19th International Microscopy Congress Organising Committee are pleased to announce the following speakers have confirmed their participation at the Congress. More invited speakers will be confirmed shortly.


Opening Ceremony Speaker

Dr Alan Finkel AO, Australia’s Chief Scientist

Dr Finkel commenced as Australia’s Chief Scientist on 25 January 2016. He is Australia’s eighth Chief Scientist. Prior to becoming Chief Scientist, he was the eighth Chancellor of Monash University and the eighth President of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering (ATSE).

Since commencing as Chief Scientist, Dr Finkel has led a number of national reviews, delivering the 2016 National Research Infrastructure Roadmap, the 2017 Review into the National Electricity Market (“Finkel Review”) and the 2018 STEM Industry Partnership Forum report. He serves as the Deputy Chair of Innovation and Science Australia.

Dr Finkel has an extensive science background as an entrepreneur, engineer, neuroscientist and educator. He was awarded his PhD in electrical engineering from Monash University and worked as a postdoctoral research fellow in neuroscience at the Australian National University.

In 1983 he founded Axon Instruments, a California-based, ASX-listed company that made precision scientific instruments. After Axon was sold in 2004, Dr Finkel became a director of the acquiring company.

In 2006, he focused his career in Australia and undertook a wide range of activities including co-founding Cosmos Magazine. During his time at ATSE, he led the development and implementation of the STELR program for secondary school science.

Plenary Speakers

Assoc. Prof. Jennifer Dionne, Stanford, USA

Jennifer Dionne is an associate professor of Materials Science and Engineering at Stanford. Jen received her Ph. D. in Applied Physics at the California Institute of Technology, advised by Harry Atwater, and B.S. degrees in Physics and Systems & Electrical Engineering from Washington University in St. Louis. Prior to joining Stanford, she served as a postdoctoral researcher in Chemistry at Berkeley, advised by Paul Alivisatos.  Jen’s research develops new optical materials and microscopies to observe chemical and biological processes as they unfold with nanometer scale resolution. She then uses these observations to help improve energy-relevant processes (such as photocatalysis and energy storage) and medical diagnostics and therapeutics. Her work has been recognized with a Moore Inventor Fellowship (2017), the Materials Research Society Young Investigator Award (2017), Adolph Lomb Medal (2016), Sloan Foundation Fellowship (2015), and the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (2014), and was recently featured on Oprah’s list of “50 Things that will make you say ‘Wow’!”.

Dr. Misty Jenkins, Walter Eliza Hall Institute for Medical Research, Australia

Dr Misty Jenkins is a NHMRC RD Wright fellow and laboratory head in the Immunology Division at Walter and Eliza Hall Institute for Medical Research, where she researches cellular immunology and cancer immunotherapy.  Misty studied her PhD in viral Immunology with Nobel Laureate Peter Doherty and Stephen Turner at The University of Melbourne, followed by postdoctoral positions in immunology and cell biology with Prof Gillian Griffiths at The Universities of Cambridge and Oxford, followed by a postdoctoral position in cancer research with Prof Joe Trapani at The Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in Melbourne. Dr Jenkins has a long-standing interest in CD8+ T cell cytotoxicity, understanding and imaging the immune synapse, and chimeric antigen receptor immunotherapy. Dr Jenkins laboratory currently researches the use of CART cell immunotherapy for brain cancer. Dr Jenkins was awarded the L’Oreal for Women in Science Fellowship (2013), was Tall Poppy of the year (2015) and won the Westpac/Australian Financial Review Top100 Women of Influence award (2016).  

Prof. Zhiwei Shan, Xi’an Jiaotong University, China

Dr. Shan is currently the dean of School of Materials Science and Engineering, Xi’an Jiaotong University (XJTU). He got his bachelor’s degree from Jilin University, mater degree from Institute of Metal Research, Chinese Academic of Sciences and Ph. D degree from University of Pittsburgh. He conducted his post-doctoral research at National Center for Electron Microscopy, Lawrence Berkley National Laboratory. After this, he joined Hysitron Inc., a world leader in manufacturing nano-mechanical testing instruments, as a product line manager and later as the director of Hysitron Applied Research Center.

His main research interests include the size effect on mechanical behavior of materials, hydrogen embrittlement and magnesium-based advanced materials. His current research focuses on: 1) probing the properties and advancing the performance of materials from the nanoscale; 2) developing technologies to enable above goals, and 3) accumulating and constructing the knowledge system of materials at the micro- and nano- scale. So far, Dr. Shan has published 70+ papers in peer reviewed journals, including those most prestigious ones such as Science (1), Nature (1), Nature Materials (4), Nature Communications (9), PNAS (2), Physical Review Letters (3) et al; organized and co-organized 22 international conferences; authored/presented more than 130+ invited talks. He also served as a volume organizer for the 2016 MRS Bulletin volume.

Prof. Dan Shechtman, The Technion, Israel

After completing his doctorate studies at the Technion in Haifa, Israel, Danny Shechtman was an NRC fellow at the Aerospace Research Laboratories of Wright Patterson AFB, Ohio, where he performed research for three years.  In 1975 he joined the Department of Materials Engineering at the Technion where he is currently a Distinguished Professor.  During 1981-2004 he was several times on Sabbatical at the Johns Hopkins University, (joint program with NBS-NIST). During this period he discovered by TEM the Icosahedral Phase which opened the new science of quasiperiodic crystals and performed research on other subjects. As of 2004 he is also a Professor at MSE and Ames Lab, Iowa State University.  His current research efforts center on developing strong and ductile magnesium alloys for a variety of applications.  Shechtman is a member of several Academies, including the US National Academy of Engineering and the Israel National Academy of Sciences.  He is an Honorary Member of professional societies around the globe and was awarded many prizes including the Wolf Prize in Physics, the Gregori Aminoff Prize of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, the EMRS award and the Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2011.


Invited Speakers


 Physical Sciences                                             Life Sciences

Instrumentation & Techniques                       Frontier Issues



Physical Sciences

PS1 – Nanoscale, nanostructured and porous materials

Prof. Dagmar Gerthsen, KIT, Germany

Dagmar received her Diploma in Physics in 1981 from the University of Goettingen (Germany). During a research stay at CalTech she studied second-sound shock waves. Her PhD in Physics on the electrical properties of dislocations in GaAs was awarded in 1985 from the University of Göttingen. As a postdoc at Xerox Palo Alto Research Center she became interested in the atomic properties of semiconductor heterostructures. From 1989 to 1993 she was a group leader at Institute of Solid State Physics (Research Center Julich, Germany). Since 1993 she is a Professor for Electron Microscopy and heads the Central Facility for Electron Microscopy at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (Germany). She has coauthored 370 publications. Her research interests comprise:

  • SEM and low-energy STEM, modelling and quantification of SEM and low-energy STEM data
  • Development of electrostatic and thin-film phase plates for TEM
  • Materials for energy applications (solid oxide fuel cells, oxygen separation membrane)
  • Complex nanoparticulate systems
Dr. Amy Gandy, The University of Sheffield, UK

Amy is a Lecturer in Nuclear Engineering in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Sheffield, UK. She was awarded an MPhys in Physics and Space Technology from the University of Salford, and holds a PhD in Physics and Materials Science from both Salford and the University of Poitiers, France. Her research focuses on radiation induced damage and recovery mechanisms, and gas bubble formation, in poly-crystalline oxide-based materials and advanced multicomponent alloys for nuclear fission and fusion. Her group is currently developing reduced activation multicomponent alloys for plasma facing components by determining thermal and radiation stability using ion implantation, electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction. Amy’s group also uses transmission electron microscopy combined with ion implantation to determine the link between microstructure, radiation damage resistance, and tritium diffusion and extraction in lithium-containing ceramics, which are candidates for tritium breeder materials for fusion technology.

Prof. Andrew Minor, Berkeley, USA

Andrew received a B.A. in Economics and Mechanical Engineering from Yale University and his MS and Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. Currently, he is a Professor at U.C. Berkeley in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering and also holds a joint appointment at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory where he is the Facility Director of the National Center for Electron Microscopy in the Molecular Foundry. He has co-authored over 160 publications and presented over 100 invited talks on topics such as nanomechanics, lightweight alloy development, characterization of soft materials and in situ TEM technique development. His honors include the LBL Materials Science Division Outstanding Performance Award (2006 & 2010), the AIME Robert Lansing Hardy Award from TMS (2012) and the Burton Medal from the Microscopy Society of America (2015).

Dr. Sophie Primig, UNSW Sydney, Australia

Sophie Primig is currently a Senior Lecturer and ARC DECRA Fellow in the School of Materials Science & Engineering at UNSW Sydney.

She is a Physical Metallurgist with a track record in both fundamental and industry-focused research. Her research goal is to develop an advanced capability in structure-property relationships across the processing route of metallic materials. The focus of her research is on advanced steels, nickel-based alloys, and refractory metals, and this has often been linked closely to the needs of industrial partners. Experimentally, she applies characterisation techniques such as atom probe and electron microscopy, and has developed new correlative methodologies that enable observations over multiple imaging scales.

She was awarded both her MEng (2008) and PhD (2012) in Materials Science & Engineering from Montanuniversitaet Leoben, Austria. Following a role as Senior Scientist at the same university, she started her current research program at UNSW Sydney in July 2015.

Prof. N. Ravishankar, IISc, India

Ravishankar is a professor in the Materials Research Centre at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore where his group extensively uses electron microscopy to understand nucleation and growth of nanostructures and hybrids. His group pioneered the growth of ultrathin Au nanowires and has made several fundamental contributions to the understanding of shape control in nanostructures during wet chemical synthesis.  Ravishankar is a Fellow of the Electron Microscope Society of India, the Indian Academy of Sciences and the Royal Society of Chemistry, UK. He was awarded the Materials Research Society of India medal and the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar prize, the highest recognition for science in the country.


PS2 – Carbon-based materials and 2D structures

Assis. Prof. Pinshane Huang, University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign, USA

Pinshane Y. Huang is an Assistant Professor in Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  She holds a PhD in Applied Physics from Cornell University and was a postdoctoral researcher at Columbia University. Her group uses scanning transmission electron microscopy and spectroscopy to develop atom-by-atom design principles for nanomaterials.  Pinshane Huang’s awards and honors include a Packard Foundation Fellowship, the Sloan Fellowship in Physics, a Young Investigator Award from the Air Force office of Scientific Research, a 3M Non-Tenured Faculty Award, and the Albert Crewe Award in the Physical Sciences from the Microscopy Society of America.

Dr. Rebecca Nicholls, University of Oxford, UK

Rebecca’s research is focused on understanding and improving the properties of functional materials. She uses advanced electron microscopy and quantum mechanical simulations to predict and study the structure and chemistry of materials at the nanoscale.

Rebecca read Natural Sciences at Cambridge University, specialising in Physics. She then studied for a DPhil at Oxford under the supervision of Professor David Cockayne and Dr Duc Nguyen-Manh. Her DPhil involved combining experiment and theory to interpret spectroscopic data obtained within the electron microscope. After completing her DPhil, she worked as a postdoc developing code to simulate experimental data (OptaDOS) and with synthesis groups applying the mixture of experimental and theory to understand the properties of new materials. In 2014 she was awarded an EPSRC Early Career Fellowship to develop these methodologies further and apply them to materials for energy applications.

Prof. Quentin Ramasse, University of Leeds, UK

Quentin Ramasse is the Director of the SuperSTEM Laboratory, the EPSRC UK National Research Facility for Advanced Electron Microscopy, and holds a joint Chair in Electron Microscopy at the School of Physics and School of Chemical and Process Engineering, University of Leeds, U.K. He obtained his Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Cambridge working on optical aberration measurements methodologies for aberration-corrected STEM. Before taking up his post at SuperSTEM he held a Staff Scientist position at the National Center for Electron Microscopy (NCEM) in Berkeley, a U.S. Department of Energy-funded user facility where he took part in the TEAM project. Quentin Ramasse has published extensively in the field of STEM-EELS, with a dual focus on STEM technique development and on applications to a wide range of materials, from 2-dimensional materials such as graphene and MoS2 nano-catalysts to complex oxides.

Prof. Wu Zhou, University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, China

Wu Zhou is a Professor in School of Physical Sciences and leads the electron microscopy laboratory at the University of Chinese Academy of Sciences (UCAS) in Beijing, China. Prior to joining UCAS, he was a Staff Scientist at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), USA. Wu received his B.S. degree in 2006 from Tsinghua University (Beijing, China) and his Ph.D. in 2010 from Lehigh University (USA), both in Materials Science and Engineering. Wu’s research is focused on understanding the behavior of functional materials at the atomic scale using cutting edge electron microscopy techniques and theoretical modeling, with focuses on 2D materials, battery materials, and catalysts. He has co-authored over 100 peer-reviewed publications, and received several prestigious honors and awards, including the first Albert Crewe award from the Microscopy Society of America in 2012 and the Eugene Wigner Fellowship from ORNL.

PS3 – Thin films, coatings and surfaces

Dr. Jianghua Chen, Hunan University, China

Dr. Jianghua Chen is currently a professor in the College of Material Science and Engineering at Hunan University. He is also the director of the Center for HREM, the dean of the College, and a so called Chang Jiang Scholars Professor appointed by the Education Ministry of China. At the present time his research group has 7 staff members, 16 Ph.D and 25 MA.Sc students, working in the fields of processed aluminum alloys and electron microscopy for materials research.

After receiving his B.S. at the Central-South University and his MA.Sc (with Prof. K. H. Kuo) in the Institute of Metals Research at Chinese Academy of Sciences, he worked as a lecturer at Sichuan University for 8 years. From 1994 to 2008 he had worked in Europe for 14 years. Firstly in Belgium he did his Ph.D study in the Electron Microscopy Lab at the University of Antwerp. He received his Ph.D in 1997 and then continued to work with Profs. Van Dyck, Van Tendeloo and Van Landuyt as a postdoc researcher till the end of 1998. Then in Germany he worked with Prof. K. Urban at Research Center Juelich for two years on the world first prototype Cs-corrected HRTEM. After 2000, he went to The Netherlands and jointed the National Center for HREM headed by Prof. H. W. Zandbergen. There he worked as a staff member of the NCHREM and a permanent senior scientist of the Netherlands Institute for Metals Research, and headed a small sub-group with two PhD students and one postdoc researcher in the framework of Netherlands Institute for Metals Research.

Prof. Han Huang, The University of Queensland, Australia

Professor Han Huang is the Director and Research Chair of the School of Mechanical and Mining Engineering at The University of Queensland. He currently leads a group of researchers working on mechanical characterization of nanostructures.  Prof Huang obtained his Bachelor and Master’s Degrees at Huazhong University of Science and Technology (China) and his PhD at The University of Western Australia. In the past two decades, he has published over 200 SCI journal papers. He also received a number of research accolades, including Australia Research Council Future Fellow, Australia Research Fellow and Queensland International Fellow, and won the prestigious Singapore National Technology Award. He has editorial roles in several international journals and is a steering member of a number of nanotechnology conferences.

Prof. Xavier Maeder, EMPA, Switzerland

Dr. Xavier Maeder is the group leader for research in microstructure at the Laboratory of Mechanics of Materials and Nanostructures at EMPA since 2014.  He studied geoscience at the University of Lausanne and earned his PhD in 2007 at the University of Mainz in Germany, where he worked on the physics of deformation of rocks and minerals. In 2007-2008 he did one year post-doc at the department of Earth Sciences at the University of Utrecht, where he studied the microstructure and deformation mechanism of highly deformed limestone. He joined Empa in 2008, where he did three years post-doc working mainly on the microstructure and mechanical properties of thin films and coatings. In 2011, he took a first assistant position at the University of Lausanne, working on the deformation mechanism and microstructure in shear zones. He moved back to materials science in 2012 as a scientist at CSEM in Neuchâtel, where he conducted several applied project on microsystems and coatings using advanced X-ray diffraction techniques. Dr. Xavier Maeder is an expert in microanalyses, electron backscattered and X-ray diffraction techniques.



Prof. Yimei Zhu, Brookhaven National Laboratory, USA

Prof. Yimei Zhu is Senior Physicist at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) and Adjunct Professor at Columbia University and Stony Brook University. He received his BS from Shanghai Jiaotong University and PhD from Nagoya University.  He joined BNL as Assistant Scientist in 1988, rising through the rank to become Tenured Senior Physicist in 2002. He is the founding director of the Institute for Advanced Electron Microscopy at BNL. His research interests include condensed matter physics of correlated electron systems and advanced electron microscopy including ultrafast microscopy instrumentation. He is an Inaugural Fellow of Microscopy Society of America, a Fellow of American Physical Society and a Fellow of American Association for the Advancement of Science.  Zhu has published more than 500 peer-reviewed journal articles and delivered more than 300 invited talks at international conferences. He is the recipient of the Distinguished Scientist Award in 2018 from the Microscopy Society of America.

PS4 – Metals and alloys

Assoc. Prof. Laure Bourgeois, Monash University, Australia

Laure Bourgeois is an Associate Professor at the Monash Centre for Electron Microscopy and an Adjunct Research Fellow at the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Monash University, Australia. Her main research interest is the application of advanced transmission electron microscopy techniques for structural characterisation of inorganic materials, with emphasis on nanoscale, aperiodic and defective structures. Her work is currently focussing on solid-solid phase transformations in light metals, and in particular the early stages of solid-state precipitation.

She obtained her Ph.D. in 1997 from the University of Melbourne on the topic of curved graphitic nanostructures, and during 1997-2000 continued research in this field at the National Institute for Materials Science, Tsukuba, Japan. In 2000 she joined Monash University, where her current interest in light alloys began.

Prof. Daniel Gianola, University of California Santa Barbra, USA

Daniel S. Gianola can be reached at the Materials Department, University of California Santa Barbara by e-mail: Dr. Gianola joined the Materials Department at UCSB in early 2016 after holding the positions of Associate Professor and Skirkanich Assistant Professor, all in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania. He received a BS degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and his PhD degree from Johns Hopkins University. Prior to joining the University of Pennsylvania, Gianola was an Alexander von Humboldt Postdoctoral Fellow at the Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe (now Karlsruhe Institute of Technology) in Germany.  Dr. Gianola is the recipient of the National Science Foundation CAREER, Department of Energy Early Career, and TMS Early Career Faculty Fellow awards. His research group at UCSB specializes in research dealing with deformation at the micro- and nanoscale, particularly using in situ nanomechanical testing techniques.

Dr. Xiaoxu Huang, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark

Xiaoxu Huang received his Ph.D. degree in Engineering Science from Harbin Institute of Technology of China in 1995 and then joined Risø National Laboratory of Denmark. He became a Senior Scientist in 1998 at Risø and continued his position at Technical University of Denmark (DTU) when Risø was merged with DTU in 2007. Since 2012 he has also served as Dean of College of Materials Science and Engineering of Chongqing University.  His research spans two interrelated fields: (1) materials science and engineering with focus on the understanding of fundamental mechanisms that govern the plastic deformation, phase transformation and strengthening of metals and alloys, and (2) electron microscopy with focus on the development of advanced transmission electron microscopy techniques. He is the recipient of an Innovation Award from Microscopy Today in 2012 as a co-developer for the development of “Three-Dimensional Orientation Mapping in the Transmission Electron Microscope”.

Prof 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. He also works on some classic problems in engineering alloys, tries to understand at atomic scale the problems such as pitting corrosion and deformation-induced phase decomposition. 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.


PS5 – Ceramics and inorganic composites

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. Stephen Pennycook, National University of Singapore, Singapore

Stephen J. Pennycook is a Professor in the Materials Science and Engineering Dept., National University of Singapore, an Adjunct Professor in the University of Tennessee and Adjoint Professor in Vanderbilt University, USA. Previously, he was Corporate Fellow in the Materials Science and Technology Division of Oak Ridge National Laboratory and leader of the Scanning Transmission Electron Microscopy Group. He completed his PhD in physics at the Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge in 1978. Since then he has been actively pursuing the development and materials applications of atomic resolution Z-contrast microscopy and electron energy loss spectroscopy. Pennycook is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Microscopy Society of America, the Institute of Physics and the Materials Research Society. He has received the Microbeam Analysis Society Heinrich Award, the Materials Research Society Medal, the Institute of Physics Thomas J. Young Medal and Award and the Materials Research Society Innovation in Characterization Award. He has 38 books and book chapters, over 500 publications in refereed journals and has given over 250 invited presentations. His latest book is “Scanning Transmission Electron Microscopy.

Prof. Naoya Shibata, University of Tokyo, Japan

Naoya Shibata is a Professor in the Institute of Engineering Innovation, The University of Tokyo.

He received a PhD in Materials Science in 2003 at University of Tokyo. He was a JSPS Research Fellow at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (2003-2004) in USA. Then, He joined the Institute of Engineering Innovation at the University of Tokyo from 2004 and he became a Professor there from 2017. His research focuses on the development of new imaging techniques in scanning transmission electron microscopy and their application to grain boundaries and interfaces in materials and devices. He has authored or co-authored more than 190 publications in refereed journals. His honors include the 5th Nagase Award (2015), the 60th Seto Prize, The Japan Microscopy Society (2015), the 15th Sir Martin Wood Award (2013), the 6th Kazato Prize (2013).

Prof. Susanne Stemmer, UC Santa Barbara, USA

Susanne Stemmer is Professor of Materials at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She did her doctoral work at the Max-Planck Institute for Metals Research in Stuttgart (Germany) and received her degree from the University of Stuttgart in 1995.  Following postdoctoral positions, she moved to Rice University, where she was Assistant Professor from 1999 to 2002.  In 2002, she joined the University of California, Santa Barbara.  Her research interests are in the development of scanning transmission electron microscopy techniques, molecular beam epitaxy, functional and strongly correlated oxide heterostructures, and topological materials.  She has authored or co-authored more than 240 publications.  Honors include election to Fellow of the American Ceramic Society, Fellow of the American Physical Society, Fellow of the Materials Research Society, Fellow of the Microscopy Society of America, and a Vannevar Bush Faculty Fellowship of the Department of Defense.

PS6 – Biomaterials, polymers and polymer-based composites

Prof. Ying Chen, Deakin University, Australia

Professor Ying Chen is the Alfred Deakin Professor and Chair of Nanotechnology at the Institute of Frontier Materials of Deakin University, Australia. Professor Chen has invented the ball-milling and annealing method for nanotube production, and used mechano-chemistry to produce a series of nanomaterials. He has been working on nanotechnology research for 25 years and his current research at Deakin University focuses on fundamental research in nanomaterials for new energy storage (batteries and capacitors), environmental protection and medical applications.

Professor Ying Chen obtained his Bs degree from Tsinghua University in Beijing, China and a PhD degree from the University of Paris-Sud, France. He had worked at the Australian National University, Canberra for 15 years before moving to Deakin University in 2009. He has published over 300 publications and is listed by the ISI Web of Knowledge as the top author on two subjects of nanotubes and ball milling. He has contributed to three bestselling books on nanotechnology published by CRC Press. His publications have been cited more than 6000 times over the past 10 years with an H factor of 45. Professor Chen is the Fellow of Institute of Physics, member of American Physics Institute, Materials Research Society, and Australian Materials Union. He has been awarded several prestigious awards, including QEII/ARF fellowships from the Australian Research Council and 1000 talented professorship in 2011. He has been given keynote and invited presentations at international conferences every year.

Distinguished Prof Dietmar Hutmacher, Queensland University of Technology, Australia

Prof Hutmacher is a biomedical engineer, an educator, an inventor, and a creator of new intellectual property opportunities. He directs the Centre for Regenerative Medicine and the ARC Training Centre in Additive Biomanufacturing at QUT, a multidisciplinary team of researchers including engineers, cell biologists, polymer chemists, clinicians, and veterinary surgeons. Prof Hutmacher is an internationally recognized leader in the fields of biomaterials, tissue engineering and regenerative medicine with expertise in commercialization. Prof Hutmacher was awarded a prestigious ARC Future Fellowship in 2010 and the Hans Fischer Senior Fellowship at the Technical University Munich in 2012 and holds an Adjunct Professor appointment at the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta since 2004.

He has supported a bone tissue engineering concept from the laboratory through to clinical application involving in vitro experiments, in vivo preclinical animal studies and ultimately clinical trials. His recent research efforts have resulted in traditional scientific/academic outputs as well as pivotal commercialisation outcomes. His pre-eminent international standing and impact on the field are illustrated by his publication record (more than 300 journal articles, edited 14 books, 70 book chapters and some 500 conference papers) and citation record (more than 25,000 citations, h-index of 76 in Scopus). Three of his papers in Materials Science have received citations in the top 1% for the field, and he is also ranked by Thomas Reuters 45th world-wide in citations per paper (54 per paper) in Materials Science over the past decade. Over the past 20 years in academia, he has been a lead CI, Co-CI or collaborator on research and infrastructure grants totalling more than AU$50M. Over the last 10 years at QUT, he has been an investigator on external grants totalling more than AU$25M. These grants have included ARC Discovery, ARC Linkage, ARC LIEF NHMRC Projects, NIH, and Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia awards. DProfessor Hutmacher will organize and chair the first Nature conference in Australia He is inventor on more of 20 patents and is a founder of the spin of companies Osteopore International, BellaSeno GmbH, Vaccine Solutions and Biofabrication Design Solutions.

Prof Peter Kingshott, Swinburne University of Technology, Australia

Peter joined Swinburne University of Technology in late 2010, where is he currently Professor of Surface Engineering and Research Director in the Department of Chemistry and Biotechnology and is head The Polymer NanoInterface Engineering Group. His research has a strong emphasis on controlling the interfacial interactions of biological materials with advanced material surfaces. The focus is on the development of new 1, 2 and 3D surface micro- and nanopatterning approaches aimed at improving our understanding of how biology and man-made materials interact with each other. Application areas include: medical implants, infection control, tissue engineering and regenerative medicine, and industrial biofouling. Peter completed his PhD at the UNSW and was a postdoc at CSIRO, The University of Washington in Seattle, and the RWTH Aachen in Germany before working in Denmark at Riso National Laboratory (2000-2006) as a Senior Scientist, and Interdisciplinary Nanoscience Centre (iNANO) at Aarhus University in (2006-2010) as Associate Professor. He has published over 160 papers and has a H-Index of 42 and over 6000 citations. He research has also included focus on developing surfaces for industrial applications where he has 9 patents/patent applications.

Prof. Gangadhara Prusty, UNSW Sydney, Australia

Gangadhara Prusty is a Professor of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, Director of ARC Training Centre for Automated Manufacture of Advanced Composites (AMAC) and is the Deputy Director of the Centre for Sustainable Materials Research Technology (SMaRT) at UNSW Sydney. His research strengths are on the nano, micro and macro-mechanics of fibre reinforced composites, embodied with experimental and finite element modelling techniques. His current research focus on the online monitoring and processing of advanced composites using Automated Tape/Fibre Placement (ATP/AFP) procedure. Professor Prusty led number of major internationally collaborative projects such as; Systems for Crashworthiness and Robust Optimisation for Imperfection Sensitive Composite Launcher Structures at UNSW through external funding. Professor prusty have received multiple teaching excellence awards, including Australian Awards for University Teaching- Award for Teaching Excellence, UNSW Vice-Chancellor’s Teaching Excellence Award and Australian Council of Engineering Deans Award for Engineering Education Excellence.

A/Prof. Tamar Segal-Peretz, Technion- Israel Institute of Technology, Israel

Tamar Segal-Peretz is an Assistant Professor at the Wolfson Department of Chemical Engineering, Technion- Israel Institute of Technology. Her group- the Functional Nanostructure and Advanced Imaging (FNAI) group focuses on understanding and developing new functional nanostructures for nanofabrication processes, membranes, and optical materials using polymer self-assembly and inorganic materials growth within polymers. Her group uses advanced electron microscopy including 3D characterization to probe and understand these functional nanostructures.

Dr. Segal-Peretz received her undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering in 2006 and her PhD from the Multidisciplinary Program for Nanoscience & Nanotechnology in 2013, both at the Technion- Israel Institute for Technology. Dr. Segal-Peretz worked as a Director’s Fellow in Argonne National Laboratory and in the Institute for Molecular Engineering in the University of Chicago and then joined the Technion faculty in 2016. Dr. Segal-Peretz is the recipient of the Eshkol Fellowship, the Weizmann Institute of Science Postdoctoral Award, and the Azriely Fellowship.

Assoc. Prof. Alejandro Sosnik, Israel Institute of Technology, Israel

Prof. Alejandro Sosnik received a Pharmacy degree from the Faculty of Pharmacy and Biochemistry of the University of Buenos Aires (1994) and Ph.D. in applied chemistry (polymeric biomaterials) from the Casali Institute of Applied Chemistry (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 2003). In 2003-6, Prof. Sosnik spent a postdoctoral at the University of Toronto working in tissue engineering. After seven years as Assistant Professor at University of Buenos Aires and Investigator of the National Science Research Council of Argentina, he joined the Department of Materials Science and Engineering of Technion-Israel Institute of Technology as Associate Professor where he founded the Laboratory of Pharmaceutical Nanomaterials Science. Prof. Sosnik is co-author of over 125 peer-reviewed articles, reviews, editorials and book chapters in areas of pharmaceutical research and development and innovation, and co-inventor in several patents and patent applications related to biomedical and pharmaceutical innovation.

PS7 – Semiconductors and materials for communication

Prof. Matthieu Kociak, Paris-Sud University, France

Mathieu Kociak is a CNRS researcher at the Laboratory for Solid States Physics (LPS) in Orsay, France. He received a Ph.D from the University of Paris XIth on superconductivity and plasmons in carbon nanotubes in 2001. He then moved to the Meijo university (Nagoya, Japan) where he performed in situ transport measurements on individual carbon nanotubes. Afterwards, he spent one year in the Condensed Matter Laboratory (SPEC) working on designing a Magnetic Force Microscope. He mainly stufies the correlations between the structure, the optical and electronic properties of individual nanoobjects. He is currently working on nanooptics with fast electrons using EELS and nanocathodoluminescence (STEM-CL). 

 He is the scientific leader of CHROMATEM, a ultra-high energy resolution STEM project, and the director of the french network METSA. Mathieu’s awards include the quadrennial FEI-EM award (2012) of the European Microscopy Society and the Agar Medal of the Royal Society of Microscopy (2015).

Prof. James LeBeau, NC State University, USA

Jim earned his B.S. in Materials Science & Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 2006 and his Ph.D. from the University of California Santa Barbara in 2010. After his graduate work, he joined the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at North Carolina State University as a faculty member in January 2011.  He was promoted to Associate Professor in 2016. His research focuses on applying and developing (scanning) transmission electron microscopy techniques to determine the atomic structure and chemistry of defects/interfaces and connect these two properties of materials for power electronics, dielectrics, and optical applications. For his research, he has been honoured with numerous awards including the NSF CAREER award, an AFOSR Young Investigator grant, a MAS Distinguished Scholar award, the Birks Award, and the MAS K.F.J Heinrich award.

PS8 – Phase transformations and corrosion

Prof. Nick Birbilis, Monash University, Australia

Professor Nick Birbilis is the Woodside Innovation Chair at Monash University, where he is also the Head of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. He works in the areas of metallurgy and corrosion, having made significant contributions in providing an understanding of the mechanisms of localised corrosion. His research has sought an understanding between corrosion and microstructure, and as a consequence, characterisation across all length scales remains a research a focus. Nick’s research is presently focused on the light alloys, additively manufactured alloys, and compositionally complex alloys. Nick is a Fellow of the National Association of Corrosion Engineers (NACE, USA) and a Fellow of the Electrochemical Society (ECS, USA). Nick earned his PhD from Monash University and was a postdoctoral fellow at The Ohio State University. Nick has authored over 300 publications and serves as a long-standing Editor for the journal Electrochimica Acta; he is also the Editor-in-chief of npj Materials Degradation a new journal in the Nature partner journal family, released in 2017.

Prof. M. Grace Burke, The University of Manchester, UK

Prof. Grace Burke is the Director of the Materials Performance Centre of the University of  Manchester, which deals with energy-related materials behaviour including those used in nuclear power systems.  A major focus of the Centre is directed at developing a fundamental understanding of materials performance and the role of microstructure in materials degradation through the use of advanced microscopy and microanalysis techniques.   Prior to joining the University of Manchester, Grace was a Consultant in Materials Technology at the Bettis Atomic Power Laboratory in Pittsburgh.  Her research interests include environment-sensitive behaviour of materials, irradiation damage of structural alloys, SCC, hydrogen embrittlement, and the application of advanced microscopy/microanalysis techniques, including in situ analytical transmission electron microscopy to the study of materials.  She is a Fellow of MSA, RMS, ASM International and the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (UK).

Dr. Daniel Schreiber, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, USA

Dr. Schreiber is a materials scientist and microscopist in the Nuclear Sciences Division at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL). His research focuses on the nanoscale microstructural characterization of material degradation using a combination of electron microscopy and atom probe tomography (APT). Particular areas of interest include the study of selective oxidation, corrosion and stress corrosion cracking in model and commercial nuclear alloys in simulated PWR primary water environments and the aqueous corrosion of nuclear waste glass forms. This research leverages unique atomic-level experimental observations to generate fundamental insights into the atomistic and molecular reactions and mass transport processes that control material degradation at surfaces, grain boundaries and heterogeneous material interfaces. The uniqueness of this work is enabled by the on-going development of site-specific specimen preparation methods to target crack tips, corrosion fronts and other buried interfaces. These efforts have recently expanded to include cryo-based specimen preparation using the focused ion beam (FIB) to target (frozen) liquid/solid interfaces by APT for the first time.

Prof. Krystyna Stiller, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden

Prof. Krystyna Stiller is working at the Division of Materials Microstructure at the Department of Physics at Chalmers University of Technology. The aim of her research focuses on an understanding of the relationships between materials’ microstructure and materials’ properties using high-resolution microscopy and microanalysis techniques such as electron microscopy and atom probe tomography. She is particularly engaged in deepening our knowledge of processes of phase transformations and corrosion (including environmentally enhanced crack propagation) of engineering materials (Ni-based superalloys, steels, aluminium alloys). She is a member of the inaugural class of International Field Emission Society (IFES) Fellows. During the period 2004- 2010 she was a member of the International Steering Committee of IFES and was subsequently, during the period 2008-2010, appointed vice president of IFES. She is frequently a speaker on topics concerning “microscopy of oxidation”, most recently, she was invited and talked at Gordon Research Conference on High Temperature Corrosion (2017) and held a plenary talk on the 9th International Symposium on High-Temperature Corrosion and Protection of Materials, les Embiez, France, 2016.


PS9 – Amorphous and disordered materials, liquid crystals

Dr. Konstantin Borisenko, Oxford University, UK

Dr Borisenko is a Senior Research Fellow at the Department of Materials, University of Oxford, UK. He received his MSc degree in Chemistry from Lomonosov Moscow State University in 1992 and his PhD from Budapest Technical University in 1995, specialising in gas-phase electron diffraction. Currently his main interests involve studies of structures of materials using advanced electron microscopy techniques, such as diffraction and exit wave restoration, accompanied by theoretical simulations and modelling. His special interests are discovering correlations between structures and properties of amorphous materials and developing novel techniques to study their structures at atomic and larger scales.

Assoc. Prof. Jinwoo Hwang, Ohio State University, USA

Jinwoo Hwang is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the Ohio State University. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 2011, and spent 3 years at the University of California, Santa Barbara as a postdoctoral researcher. His research interests include advanced structural characterization of materials, electron microscopy (EM) technique development, and computational materials modeling. In particular, he has developed novel EM techniques and simulation methods based on electron nanodiffraction and quantitative imaging, for nanostructured materials, oxide heterostructures, and non-crystalline materials. For his contributions to the field, he has received several honors and awards, including the Albert Crewe Award from the Microscopy Society of America and the Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award from Oak Ridge Associated Universities.

Dr. Harald Rösner, University of Münster, Germany

Harald holds a diploma in physics (1992) and a Ph.D. in physics (1996) both from Münster University, where he worked with Eckhard Nembach. Part of his graduate research work (in-situ TEM) was performed at the CEMES-CNRS in Toulouse with Daniel Caillard (1992-1994). After a post-doc with Peter Schloßmacher (1997-2000) at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), he moved to the Institute of Nanotechnology working with Herbert Gleiter/Horst Hahn on nanocrystalline materials (2001-2007). In 2008 he joined Gerhard Wilde at Münster University working there as lecturer and EM facility manager.

Harald’s research focusses on characterization of materials, in particular their defects, using TEM (conventional, high-resolution, tomography, HAADF-STEM and diverse in-situ techniques). Recently, Harald has worked on deformation in disordered materials such as bulk metallic glasses and has developed a new way to characterize shear bands quantitatively using HAADF-STEM intensities.

Dr. Tim Petersen, Monash University, Australia

Tim Petersen is a physicist researching the atomic structure of disordered solids, diffraction physics theory, interferometric applications of singular optics, in-line holography experiments and various incarnations of tomography, including local differential inversion, electromagnetic vector field reconstruction, atom-probe methods and discrete algorithms.  Using a blend of both theory and experiment, Tim Petersen strives to uncover challenging measures of structure and properties in condensed matter systems, within a microscopy context.  Petersen’s explorations of singular electron optics, including diffraction catastrophes and quantized Gouy phases, have naturally led to new physical phenomena in simulations of ultra-cold atom condensates in recent research.  The development of analytical tools to enable other scientists, including distributable software programs, is a common theme in his ongoing research.  One notable example is the co-development of the hybrid Reverse Monte Carlo algorithm, distributed to scientists pursuing the atomic structure of covalently bonded disordered networks.


PS10 – Magnetic, ferroelectric and multiferroic materials

Prof.Dr. Rafal E. Dunin-Borkowski

Rafal Dunin-Borkowski is Director of the Institute for Microstructure Research and the Ernst Ruska-Centre for Microscopy and Spectroscopy with Electrons in Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany and Professor of Experimental Physics in RWTH Aachen University, Germany. His Ph.D. (1990-1994) was carried out in the Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy in the University of Cambridge. After working as a postdoctoral research scientist in the University of Cambridge, Arizona State University and Oxford University, between 2000 and 2006 he held a Royal Society University Research Fellowship in the University of Cambridge. Between 2007 and 2010, he led the establishment of the Center for Electron Nanoscopy in the Technical University of Denmark. He specializes in the characterization of magnetic and electronic materials at the highest spatial resolution using advanced transmission electron microscopy techniques, including aberration-corrected high-resolution transmission electron microscopy and off-axis electron holography. In 2009 he was awarded the Ernst Ruska Prize of the German Society for Electron Microscopy. In 2012 he was awarded an Advanced Grant by the European Research Council. In 2017 he was awarded a Proof of Concept Grant by the European Research Council. He has published more than 600 journal papers, conference papers and book chapters, has given more than 250 invited lectures and seminars, has been a member of 30 advisory boards and steering committees, has organized 35 conference symposia and workshops and has received 18 prizes for papers presented at conferences and 6 prizes for science as art

Assis. Prof. Lena F. Kourkoutis, Cornell University, USA

Lena F. Kourkoutis is an Assistant Professor of Applied and Engineering Physics and James C. and Rebecca Q. Morgan Sesquicentennial Faculty Fellow at Cornell University. Her electron microscopy group focuses on understanding and controlling nanostructured materials, from complex oxides to materials for energy storage to biomaterials. They use advanced electron microscopes to study these systems atom-by-atom and develop new cryogenic techniques to gain access to low temperature electronic states as well as to study processes at liquid/solid interfaces.

Kourkoutis received her undergraduate degree in Physics from the University of Rostock, Germany in 2003, and then moved to Ithaca where she was awarded a Ph.D. in 2009. As a Humboldt Research Fellow, she spent 2011-2012 in the Molecular Structural Biology Group at the Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry in Martinsried, Germany. She returned to Cornell University in 2012 and joined the Cornell Faculty in 2013. Kourkoutis is recipient of the 2013 Albert Crewe Award, a 2014 Packard Fellowship for Science and Engineering, a 2016 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, presented by President Barack Obama, and a 2017 NSF CAREER award. She is also a Kavli Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences.

Dr. Christophe Gatel, University Paul Sabatier of Toulouse, France

Dr Christophe Gatel, age 40, is assistant professor at the University Paul Sabatier of Toulouse (France)  since 2006 and is the responsible of one of the Centre for Materials Elaboration and Structural Studies (CEMES-CNRS) research groups “In situ, Interferometry and Instrumentation for TEM” (I3EM) whose main research lines concern advanced TEM techniques and methodological developments. After graduating as an engineer in physics in 2001, he started a PhD at CEMES and then joined the Commissariat à l’ Energie Atomique (CEA) in Grenoble to develop magnetic imaging electron microscopy in particular optical alignments and data extraction.

He has been very involved in recent years in the development of quantitative electron holography adapted to the observation of electromagnetic fields within and around nano-objects. This experimental work was complemented by developing codes for accurate and fast quantitative treatment of holograms. He is currently working on the development of in situ electron holography experiments for studying of electric and magnetic fields.  

Prof. Yinlian Zhu, Chinese Academy of Science, China

Graduated in 1991 at Department of Materials Engineering, Dalian University of Technology, Yinlian Zhu received her Ph.D in 2005 at the graduate school of Chinese Academy of Sciences. Currently she is a professor at Solids Atomic Imaging Division, Shenyang National Laboratory for Materials Science, Institute of Metal Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences. She has 25-year experience in transmission electron microscopy of advanced functional materials, aiming at setting up relationships between atomic scale information and a material’s properties, in which atomic mapping and high-resolution spectroscopy are of the major concern. Her current research focuses on design, epitaxial fabrication, and atomic mapping of heteroepitaxial oxides, particularly interface-induced novel phenomena in ferroelectric thin films. Dr. Zhu has published over 110 papers in well-known journals including Science, Nature Communications, Advanced Materials, Nano Letters, etc..


PS11 – Materials in geology, mineralogy and archeology

Dr. Anne-Magali Seydoux-Guillaume, CNRS-UJM Saint-Etienne, France

Anne-Magali Seydoux-Guillaume is CNRS researcher at Laboratory Magma et Volcans (LMV) in Saint-Etienne (France) since 2015. She received her PhD from the TU Berlin (Germany) in 2001, and, after a 2 years-post-doctoral position in WWU Münster (Germany), she was granted a CNRS research position in 2003 in Laboratory GET in Toulouse (France). She is mineralogist working at the interface between mineralogy, geochronology and material sciences (nuclear), with both an experimental and a naturalist approach. She’s an expert on the application of nanoscale imaging by TEM (coupled with FIB preparation) to radioactive (U-Th) accessory minerals, especially monazite, and has extensive research experience on radiation damage effect in natural and synthetic materials at the nanoscale, and the mechanisms responsible for disturbance of the U-Th-Pb geochronological systems. Since 2017, she has built a collaboration with Curtin University (Australia) to develop the integration of TEM and atom probe (APT) methodologies in the geosciences. She also co-organized a workshop at the international Goldschmidt conference 2017 in Paris on “Nanoscale Correlative Microscopy for Geoscientists”. She’s a member of the French Society of Microscopy (SFµ), and, since 2018, member of the board of directors, and member of the French Society of Mineralogy and Crystallography (SFMC).

PS12 – Materials for energy production, storage and catalysis

Dr. Patricia Abellan, SuperSTEM Laboratory, UK

Patricia Abellan is a staff scientist at SuperSTEM (Daresbury, UK). She received her BSc in Physics from the Aalborg University (Denmark) and her Ph.D. in Materials Sciences from the Autonomous University of Barcelona (2011). She has held postdoctoral positions at the University of California – Davis and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Her research focuses on the study of functional nanomaterials and the relationship between microstructure and properties as well as on the development of methods for liquid-phase electron microscopy. In 2013 she received the Best Ph.D. Thesis Award from the Microscopy Society of Spain. She was co-organizer of a radiation beam-damage pre-meeting congress at M&M2017 and is currently a guest editor of a special issue in liquid-phase EM in Micron. She has published over 40 journal articles and book chapters, is the co-inventor in a patent application and has given 12 invited presentations at international conferences and academic institutions.

Prof. Barry Carter, University of Connecticut, USA

Barry CARTER ( holds a B.A., M.A. and Sc.D. from Cambridge University, an M.Sc. from Imperial College, London, and a D. Phil. From Oxford University. He has taught at Cornell, Minnesota and UConn. He is a CINT Distinguished Affiliate Scientist at Sandia and a Visiting Professor in the School of Materials in the University of Manchester (UK). He has previously held visiting positions at Los Alamos, Chalmers, NIMS, Bristol, Stuttgart, Hannover and Jülich. He has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, a senior A von Humboldt Award, the MSA Distinguished Scientist Award, the ACerS Outstanding Educator Award and a JSPS Fellowship. He is a Fellow of AAAS, ACerS, MRS, MSA and RMS. He was the 1997 President of MSA, and the 2011-14 President of IFSM. He is the co-author of two Springer textbooks, and lead Editor of another, and is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Materials Science.

Prof. Sang Ho Oh, Sungkyunkwan University, Korea

Dr. Sang Ho Oh is an associate professor in the Department of Energy Science, Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU). He received his Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from POSTECH, Korea in 2002. Before joining SKKU in 2016, he was an assistant professor and associate professor in POSTECH from 2009 to 2015. He has worked at Max-Planck-Institute for Metal Research as post-doc researcher, Korean Research Institute of Standards and Science (KRISS) as senior researcher, Erich Schmid Institute at Leoben, Austria, Oak Ridge National Laboratory as visiting researcher and Korean Basic Science Institute (KBSI) as senior researcher. His research group at SKKU pursues fundamental understanding of materials’ behavior, phase stability and physical properties emerging at nanometer scales by using advanced TEM/STM techniques.

Dr. Xiaoqing Pan, University of California, Irvine, USA

Xiaoqing Pan is the Henry Samueli Endowed Chair in Engineering, and Professor of Chemical Engineering & Materials Science, Professor of Physics & Astronomy at the University of California-Irvine (UCI).  He is also the inaugural Director of the Irvine Materials Research Institute (IMRI) at UCI. Before joining UCI, he was the Richard F. and Eleanor A. Towner Endowed Chair Professor of Engineering, Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, and Director of Electron Microbeam Analysis Laboratory at the University of Michigan (UM), Ann Arbor. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Physics at Nanjing University, China, and his Ph.D. degree in Physics at the University of Saarland, Germany. Pan’s research interests center on the development of atomic resolution transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and in situ techniques, leading understanding of the atomic-scale structure-property relationships of advanced materials. He is recognized internationally for his work in TEM, that has led to the discovery of new properties and novel functionalities in ferroelectrics, multiferroics, and catalysts.

Prof. Eric Stach, University of Pennsylvania, USA

Eric Stach is a Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania. He received his B.S.E from Duke University, M.S.M.S.E. from the University of Washington, his Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Virginia. He has held positions as Staff Scientist and Principal Investigator at the National Center for Electron Microscopy at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, as Associate, then Full Professor at Purdue University, and as Group Leader at the Center for Functional Nanomaterials at the Brookhaven National Laboratory. He is a Co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of Hummingbird Scientific. He is also Secretary of the Board of Directors for the Materials Research Society.  


Dr. Elena Tchernychova, National Institute of Chemistry, Slovenia

Dr. Elena Tchernychova is currently located as a senior researcher at the Department for Materials Chemistry, National Institute of Chemistry, Ljubljana, Slovenia. She pursued her PhD at Max Planck Institute (Stuttgart) were she was focused on QHRTEM studies of metal-ceramic interfaces, and gained an analytical microscopy experience at FELMI (Graz), where she has studied electronic properties of conjugated polymer-based optoelectronic components in the framework of ISOTEC Project (Austrian NANO Initiative). She further moved to the Josef Stefan Institute and later to the National Institute of Chemistry, both located in Ljubljana, Slovenia, where she has been involved into the development and implementation of advance TEM techniques for applied materials research. Her core expertise lays in the field of applied materials characterization by means of high-resolution (S)TEM imaging and spectroscopy, with past 6 years focusing on studies of advanced Li-ion battery cathode materials.

PS13 – Physical science applications of in-situ microscopy

Prof. Nigel Browning, University of Liverpool, UK

Nigel Browning is Chair of Electron Microscopy at the University of Liverpool.  He received his BSc from the Reading University (1988) and Ph.D from the Cambridge University (1992).  His research focuses on the development of new methods in electron microscopy for high spatial, temporal and spectroscopic resolution.  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 MSA 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 colleagues 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 DTEM.  He has supervised over 30 graduate students and 35 postdocs and has over 350 publications and has given over 330 invited presentations.

Dr. Zibin Chen, Scitek, Australia

Dr. Zibin Chen conducted his MPhil and PhD research in the University of Sydney under the supervision of Prof. Xiaozhou Liao and received his PhD degree in 2017. He was awarded a Chinese government overseas private students scholarship for his PhD research. After his PhD, he worked in the University of Sydney as a postdoctoral research associate until he joined Scitek Australia Pty Ltd, a world leader in vacuum technology and surface science technology, as an application scientist in December 2017.

Dr. Chen’s research interest focuses on ex-situ and in-situ electron microscopy characterisation of the structures and structure–property relationships of advanced materials including semiconductor and ferroelectric materials. He has published high-quality papers in top journals including Nature Materials, Physical Review Letters, Physical Review Applied, and Acta Materialia.

Prof. Dmitri Golberg, QUT, Australia

Dmitri Golberg obtained his Ph.D. from Bardin Research Institute for Ferrous Metallurgy, Moscow, Russia, in 1990, and joined the National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS), Tsukuba, Japan, five years later, where he became a Nanotube Unit Director, a Principal Investigator of the International Centre for Materials Nanoarchitectonics (MANA) and an adjunct Professor of University of Tsukuba (2005). During 1994-1995 he also worked as a Max-Planck-Society fellow in the Institute fuer Eisenforschung, Duesseldorf, Germany. From 2017, he became a Professor and Australian Laureate Fellow at Queensland Institute of Technology (QUT), Brisbane. His present research focuses on electromechanical, optical, optoelectronic and thermal nanomaterial property studies for diverse structural and green energy applications using state-of-the art methods of in situ TEM. Dmitri has published more than 650 papers in refereed International journals, which yielded more than 33.000 citations (H-factor 95). He is listed among world-top 250 most cited materials scientists by “Thomson Reuters”.

Prof. Julia R. Greer, Caltech, USA

Greer’s research focuses on creating and characterizing classes of materials with multi-scale microstructural hierarchy, that utilize the combination of three-dimensional (3D) architectures with nanoscale-induced material properties. These nano-architected meta-materials not only provide a rich “playground” for fundamental science but also have the potential to enable new technological advances in biomedical devices, nanophotonics, energy storage, lightweight structural materials, 3D logic circuits, and smart multifunctional materials.

Greer is a full professor (Ruben and Donna Mettler Chair effective July 2019) at Caltech with appointments in Materials Science, Mechanical Engineering, and Medical Engineering.

Greer has more than 140 publications and has delivered over 100 invited lectures. She was named a Vannevar-Bush Faculty Fellow by US Department of Defense (2016) and CNN’s 20/20 Visionary (2016). Her work was recognized as a Top-10 Breakthrough Technology by MIT’s Technology Review (2015). Greer was named as one of “100 Most Creative People” by Fast Company and a Young Global Leader by World Economic Forum (2014) and received multiple career awards: Kavli (2014), Nano Letters, SES, and TMS (2013); NASA, ASME (2012), Popular Mechanics Breakthrough Award (2012), DOE (2011), DARPA (2009), and Technology Review’s TR-35, (2008).

Assis. Prof. Ryo Ishikawa, University of Tokyo, Japan

Ryo Ishikawa is an Assistant Professor of Institute of Engineering Innovation at the University of Tokyo, Japan. He completed his PhD in Materials Science at the University of Tokyo in 2011. Following his postdoctoral position at the University of Tokyo, he moved to Oak Ridge National Laboratory in USA from 2012 to 2014, and he then joined the University of Tokyo in the current position. His research interests are in the development of atomic-resolution scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM) including single electron sensitive quantitative STEM imaging, dynamic STEM for single atom tracking, three-dimensional optical depth sectioning with large-angle illumination, and atomic and electronic structure analysis in materials science such as lithium ion battery materials, functional nitride and oxide materials. He received Albert Crewe Award from Microscopy Society of America in 2016 and Encouragement Prize from The Japanese Society of Microscopy.

Prof. Litao Sun, Southeast University, China

Litao Sun is Changjiang Distinguished Professor and the head of School of Electronic Science and Engineering, Southeast University (SEU), the director of SEU-FEI Nano-Pico Center, and the director of Center for Advanced Materials and Manufacture, Joint Research Institute of Southeast University and Monash University. He is the chairman of In-situ Microscopy Chapter, Electron Microscopy Society of China. Currently, his research interests focus on: (1) Dynamic in-situ experimentation in the electron microscope (Setting up a Nanolab inside a TEM for nanomaterials); (2) Novel behaviors/properties from sub-10nm materials; (3) Applications of nanomaterials in environment, renewable energy and nanoelectromechanical systems. He is the author and co-author of around 170 papers on international journals including 2 in Science, 11 in Nature and Nature series journals, etc. He holds around 80 patents and has given more than 160 invited presentations. He is the Review Panel member of Graphene Flagship, European Union and Member of European Science Foundation College of Expert Reviewers. He has obtained National Science Fund for Distinguished Young Scholars of China, New Century Excellent Talents in University, Young Leading Talent in Science and Technology Innovation etc.

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IT1 – Instrumentation

Dr. Si Chen, Advanced Photon Source, Argonne National Laboratory, USA

Dr. Si Chen is Physicist and Beamline Scientist at the Advanced Photon Source (APS) at Argonne National Laboratory. Her research focuses on the development of X-ray microscopy with cryogenic capabilities and correlative methodology for nano-scale imaging of radiation sensitive materials and their applications to biology, biomedical and materials sciences. She received her PhD in Materials Engineering at Dartmouth College studying snow metamorphism using cryogenic correlative electron and X-ray microscopy. She joined the APS in 2011 as a postdoc, where she commissioned a cryogenic hard X-ray fluorescence nanoprobe, the first of its kind throughout the world. She has received several prestigious awards including the Postdoctoral Presidential Award in 2012 from the Microscopy Society of America and Dubose-Crouse Award in 2011 from International Metallographic Society.

Prof. Pieter Kruit, Delft University of Technology, Netherlands

Pieter Kruit is professor of physics at Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands. His research is always related to the development of electron- and ion-optical instruments. He has had research programs on nm-resolution electron spectroscopy, low energy-spread electron- and ion sources, and multi-beam optics for microscopy and lithography. Most of his work is performed in cooperation with industry. With two of his graduates he founded MAPPER Lithography, which grew to more than 250 employees. More recently he co-founded DELMIC, a company supplying systems for integrated light- and electron microscopy. His involvement in trying to reduce magnetic disturbances from a planned tramway through the university has led to a novel current supply system, now being implemented in several cities. He was president of the Dutch Society for Microscopy, editor of Ultramicroscopy and director of the Delft physics education.

Dr. Damien McGrouther, University of Glasgow, UK

Dr Damien McGrouther is a Research Fellow in Materials and Condensed Matter Physics and manager of the Kelvin Nanocharacterisation Centre at University of Glasgow. He studies fundamental structure and behaviour in magnetic and other technological materials, assisted through developing instrumentation including in-situ specimen holders and detector technologies.  

Building upon improvements enabled by aberration correction, Damien and his colleagues have developed real time Differential Phase Contrast imaging with leading spatial resolution, <1 nm. Understanding that detector technologies were limiting useable signal, he has worked for over 8 years with particle physics colleagues to exploit developments in pixel detectors from CERN. In 2014, his development of pixelated DPC immediately enabled higher sensitivity detection of small phase shifts induced by magnetic samples. Realising the huge potential of detector technologies he has collaborated with Quantum Detectors Ltd and led the team commercially developing Medipix3 electron counting detectors which are being adopted world-wide for novel 4D-STEM imaging.

Assoc. Prof. Benjamin McMorran, University of Oregon, USA

Ben McMorran joined the faculty at University of Oregon in Fall 2011 and is now an Associate Professor of Physics. He is a member of the UO Materials Science Institute (MSI) and the Oregon Center for Optical, Molecular, and Quantum Sciences (OMQ). He received his Ph.D. in physics from the University of Arizona in 2009 under the guidance of Prof. Alex Cronin, with the thesis entitle “Electron Diffraction and Interferometry Using Nanostructures”. Shortly thereafter, he joined the Electron Physics Group in the Center for Nanoscale Science And Technology (CNST) at NIST in Gaithersburg. There he worked with John Unguris and Jabez McClelland on magnetic electron microscopy. The McMorran group performs basic research in optics, structured electron wavefunctions, electron microscopy, and magnetic microscopy using. He is a 2013 Department of Energy Early Career Award recipient. 

IT2 – Computational methods for data acquisition, analysis and visualization

Dr. Hans Elmlund, Monash University, Australia

Hans Elmlund carried out his doctoral work at the Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden, using a 300,000-volt helium-cooled electron microscope (EM) to image molecules that operate as biological “machines” inside the cell. He was not satisfied with available software technology and started to write his own specialised computer code to transform EM data into three-dimensional images of the macromolecules he was studying. As a postdoctoral fellow in Roger Kornberg’s lab at Stanford University, his theoretical work grew into a complete program package for single-particle image processing—SIMPLE (Single-particle Image Processing Linux Engine). A/Prof Elmlund is now a group leader at the Biomedicine Discovery Institute, Monash University. His team develops computational methods for cryo-EM single-particle analysis and applies cryo-EM techniques to study the structure and dynamics of large macromolecular assemblies involved in transcription regulation

Perrine Paul-Gilloteaux, University of Nantes, France

After being graduated in electrical engineering, Perrine Paul-Gilloteaux obtained her PHD in augmented reality for neurosurgery, in Rennes, France. After a post-doctorate work in system biology at the Hamilton Institute, Ireland, she joined the CNRS as research Engineer in the cell and tissue microscopy facility in Institut Curie, Paris, France. Her job was to support the biologists in image analysis, by adapting existing software or developing new methods. In June 2015, she has moved to the Structure Federative de Recherche in Health of Nantes, France, where she heads the light microscopy facility, but also develops her own research activities. Her main research interests are dynamic analysis and correlative microscopies registration, based on computer vision approaches. She is one of the co-founders of the network of European Bio Image Analyst NEUBIAS, and project manager of the image processing and data management node of the French National infrastructure in bio imaging.

Bryan Reed, IDES, USA

Bryan Reed is a physicist and electron microscopist with interests in electron beam physics, nanomaterials, mesoscopic and low-dimensional physics, and high-rate phenomena in complex systems. Starting from his graduate school days at Cornell, he developed a strong interest in advanced electron microscopy techniques, ultimately leading to his current work in the areas of time resolution and compressive sensing. He was a core member of the dynamic TEM development team at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, where he worked for 11 years before starting his current position as chief technology officer of IDES, Inc. Now, with the technical team at IDES and numerous collaborators, he is focused on bringing advanced time resolution to electron microscopy with a wide range of technologies spanning femtoseconds to milliseconds.

Andrew Stevens, Duke University, USA

Andrew Stevens is Chief Scientist at OptimalSensing where he leads research on new scientific imaging approaches and machine learning algorithm development.
He received his PhD in electrical and computer engineering from Duke University in 2018.
Previously, he was a scientist at PNNL for 8 years after finishing his MS in mathematics at Washington State University.

IT3 – Methods and workflows for correlative microscopy

Dr. Mark Ellisman, University of California, San Diego

Mark H. Ellisman, Ph.D. Distinguished Professor of Neurosciences and Bioengineering, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, Calif. Senior Fellow, Howard Hughes Medical Institutes, Janelia Research Campus, Ashburn, VA. After completing thesis work in neurophysiology and behavior in the early 1970’s, Ellisman entered a second Ph.D. training program to earn his Ph.D. in molecular, cellular, and developmental biology from the University of Colorado, Boulder, studying with Keith R. Porter, (Porter is regarded as the father of the field of Cell Biology). Ellisman began his tenure as a Professor of Neurosciences and Bioengineering at UCSD in 1977. He is now a Distinguished Professor at UCSD. mainly carrying out discovery-focused basic research but also is active in technology development and application of new imaging and information technologies to advance the biological sciences. His research furthers investigations in the basic molecular and cellular mechanisms of the nervous system and enables the development of advanced technologies in microscopy and computational biology. He has authored over 500 scientific articles and is well known as an interdisciplinary investigator and pioneer in the development of three-dimensional, light and electron microscopy and the application of advanced imaging technologies and computational resources to achieve greater understanding of cellular structure and function, particularly applied to the nervous system.  In 1988, Ellisman established the NIH National Center for Microscopy and Imaging Research (NCMIR), an internationally acclaimed technology development center and a widely used research resource that develops new technologies and provides researchers with access to many of the most advanced imaging technologies, including the first automated computer-controlled and network-linked 3D electron microscope and invention of the now popular direct electron detector, now propelling cryoEM. His transformative discoveries in biology include defining and correcting a 100 year old misunderstanding regarding the form and function of the main cell type in the brain, the astrocyte, and most recently, defining the functional organization and form of chromatin in all eukaryotic cells, solving a more than 50-year old puzzle regarding how DNA is packed in cell nuclei.

Wei Ji, CAS, China

Wei Ji, Ph.D., members of the Youth Innovation Promotion Association and professor at Institute of Biophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences. He received his College of Life Science and Technology, Huazhong University of Science and Technology in 2005 and Ph.D. in Institute of Biophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2010. His research interest is try to use superresolution microscopy and correlative light and electron microscopy (CLEM) techniques to solve problems that now faced by biological researchers. He focus on developing new methods to improve the performance of currently used diffraction-unlimited microscopy especially in spatial resolution. He is also developing instruments for near-molecular resolution optical microscopy and CLEM.

Dr. Yannick Schwab, EMBL Heidelberg, 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.

IT4 – Cryo-TEM techniques for biological material

Dr. Nigel Unwin, University of Cambridge, UK

Nigel Unwin obtained his PhD in metallurgy at the University of Cambridge, then took a position at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge (LMB). He left LMB in 1980 to become Professor of Cell Biology at Stanford University School of Medicine, and returned in 1988. In 1992 he became Head of the Neurobiology Division. Nigel is interested in developing electron microscopical methods and using them to analyse the structures of membrane proteins. In 1975, together with Richard Henderson, he determined the first structure of an integral membrane protein: bacteriorhodopsin. More recently, his research has focused on the structure of the acetylcholine receptor – a neurotransmitter-gated ion channel – and how it responds to acetycholine released into the synaptic cleft. He obtained an atomic model of this ion channel, in its natural membrane setting, in 2005. Current research is exploring the role of specific lipids in enabling the channel to work.

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

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.

Assoc. Prof. David Flannigan, University of Minnesota, USA

David Flannigan is currently an Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science at the University of Minnesota.  He received his B.S. and Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Minnesota and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, respectively.  At Illinois, he studied the physical conditions and chemical processes associated with sonoluminescence under the guidance of Prof. Ken Suslick, for which he was awarded the T. S. Piper Award for Outstanding Thesis Research.  After receiving his Ph.D., he was a Postdoctoral Scholar at the California Institute of Technology, where he worked on the development and application of ultrafast electron microscopy in the labs of Prof. Ahmed Zewail.  He joined the faculty at Minnesota in 2012, where his research focuses on the study of materials dynamics with ultrafast electron imaging, diffraction, and spectroscopy.  He has received a Beckman Young Investigator Award, an NSF CAREER Award, and a DOE Early Career Award.

Dr. Marc Willinger, ETH Zürich, Switzerland

Dr. Willinger studied physics at the Technical University in Vienna, Austria and did his master in the field of electron energy loss spectroscopy and DFT simulation of the electronic structure under the supervision of Prof. Peter Schattschneider and Prof. Robert Schlögl, Director of the Department of Inorganic Chemistry at the Fritz-Haber-Institute (FHI) of the Max Planck Society in Berlin.

Dr. Willinger obtained his PhD from the Technical University in Berlin for the investigation of the electronic structure of vanadium phosphorous oxides. After a 1.5 years post-doc at the Fritz-Haber-Institute, he moved to the University of Aveiro in Portugal, where he worked as an independent researcher for 4 years. In 2011 he went back to the Fritz-Haber-Institute as group leader for electron microscopy. Since 01.02.2018 he has been at the “Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule” (ETH) in Zürich, where he is focusing on the development and implementation of in-situ electron microscopy techniques.

Dr. Kenta Yoshida, Institute for Materials Research, Tohoku University, Japan

Kenta Yoshida received his Ph.D. based on an engineering thesis in 2007 from Nagoya University. After working at the University of York with Prof. Pratibha Gai and Prof Ed Boyes (2008-10) and at Japan Fine Ceramics Center with Prof. Nobuo Tanaka (2011), he started his career at Institute for Advanced Research, Nagoya University, as an Assistant Professor under the young leader cultivation/collaboration programs sponsored by TOYOTA motor corporation (2012-15). In 2015, he joined Institute for Materials Research, Tohoku University. Now he is managing EM researches in International Research Center for Nuclear Materials Science, Tohoku University, as Associate Professor. He has been developing in-situ microscope equipment for environmental materials such as photocatalysts, fuel cell catalysts and hydrogen storage materials. His optical/electrochemical holders and in-situ HRTEM works have been given Wakashachi Award from Aichi Prefecture, Ceramographic Award of the Ceramic Society of Japan and Fellowship from Japanese society of electron microscopy. He has published over 40 papers in in-situ/environmental microscope equipment and has presented invited lectures internationally.

IT6 – Diffraction techniques

A/Prof. Philip Nakashima, Monash University, Australia

Philip is an Associate Professor and ex ARC Future Fellow in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Monash University.  He obtained his PhD in Physics from the University of Western Australia in 2003.  His primary research interests focus on the determination of atomic structure and the measurement of electronic structure and chemical bonding in crystalline materials using convergent-beam electron diffraction (CBED) and quantitative CBED.  This has led to research interest and expertise in:  transmission electron microscopy; electron diffraction; quantum crystallography; electron crystallography; metals physics; strongly correlated electron materials; semiconductors and other inorganic compounds; experimental and theoretical condensed matter physics; plasmonics and electron dynamics in metals; electron energy loss spectroscopy; detector characterisation; digital image restoration, quantification and quality control; electron diffraction and scattering calculations, software development and programming; computational physics and modelling; and creative approaches to teaching crystallography.

Dr. Robert S. Pennington, Koch group, Germany

Dr. Robert S. Pennington is a postdoctoral researcher at the Humboldt-Universitaet zu Berlin in the group of Prof. Christoph T. Koch. He has received an own-position German Research Foundation (DFG) grant (PolaRIS-3D) to investigate improved 3D TEM characterization. He received his PhD from the Technical University of Denmark in 2012, working primarily with Prof. Rafal Dunin-Borkowski and Dr. Chris Boothroyd on improving mean inner potential measurements and simulations, including multiple scattering, bonding, and surface effects. From 2012 to 2015, he was a postdoctoral researcher at Ulm University in Ulm, Germany, as part of the group of Prof. Christoph T. Koch. His primary research focus is on using multiple scattering for improved methods for quantitative transmission electron microscopy, including diffraction methods. His research includes both improving the efficiency of current simulation algorithms and developing novel algorithms, including using diffraction data for three-dimensional multi-parameter specimen characterization (e.g. ferroelectric polarization domains) without specimen tilt.

A/Prof. Marie-Ingrid Richard, IM2NP, France

A/Prof. Marie-Ingrid Richard obtained her PhD degree in Physics from Joseph Fourier University in 2007 with an in situ X-ray diffraction surface science based study on SiGe nanoparticles conducted at The European Synchrotron (ESRF) and CEA-Grenoble. In 2008, she became postdoc at Argonne National Laboratory (USA) in the group of Dr. Brian Stephenson, where she investigated the structural properties of InGaN quantum dots during their in situ growth using X-ray diffraction at the Advanced Photon Source (APS). In winter 2008, she was appointed associate professor at Aix-Marseille University and IM2NP. Since 2012, she is also a visiting scientist at the ID01 beamline of ESRF. Her current research focuses on structural investigations (strain, defects, shape, composition) in small dimensions using novel synchrotron X-ray techniques to probe nanostructures: Bragg coherent diffraction imaging, fast scanning X-ray diffraction microscopy and fast pole figure acquisitions. She has published 60+ papers in peer reviewed journal.

Yu-Tsun Shao, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA

Yu-Tsun Shao’s research focuses on the development of scanning convergent beam electron diffraction (SCBED) based techniques for probing the lattice, polarization and charge interactions in complex, multi-element, crystals. Specifically, he applies SCBED to relaxor-ferroelectric crystals and high entropy alloys to study their local symmetry and strain. Yu-Tsun received his B.S. degree in Physics from the National Taiwan University in 2012 and is currently a senior PhD candidate in Prof. Jian-Min Zuo’s group at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He was also an exchange student in summer 2016 at Monash University, Australia, and an invited scientist at Norwegian University of Science and Technology in summer 2017. Yu-Tsun is a recipient of the 2018 Ludo Frevel Crystallography Scholarship Award of the International Centre for Diffraction Data, and the 2016 Presidential Scholar Award of the Microscopy Society of America.

Prof. Xiaodong Zou, Stockholm University, Sweden

Xiaodong Zou is a full professor and deputy head of the Department of Materials and Environmental Chemistry, Stockholm University. She received her B.Sc. in Physics at Peking University in 1984, and Ph.D. in structural chemistry at Stockholm University in 1995. She joined the faculty at Stockholm University in 1996 and became professor 2005. Xiaodong Zou has made important     contributions in the development of electron crystallographic methods. Her group has developed several image and diffraction-based methods and software for accurate atomic structure determination of unknown crystals, and solved a large number of complex structures, especially porous materials such as zeolites and metal-organic frameworks. She is the founder of the Berzelii   Center EXSELENT on Porous Materials. She has co-authored over 270 peer-reviewed publications, and given 170 invited talks. She received several prestigious awards given by the Royal Swedish   Academy of Sciences, and is an academician of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA).

IT7 – Multi-scale 3D imaging

Marc De Graef, Carnegie Mellon University, USA

Professor De Graef received his BS and MS degrees in physics from the University of Antwerp (Belgium) in 1983, and his Ph.D. in physics from the Catholic University of Leuven (Belgium) in 1989. After a post-doctoral period in the Materials Department at the University of California at Santa Barbara he joined Carnegie Mellon in 1993; he is currently Full Professor and co-director of the Materials Characterization Facility.  Professor De Graef’s research interests lie in the area of microstructural characterization of structural intermetallics and magnetic materials. His current focus includes the development of experimental and modeling techniques for the quantitative study of magnetic domain configurations in a variety of materials, and the acquisition and representation of the three-dimensional character of microstructures. The generation of accurate forward models for many different characterization modalities is also a topic of current interest.  Prof. De Graef has published nearly 300 papers and two text books.

Dr. Richard Leapman, National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering, NIH, 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. Alfons van Blaaderen, Utrecht University, The Netherlands

Alfons van Blaaderen is full professor in the Physics department at Utrecht University (UU, Netherlands), and heads the Soft Condensed Matter & Biophysics section, at the Debye Institute for Nanomaterials Science. His groups research interests focuses on the development and use of colloidal model systems in both fundamental (e.g., crystallization, melting, glass transition) and applied self-assembly studies (e.g., electro-rheological fluids, electronic ink and photonic crystals). Van Blaaderen obtained a Masters in Chemistry in 1987 and his PhD degree in Physical Chemistry in 1992 at UU. After his PhD he also studied Physics at UU and worked for two years as a postdoc at AT&T Bell Laboratories (Murray Hill, NJ USA). Before his appointment in the Physics department as full professor in 1999 he worked 50/50 both in the Chemistry department at UU and at the Institute AMOLF (Amsterdam). He became a member of the KNAW (Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences) in 2013.

IT8 – Phase-related techniques

Prof. Christoph Koch, Berlin Humboldt, Germany

Prof. C.T. Koch completed his PhD under the supervision of Prof. John C.H. Spence at Arizona State University in 2002. From 2002 until 2009 he was PostDoc at the Max Planck Institute for Metals Research in Stuttgart, Germany. In 2011 he became professor at Ulm University on a position endowed by the Carl Zeiss foundation, and is now full professor at Humboldt University of Berlin, heading the Structure Research and Electron Microscopy group.

His research focuses on the structural and chemical characterization of matter by electron beam based techniques at various length scales. This often includes the development of new techniques that combine the power of modern electron microscopes with numerical data analysis to solve current problems in materials science.

Prof. Peter Nellist, University of Oxford, UK

Peter 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.  In addition to being Vice-President of the Royal Microscopical Society he is also a Board Member of the European Microscopy Society.

Dr. Toshiaki Tanigaki, Hitachi Hatoyama, Japan

Toshiaki Tanigaki is Senior Research Scientist at the Center for Exploratory Research, Research and Development Group, Hitachi, Ltd., Japan. His current research interests are applications of 1.2-MV holography electron microscope with aberration corrector. His activities include the developments of electron holography for three-dimensional observation, high-precision and high-resolution observations of electromagnetic fields, and its applications to fundamental physics, material science, and industrial development. He completed his PhD in physics supervised by Prof. Chihiro Kaito at Ritsumeikan Univiersity, Japan in 2004. Since then he has been pursuing the development of electron microscopy in Hitachi High-Technologies Co., Japan. In 2010, Dr. Tanigaki became a visiting researcher at RIKEN, Japan in a group of Dr. Akira Tonomura. He developed several technologies of electron holography through the FIRST Tonomura program from 2010 to 2014. In 2014, he became a resercher of Hitachi.

Prof. Jo Verbeeck, University of Antwerp, Belgium

Johan Verbeeck received his PhD degree (2002) from the University of Antwerp. Currently he is a Professor at the electron microscopy group (EMAT) of the University of Antwerp. Johan Verbeeck is an expert in the field of electron microscopy and electron energy loss spectroscopy focusing both on applications in state of the art materials science as well as on developing new techniques. He is the author of more than 155 ISI contributions. His work has been cited more than 2700 times, with more than 620 citations in 2014.

In 2011, he received the prestigious Ernst Ruska award for electron microscopy for his contribution to the quantification of EELS spectra and the development of electron vortex beams. He is the author of the EELSMODEL software providing model based quantification to users worldwide. In 2012 he received an ERC starting grant in order to explore the properties of electron vortex waves.

IT9 – STEM and TEM imaging

Dr. Lewys Jones, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

Dr Lewys Jones, is the Ussher Assistant Professor of Ultramicroscopy in the Advanced Microscopy Laboratory (CRANN), and Lecturer in the School of Physics, Trinity College Dublin. He leads the Ultramicroscopy research group, focussed on instrument and technique development for high-performance electron microscopy.

Recent research themes include optimising the design and operation of the aberration-corrected scanning transmission electron microscope (STEM), to improve the collection and analysis of atomic-resolution annular dark-field (ADF) data as well as high-resolution EELS and EDX chemical mapping. As part of this work, data-analysis software has been developed for ADF detector-efficiency normalisation, correction of scan-noise and scan-distortion, and correction of artefacts in EELS spectra. Currently, the group is investigating artefact correction in higher-dimension (4D & 5D) STEM datasets, as well as ultra-low-dose STEM operation and imaging.

Dr Jones holds a MEng in Materials Science and PhD in Electron Microscopy from the University of Oxford; he is a Fellow of the Royal Microscopical Society and Member of the Institute of Physics.

Prof. 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.

Dr. Knut Mueller-Caspary, University of Antwerp, Europe

Knut Müller-Caspary studied physics at Bremen University (Germany) where he received his PhD in 2011. He stayed until 2016 working on strain, composition and atomic electric field mapping by momentum-resolved STEM. Knut established several cooperations with companies to explore the performance of ultrafast STEM cameras for these projects. His work on angle-resolved STEM augments the conventional Z-contrast STEM technique by an angular multi-range analysis, allowing for the simultaneous measurement of specimen thickness and composition or different valence states.
Knut Müller-Caspary’s studies often take place at the interface between theory and experiment. This lead to the ImageEval software which currently hosts more than 13 established techniques for various (S)TEM quantifications, and to the Bloch4TEM structure factor refinement routines. In 2016 Knut moved to the EMAT institute in Antwerpen (Belgium) where he applies 4-dimensional STEM to the characterisation of 2D materials, ferroelectrics and nanoparticles. From June 2018, Knut Müller-Caspary leads his own research group moreSTEM at Forschungszentrum Jülich (Germany).

David 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.

Sandra Van Aert, University of Antwerp, Europe

Sandra Van Aert received her Ph.D. at the Delft University of Technology (The Netherlands) in 2003. Thereafter, she joined the Electron Microscopy for Materials Research (EMAT) group of the University of Antwerp (Belgium) where she became a senior lecturer in 2009 and professor in 2016. Her research focuses on new developments in the field of model-based electron microscopy aiming at precise measurements of structure parameters. Model-based microscopy allows one to measure 2D atomic column positions with subpicometer precision, to measure compositional changes at interfaces, to count atoms in an atomic column with single atom sensitivity, to unscramble mixtures of elements, and to reconstruct 3D structures with atomic resolution. She received the 2011 European Microscopy Society Outstanding Paper Award and the 2017 Ernst Ruska Prize for achievements on ‘New techniques for optimum quantitative analysis of electron microscopy data’. In 2018, she received an ERC Consolidator Grant entitled ‘Picometer metrology for light-element nanostructures: making every electron count’.

IT10 – SEM, FIB, scanning probe and surface microscopy

Jun Chen, National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS), Japan

Jun Chen received the B.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Material Science and Engineering from Zhejiang University, China, in 2000 and 2005, respectively. In 2010, she became a researcher at National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS), Tsukuba, Japan.

Her research interests are in the field of defect characterization in semiconductor materials based on electron beam injection methods (SEM, TEM, CL/EBIC, EBSD). Research topics included Si-based photovoltaics, oxides and nitrides for electronic applications. Her work on grain boundaries in multicrystalline Si has been cited over 500 times. For the first time, EBIC has been applied to study leakage sites in high-k dielectric in advanced CMOS technology. Her current subject includes EBIC/CL study of oxide and nitride materials for future electronic devices. She is a member of the Japan Society of Applied Physics.

Prof. Mervyn Miles, University of Bristol, UK

Mervyn Miles FRS is Professor of Physics at the University of Bristol. His research activity in the last 25 years has focused on the development and application of new scanning probe microscopes with specific applications in biomolecular structures. And soft matter at the nanoscale. Recent successes include the invention of two new types of high-speed atomic force microscopes (AFM): one capable of ultrahigh speed imaging (> 1000 frames/sec) and the other imaging in non-contact using a vertically-oriented probe. Another of his research areas is the use of nano and micro tools controlled by holographic optical tweezers to manipulate structures such a cells and to act as a new type of AFM probe.

Mervyn is a co-founder of two spin-out companies Nu Nano and Infinitesima, working in the fields of novel AFM probes and high-speed AFM for the semiconductor industry, respectively. He is Chief Scientific Adviser to the Institute of Physics Publishing. Mervyn was awarded a Royal Society Wolfson Merit Award in 2010 and was elect a Fellow of the Royal Society (London) in 2011.

A/Prof. Tomoko Shimizu, Keio University, Japan

Tomoko K. Shimizu is a Senior Researcher at National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS), Japan. She received her Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering at University of California, Berkeley in 2007, under the supervision of Miquel Salmeron at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. She served as a postdoctoral researcher in Surface Chemistry Lab. and Surface and Interface Science Lab. of RIKEN, advised by Maki Kawai and Yousoo Kim.

Her research focuses on the areas of surface science at the single molecular and atomic scale using scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) and atomic force microscopy (AFM). Her work concentrates on the structural, electronic, and mechanical properties of molecules adsorbed on metals, insulating films, and oxides. She also develops STM and AFM instruments operated under ultra-high vacuum and low temperature environment.

Milos Toth, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia

Milos received a PhD in Applied Physics from University of Technology Sydney (UTS) in 2001. He spent 4 years as a postdoctoral researcher at University of Cambridge, and 7 years as a research scientist at the imaging and nanofabrication company FEI (now part of Thermo Fisher Scientific). He returned to UTS in 2011 where he is currently Professor of Physics at the Institute for Biomedical Materials and Devices. His research interests revolve around fabrication, characterisation and processing of nanostructured materials and devices – particularly self-assembly, emergence and chemically-driven nanofabrication directed by electron, ion and laser beams. His recent work is focused on application of these techniques to integrated solid-state quantum photonics, with an emphasis on single photon emitters in diamond, 2D materials and van der Waals crystals.


Dr. Stefan Zaefferer, Max Plank Institute, Germany

Dr. Stefan Zaefferer studied physical metallurgy at the University of Clausthal-Zellerfeld in Germany. His PhD thesis was concerned with the investigation of deformation mechanisms in titanium alloys using TEM and dedicated self-written crystallographic software. After his PhD he went for 3 years to the University of Paris-XII, France and for two years to Kyoto University, Japan. After a short stay at Darmstadt he became group leader at the Max-Planck-Institut für Eisenforschung in Düsseldorf, Germany. Since 7 years he is also professor in materials characterization at the University of Aachen (RWTH Aachen). His main research interests are the investigation of mechanisms of microstructure formation and the development of new techniques in electron diffraction, in both, TEM and SEM. He has written or coauthored several book-chapters, about 100 peer-reviewed journal papers and equally many conference papers. He holds a couple of awards on materials science.

IT11 – Optical Nanoscopy and Spectral Imaging Techniques

Assistant Prof. Michelle Digman, University of California, USA

Michelle Digman is Assistant Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of California Irvine. She is Co-equity advisor for the Henry Samueli School of Engineering, the Co-Investigator of the Laboratory for Fluorescence Dynamics (P41 NIH Center) and Director of the W.M. Keck Nanoimaging Lab. She received her MS and PhD in Chemistry from the University of Illinois at Chicago and did her postdoctoral work at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in the Department of Physics. Dr. Digman is a Scialog Fellow and has won several awards including the Hellman Fellowship, the Fluorescence Young Investigator Award from the Biophysical Society, the Faculty Innovation in Teaching Award and the Henry Samueli Career Development Chair fellowship. She has coauthored over 90 peer-reviewed manuscripts and 6 book chapters. Her current research focuses on quantitative spatio-temporal correlation spectroscopies and developing the phasor approach to hyperspectral imaging and fluorescence lifetime imaging microscopy (FLIM). 

IT12 – Spectroscopy – High energy excitations and local chemical analysis

Prof. Adam Hitchcock, McMaster University, Canada

Adam Hitchcock, FRSC, was born and educated in Canada (B.Sc., Chemistry, McMaster, 1974; Ph.D., Chemical  Physics, UBC, 1978). His research focus is inner shell excitation spectroscopy and spectromicroscopy. A professor at McMaster since 1979, his group has built and operates gas phase inner shell spectrometers and reflection electron energy loss (EELS) systems for surface studies. In 1980 he started synchrotron experiments, initially  hard X-ray spectroscopy of materials at Cornell (USA), then soft X-ray spectroscopy of gases at LURE (France) and SRC (USA). In 1994 he began developing soft X-ray transmission microscopes (STXM) and photoemission microscopes (PEEM) at ALS (USA). He helped establish the Canadian Light Source (CLS, Saskatoon) and the CLS spectromicroscopy beamline, currently equipped with 2 STXMs and a PEEM.  His current research is focused on technique development and applications of  STXM and ptychography to automotive fuel cell materials, in situ electrochemistry, and magnetic bacteria.

Dr. Demie Kepaptsoglou, SuperSTEM, UK

Demie Kepaptsoglou is a Staff Scientist of the SuperSTEM Laboratory in Daresbury UK and holds a joint Senior Research Fellow – Lecturers position at the University of York in the U.K.. She received her PhD on Metallurgy and Materials Science from the National Techical University of Athens, Greece and subsequently worked as a Postdoctoral Associate at the university of Oslo in Norway, before joining SuperSTEM in 2011. Her work focuses on the implementation of analytical electron microscopy and spectroscopy in functional materials focusing on the effects defects presence in the electronic structure and transport properties. She has published over 70 peer reviewed papers  and regularly contributes at international conferences.

Dr. Marta Rossell, Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (EMPA), Switzerland

Marta D. Rossell received her doctoral degree from the University of Antwerp (Belgium) in 2006. Thereafter she carried out postdoctoral studies at the National Center for Electron Microscopy (NCEM) of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and at the University of California at Berkeley. In 2009, she moved to Switzerland where she worked at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zurich). Marta D. Rossell is now staff scientist of the Electron Microscopy Center of the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (Empa). Her research interests cover various topics in electron microscopy, such as ultra-high resolution, low-voltage electron microscopy, electron energy-loss spectroscopy and electron tomography. She is particularly interested in the new imaging and analysis techniques that have become feasible through the implementation of aberration correctors and monochromators in (scanning) transmission electron microscopes. Her current research focusses in in-situ heating/biasing electron microscopy.

Dr. Ján Rusz, Uppsala University, Sweden

Ján Rusz has studied physics at University of P. J. Šafárik, Košice (Slovakia) and Charles University, Prague (Czech Republic), where he received his PhD in 2005. Currently he works as a researcher at the Materials Theory Division of Departments of Physics an Astronomy at Uppsala University (Sweden). His primary research interests focus on the theory of inelastic electron scattering by solids, with particular attention to magnetic materials. He works on the development of electron magnetic circular dichroism technique (EMCD), which is an experimental method utilizing spectroscopy of core-level excitations, having an ambition to become an experimental probe of magnetism with down to atomic spatial resolution. His work has deepened the understanding of the influence of magnetism on the inelastic scattering cross-section as a function of experimental geometry and phase profile of the convergent electron beam, e.g., astigmatic beams or electron vortex beams. He has published over 140 papers and is a recipient of Young Researcher Prize from Göran Gustafsson’s Foundation and Microscopy Today Innovation Award from Microscopy Society of America.

Prof. Dr. Peter A. van Aken, Max-Planck Institute, Germany

Prof. Dr. Peter A. van Aken is head of the Stuttgart Center for Electron Microscopy (StEM) hosted at the Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research. The StEM possesses outstanding expertise in the field of transmission and scanning electron microscopy, focused ion-beam applications, and methodology development. Prof. van Aken’s research focuses on the characterization of interfaces, functional complex oxide hetero-structures, strained semiconductors, nanostructured thin films and plasmonic-active nanostructures, biomaterials and bio-templated hybrid materials, nanoparticles and nanomaterials, as well as of molecules on 2D materials, including their structural, magnetic, electronic, and optical properties at the atomic scale. Prof. van Aken’s research mission is the progression of the in-depth knowledge of atomic and electronic structure, and of the microscopic understanding of materials with respect to their functionality and structure–property relationships through advanced electron microscopy techniques.

IT13 – Spectroscopy – Low energy excitations and ultrafast spectroscopy

Prof. Philip Batson, Rutgers School of Engineering, USA

Philip E. Batson is a Distinguished Research Professor at Rutgers University, with appointments in Physics, and Materials Science, after retirement from the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center in 2009. After receiving the Ph.D. in Applied Physics in 1976 at Cornell University, he did post-doctoral work at the Cavendish Laboratory, and moved to IBM in 1978. During the 1980’s he built high resolution EELS equipment there and used it to explore spatially resolved EELS in the STEM, with studies of surface plasmon scattering in metal nanoparticle systems. In 2002, he was the first to demonstrate sub-Angstrom imaging using aberration correction, for which he was recognized with a 2002-2003 Scientific American 50 Award for Leadership in Imaging Sciences. Currently, he is exploring phonon behavior in nanometer sized structures using EELS with a 10 meV energy resolution. The NSF project to improve EELS resolution was cited by the White House in 2010 as one of “100 Recovery Act Projects that are changing America.” He has authored about 210 publications and is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and the Microscopy Society of America.

Dr. Peter Baum, Universität Konstanz, Germany

Since 2018, Peter Baum is a physics professor at the University of Konstanz, located in the south of Germany directly at the shores of lake Bodensee. He received his PhD in 2005 from the LMU München and subsequently worked as a postdoctoral scholar with Prof. Ahmed Zewail at Caltech on ultrafast electron diffraction from complex materials. Later, he became head of the ultrafast electron imaging research group at Prof. Ferenc Krausz’ laboratory for attosecond and high-field science at the Max-Planck-Institute of Quantum Optics in Garching. At his current position in Konstanz, his research focus is the interaction of light and matter at ultimately small temporal and spatial dimensions. His key technologies are attosecond and femtosecond electron microscopy and diffraction. In his spare time, he listens to metal music and goes skiing, swimming or surfing.

Dr Armin Feist, Georg-August-Universität Gottingen, Germany

Armin Feist is a research assistant at the University of Göttingen in the group of Claus Ropers. His Ph.D. work focused on the development and application of Ultrafast TEM using coherent electron pulses.  He studied in Leipzig, Leeds and Göttingen, and his B.Sc. and M.Sc. theses focused on angle-resolved fluorescence in photonic crystals and laser-triggered field ion microscopy, respectively. His current research interests include nanoscale structural dynamics, optically tailored free-electron beams and the exploration of new instrumental capabilities in UTEM, with the vision of combining methods from ultrafast science with state-of-the-art electron microscopy.

Sophie Meuret, AMOLF, The Netherlands

Sophie Meuret is a Post-Doc in the Photonic Materials group at AMOLF (Amsterdam, The Netherlands). She obtained her PhD from the University Paris Saclay (Paris, France). Her work mostly focuses on the understanding of electron-matter interaction using cathodoluminescence (CL) spectroscopy. During her PhD and Post-Doc, using an Hanbury Brown and Twiss experiment, she showed that the CL autocorrelation function g(2) displayed strong bunching behavior due to the fact that a single electron creates multiple excitations. This effect can be used to extract the lifetime and the excitation efficiency without a priori knowledge of the structure. In the Photonic Materials group, she is currently developing ultra-fast time-resolved cathodoluminescence (CL) spectroscopy, using two different approaches. The first one uses an ultrafast beam blanker while the second one uses the principle of photoemission with a pulsed-laser driven electron gun.

Nahid Talebi, Max-Planck Institut, Germany

Talebi is a scientist at the Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research in Stuttgart. Her research focuses on investigating plasmon-enhanced electron-photon interactions using slow and fast electron microscopes. Her main interests include advancing the time-resolved electron microscopy methodologies and in-depth understanding of the dynamical interactions using time-dependent and self-consistent analytical and numerical techniques. Using those Methods, the current goals are the design and characterization of photonic density of states associated with 1D, 2D and 3D materials and engineering of those for transcending the state-of-the-art in nano-circuitry. Talebi has received her B.Sc. and M.Sc. from the University of Tehran in 2008 and 2011, and then she moved to the Stuttgart Center for Electron Microscopy, Max Planck Institute for intelligent systems in 2012 as an Alexander von Humboldt research fellow. In 2015 she joined the Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research as a scientist. Outcome of her research until now are several high-level publications, patents, and invited review papers.

IT14 – Advances in Atom Probe Tomography

Dr. Austin Akey, Harvard University, USA

Austin Akey is a Materials Scientist and a specialist in high-resolution characterization techniques, with a particular interest in Three-Dimensional Atom Probe Tomography, and he is active in the field of hyperdoped silicon and intermediate-band semiconductors. He received his BA in Physics from Princeton University in 2006, and his PhD in Materials Science from Columbia University in 2011. His post-doctoral work was done in the groups of Professor Michael J. Aziz at Harvard University’s John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and of Professor Tonio Buonassisi at MIT. He is currently a Senior Scientist at the Harvard University Center for Nanoscale Systems. Other research interests include photovoltaic devices and metastable materials.

Dr. Kathryn Grandfield, McMaster University, Canada

Dr. Kathryn Grandfield is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Materials Science & Engineering and School of Biomedical Engineering at McMaster University, Canada where her research interests include developing correlative multi-scale microscopies to investigate biointerfaces and mineralized tissues. She received her PhD from Uppsala University, Sweden and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at University of California, San Francisco. She is presently second Vice-President of the Microscopical Society of Canada, board member for the Canadian Biomaterials Society, and Director of User Operations at the Canadian Centre for Electron Microscopy.

A/Prof. Baishakhi Mazumder, University of Buffalo, USA

Baishakhi Mazumder is an Assistant professor at the Department of Materials Design and Innovation, University at Buffalo (UB) USA. Her research interest lies in the structure-property correlation of semiconductor systems using Atom Probe Tomography (APT). Dr. Mazumder’s work in determining critical material properties using APT has contributed in the growth of next generation communication and power electronics devices. She has collaborated with researchers worldwide in several avenues of APT, particularly in investigative research of novel materials and structures.  

She received her PhD in Material Science from the University of Rouen, France on understanding physical phenomenon of poor conducting materials during field evaporation. Prior to UB, she has worked as a senior material scientist at Intel Corporation and as a research associate at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. She serves as a member to various scientific societies, is a reviewer of prestigious journals and part of STEM activities at UB. 

Dr. Stefan Parviainen, GPM, University of Rouen, France

Stefan Parviainen is a postdoctoral researcher working in the Groupe de Physique des Matériaux at the Université de Rouen Normandie, France, where he studies the behavior of materials under extreme electric fields on the atomic level to enable more reliable interpretation of Atom Probe Tomography and Field Ion Microscopy experiments. This includes the study of local electric field distribution resulting in ion trajectory aberrations as well as defect migration in, and on, samples under high electric fields. Stefan received his Ph.D. in physics from the University of Helsinki, Finland, for which he developed simulation tools to study the morphological evolution of atom probe samples and the onset of vacuum electrical breakdowns in TeV particle accelerator accelerating structures. He was awarded the Ruth and Nils-Erik Stenbäck Foundation prize in 2016 by the The Finnish Society of Sciences and Letters.

Frontier Issues

FI1 – Outreach

Dr. Bronwen Cribb, The University of Queensland, Australia

Dr Bronwen Cribb is a multidisciplinary scientist with three decades of university teaching and outreach experience. She has skills in electron microscopy and behavioural science. Instrumental in winning a teaching award for the modular teaching approach used in the Centre for Microscopy and Microanalysis at the University of Queensland Bronwen then coordinated the development of MyScopeTM online training tools; an internationally recognized resource listed as finalist in the Australian Innovation Challenge, 2015. More recently she assisted the Australian Microscopy and Microanalysis Facility and FEI with the outreach platform called MyScope Outreach. The project launched in Washington DC at the USA Science and Engineering Festival in 2016 and later in Australia at CONASTA 65. It was listed as a finalist in the Learning Technologies Awards in the UK. Bronwen is currently an Honorary Senior Lecturer with the University of Queensland, focusing on science communication and new initiatives in learning and outreach.

Mr Maxwell Coyle, Foldscope Instruments, United States

Max Coyle is an evolutionary biologist passionate about the diversity of life and the empowerment of all people to participate in the study of biology. Among other gigs in biological research and scientific education, he served as the Director of Community Engagement for Foldscope Instruments, where he worked to expand access to scientific tools by promoting the use of frugal science technology, including the Foldscope. In this capacity, he worked with foundations, schools, and lots of insatiably curious individuals to understand how affordable tools like the Foldscope could improve how they learn and teach science. Max is now a doctoral student in Molecular and Cellular Biology at the University of California, Berkeley, where he studies the evolution of multi-cellularity in animals as well as fungi that turn flies into zombies. He continues to run Foldscope workshops in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Juan Pablo Hurtado Padilla, National Museum of Natural History, USA

Juan Pablo Hurtado Padilla is the Microscopy Educator at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from Universidad Mayor de San Simon in Bolivia and a master’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Maryland. He has extensive experience as an operator and trainer in Electron Microscopy. Currently, he is in charge of developing programs utilizing microscopy as an educational tool for a variety of audiences and environments. These programs take advantage of the extensive collections at the Museum, the research conducted by scientists working there and the interactions with millions of visitors on-site and online. 

FI2 – Data Management (Storage, Processing and Sharing)

Dr. Francisco de la Peña, University of Lille, France

Francisco de la Peña is lecturer in Physics at the University of Lille. He obtained his Ph.D in Physics in 2010 from the Paris-Sud University working on EELS quantification. From 2010 to 2011 he was a postdoctoral fellow at CEA-LETI Grenoble where he worked on EELS applications to semiconductor devices. From 2011 to 2017 he was a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Cambridge working on chemical and optical EELS tomography.

Francisco de la Peña is particularly interested in open and reproducible science and the application and development of innovative data analysis methods for multi-dimensional microscopy.  During his Ph.D he created EELSLab, an open source Python programme for EELS data analysis that later, with the contributions of tens of researchers from multiple institutions, became the HyperSpy software package for multi-dimensional  data analysis.

FI3 – Facility Management

Dr. Caroline Fuery, The University of Sydney, Australia

Dr Caroline Fuery, Chief Operating Officer, Microscopy Australia (formally AMMRF). 

After completing her Ph.D. in biochemistry, Dr Fuery spent 20 years working in the MedTech industry. While working at Johnson & Johnson, Dr Fuery led the set-up of a central testing laboratory to support an international clinical trial of an anti-HIV cell-delivered gene therapeutic. She has extensive experience working with quality management systems (for ISO standards) in the context of laboratory settings.

Most recently Dr Fuery worked in a start-up medtech company (SpeeDx Pty Ltd) which she co-founded. The company develops and sells diagnostic tests that detect DNA and RNA associated with conditions such as bacterial and viral infections, cancer and hereditary disorders.

In Dr Fuery’s current role as Chief Operating Officer of Microscopy Australia, she provides strategic leadership and management support to the CEO. Dr Fuery leads the facility’s administration, communications, business development and international engagements with particular responsibility for finance, administration and compliance.

Prof. Jan Neethling, Nelson Mandela University, South Africa

Johannes (Jan) Neethling obtained his PhD in physics from the University of Port Elizabeth (now Nelson Mandela University), South Africa in 1985. He is director of the Centre for High Resolution Transmission Electron Microscopy and Professor in the department of physics at NMU. He established the advanced Centre for HRTEM at Nelson Mandela University in 2011. The centre has a double aberration-corrected JEOL JEM-ARM200F TEM with EELS and EDS and three other state-of-the-art electron microscopes. He has spent sabbaticals as visiting scientist and guest professor at institutions in Germany, The Netherlands and Belgium.

His research has been focused on the characterization of materials using transmission electron microscopy and related techniques. The materials investigated include proton, electron and neutron irradiated and ion implanted semiconductors and ceramics. Other activities include the microstructural and micro analytical analyses of Ag-Pt and Pt-Al based alloys, diamond, SiC, catalysts and a range of nuclear reactor materials.

Dr. Heinz Schwarz, Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology Tübingen, Germany

Heinz Schwarz received his PhD in 1973 for his thesis Immuno electron microscopy of cell surface structures on aggregating ameba of Dictyostelium discoideum supervised by Günther Gerisch, Friedrich Miescher Laboratory, Tübingen. As a postdoc he worked with Werner Schäfer at the Max Planck Institute for Viral Research on leukaemia viruses and as a research assistant of Ulf Henning at the Max Planck Institute for Biology on bacteria and bacteriophages. From 1989 until 2010 he was the head of the electron microscopy unit at the Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology (Tübingen).

Throughout his career he worked on the boundary between microscopy and the fields of cell biology, microbiology and immunology, documented in over 250 publications.  Heinz is a honorary member of the German Society for Electron Microscopy.

Stimulated in the nineteen seventies by early EMBO and FEBS Courses organized by Stratis Avrameas (Paris), Aaron Klug (Cambridge) and Albrecht Kleinschmidt (Ulm) he served since 1992 as a regular teacher in EMBO Courses on Electron Microscopy and Stereology in Cell Biology organised by Gareth Griffiths until now. With his knowledge in chemistry and experience working in EM labs for so many years he has increasingly realized that many EM labs are not aware of the problems associated with handling the hazardous chemicals that are essential for routine EM for cell biology.

Dr. Richard Wuhrer, Western Sydney University, Australia

Dr Richard Wuhrer is the Research Manager of the Advanced Materials Characterisation Facility (AMCF) at Western Sydney University (WSU). Richard has extensive experience on various scanning electron microscopes (variable pressure and environmental), microanalysis systems, X-ray mapping and with electron microprobe analysis and wavelength dispersive spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, Raman, thermal characterisation techniques and FTIR. He has taught many courses and workshops in the field of Characterisation techniques, SEM, ESEM, EDS, WDS, XRM, EM Maintenance, GSR, Forensic Characterisation techniques, EM Probe and XRD. Richard has a PhD in Applied Science from UTS and is the President of the Australian Microbeam Analysis Society (AMAS). He has over 100 reviewed publications on a variety of topics from art works to gunshot residue analysis, surface engineering and development of new alloys, but his main focus remains characterisation techniques and further development of these techniques through combining systems and aiding in the analysis of materials and biological materials.

Life Sciences


LS-1. Structure and Function of Cells & Organelles

Dr. Eija Jokitalo, University of Helsinki, Finland

Research Director, Docent Eija Jokitalo has been the head of the Electron microscopy unit of the Institute of Biotechnology (EMBI), University of Helsinki, Finland, since 2001. EMBI is a research infrastructure platform at the Helsinki Institute of Life Sciences, and belongs to the Biocenter Finland Biological imaging network. EMBI specializes on 3D-EM and correlative light electron microscopy techniques and image analysis. Jokitalo research group is studying the interplay between organelle structure and functions, with special focus on endoplasmic reticulum and its interacting organelles. Jokitalo has been a board member of the Nordic Microscopy Society Scandem since 2012, and Chair of the Biocenter Finland Electron Microscopy Technology Platform since 2009. She has published 80 peer-reviewed publications and has h-index 31.

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

Dr. Teng-Leong Chew, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Janelia Research Campus, USA

How optical physics, computer science, tissue engineering and biosensor development converge to enhance the study of cell biology has remained Dr. Chew’s research focus. Through his own research in cancer invasion and his responsibilities in building centers for advanced microscopy, Dr. Chew has tireless sought to create platforms where interdisciplinary collaboration can elevate life science research.  It was with this philosophy that Dr. Chew joined the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Janelia Research Campus in 2014 to serve as the inaugural director of the Advanced Imaging Center, where he leads the effort in building the unique collaborative imaging center that serves as the gateway through which the wider scientific world can access Janelia’s cutting-edge microscopy capabilities.

Before his move to Janelia, Dr. Chew led the Center for Advanced Microscopy and the Nikon Imaging Center at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago. There he was also appointed as the Director for University Imaging Resources, overseeing the overarching strategy in building integrated imaging infrastructure across all seven imaging centers within Northwestern University.

Dr. Beth Cimini, Broad Institute, USA

Dr. Beth Cimini is the head of the Image Assay Development team in Dr. Anne Carpenter’s lab at the Broad Institute in Cambridge Massachusetts USA.  She graduated summa cum laude with BA in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Boston University, where she studied cholinergic stimulation of nitric oxide production in the salamander retina.  She completed her PhD at University of California-San Francisco under Dr. Elizabeth Blackburn, where she focused on the physiological roles of different isoforms of the TIN2 telomere master regulator. Her current role involves not only the design of image analysis workflows for dozens of labs annually but also leading the team responsible for training and outreach for CellProfiler and CellProfiler Analyst, two open-source software packages (cited in more than 5,500 papers from 1,000 distinct laboratories) designed to help biologists analyze and explore large sets of microscopy data regardless of their level of coding ability.   

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

Prof. Jose Rodriguez, UCLA, USA

Jose’s research is aimed at understanding fundamental aspects of macromolecular systems at the atomic level. This includes an improved understanding of the relationship between molecular structure and function, the development of new treatments to combat devastating and incurable diseases, and the development of new tools and approaches that advance our knowledge of biochemistry. Jose received his B.S. in Biophysics and Ph.D. in Molecular Biology at UCLA. His group at UCLA now works to determine the structures of proteins that aggregate to cause neurodegenerative disease. At UCLA, he applies and develops new cryo-electron microscopy (cryoEM) methods including micro electron diffraction (MicroED). By MicroED, his group has determined various structures of toxic aggregates including the highest resolution cryoEM structure to date at 0.75Å. He continues to pioneer cryoEM methods that transform our understanding of neurodegenerative disease caused by protein aggregation.

Prof. Patrick Sexton, Monash University, Australia

Professor Sexton is Head of the Drug Discovery Biology Theme, a NHMRC Principal Research Fellow, and Professor of Pharmacology at the Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences within Monash University. He is an internationally recognised leader in the study of G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs), biased agonism, on allosteric interactions between GPCRs and other proteins, and GPCR small molecule ligands. He has particular expertise in the study of GPCR structure-function, biased agonism and the structure-function of Class B GPCRs. He is a current Clarivate Analytics Highly Cited Researcher (Pharmacology and Toxicology). He has authored over 260 publications: including 191 original research and 60 reviews, 20 book chapters; 2 patents. Prof. Sexton has received numerous national and international awards including the ASCEPT Lecturer award (Australasian Society of Clinical and Experimental Pharmacologists and Toxicologists), Endocrine Society of Australia Senior Plenary award, Vane Medal (British Pharmacological Society), and the GSK award for Research Excellence. Prof. Sexton is an adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Pharmacy of Fudan University in Shanghai, a member of the Scientific Advisory Board for the Chinese National Centre for Drug Screening, an elected Fellow of the British Pharmacological Society (BPS) and Chair of the International Advisory Group of the BPS. He is also a corresponding member of the International Union of Basic and Clinical Pharmacology Committee on Receptor Nomenclature and Drug Classification, a member of the Faculty of 1000 (Molecular Pharmacology division), and formerly an Associate Editor for Pharmacological Reviews. He is currently Editor-in-Chief for ACS Pharmacology and Translational Science.

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

Prof. Toshio Ando, Kanazawa University, Japan

Toshio Ando is Professor of Physics and Biophysics and currently working at the WPI Nano Life Science Institute, Kanazawa University. He received his D.S. in physics from Waseda University. Before joining the faculty at Kanazawa, he worked at UC San Francisco as a postdoctoral fellow and then an Assistant Research Biophysicist from 1980 to 1986. Professor Ando specializes in the development and use of measurement techniques for understanding the functional mechanism of proteins. In the last 25 years he has been developing high-speed atomic force microscopy (HS-AFM) to directly visualize protein molecules in action at high spatiotemporal resolution. The exquisite dynamic images filmed in recent studies have been continuously demonstrating that this new microscopy is a powerful tool capable of revealing the process and structure dynamics of biological molecules in stunning detail. HS-AFM is expected to transform structural biology and biophysics as well as revolutionize our understanding of biological molecules.

Dr. Felix Rico, Aix-Marseille University, France

Felix Rico is Associate Professor in the department of Physics of Aix-Marseille University since 2013. His research is developed at the force microscopy group of the U1067 unit, a joined Inserm, CNRS and Aix-Marseille University laboratory. He received his BS in Physics from the University Autonoma of Barcelona and his PhD in Biophysics from the University of Barcelona. Before joining the faculty in Marseille, he was postdoc at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine (FL) and at Institut Curie (Paris). He has been working in force measurements with atomic force microscopy (AFM) since 2001. His research track is focused on the mechanics and adhesion properties of biological systems. He has developed various AFM based approaches, including theoretical and instrumentation developments, to investigate the mechanical response of single molecules, membranes and cells. Recently, he adapted high speed AFM (HS-AFM) to work as a force spectroscopy tool, probing the mechanics of single biomolecules and living cells at the shortest timescales.

LS-5. Cellular Transport & Dynamics

Dr. Kate McArthur, Monash University, Australia

Dr Kate McArthur received her PhD in 2017 from the University of Melbourne, Australia, where she studied interactions between mitochondrial biology, cell death and immune signalling. Her research employed advanced imaging techniques including live-cell lattice light-sheet microscopy (LLSM), live 3D-SIM, electron cryo-tomography and correlative light and electron microscopy to visualise – for the first time  – the release of DNA from the mitochondria (mtDNA) during apoptosis. Published in Science, her work is the first to describe any mechanism for mtDNA release. Kate was the second Australian to use LLSM, and her collaboration with Janelia Research Campus (USA) was fundamental in the building and operation of a LLSM at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute. Kate has taken a post-doctoral position with Prof Benjamin Kile at Monash University’s Biomedical Discovery Institute, where she will continue to use microscopy to investigate mtDNA and its downstream signalling consequences in a range of human diseases.

Assoc. Prof. John McGhee, UNSW Sydney, Australia

Associate Professor John McGhee is the Director of the 3D Visualisation Aesthetics Lab at UNSW Sydney. John’s academic research work explores art and design-led modes of visualising complex scientific and biomedical data using 3D computer animation techniques, most recently on Virtual Reality (VR) headsets.

His most recent work includes the deployment of VR in stroke rehabilitation, clinical MRI 3D visualisation for patient education and the application of VR in bio-nano cellular data visualisation. This has culminated in John being recognised as one of UNSW Australia’s 21 ‘Rising Stars’.

Prof. Jennifer Stow, The University of Queensland, Australia

Professor Jennifer Stow is Professorial Research Fellow and head of the Protein Trafficking and Inflammation laboratory at the Institute for Molecular Bioscience (IMB), The University of Queensland, Australia. With a PhD awarded at Monash University in Melbourne, her postdoctoral training and first faculty appointment were at Yale University School of Medicine and Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School, USA, respectively. Since being appointed at The University of Queensland, she has served as IMB Division head and IMB Deputy Director(Research). She has been awarded seven major, international career fellowships including from Fogarty, Wellcome Trust, and NHMRC, Australia. With advanced capabilities in live cell imaging, her research on cytokines in macrophages is known for discovering pathways for cytokine secretion and key signaling mechanisms that control inflammation.

LS-6. Applications of Cryo Electron Microscopy in Biology

Dr. Ben Engel, Maz-Planck Institute of Biochemistry, Germany

Benjamin Engel received his bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley and his Ph.D. from UC San Francisco.  He currently leads a group at the Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry, investigating the molecular architecture of organelles: Cells accomplish the biochemical reactions of life by concentrating their proteins into a variety of subcellular compartments called organelles. Our group explores the relationship between the form of the organelle and the function of its resident macromolecules. How does organelle architecture direct molecular function, and reciprocally, how do macromolecules sculpt and shape organelles? To investigate these questions, we use focused ion beam (FIB) milling of frozen cells followed by cryo-electron tomography to image macromolecules within their native cellular environment. Through a combination of nanometer-precision localization and high-resolution structural analysis, we aim to chart the molecular landscapes of organelles.

Prof. Masahide Kikkawa, The University of Tokyo, Japan

Masahide Kikkawa is a professor of Dept. of Cell Biology, Grad. Schl. of Med., the Univ. of Tokyo since 2009. He graduated the Univ. of Tokyo and obtained Ph.D in 1997. He was an assistant professor at Univ. of Texas, Southwestern (2001-07) and a professor at Kyoto University (2007-09).  He has been studying microtubule-based motor proteins, such as kinesin and dynein using cryo-electron microscopy. Recently, his lab focuses on the combination of genetics and cryo-electron tomography to understand the mechanisms of eukaryotic cilia/flagella.

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.

LS-7. Embryology & Developmental Biology

Dr. Neha Bhatia, The University of Sydney, Australia

I am a plant developmental biologist. I finished a B.Sc (Hons) degree in Botany from University of Delhi, India in 2009. After that, I pursued a two years master’s degree in plant biology and biotechnology from The University of Hyderabad, India. For my PhD, I moved to EMBL Heidelberg, Germany, in the lab of Dr. Marcus Heisler. Using the Arabidopsis shoot meristem as a model, I investigated the fundamental question of organ positioning in plants and finished my degree in November 2016. My findings revealed how cell polarity patterns underlying visible phyllotactic patterns are generated in plants. Currently, I am pursuing a post doc in the lab of Dr. Marcus Heisler at the University of Sydney with the aim to understand how dorsoventrality in leaves is established and maintained. I specialize in confocal microscopy, clonal mosaic approaches and cellular ablations using multiphoton laser.

Dr. Alexander Combes, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute and The University of Melbourne, Australia

Dr Alexander Combes is an emerging leader in developmental biology, known for integrating multi-scale imaging data to build a holistic picture of organogenesis. Awarded a PhD in 2009 from the University of Queensland (UQ) for his work on testis organogenesis in the laboratory of Prof. Peter Koopman, Dr Combes undertook postdoctoral studies in the laboratory of Professor Melissa Little at UQ/Murdoch Children’s Research Institute (MCRI). A former DECRA fellow, Dr Combes now leads a research team at the University of Melbourne and MCRI focused on the molecular regulation of kidney development. His work involves wholemount imaging of cleared tissues using optical projection tomography, light sheet imaging, point-scanning and spinning disc confocals. Recent work has incorporated live imaging of cell migration within kidney explants. His work has changed the way we think about renal progenitor populations and demonstrated that the functional capacity of the kidney can be enhanced in vivo.

Assis. Prof. Sebastian Streichan, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA

Sebastian studies the physics of living matter, with a particular interest in tissue folding or convergent extension seen in animal morphogenesis. To decipher how mechanical forces are controlled during these processes, he uses a combination of in toto live imaging, quantitative data analysis methods, and mathematical modeling. Sebastian has studied physics and mathematics, and carried out graduate work at EMBL Heidelberg. There, he investigated biophysical aspects of growth and dynamics in epithelial tissues. During his Postdoc at the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics at University of California Santa Barbara, Sebastian developed quantitative analysis tools such as tissue cartography for whole animal live imaging data. In combination with physical modeling, he could demonstrate the spatiotemporal distribution and anisotropy of non-muscle myosin II molecular motors alone predicts global tissue deformations observed during Drosophila gastrulation at 90% accuracy. 

LS-8. Pathology and Immunocytochemistry & Biomolecular Labeling

Dr. Kent McDonald, University of California, USA

McDonald received his Ph.D. in Botany from the University of California, Berkeley in 1972. He has been continually using electron microscopy as his primary research tool for almost 50 years. He retrained as a cell biologist with J.R. McIntosh in Boulder, Colorado, then worked as a researcher with W.Z. Cande in Berkeley, and again with McIntosh in Boulder before returning to Berkeley in 1993, where he worked as Director of an EM teaching lab until his retirement in 2017. He has been a strong advocate of cryomethods for cellular EM since the early 1990’s. In more recent years he has explored inexpensive options for using cryotechniques and ways to speed up specimen preparation procedures for resin embedding from several days to several hours. He is currently interested in improving the effectiveness of antibodies for on-section immunolabeling, and promoting serial sectioning as an inexpensive alternative to automated methods for 3-D analysis.

Dr. Thomas Sharp, University of Leiden, The Netherlands

Our immune system is activated by nanopatterned antibody platforms, and Dr Sharp’s lab is using DNA to determine structure-function relationships between antigen nanopatterns and immune system activation, using phase-plate cryo-electron tomography and subtomogram averaging. They are also working to combine the burgeoning fields of super-resolution light microscopy with cryoEM to achieve high-accuracy localization of tagged proteins within samples prepared for cryoEM. This will allow them to perform structural biology on individual proteins within cells.

Before starting his group Dr Sharp performed his PhD jointly on the utilisation of cryoEM to elucidate the superstructure of self-assembled peptide fibres, and the development of new in vivo probes for Correlative Light Electron Microscopy (CLEM). Next, he was a postdoc at the University of Oxford, UK, where he designed and tested DNA-templated protein arrays as a tool for high-throughput protein structure determination using cryoTEM and single-particle analysis.

LS-9. Applications in Correlative Microscopy of Biological Systems

Dr. Kristina Micheva, Stanford University, USA

Kristina D. Micheva is a Senior Research Scientist in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Physiology at Stanford University, California, USA. She obtained her Ph.D. with Dr. Clermont Beaulieu at Université de Montréal in Canada and later trained as a postdoctoral fellow with Dr. Peter S. McPherson at McGill University in Montreal, Canada and Dr. Stephen J Smith at Stanford University. She is coinventor of array tomography, a high-resolution proteomic imaging method that allows the imaging of dozens of different antibodies at individual subcellular structures within large volumes of tissue. Dr. Micheva is interested in synapse organization, function and plasticity, and uses correlative array tomography to explore the diversity of synapses and axons in experimental animals and human patients.

Dr. Lorna Hodgson, University of Bristol, UK

Lorna Hodgson obtained her PhD at the University of Bristol in 2014 in the laboratory of Professor Jeremy Tavaré. During her PhD she used correlative light and electron microscopy (CLEM) to study the intracellular trafficking of the glucose transporter, GLUT4 in adipocytes. Thereafter, she moved to Professor Paul Verkade’s group at the University of Bristol where she is now working as a postdoctoral researcher specialising in the development of CLEM techniques and their application to cellular and synthetic biology. She is actively involved in transferring her knowledge through training visiting researchers and teaching on dedicated CLEM practical courses and workshops. Her current research involves the study of synthetic nanoparticles as vehicles for drug and biomolecule delivery in cells..

Dr. Gaia Pigino, Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology & Genetics, Germany

Dr. Gaia Pigino received her PhD in Evolutionary Biology from the University of Siena, Italy in 2007 for her studies on bio-indicators for contaminated soil. Electron microscopy (EM), one of the tools she used for this work, quickly became the central method for her research ever since. After her first postdoc in the EM Lab of the Department of Evolutionary Biology in Siena, she moved to ETH Zurich and the Paul Scherer Institute in Switzerland and was awarded an EMBO fellowship to continue her work on the cryo-EM structural analysis of ciliary components. In 2012, Dr. Pigino started her own lab at the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics (MPI-CBG) in Dresden, Germany. The work of her lab is centered around the question how complex cellular machines self-organize. Cilia remain the main focus, where the Pigino Lab investigates fundamental functional aspects of the dynamic process required for the assembly of the cilium. Learning about self-organization and functional implications of structural aspects naturally requires to combine and further the latest imaging technologies (3D cryo-EM, tomography, correlative light and electron microscopy (CLEM), and various light microscopy techniques) with tools from biochemistry, in vitro reconstitution, and genetic engineering.

LS-10. Plant Science & Mycology

Dr. Alexandra Brand, University of Aberdeen, UK

Alex is a Wellcome Senior Research Fellow at the MRC Centre for Medical Mycology, University of Aberdeen, Scotland. Her academic career started at the age of 40, when she undertook a BSc in Biochemistry and then a PhD in Microbiology, working on biosynthesis of the fungal cell wall. In 2009, a Royal Society University Research Fellowship and an MRC grant launched her independent research career to investigate how the invasive filaments of human fungal pathogens interact with the physical environment. In particular, Alex uses fluorescence microscopy, microfabrication and live-cell imaging to understand the signalling pathways involved in determining the direction of growth and how physical contact influences growth behaviour. Alex is a Reader and Co-Lead of Microbiology at Aberdeen, and she serves on BBSRC and Royal Society funding panels.

Dr. Christine Faulkner, John Innes Centre, UK

Christine obtained her PhD at the University of Sydney and subsequently held postdoctoral positions at the University of Edinburgh, the John Innes Centre and the Sainsbury Laboratory. In 2012 she was awarded an independent research fellowship at Oxford Brookes University. Christine is currently a Project Leader at the John Innes Centre and was awarded an ERC Consolidator Grant in 2017. Her team investigates cell-to-cell communication in plants during pathogen infection, determining how this underpins the co-ordination of host defence responses across cells and tissues. Ultimately, the team aims to transform single-celled models of plant immunity in to multi-celled models that describe whole tissue responses.

Prof. Christian Fankhauser, University of Lausanne, Switzerland

Christian Fankhauser received his PhD from the University of Lausanne in 1994 after carrying out his thesis on the regulation of the cell cycle in yeast at the Swiss Institute for Experimental Cancer Research with Dr. Viesturs Simanis. During his postdoctoral studies he started working on plants, first, with Dr. Marty Yanofsky at UCSD, then with Dr. Joanne Chory at The Salk Institute for Biological Studies where he started his work on photoreceptor-mediated signaling. He became an Assistant Professor at the Department of Molecular Biology of the University of Geneva in 2000. In 2005 he joined the Center for Integrative Genomics from Lausanne University as an Associate Professor. In 2011 he was promoted to Professor. His scientific research is in the area of plant photobiology. His lab uses a combination of molecular genetics, genomics, cell biology and biochemistry to study signaling mechanisms underlying plant adatations to various light environments.

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

Dr. Senthil Arumugam, University of New South Wales, Australia

Senthil Arumugam is a group leader at the Single Molecule Science at the University of New South Wales since Aug 2016. He obtained his Masters from Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, India in 2008 and then earned his Ph.D. from Technical University of Dresden and MPI-CBG, Dresden, Germany in 2012. He moved to Paris for his postdoctoral training at the Curie Institute and was a visiting scientist at National Centre for Biological Sciences, Bangalore, India, before starting his own group ( in Sydney, Australia. His lab is focussed on understanding the mechanisms of endo-lysosomal processing, trafficking and signaling in cell physiology using lattice light-sheet microscopy and advanced analysis techniques. 

Dr. Francisco Balzarotti, Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, Germany

Francisco Balzarotti obtained a degree in Electrical Engineering in 2007 at the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina. In 2012, he received a PhD from the same institution for his work in the areas of plasmonics and optical nanolithography. Since then, he works as a researcher at the department of Nanobiophotonics, led by Prof. Stefan W. Hell, at the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry in Göttingen, where he develops innovative microscopy concepts and specializes in super resolution microscopy techniques such as STORM, STED and RESOLFT. In 2017, he presented a localization notion termed MINFLUX, which reduces by orders of magnitude the photons required to reach single nanometer resolution, propelling the fields of single molecule tracking and optical nanoscopy. The concept received extensive media coverage and was listed among the top ten breakthroughs of 2017 by Physics World, from the IOP.

Dr. Elizabeth Hinde, Melbourne University, Australia

Elizabeth Hinde  is currently a NHMRC Career Development Fellow and laboratory head within the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Melbourne. In 2010 Elizabeth completed her PhD in fluorescence spectroscopy at the University of Melbourne and was then recruited to the University of California, Irvine, USA to pursue a post-doctoral fellowship under the mentorship of Professor Enrico Gratton. In the Gratton lab (2010-2013) Elizabeth developed methods based on fluorescence correlation spectroscopy (FCS) and fluorescence lifetime imaging microscopy (FLIM) to quantify chromatin dynamics in live cells. With the aim of applying this technology to cell biology, Elizabeth returned to Australia as a UNSW Vice Chancellor Fellow (2013-2015) and a Cancer Institute NSW Early Career Fellow (2015-2016) within the EMBL Australia node for Single Molecule Science, University of New South Wales (UNSW). Under the mentorship of Prof. Katharina Gaus, Elizabeth established a research program which investigated live cell nuclear organisation. This work has been recognised by the US Biophysical Society with the 2014 Young Fluorescence Investigator Award and the Australian Society of Biophysics with the 2016 McAulay-Hope Prize for Original Biophysics.

LS-12. Multimodal Molecular Imaging in Health & Disease

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.

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. Miroslava Schaffer, Max-Planck Institute of Biochemistry, Germany

Miroslava Schaffer holds a master degree in Biophysics and a PhD in technical Physics. She works in the field of electron microscopy since 2004 where she developed the first fully automated technique of 3D-EDS FIB slice & view at the Technical University of Graz, Austria. In 2008 she moved to the SuperSTEM Daresbury laboratory (UK) to develop and apply high-quality sample preparation FIB routines for low-kV atomic resolution analytical STEM. In 2011 she switched her focus from materials science to biology when she moved to the Max Plank Institute for Structural Biology in Martinsried, Germany. Since then she has been developing cryo-FIB sample preparation of frozen-hydrated specimen for cryo-electron tomography, establishing the standard routines of cryo-FIB lamella milling of plunge-frozen specimens. Her current work is the development of the cryo-FIB lift-out preparation method for high-pressure-frozen samples. 

LS-13. Invertebrate Biology & Taxonomy

Assoc. Prof. Peta Clode, University of Western Australia, Australia

Peta completed her PhD on microscopy and X-ray microanalysis of calcification processes in reef corals in the Alan Marshall stable at La Trobe University, in 2002. From this she developed interests in structure-function relationships (particularly in symbiotic / parasitic systems) and in ion and nutrient transport strategies. Since 2003 Peta has been an academic in the Centre for Microscopy, Characterisation and Analysis at The University of Western Australia. She was Deputy Director 2014-15 and is currently the Director of Teaching. She is also responsible for leading applications and research in the imaging and characterisation of biological systems. Her recent interdisciplinary research extends from C and N dynamics in soil and marine systems, to understanding Ca and P toxicity mechanisms in plants, to investigating Australian wildlife pathogens. With this her microscopy expertise extends across optical, ion, electron, and X-ray based systems and ancillary analytical and sample preparation methods.

Dr. Alexander Ziegler, Institute of Evolutionary Biology and Ecology, Universität Bonn, Germany

Following a career in hotel management (1996-2000), Dr Ziegler studied Botany, Ecology, and Zoology at the Freie Universität Berlin in Germany (2000-2005), where he also conducted his PhD studies (2006-2008). After the conclusion of postdoctoral positions at the Charité-Universitätsmedizin Berlin (2009-2010), at Harvard University (2011-2012), and again the Charité (2013-2014) he has been appointed group leader at the Universität Bonn. Since February 2015 he and his team have been working on the large-scale application of non-invasive imaging techniques such as magnetic resonance imaging and micro-computed tomography to a broad spectrum of zoological specimens. His current research foci include invertebrate anatomy and taxonomy, additive manufacturing, and correlative imaging using classical as well as digital imaging techniques.

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

Dr. Matthew Dixon, The University of Melbourne, Australia

Matthew is a Research Fellow in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in the Bio21 Institute, The University of Melbourne. Matthew undertook his undergraduate degree at the University of Queensland graduating in 2002. He completed his PhD at the QIMR and the University of Queensland, in 2008. In 2010 he was awarded a NHMRC Fellowship. In 2011 he moved with Prof Tilley to the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the Bio21 Institute, the University of Melbourne. He has authored 44 publications in high ranking journals such as Nature communications, PNAS and BMC Biology and has written several invited reviews for Trends in Parasitology and the prestigious Nature Reviews Microbiology. Dr Dixon’s research focuses on understanding the remodeling and cell biology processes driving the unique architectural changes undertaken by the human malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum. These changes are central to the parasite’s ability to survive within the red blood cells and circulation of the human host. In particular he is interested in the processes mediating cerebral malaria and the mechanisms of sexual differentiation and transmission. To undertake this work he combines cellular and molecular biology techniques with high-end electron and super-resolution microscopy to visualise the malaria parasites biology. 

Prof. Bruno Humbel, Université de Lausanne, Switzerland

Bruno M. Humbel graduated in Biochemistry at the ETH Zurich, Switzerland. I was privileged to do my Ph.D. at the Institute of Cell Biology with Dr. Martin Müller, known for his seminal contributions in cryo-preparations and cryo-SEM. My thesis director was Prof. Dr. Hans Moor, the inventor of freeze-etching and high-pressure freezing. After a postdoc period of four years with Prof. Dr. Günter Gerisch at the Max-Planck-Institute for Biochemistry in Munich, I joined EMSA at Utrecht University in the group of Prof. Dr. Arie J. Verkleij, where I held the position of an associate professor. From 2010 to 2018 I was director of the Electron Microscopy Facility at the University of Lausanne. Now I accepted the position of the leader of the BioImaging Section of the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology.

My main interest is to develop preparation methods for (electron) microscopy, which not only allow a glimpse into life at high resolution, but also enable identification and localization of the machinery of life within cells. The aim is to visualise the living cell at low resolution and to zoom in to analyse its ultrastructure at high resolution: The gateway to in situ biological nanostructures. My research focuses on correlative light and electron microscopy and on FIB-SEM tomography.

Dr. Errin Johnson, University of Oxford, UK

Dr Johnson heads the Electron Microscopy Facility at the Sir William Dunn School of Pathology at the University of Oxford. Her background includes post-doctoral research in plant cell biology at the Umeå Plant Science Centre in Sweden and several years as a microscopist with the Australian Centre for Microscopy and Microanalysis at The University of Sydney. She has been running the Dunn School EM Facility since 2012, where she has expanded its user base to over 150 users per year and developed its capabilities in biological EM sample preparation, volume EM, cryo-EM and correlative light and electron microscopy (CLEM). Dr Johnson collaborates on a diverse range of research projects from across Oxford, spanning the areas of biophysics, structural biology, microbiology, cell biology, biomedicine and plant biology.

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