19th International Microscopy Congress (IMC19)

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.

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 BSc (Hons), PhD, MAICD

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

PS1 – Nanoscale, nanostructured and porous materials

Prof. Dagmar Gerthsen, KIT, Germany

370 Publications in refereed journals, supervision of 24 doctorates, 8 doctorates in progress 
Research interests:

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

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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, University of NSW, 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

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PS2 – Carbon-based materials and 2D structures

Prof. Quentin Ramasse, University of Leeds, UK

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

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PS3 – Thin films, coatings and surfaces

Prof. Han Huang, The University of Queensland, Australia

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Prof. Xavier Maeder, EMPA, Switzerland

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Prof. Yimei Zhu, Brookhaven National Laboratory, USA

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PS4 – Metals and alloys

Assoc. Prof. Laure Bourgeois, Monash University, Australia

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

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PS5 – Ceramics and inorganic composites

Dr. Gianluigi Botton, McMaster University, Canada

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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

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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

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. Jim 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

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

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Dr. Daniel Schreiber, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, USA

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Prof. Kristina Stiller, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden

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PS9 – Amorphous and disordered materials, liquid crystals

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

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Dr. Harald Rösner, University of Münster, Germany

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Dr. Tim Petersen, Monash University, Australia

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PS10 – Magnetic, ferroelectric and multiferroic materials

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

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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

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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

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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. Elena Tchernychova, National Institute of Chemistry, Slovenia

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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, NMIS and QUT, Japan

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).

Prof. Litao Sun, Southeast University, China

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Instrumentation and Techniques

IT1 – Instrumentation

Dr. Damien McGrowther, University of Glasgow, UK

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IT2 – Computational methods for data acquisition, analysis and visualization

Bryan Reed, IDES, USA

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IT3 – Methods and workflows for correlative microscopy

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 B.S.in 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

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IT4 – Cryo-TEM techniques for biological material

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

Prof. Peter Crozier, Arizona State University, USA

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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.

IT6 – Diffraction techniques

Robert S. Pennington, Koch group, Germany

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Yu-Tsun Shao, Zuo group, USA

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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.

IT8 – Phase-related techniques

Prof. Christoph Koch, Berlin Humboldt, Germany

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Prof. Peter Nellist, University of Oxford, UK

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Dr. Toshiaki Tanigaki, Hitachi Hatoyama, Japan

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Prof. Jo Verbeeck, University of Antwerp, Belgium

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IT9 – STEM and TEM imaging

Dr. Lewys Jones, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

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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

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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

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Dr. Tomoko Shimizu, National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS), Japan

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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

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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

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Assistant Prof. Lena Fitting-Korkoutis, 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. Ján Rusz, Uppsala University, Sweden

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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

Armin Feist, Georg-August-Universität Gottingen, Germany

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Sophie Meuret, AMOLF, The Netherlands

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IT14 – Advances in Atom Probe Tomography

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.

Frontier Issues

FI1 – Outreach

Dr. Bronwen Cribb, The University of Queensland, Australia

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Jim Cybulski, Foldscope Instruments, USA

James Cybulski is co-inventor of the Foldscope, a $1 paper-based microscope with 2-micron resolution. The Foldscope is a product of James’s recent PhD research at Stanford University under the mentorship of Professor Manu Prakash. James and Manu co-founded Foldscope Instruments, Inc. in December 2015 to mass manufacture and distribute low-cost tools for scientific inquiry, such as Foldscope.

James grew up in a small town in Northeast Pennsylvania and attended Lehigh University as an undergraduate to obtain BS degrees in Physics and Mechanical Engineering and a minor in Philosophy. He obtained a MS in Mechanical Engineering from MIT and worked at Intel Corporation in Arizona before coming to Stanford University to obtain a PhD in Mechanical Engineering. Mid-way through his PhD program, James paused his studies to co-found two start-up companies in the medical device space.  James received the MIT Shapiro Fellowship, NSF Fellowship, and Fogarty Global Health Equity Scholars Fellowship during his graduate studies. He has publications in PLOS ONE, Nature Physics, and AJTMH. James is an avid inventor, with over a dozen patents, and enjoys endurance sports such as running, biking, and triathlons.

Over his PhD work, James enjoyed a broad set of experiences in presenting and testing Foldscope. These included invited talks and poster presentations at conferences, international workshops in India and China, and explorations for need-finding and diagnostic efficacy in India, Nigeria, Uganda, Ghana, Tanzania, and Kenya. The Foldscope project has received a number of awards, including the R&D100 award and INDEX award finalist, and has generated press in news media across the US and around the world. As President/CEO of Foldscope Instruments, James hopes to lead the company to bring science tools to every child and adult in the world.

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

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FI2 – Data management (storage, processing and sharing)

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FI3 – Facility management

Dr. Caroline Fuery, The University of Sydney, Australia

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Prof. Jan Neethling, Nelson Mandela University, South Africa

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Dr. Richard Wuhrer, Western Sydney University, Australia

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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.



Prof. Peijun Zhang, University of Oxford, UK

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

Dr. Teng-Leong Chew, Janelia Research Campus, USA

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Dr. Beth Cimini, Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT, 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. 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.

Assos. Prof. Felix Rico, Aix-Marseille University & INSERM, France

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LS-5. Cellular Transport & Dynamics

Dr. Kate McArthur, Monash University, Australia

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LS-6. Applications of Cryo Electron Microscopy in Biology

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

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Prof. Masahide Kikkawa, 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

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LS-7. Embryology & Developmental Biology

Dr. Neha Bhatia, The University of Sydney, Australia

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

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

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LS-8. Pathology and Immunocytochemistry & Biomolecular Labeling

Dr. Lucy Collinson, The Francis Crick Institute, UK

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LS-9. Applications in Correlative Microscopy of Biological Systems

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

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LS-10. Plant Science & Mycology

Prof. Christian Frankhauser, 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. Francisco Balzarotti, MPI Goettingen, Germany

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LS-12. Multimodal Molecular Imaging in Health & Disease

Prof. Rob Parton, University of Queensland, Australia

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

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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, Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn, Germany

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

Dr. Matthew Dixon, University of Melbourne, Australia

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Dr. Errin Johnson, University of Oxford, UK

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Please note the above information is correct as of 18 January 2018 and is subject to change.