Professor Grace Burke
University of Manchester
Grace joined the University of Manchester as Director of the interdisciplinary Materials Research Centre and Professor of Materials Performance in the School of Materials in September, 2011. She was also Director of the Electron Microscopy Centre from 2012 through 2016. Grace is a physical metallurgist for whom microstructural characterisation has always represented an integral and fundamental component of research into materials performance. She obtained her BS in Metallurgical Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh, and her PhD in Metallurgy from Imperial College of Science and Technology where her SCC research work included analytical, high voltage and in situ electron microscopy. Grace then joined the US Steel Research Laboratory where she conducted research on ferrous alloys including the use of atom probe field-ion microscopy as a complementary technique to AEM in the investigation of commercially important materials.
Subsequently, Grace joined the Westinghouse Science & Technology Centre where she applied of combinations of AEM and APFIM techniques to a broader range of nuclear and power generation materials. In 1994 she joined the Bettis Atomic Power Laboratory in order to focus her research on the environment-sensitive behaviour of engineering alloys in nuclear reactors, and, in 2009, was the first woman to be promoted to the highest scientific position, Consultant.
Since joining Manchester, Grace has continued her to employ her established portfolio of advanced techniques to address a range of materials issues, returning to utilize in situ TEM to now investigate precursor reactions of material degradation liquids and gases. Grace was the 2005 President of the Microscopy Society of America and has been a Fellow of RMS since 1988. She is also a Fellow of ASM International, the Microscopy Society of America, the Microanalysis Society, IOM3 (UK), and TMS (USA).
Professor Susan Anderson
RMS Vice President
University of Nottingham
Susan has been involved in microscopy for over 20 years. She established and led the Advanced Microscopy Unit at the University of Nottingham for ten years and is especially interested in electron microscopy, confocal laser scanning microscopy and correlative microscopy. Susan joined the RMS Materials Science Section in 2006 and helped to organise several symposia on the use of microscopy in biomaterials and tissue engineering.
Susan was delighted to be invited to be the Honorary Secretary Education in 2009 and she established a Committee of talented and enthusiastic microscopists and educationalists to drive forward the strategy of the newly established Outreach & Education Committee. Susan has been involved in Education for many years. She has been a volunteer at her local primary school and has encouraged many primary and secondary school visits to the Advanced Microscopy Unit over the years. In addition, she is involved with a creative science programme which encourages creativity in STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and maths) in a space managed by and for young people. Through this Susan has been lucky to be involved in working with many primary and secondary schools to improve science provision.
Dr Peter O'Toole
RMS Vice President
University of York
Peter heads the Imaging and Cytometry Labs within the Technology Facility at the University of York which includes an array of confocal microscopes, flow cytometers and electron microscopes. Peter gained his PhD in the Cell Biophysics Laboratory at the University of Essex and has been involved in many aspects of fluorescence imaging. Research is currently focused on both technology and method development of novel probes and imaging modalities.
Peter has ongoing collaborations with many leading microscopy and cytometry companies and his group also provides research support to many academics and commercial organisations. Peter is also heavily involved with teaching microscopy and flow cytometry which includes organising and teaching on both the RMS Light Microscopy Summer School and the RMS Practical Flow Cytometry courses.
Professor Michelle Peckham
Executive Honorary Secretary
University of Leeds
Michelle is Professor of Cell Biology in the Faculty of Biological Sciences. She obtained a BA in Physiology of Organisms at the University of York, and a PhD in Physiology at University College London. She moved to King's College London, and started to use a specialised form of light microscopy (birefringence) to investigate muscle crossbridge orientation. She then worked at UCSF, San Francisco for a year, where she used fluorescence polarisation to investigate muscle crossbridges. She moved back to the UK, to the University of York, to work on insect flight muscle. In 1990 she was awarded a Royal Society University Research fellowship, based at King's College London, and began working on the cell and molecular biology of muscle development, and started to use live cell imaging to investigate muscle cell behaviour in cultured cells, and confocal microscopy to investigate their cytoskeleton. She collaborated with Graham Dunn to use Digitally Recorded Interference Microscopy with Automatic Phase Shifting (DRIMAPS) to investigate cell crawling behaviour. She moved to Leeds in 1997 as a Lecturer, and has continued to use a wide range of both light and electron microscopy approaches to investigate the molecular motors and the cytoskeleton.
Mr Rod Shipley
RMS Honorary Treasurer
Rod has recently retired from his role at Thermo Fisher Scientific where he lead the Sales and Service Organisations as VP & Senior Director for over nine years in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
Rod is a qualified Metallurgist and spent 13 years in Industry in a variety of roles culminating in heading the analysis department responsible for carrying out residual stress analysis on aerospace bearings for their main customer at Rolls Royce. It was from this position that he took his first steps into a commercial role in 1991 with Philips Analytical X-Ray responsible for XRD & XRF Sales in the Midlands and South West of England before switching to become the UK Sales Manager with FEI Electron Optics in 1998.
Professor Maddy Parsons
RMS Honorary Secretary Biological Science
King's College London
Maddy is Professor of Cell Biology at King’s College London. Maddy completed her PhD in Biochemistry within the Department of Medicine at University College London in 2000. During her PhD she analysed the role of mechanical forces in dermal scarring. She then moved to Cancer Research UK laboratories in London for a 4-year postdoctoral position where she used advanced microscopy techniques including FRET/FLIM to dissect adhesion receptor signaling to the actin cytoskeleton and how this controlled directed cell invasion. Based on these achievements, Maddy was awarded a Royal Society University Research Fellowship in 2005 to establish her own group within the Randall Division of Cell and Molecular Biophysics at King’s College London.
Following completion of her fellowship, Maddy was appointed Reader at King’s in 2013 and Professor of Cell Biology in 2015. Maddy has established collaborations with developmental biologists and clinical researchers to study adhesion receptor signalling in skin blistering, wound healing, inflammation and cancer. She works closely with physicists, biophysicists and other world-leading cell migration groups in the field to develop and apply new imaging technologies to dissect spatiotemporal cytoskeletal signalling events in live cells, tissues and whole organisms. As a result of her interest and applications of advanced microscopy, Maddy developed a strong working partnership with Nikon, which subsequently led to the establishment of the state-of-the-art, world-class Nikon Imaging Centre at King’s College London of which she is Director. Maddy also currently works alongside other biotech and pharmaceutical companies to develop and apply advanced imaging approaches to basic mechanisms that underpin drug discovery.
Professor Rik Brydson
RMS Honorary Secretary Physical Science
University of Leeds
Rik holds a chair in the Institute for Materials Research (IMR) in the School of Process Environmental and Materials Engineering at the University of Leeds. He heads the NanoCharacterisation group based around the Leeds Electron Microscopy and Spectroscopy (LEMAS) centre which is shared between Materials and Earth Sciences and also acts as an EPSRC facility for external UK researchers. He has a general research interest in high spatial resolution chemical analysis in nanostructured materials, and has a current research h index of 32 with over 25 years research experience in nanomaterials characterisation. He has managed extensive national and international collaborations including being current consortium leader for the UK National Facility for Aberration corrected Electron Microscopy, SuperSTEM at Daresbury.
Rikis also on the Management Board of the European Microscopy Society. He has written an RMS Handbook on Electron Energy Loss Spectroscopy (Bios /Taylor and Francis 2001), has co-written a book on “Nanoscale Science and Technology" (Wiley 2005), edited a recent RMS book on Analytical Aberration-corrected Transmission Electron Microscopy with Wiley and has contributed a number of other chapters in specialist books on electron microscopy by other professional bodies covering Physics, Chemistry and Engineering. In recent years his research interests have focused on applying high spatial resolution characterisation methods (particularly TEM and EELS) to the nanochemical analysis of softer, more radiation sensitive materials.
Dr Kerry Thompson
Chair of Outreach & Education Committee, Honorary Secretary Education
National University of Ireland, Galway
Kerry is a Lecturer in Anatomy at the National University of Ireland (NUI) Galway since 2017. She is the Programme Director for the newly established MSc in Microscopy & Imaging at NUI Galway. In 2010 she was awarded her PhD for a microscopy heavy research project which focused on structure function relations in the human endometrium. In 2011 she began work as a Postdoctoral Microscopy Facility Scientist in the Centre for Microscopy and Imaging (CMI) in NUI Galway and was a key member in its establishment.
In the 2014/2015 academic year Kerry acted as a project lead in the “Under the Microscope” Programme, which brought the Microscope Activity Kits from the RMS into Irish Primary Schools for the first time. Following this Kerry was elected on the Outreach & Education Committee of the RMS. With the support of both the RMS and the Microscopy Society of Ireland, the team continue to visit schools all over Ireland and partake in outreach events. In 2018 she succeed Prof Susan Anderson as the Honorary Secretary of Outreach and Education of the RMS. Her current research is focused on the development of correlative light and advanced electron microscopy techniques and technologies. She is keenly involved in the acquisition of microscopy related research infrastructure, and the development of adequate training and career progression pathways for Imaging Scientists and Core Facility Staff.
Dr Lynne Joyce
Past RMS Honorary Treasurer - Invited to attend
Prior to retiring in 2014 Dr Lynne Joyce was Director of Market Development at Agar Scientific. Lynne graduated with a BA in Biology from the University of York and was awarded her PhD in Plant Sciences from the University of Newcastle. Her first position was with the Lord Rank Research Centre (Rank Hovis McDougall) in High Wycombe where she worked initially on the wheat breeding program and then trained in the electron microscopy unit with Roger Angold. In 1982 she joined Agar Aids (now Agar Scientific) to work with company-founder Alan Agar and was soon appointed Sales Director and then later in 1992 Managing Director, a position she held until 2008.
Lynne became a member of the RMS in 1987 and was invited to join the Trade Advisory Committee (now known as the Corporate Advisory Board) in 1992, where she was an active member until her retirement. Lynne first term as Honorary Treasurer began in 1995 and ran for 10 years (the maximum term permitted).
Dr Debbie Stokes
Past RMS International Secretary - Invited to attend
Debbie has been a member of the Executive Committee since 2005. Her role as International Secretary entails establishing and maintaining relationships between the RMS and international Societies, companies and universities, as well as actively participating in the strategic planning of the Society. Debbie obtained a PhD in physics at the Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge University, and in 1999 was awarded a Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Research Fellowship to continue investigating electron emission and charge-related phenomena in insulating materials and the stability of hydrated specimens in the environmental SEM (ESEM). More recently, Debbie worked on new applications and methodologies for focused ion beam scanning electron microscopy (FIB SEM). She is interested in all kinds of electron microscopy, and is the author of a recent RMS-Wiley book entitled Principles and Practice of Variable Pressure/Environmental Scanning Electron Microscopy (VP-ESEM).
Dr Alex Ball
Honorary Secretary Education (maternity leave cover)
Natural History Museum
Alex is the Head of Imaging and Analysis in the Core Research Laboratories at the Natural History Museum. He has over 25 years' experience in light and electron microscopy and has published research involving transmission and scanning electron microscopy, confocal microscopy and micro-CT. His PhD research involved the use of LM, SEM and SEM combined with computer-aided 3D reconstruction. Now his interests focus on non-destructive imaging and analysis of natural and cultural heritage samples. Over the course of his career Alex has had the good fortune to be tasked with setting up the NHM's micro-CT laboratory and more recently the 3D surface scanning facilities where our first job was to 3D scan an entire blue whale skeleton! He has a keen interest in outreach and education and has led the NHM's imaging activities at the Lyme Regis Fossil Festival for over ten years and routinely participates in the NHM's public outreach events.
Professor Stan Botchway
UKRI, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, STFC
Following a MSc and PhD (Bristol and Leicester Universities) Stan was awarded a two-year research fellowship at Harvard Medical School, USA in the department of Radiation Oncology. The primary research involved developing a novel UV microscope with laser microbeam for the study of cellular response to localised (sub-micron) damage and detection of point mutation in DNA using highly sensitive optical techniques. He is now a senior research and facility lead at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (UKRI), Central laser Facility Octopus cluster. His research focuses on developing novel laser applications in biology including an ultrafast laser microbeam for cellular DNA damage and repair studies, advanced imaging instrumentation and spectroscopy including multiphoton Fluorescence Lifetime Imaging Microscopy (FLIM), the development of novel probes for cellular imaging, studies on cancer protein interactions. He has published widely on phosphorescence lifetime imaging microscopy (PLIM) and super resolution techniques. He is a full member of the Royal Society of Chemistry (UK), The Royal Microscopical Society (UK), Association for Radiation Research, (UK) and the Radiation Research Society, (USA).
Dr Andy Brown
University of Leeds
Andy is an Associate Professor in the School of Chemical and Process Engineering at the University of Leeds and is currently Chair of the Institute of Physics Electron Microscopy and Analysis Group. Andy has a background in the application of analytical transmission electron microscopy to the characterization of materials, focusing more recently on nanoparticles and beam sensitive materials.
Dr Liz Duke
Diamond Light Source
Liz has a degree in physics from the University of Birmingham and a D.Phil. in Molecular Biophysics from the University of Oxford in which she focussed on the on the use of Laue crystallography for time resolved macromolecular crystallography.
On completing her D.Phil she took up a post doc position at the Synchrotron Radiation Source at Daresbury Laboratory in Cheshire to work on the development of multiwavelength anomalous dispersion (MAD) techniques for macromolecular crystallography (MX). She remained at the SRS, becoming a beamline scientist and then a senior beamline scientist building a number of beamlines and spearheading many technical developments including the implementation of the first graphical user interface for MX data collection, establishing data collection with CCD’s and starting a project to automate the beamlines before the bright light of the Diamond project lured her south and back to Oxfordshire.
At Diamond Light Source Liz built the three MX beamlines that formed the life science component of Phase 1 of the construction project. Following their completion Liz had a carpe diem moment and grabbed the opportunity to develop a beamline for the emerging technique of cryo soft X-ray microscopy for biology – a project which involved designing and building the beamline in parallel with developing sample preparation, data collection and analysis protocols. Having recently handed over the reins of that beamline to others Liz is now exploring the possibilities for using hard X-rays in the study of soft biological tissue.
Mrs Kim Findlay
John Innes Centre
Kim is head of Bioimaging at the John Innes Centre, Norwich. Her degree was in Biology and Physics at King’s College, London. With over 30 years' experience in light and electron microscopy and more than 70 publications involving the use of TEM, SEM or confocal microscopy, in 2015 she was awarded the RMS Vice Presidents Medal for microscopy research and laboratory support. Her early focus on the plant cytoskeleton developed into a wider interest in plant and microbial sciences. She has made particularly important and long-standing contributions to Streptomyces research. Kim teaches cryo-SEM at the RMS EM school and taught on the RMS cryo-EM course in the past. She is regularly involved in Outreach activities, running tours and demonstrations for the public and young students. Kim won an award from the University of East Anglia, where she is an honorary lecturer, for her outstanding contribution to public and community engagement.
Professor Paul French
Imperial College London
Paul is in the Photonics Group of the Physics Department at Imperial College London, where he was a Royal Society University Research Fellow from 1989 until 1994 when he joined the academic staff, serving as Head of the Photonics Group from 2001-2013. He has also been a visiting professor at the University of New Mexico (1988) and worked at AT&T Bell Laboratories (1990/91). His research has evolved from ultrafast dye and solid-state laser physics to biomedical optics with a particular emphasis on fluorescence lifetime imaging for applications in molecular cell biology, drug discovery and clinical diagnosis. His current portfolio includes the development and application of multidimensional fluorescence imaging technology for microscopy, endoscopy and tomography.
Mr Paul Gunning
Paul worked from 1984-2004 at the BBSRC Institute of Food Research (Norwich) in colloid science and microscopy (LM, EM, AFM), looking at emulsion stabilisation and protein/surfactant systems at air/water and o/w interfaces. During his time at IFR Paul gained a Physics HNC at Cambridge Technical College, followed by a research MSc (Salford/NEWI) investigating “Effects of microstructure on growth of pathogenic bacteria”. Paul has worked at Smith+Nephew from 2004. Smith+Nephew is a global medical technology business dedicated to helping improve people's lives. Paul is currently ‘Science Manager, Surface Analysis’ at the company’s corporate Research Centre leading a cross-disciplinary team using SEM/ED-X, LM, Raman and IR microscopy, X-ray micro-CT, contact angle and (occasionally) AFM. Paul’s and his team provide support of Manufacturing (pseudo-forensic troubleshooting, QA and Regulatory/Safety), R&D and Patents/IP functions, with occasional support of Marketing departments.
Dr Dogan Ozkaya
Dogan is a Senior Principal Scientist and in charge of electron microscopy team in Johnson Matthey Technology Centre, Sonning Common, U.K. He holds a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Metallurgy from the University of Cambridge. He carried out postdoctoral research in electron microscopy of various materials in several university departments, including the Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge, and the Materials Department, University of Oxford, before joining Johnson Matthey in 2003. His research interests lie in in electron microscopy of catalysts, metrology of supported nanoparticles, high angle annular dark field imaging and quantification and application of in-situ and ex-situ environmental treatments on catalysts.
Professor Klaus Qvortrup
University of Copenhagen
Klaus heads the Core Facility for Integrated Microscopy at The Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen which includes a number of confocal and electron microscopes. Klaus graduated from medical school and later gained his PhD at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark and has been involved in many aspects of electron microscopy imaging. Research is currently focused on serial block face imaging including improvements of specimen preparation. Klaus chairs The European Microscopy Congress, August 23-28 2020 in Copenhagen, and serves in that respect The European Microscopy Society Executive Board as member until 2024.
Professor Asa Barber
Electron Microscopy Section Chair
South Bank University
Asa is Professor of Advanced Materials Engineering at the University of Portsmouth. His interests are in using microscopy to understand the relationship between microstructure and mechanical properties of complex systems, particularly hierarchical structures produced by biology. Asa is leading a major initiative in 3D imaging within a broader 3D engineering activity at the University of Portsmouth.
Dr Karen Hogg
Flow Cytometry Section Chair
University of York
Karen is currently a Senior Experimental Officer at the University of York, Bioscience Technology Facility. Karen underpins the scientific service within the Imaging and Cytometry Laboratory and takes a lead role in the research, operation and method development of cell sorting and analysis. As such, Karen’s expertise is utilized for a wide range of diverse applications both within and external to the Department of Biology. Karen is also a co-organizer and tutor on multiple flow cytometry courses throughout the UK. She got her BSc, Joint Honours in Biology and Biochemistry at Keele University, U.K. 1991-1995; then obtained her MSc in Applied Parasitology & Medical Entomology from the University of Liverpool, U.K. 1995-1996; then proceeded to obtain her Phd. from the School of Biology, University of Leeds, U.K. 1996-1999
Professor Oleg Kolosov
AFM & Scanning Probe Microscopies Section Chair
Oleg explores nanometre length and nanosecond time scale physical phenomena in materials and devices. He published 150 refereed papers, was awarded 28 patents, co-written three book chapters and a monograph, and is a PI on EPSRC and EU grants. His inventions include Ultrasonic and Heterodyne Force Microscopies, Immersion Scanning Thermal Microscopy and nano‐manipulation of ferroelectric domains. He was a Fellow of Science and Technology Agency of Japan, Advanced EPSRC Fellow at Oxford University, UK, a Director of Innovation at Symyx Technologies, USA. Oleg is a Director of Lancaster Materials Analysis he founded in 2016 and served as an interim director establishing Lancaster Materials Science Institute of which he is currently a Deputy Director. He is a recipient of Metrology for World Class Manufacturing, two Paul Instrument Fund Awards and his students were among top UK Physics students in 2010 and 2012.
Professor Roland Kröger
Engineering & Physical Sciences Section Chair
University of York
Roland is a Reader at the Department of Physics in York with a strong focus on Nano- and Biomaterials using electron microscopy and other materials characterisation tools. Roland obtained his PhD at the Fraunhofer Institute for Surface Science and Technology in Braunschweig/Germany and has since built a large expertise in Materials Physics and Materials Science covering diamond thin films, metal/semiconductor nanostructures, nitride based light-emitting devices, metal nanoparticles for biomedical applications and biominerals. In the past years he has increasingly become interested in novel in situ techniques studying processes in liquid environments using aberration corrected electron microscopy.
Professor Gail McConnell
Light Microscopy Section Chair
University of Strathclyde
Gail is Chair of Biophotonics at the Department of Physics at the University of Strathclyde. Following a first degree in Laser Physics and Optoelectronics (1998) and PhD in Physics from the University of Strathclyde (2002), she obtained a Personal Research Fellowship from the Royal Society of Edinburgh (2003) and a Research Councils UK Academic Fellowship (2005), securing a readership in 2008. Since 2004, Gail has received over £9M of research funding from a range of sources including EPSRC, MRC, BBSRC, EU and industry. The work in Gail’s group involves the design, development and application of linear and nonlinear optical instrumentation for biomedical imaging, from the nanoscale to the whole organism. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, a Fellow of the Institute of Physics, and a Fellow of the Royal Microscopical Society.
Dr Theresa Ward
Life Sciences Section Chair
London School of Hygeine & Tropical Medicine
Theresa teaches on the MSc Immunology of Infectious Diseases at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and is an active RMS member. She obtained her first degree in Biochemistry and Genetics from Nottingham University and her DPhil from the University of Sussex where she studied membrane trafficking in fission yeast. She then worked in the laboratory of Dr Jennifer Lippincott-Schwartz at the National Institute of Health in the USA. She was awarded a Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowship in 2002. Her particular interest is in integrating confocal microsocopy technology and advanced cell and biological techniques to investigate the processes involved in B cell activation and proliferation.
Dr Liam Rooney
Early Career Committee Chair - invited to attend
Liam is currently a Post-Doctoral Research Associate at Heriot-Watt University. After obtaining a BSc(Hons) in Cell and Molecular Biology, his research has focused on the spatiotemporal mechanisms and behaviours of bacteria. Liam completed an interdisciplinary PhD in 2020, where he worked with Gail McConnell and Paul Hoskisson at the University of Strathclyde. As part of his PhD Liam discovered three-dimensional motility behaviours exhibited by the predatory bacterium, Myxococcus xanthus, using a novel multi-wavelength interference method; additionally, he identified a system of previously unobserved functionalised channels in large E. coli communities using the Mesolens, which were used for nutrient acquisition and dissemination in dense microbial aggregates; and he also developed and characterised a 3D transparent soil system for bacterial culture which was compatible with optical microscopy. At Heriot-Watt, Liam is currently investigating the mechanisms of the bacterial Type VI Secretion System in interkingdom interactions using super-resolution and single molecule localisation microscopy. Liam is the early career representative on the RMS Life Sciences Section committee, and also sits on the RMS Early Career Section committee.
Dr Francis Morrissey
Corporate Advisory Board Chair
Thermo Fisher Scientific
Francis has worked for Philips, FEI and now Thermo Fisher Scientific for 19 years in Applications, Product Management, Marketing and Sales.
FEI was purchased in September 2016 by Thermo Fisher Scientific. Former FEI manufacture Scanning and Transmission Electron Microscopes (SEM & TEMs), Focused Ion Beam Systems and when these are integrated with an SEM, DualBeam systems. They also have our own x-ray MicroCT system. Different models and configurations of all of these systems are made for three main markets, Semiconductor (& Data Storage), Materials Science and Life Science. They also have a software division which besides supporting their high level software platforms, produces the well-known Amira and Avizo 3D visualisation packages.
The wider Thermo Fisher Scientific company manufacture a very wide range equipment: XPS, EDS, Mass Spectrometers, Chromatography and DNA sequencing systems, and an extensive range of lab and consumable equipment.
Dr John Hutchison HonFRMS
History Committee Chair
University of Oxford
John’s involvement with the RMS started 40 years ago when his micrograph entry won first prize in the 1974 competition. He was awarded a Certificate and the Glauert Medal by the then President Gerard L’E Turner.
John joined the Materials Science Section in 1984, and later the Electron Microscopy Section. Following a six year stint as Executive Honorary Secretary, he was elected President for the period 2002 – 2004, during which time he had the opportunity to present Gerard L’E Turner with an Honorary Fellowship, almost 30 years after receiving his own competition prize from him!
In 2014, to mark the Society's 175th anniversary, John wrote a specially commissioned book 'Moving Forward' highlighting the Society's activities from 1989-2014, bridging the gap from God Bless the Microscope! by Gerard L'E Turner
Professor Susan Brooks
RMS-Wiley Book Series Editor
Oxford Brookes University
Susan has been involved with the RMS since winning an RMS prize for young scientists giving their first public scientific talk in 1985. Her research uses different types of microscopy -- standard light and fluorescence, confocal and electron microscopy - to study cancer biology. She is passionate about science education and teaches on a range of undergraduate and postgraduate cancer and cell biology courses. She has been an organiser of the RMS Cell Imaging Techniques course since 1996. She has authored and edited half a dozen books and is the RMS-Wiley handbook series editor.
Dr Vikas Trivedi
infocus Scientific Editor
University of Cambridge
Vikas is a Herchel Smith Fellow at the Department of Genetics, University of Cambridge. During his PhD at Caltech, USA, he worked on a wide range of in vivo imaging and analysis techniques including 2-photon light sheet microscopy and hyper-spectral imaging of biological processes across the length and time scales. Alongside being a Fellow of Emmanuel College, Cambridge, he also teaches an imaging module for the Systems Biology course at the University. His current research work focusses on visualizing morphogenetic events in 3D aggregates of embryonic stem cells to understand their beautiful self assembly in culture.
Mr Leslie Stump
ISO and IT
In the mid-sixties Leslie began his career working in the Department of Metallurgy at the University of Oxford. He then moved to the Physics Department at Rice University in Houston, Texas and then to the Department of Metallurgy at the University of Toronto before returning to Oxford to the Department of Zoology. He remained there for six years continuing to be involved in both light and electron microscopy. Leaving Zoology in the mid-seventies his sales career began in the microscope division of British American Optical and he has remained in the microscopy and imaging business to date.
Mr Chris Kennedy
RMS Honorary Historian
Dr Lucy Collinson
EMS Board Representative
The Francis Crick Institute
Lucy is Head of Electron Microscopy at The Francis Crick Institute in London. Her degree and PhD were in Microbiology, followed by a post-doctoral position in Cell Biology using light and electron microscopy to investigate membrane trafficking pathways at University College London. Following that she ran biological EM facilities, first at UCL and then at the Cancer Research UK London Research Institute, which became part of the new Francis Crick Institute in 2015. Her microscopy interests cover 3D EM, Correlative Light and EM, X-ray microscopy, image analysis, and microscope design and prototyping.
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