UK Light Microscopy Facility Meeting 2020
The next Facility Managers Meeting aimed at people running or working in light microscopy facilities will be held at the University of Birmingham.
From very humble beginnings, we have grown to a much more significant and influential community of facility managers. Numbers of attendees have grown 10 fold since the first meeting in 2006 as more and more facilities have opened. We now represent one of the best organised facility groupings in the UK if not indeed the world.
Following on from previous years, you can expect to find out more on the latest developments in UK Bioimaging and how we can feed in to wider international groups that are starting up. We will also discuss some of the basic elements (funding, impact measures) of running a core facility as well as the latest technological and application developments that effect ourselves and our users.
Registration for this event has closed.
Organisers and Speakers
Scientific Organisers: Alessandro Di Maio and Robert Shaw, University of Birmingham
Dr Alessandro Di Maio
University of Birmingham
Dr Robert Shaw
University of Birmingham
Dr Alex Laude
University of Newcastle
Dr Andrea Mitchell
University of Birmingham
Dr Ann Wheeler
University of Edinburgh
Ann is a cell biologist and our University of Edinburgh ESRIC facility manager with expertise in advanced light microscopy in particular in Structured Illumination Microscopy (SIM) and Single Molecule Localisation Super-resolution microscopy (SMLM) as well as quantitative image analysis. Ann works with collaborators in the generation of new methods and methodologies for visualising structures by super-resolution.
Dr Anton Page
University of Southampton
Anton is a Clinical Scientist, senior clinical lecturer, and Director of the Biomedical Imaging Unit, a joint University of Southampton and University Hospital Southampton NHS Trust core facility. He started off as a parasitologist at Imperial College and then moved into electron microscopy at Royal Holloway, University of London. He now heads a team providing a research and diagnostic service using light, X-ray and electron microscopes capable of 2-, 3- and 4D imaging.
Dr Daniela Hensen
Dr Dean Kavanagh
University of Birmingham
Dr Dominic Waithe
MRC Centre for Computational Biology and the Wolfson Imaging Centre at the MRC Weatheral Institute of Molecular Medicine
Dominic is a UKRI Innovation Fellow with the MRC Centre for Computational Biology and the Wolfson Imaging Centre at the MRC Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine, University of Oxford. In his current position he applies biophysics, machine learning and computer vision techniques to develop novel microscopy based dynamic acquisition pipelines. His background includes degrees from University College London in biotechnology, molecular neuroscience and computer science. He has performed post-doctorate research in the field of molecular neuroscience as well as in applied microscopy and image analysis.
Ms Ellie Lech
Dr Fredrik Wallberg DipRMS
Institute of Cancer Research
Fredrik runs the flow Cytometry Facility at the Chelsea campus of Institute of Cancer Research. He has been the manager since 2006. He is also involved in time lapse microscopy, confocal microscopy and high content microscopy. Before he joined the Institute of cancer research he worked both in Sweden and the Netherlands with flow Cytometry. He has succesfully completed the RMS Diploma in which his project focussed on cell death and time lapse microscopy.
Dr Georgina Fletcher
Dr Glyn Nelson
University of Newcastle
Prof Jason Swedlow
University of Dundee
Jason Swedlow earned a BA in Chemistry from Brandeis University in 1982 and PhD in Biophysics from UCSF in 1994. After a postdoctoral fellowship with Dr T.J. Mitchison at UCSF and then Harvard Medical School, Dr Swedlow established his own laboratory in 1998 at the Wellcome Trust Biocentre, University of Dundee, as a Wellcome Trust Career Development Fellow. He was awarded a Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellowship in 2002 and named Professor of Quantitative Cell Biology in 2007. His lab focuses on studies of mitotic chromosome structure and dynamics and has published numerous leading papers in the field. He is co-founder of the Open Microscopy Environment (OME), a community-led open source software project that develops specifications and tools for biological imaging. In 2005, he founded Glencoe
Software, Inc., a commercial start-up that provides commercial licenses and customization for OME software. In 2011, Prof Swedlow and the OME Consortium were named BBSRC's Social Innovator of the Year and Overall Innovator of the Year. In 2012, he was named Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. Prof Swedlow has organized or directed several courses in quantitative microscopy at the Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, USA, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, USA and the National Centre for Biological Science, Bangalore. India.
Dr Jessica Valli
Jessica is the facility manager for the Edinburgh Super-Resolution Imaging Consortium (ESRIC) and is based at the Heriot-Watt University site. Jessica completed her PhD at the University of Oxford in 2017 where she used a wide range of advanced imaging techniques to study parasite-host interactions. Jessica now works in an interdisciplinary environment, running the imaging facility at the Institute of Biological Chemistry, Bioengineering and Biophysics at Heriot-Watt University.
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 Kurt Anderson
The Francis Crick Institute
Kurt is a cell biologist who uses advanced imaging methods to study cell migration. He completed his PhD at the University of Salzburg in 1997 on the actin-based mechanism of fish keratocyte migration. He then spent 2 years as a post-doc at the Marie Curie Cancer Research Institute (UK) before moving to Dresden in 2001 to set up the light microscopy facility at the new MPI-CBG. In 2005 he moved to the Beatson Institute for Cancer Research in Glasgow, where he runs the Beatson Advanced Imaging Resource (BAIR) and a research group investigating tumor cell migration. His work at the Beatson used imaging methods such as FRAP and FRET to study the molecular dynamics of cell adhesion and migration in vitro and in vivo. In 2016 Kurt moved to the Francis Crick Institute, where he is now Head of the Crick Advanced Light Microscopy Facility (CALM)
Dr Mark Jepson
University of Loughborough
After obtaining a PhD from Loughborough University on the topic of oxidation of stainless steels, Mark moved to the University of Sheffield as a research associate studying secondary electron dopand contrast for semiconductor analysis. He then returned to the Department of Materials at Loughborough as a research associate investigating microstructural evolution in materials for power plant applications. Mark is currently a lecturer in metallurgy and microscopy and has interest in steels and superalloys for power plant applications, oxidation and SEM imaging techniques.
Dr Neena Kalia
University of Birmingham
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.
Dr Rebecca Saleeb
Light Microscopy Early Career Representative
University of Edinburgh
Rebecca is a postdoc in the Edinburgh Single-Molecule Biophysics group at the University of Edinburgh. She completed an interdisciplinary PhD with Dr Paul Dalgarno and Prof Rory Duncan, developing and using FLIM-FRET and super-resolution technologies to understand late-stage autophagy. She subsequently spent a number of years as a bio-imaging specialist/facility manager for the Edinburgh Super-Resolution Imaging Consortium, Lisbon’s Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown and Queen Mary University of London, where she helped researchers apply optical microscopy to diverse questions of biology, spanning neuroscience, cancer, immunology and cardiovascular biology. She returned to dedicated research in 2021, working in the lab of Mathew Horrocks to explore the structure and pathogenic capacity of α-synuclein aggregates, a hallmark of Parkinson’s Disease.
Dr Robert Benson
University of Glasgow
Registration for this event will open on Monday 23rd September 2019.
The registration costs are as follows:
- This meeting is free for academic registrants to attend
- Academic Rate including accommodation = £87.50 + VAT
- Commercial Rate = £295 + VAT
- Commercial Rate including accommodation = £382.50 + VAT
Please note, the booking price online is inclusive of VAT.
The UK Light Microscopy Facility Meeting will take place at the Edgbaston Park Hotel and Conference Centre.
The full address for the venue is as follows:
Edgbaston Park Hotel and Conference Centre
53 Edgbaston Park Road
Please note, there is another hotel in Birmingham called ‘The Edgbaston’ so please ensure you use the full name or postcode for any sat nav/taxi directions.
We have secured a number of bedrooms at the venue. The hotel is convenient to travel to, being a 15 minute walk from the University train station. Additionally, the conference is taking place in the same venue.
If you wish to book accommodation for the night of 6 January, please select the registration option, ‘Academic Rate incl. accommodation’ on the registration page.
We recommend that you book your accommodation as soon as possible as we have a limited allocation available to us.
All techno bite opportunities for this event have now been sold.
To be added to a waiting list, please email Kat Driscoll.
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