infocus Editorial Board
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.
Dr Leandro Lemgruber
infocus Deputy Scientific Editor
Wellcome Centre for Molecular Parasitology, University of Glasgow
Leandro obtained his PhD in Biophysics in Brazil, studying the cellular structure of parasites and the interaction with host cells. He did a Post-doc at the University of Heidelberg (Germany) working on the cytoskeleton dynamics of the Malaria parasite Plasmodium sp and its structural organization. He took a position as a Research Support Specialist at the Electron Microscopy Resource Center of The Rockefeller University (New York, USA) and afterwards a position of Research Associate at the National Technology Institute in Brazil. Since 2015 he manages the Imaging sector of the Wellcome Centre for Molecular Parasitology at the University of Glasgow. Since his PhD, Leandro has applied optical, electron, super-resolution and cryo-microscopy in his work, as well as correlative microscopy.
Dr Susan Cox
King's College London
Susan works at the Randall Centre for Cell and Molecular Biophysics, developing fluorescence microscopy techniques and applying them to discover new cell biology at the nanoscale. In 2011 she was awarded a Royal Society University Research Fellowship, which she used to develop a substantial research program based around localisation microscopy, and methods to extract more information from super-resolution image data. SC is best known as the developer of Bayesian analysis of blinking and bleaching (3B), a method for analysing extremely dense localisation microscopy image series. Its importance has been recognised with the award of the Royal Microscopical Society light microscopy medal and the Society of Experimental Biology Presidents Medal. More recently, she has explored the limits of localisation in terms of speed and accuracy. She mathematically described the role of the size of the point spread function size in limiting information transmission speed and developed a machine learning based approach to remove poor fits from the super resolution image. Since it is obviously more desirable to avoid poor fits in the first place, she developed Haar Wavelet Kernel analysis (HAWK), an approach to localisation microscopy data analysis which avoids artifacts and ensures the results reflect the underlying structure of the sample.
Dr Emily Eden
Life Sciences Representative infocus Editorial Board
University College London
Emily completed her PhD at Imperial College, within the MRC Clinical Sciences Centre where she studied hereditary hypercholesterolaemia and endocytic trafficking of the LDL receptor. She moved to the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology in 2006, using light and electron microscopy to study intracellular trafficking and signal regulation of EGF receptor. Emily was awarded an MRC New Investigator Research Grant in 2014 to establish her own group within the Institute of Ophthalmology. Her current research focus is the biology of contact sites that form between ER and phagosome membranes in retinal pigment epithelium and their role in phagocytic trafficking pathways. During her time at UCL Emily has gained extensive experience in a wide range of electron microscopy techniques, including conventional, immuno and 3D-EM.
Dr Laura Fumagalli
AFM & SPM Representative infocus Editorial Board
University of Manchester
Laura graduated in electronic engineering in 2002 and obtained her PhD in 2006 at Polytechnic University of Milan (Italy) with a doctoral thesis on low-noise amplifiers. She then joined the Electronic Department of the University of Barcelona and the Institute of Bioengineering of Catalonia (Spain), where she developed novel instrumentation and techniques for scanning probe microscopy to probe electrical properties at the nanoscale, in particular capacitance and dielectric properties of nano-materials and biomolecules. From 2015, she is lecturer in Condensed Matter Physics at the School of Physics and Astronomy of the University of Manchester (UK) and researcher of the National Graphene Institute - University of Manchester.
infocus Editorial Board Member
University of Oxford
Rhiannon studied Engineering Science at University of Oxford for her undergraduate degree, for which she was in receipt of the IMechE Spen King Sustainability Award 2013 and the IET Diamond Jubilee Scholarship. During her undergraduate degree, Rhiannon worked on a number of summer projects at Jaguar Land Rover with a focus on materials development and sustainability.
In 2017, Rhiannon completed her Master’s specialising in mechanical and materials engineering, and was given the opportunity to remain in the Solid Mechanics group at Oxford to take up her current DPhil position.
Rhiannon’s doctoral project, funded by EPSRC and in collaboration with Deben UK Ltd, focusses on development of new technologies for studying material behaviour in situ SEM at elevated temperatures.
Rhiannon is currently a Stipendiary Lecturer in Engineering Science at Trinity College and in her spare time she enjoys rowing and cycling.
Dr Rebecca Higginson
EPS Representative infocus Editorial Board
University of Loughborough
Rebecca is a Reader in Metallurgy in the Department of Materials. Her current research considers the study of microstructural development in metals and composites. Her group has carried out extensive studies on the high temperature oxidation of ferrous alloys. She co-ran an RMS 1-day meeting “Microstructure of High Temperature Oxidation” in 2007. Other work includes microstructural development in hologramatic laser welding, interpenetrating composites, energy materials & ultrasonic consolidation.
Dr Maadhav Kothari
infocus Editorial Board Member
Cranfield University and Rolls Royce (UK)
Maadhav is a materials scientist. Having previously worked in areas of heterogeneous catalysis, scale-up and development during his time at Unipetrol (Czech Republic), he then undertook his PhD at St Andrews University (JTSI group) with Johnson Matthey (Emission Control Technology) working on novel perovskite systems from autocatalysis applications. It was here that he developed his interest in microscopy and imaging.
Having a broad understanding of characterisation methods and beamline experience, Maadhav's knowledge base spans across metallurgy through to thermal battery development. Currently he holds a post as a research fellow at Cranfield University studying high temperature corrosion, fatigue and failure of Nickel Superalloys alongside Rolls Royce.
His current expertise and projects include building a high temperature environmental microscope with a fatigue rig to study in situ cracking of blades, developing Ion beam techniques for studying C-ring metallurgy and high throughput analysis of multiple micrographs using machine learning to predict microstructural failure.
Dr Ian Titley
Flow Cytometry Deputy Chair and Representative infocus Editorial Board
Institute of Cancer Research
Ian gained his PhD at King’s College Hospital, London in 1994. From there he moved to the Institute of Cancer Research at South Kensington to run a research flow cytometry facility and moved in 2007 to do the same for the Institute at its Sutton, Surrey campus. He is a member of the Centre for Evolution and Cancer.
Dr Rebecca Thompson
Electron Microscopy Deputy Chair
University of Leeds
Rebecca is Facility Manager and senior cryo-electron microscopy (EM) support scientist at the Astbury Biostructure Laboratory, University of Leeds. Her research interests include imaging a broad range of biological specimens, from whole cells to macromolecular complexes, to high resolution using cryo-EM, and integrating data from EM with other microscopy techniques.