infocus welcomes new additions to editorial team

Dr Leandro Lemgruber becomes Deputy Scientific Editor - plus two new editorial board members join the team

The RMS magazine for members - infocus - is delighted to announce the appointment of Dr Leandro Lemgruber as its new Deputy Scientific Editor.

Leandro, who is based at Glasgow University, has been a member of the Editorial Board for several years, and will now work more closely with Scientific Editor Vikas Trivedi in securing new content and shaping the future of the magazine.

The Deputy Scientific Editor role had been vacant since the departure of long-serving Scientific Editor Adrian Burden, in December 2019.

Meanwhile, the infocus Editorial Board has been strengthened by the arrival of two new members, in the shape of materials scientist Maadhav Kothari, of Cranfield University and Rolls Royce (UK); and PhD student Rhiannon Heard, of the University of Oxford.

Infocus Scientific Editor Vikas Trivedi said: “Leandro has been a really valuable member of our editorial team for several years, and I’m looking forward to working more closely alongside him, as we continue to look for ways to improve the content of the magazine and enhance our readers’ experience. I’m also very excited about the arrival of both Maadhav and Rhiannon, who bring with them great enthusiasm and no doubt some fresh ideas for the future of the magazine.”


Dr Leandro Lemgruber - 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 organisation.

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 has managed 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.

Leandro is also a member of the RMS EM Section Committee, and one of the scientific organisers of the forthcoming Frontiers in BioImaging Meeting.


Rhiannon Heard – 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 Maadhav Kothari

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. 


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