Confirmed Plenary Speakers at the Microscience Microscopy Congress 2017:
Professor Bridget Carragher, New York Structural Biology Centre
Professor Carragher is currently Professor at the New York Structural Biology Centre (NYSBC) and a Director of their Electron Microscopy department where she aims to investigate the intermolecular interactions and domain architectures of macromolecules within their native cellular assemblies.
Professor Carragher is one of the leaders of the “Resolution Revolution” in the Cryo EM field. She has been one of the early adapters of the Direct Electron Detectors and as part of NRAMM (National Resource for Automated Molecular Microscopy) worked on the development of Leginon, an automated software for image acquisition of Cryo Electron Microscopy images. She has been involved in a variety of training courses for Cryo EM, including an EMBO course run at Birkbeck London.
Dr Lucy Collinson, Francis Crick Institute
Dr Collinson is Head of Electron Microscopy at The Francis Crick Institute in London and is well-regarded in the field of 3D CLEM. Since completing her post-doc, Dr Collinson has run 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 experience in running facilities has led to her sitting on an advisory board for the Science and Technology Facilities Council as well as being invited to speak at conferences all over the world.
Dr Collinson’s interests cover 3D EM, Correlative Light and EM, X-ray microscopy, image analysis, and microscope design and prototyping.
Professor Ralf Jungmann, Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry
Professor Jungmann is well-known for his work with super resolution on DNA molecules and more specifically, DNA-PAINT.
DNA-PAINT, involves creating "imager strands" by tagging small pieces of DNA with a fluorescent dye. Each of these imager strands binds transiently to a matching DNA strand that is attached to a target molecule, which makes the target appear to blink. Such blinking, when done right, allows researchers to obtain sub-diffraction resolution single molecule images. Professor Jungmann was also part of a team that demonstrated, using 3D DNA-PAINT for imaging, a method for creating larger one-step self-assembling DNA cages.
Professor Jungmann’s group at MPI are now working on extending DNA-PAINT to eventually being able to perform highly multiplexed (hundreds of targets), ultra-resolution (<5 nm), and quantitative (integer counting of molecules) imaging of biomolecules (i.e. proteins and nucleic acids) and their interactions.
Dr Frances Ross, IBM
Frances M. Ross received her B.A. in Physics and Ph.D. in Materials Science from Cambridge University. Her postdoc was at A.T.&T. Bell Laboratories, using in situ electron microscopy to study silicon oxidation and dislocation dynamics. She then joined the National Center for Electron Microscopy, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, where she imaged anodic etching of Si. Moving to IBM’s T. J. Watson Research Center, she built a program around a microscope with deposition and focused ion beam capabilities and developed closed liquid cell microscopy to image electrochemical processes. Her interests include liquid cell microscopy, epitaxy, nanowires and electrodeposition. She has been a Visiting Scientist at Lund University and an Adjunct Professor at Arizona State University. She received the UK Institute of Physics Boys Medal, the MSA Burton Medal and MRS Outstanding Young Investigator and Innovation in Materials Characterization Awards, holds an Honorary Doctorate from Lund, and is a Fellow of APS, AAAS, MRS, MSA and AVS.
Professor John Spence FRS, Arizona State University
Professor Spence is Richard Snell Professor of Physics at Arizona State University and Director of Science for the National Science Foundation BioXFEL Science and Technology Centre on the application of X-Ray Free-electron lasers to structural biology.
His research focuses on atomic-resolution electron microscopy for imaging atomic processes in solids, defects and bonding in materials, and instrumentation development for new microscopies. His lab’s work, applying X-ray lasers to biology, was listed in Science as one of the top scientific breakthroughs of 2012. Most recently, he has devoted his research to biological applications of femtosecond X-ray diffraction at the Linac Coherent Light Source at Stanford, the world's first hard X-ray laser, where they use X-ray pulses so brief that they terminate before atoms move, to determine the structure of membrane proteins and viruses which are notoriously difficult to crystallize, in their native environment.
Professor Brian J Ford HonFRMS
Professor Ford is a microscopist and former chartered biologist who has made a significant contribution to microscopy and biology and to the popularisation of these fields. Professor Ford, who is resident in Cambridgeshire, is known internationally for his thought-provoking lectures, books and broadcasts. Professor Ford has written many books on
microscopy and innumerable research papers
in publications including Nature, the British
Medical Journal, Cell, and Scientific American. He is
a leading Leeuwenhoek scholar with hundreds
of research publications including his discovery
of Leeuwenhoek’s original specimens dating back
to 1674 at the Royal Society in London. Professor Ford has been a Fellow of the Society since
1962 and first featured in RMS publications over
fifty years ago. Professor Ford lectures around
the world, is a Fellow of Cardiff University and is
based at Gonville and Caius College, University