Conference Chairs

Associate Professor Martin Saunders

Centre for Microscopy, Characterisation & Analysis, The University of Western Australia

Martin is Facility Director of the West Australian node of Microscopy Australia at UWA and leads the CMCA’s Physical Science Electron Microscopy Platform. With a background in Physics, Martin is interested in the development and application of electron microscopy techniques, which he applies to a wide variety of research problems across the physical, biological, and geological sciences. An active participant in the Australian Microscopy and Microanalysis Society since his arrival in the country in 2001, Martin has held the positions of President (2012-18) and Newsletter Editor (2002-10), and has been involved in organising three major microscopy meetings in Australia: ACMM20/IUMAS4 (Perth, 2008); ACMM22/APMC10 (Perth, 2012); ACMM25/IMC18 (Sydney, 2018), and many other microscopy events locally, nationally, and internationally.

 

Associate Professor Peta Clode

Centre for Microscopy, Characterisation & Analysis, The University of Western Australia

Peta is Platform Leader of Biosciences Electron Microscopy at CMCA, Deputy Director Microscopy Australia (WA Node), the WA Representative of CryOz, and a member of the Microscopy Australia National Education Committee. She has organised local, national, and international symposia and been an invited speaker at both national and international events. Her research interests extend across plant nutrition and environmental tolerances, marine symbioses, biomimetic systems, and wildlife pathogens. With this her microscopy expertise crosses optical, ion, electron, and X-ray platforms.

 

Organising Committee

Dr Zakaria Quadir

Head of Microscopy and Microanalysis Facility, John de Laeter Centre, Curtin University

Zakaria Quadir is the Facility Leader of the Microscopy and Microanalysis Facility (MMF) within Curtin University’s research infrastructure hub John de Laeter Centre (JdLC). He also serves as the WA representative of AMMS and Curtin co-ordinator of the 3D printing research hub, Microfactory for Additive Manufacturing. Quadir is a physical metallurgist and electron microscopist, and has organized large national and international events. Quadir presented many invited and keynote lectures in international conferences in the area of metal processing, severe plastic deformation, recrystallisation and grain growth and advanced characterisations.

 

Dr Jeremy Shaw

Senior Research Officer, Centre for Microscopy, Characterisation & Analysis, The University of Western Australia

Dr Shaw is platform leader for X-ray CT imaging at UWA’s Centre for Microscopy, Characterisation and Analysis. In addition to his role on the AMMS executive as Newsletter Editor, Dr Shaw is the interim President of the newly formed AMMS special interest group Volume Imaging Australia. A marine biologist by training, Dr Shaw’s interests focus on the use of X-ray and electron microscope techniques to study structure and function in biominerals (teeth, bone, shell), but is more broadly interested in multi-modal applications of microscopy for the study of all biological, geological and synthetic materials.

Jeanette Hatch - Organising Committee - ACMM27 Conference

Dr Benjamin Padman

Research Fellow – Multimodal Imaging, Centre for Microscopy, Characterisation and Analysis, The University of Western Australia

Ben is an early career research fellow, who recently joined the CMCA at the University of Western Australia after conducting his PhD and postdoctoral studies at the Monash Biomedical Discovery Institute in Melbourne. Ben has a passion for answering intractable biomedical research questions, and with 8 years of experience in the development of multi-modal imaging techniques, his research interests span any and all forms of microscopy.

Melissa Narbey - Organising Committee - ACMM27 Conference 2020

Melissa Narbey

Manager Automated Mineralogy Incubator and BDO for Geological Sciences and Mining and Resources, AXT Service Pty Ltd

Melissa has 30 years experience in the resources sector starting as an analytical chemist. She is AXT’s representative in Western Australia and is the company’s BDO for Geological Sciences and Mining and Resources and also the Manager of the AXT’s Automated Mineralogy Incubator, which offers service for research and industry for some of AXT’s more innovative technologies for mineral analysis.

Susan Marie

UWA Conference Convenor

Jeanette Hatch

Administrative Officer, Centre for Microscopy, Characterisation and Analysis, The University of Western Australia

Program Committee

Associate Professor Martin Saunders

Physical Sciences Program Chair
Centre for Microscopy, Characterisation & Analysis, The University of Western Australia

Martin is Facility Director of the West Australian node of Microscopy Australia at UWA and leads the CMCA’s Physical Science Electron Microscopy Platform. With a background in Physics, Martin is interested in the development and application of electron microscopy techniques, which he applies to a wide variety of research problems across the physical, biological, and geological sciences. An active participant in the Australian Microscopy and Microanalysis Society since his arrival in the country in 2001, Martin has held the positions of President (2012-18) and Newsletter Editor (2002-10), and has been involved in organising three major microscopy meetings in Australia: ACMM20/IUMAS4 (Perth, 2008); ACMM22/APMC10 (Perth, 2012); ACMM25/IMC18 (Sydney, 2018), and many other microscopy events locally, nationally, and internationally.

 

Associate Professor Peta Clode

Biological Sciences Program Chair
Centre for Microscopy, Characterisation & Analysis, The University of Western Australia

Peta is Platform Leader of Biosciences Electron Microscopy at CMCA, Deputy Director Microscopy Australia (WA Node), the WA Representative of CryOz, and a member of the Microscopy Australia National Education Committee. She has organised local, national, and international symposia and been an invited speaker at both national and international events. Her research interests extend across plant nutrition and environmental tolerances, marine symbioses, biomimetic systems, and wildlife pathogens. With this her microscopy expertise crosses optical, ion, electron, and X-ray platforms.

 

Angus Netting - Organising Committee - ACMM27 Conference

Dr William Rickard

AMAS Representative
Deputy Director of the John de Laeter Centre
Senior Research Fellow | Facility Leader ToF-SIMS / FIB-SEM / XPS

Dr Rickard is a Research Academic and the Deputy Director of the John de Laeter Centre at Curtin University. He is an experienced materials scientist with research interests in micro- to nano-scale chemistry and structure of minerals and materials. He has over a decade of experience working with electron, ion and x-ray microscopy and micro-analytical techniques.

Dr Rickard has worked in industry and academia in Australia and overseas. He joined the John de Laeter Centre in 2014 and became Deputy Director in 2019. He has been on the organising committee for AXAA-2014 & 2017 conferences and is the chair of the AMAS 2021 online seminar series. He currently holds the position of President of the Australian Microbeam Analysis Society.

Louise Cole - Organising Committee - ACMM27 Conference

Associate Professor Louise Cole

LMA Representative
MIF Director and Associate Professor, The ithree Institute

A/Prof. Louise Cole is a plant and fungal cell biologist that has over three decades of microscopy experience. In 1996, she came to Sydney to take up a postdoctoral position studying the role of pleiomorphic vacuoles of the filamentous fungus Pisolithus tinctorius in long distance transport, using a variety of light, fluorescence and electron microscope methods. Five years later she transferred to The University of Sydney to carry out postdoctoral and imaging research on plasmodesmata and cell-cell communication in plants. During 2004-6, she was employed as the Light and Laser Optics Manager for the Australian Key Centre for Microscopy and Microanalysis at the University of Sydney and from 2006-2017 she managed and led the Advanced Microscopy Facility at the Bosch Institute, School of Medical Sciences at The University of Sydney. A/Prof. Cole started at UTS in Feb 2018 as an Associate Professor and Director of the Microbial Imaging Facility. She is currently the President of Light Microscopy Australia and has a genuine passion for facilitating research as well as teaching the next generation of microscopists. She is an expert in a wide-range of imaging modalities including transmitted light, fluorescence, laser microdissection, optical tweezers, confocal and multiphoton, light-sheet, transmission electron and cryo-electron microscopy. In addition, she has extensive experience in specimen preparation of plants, animals and microbes for both light and electron microscopy.

Georg Ramm - Organising Committee - ACMM27 Conference

Associate Professor Georg Ramm

CryOz Representative
Associate Professor (Research), Cryo Electron Microscopy, Monash Biomedicine Discovery Institute

Our lab is focused on the regulation of autophagy, a major intracellular degradation process. In cancer, autophagy plays complex roles and can suppress tumours, but also helps tumour cells survive in other cases. Autophagy delivers cellular and cytoplasmic structures to the lysosome, where they are degraded. This process is tightly linked to the cellular metabolism and is an evolutionary conserved survival mechanism that helps cells to cope with nutrient starvation. We have recently discovered a link between metabolic control and the Serine/Threonine kinase ULK1, a key regulator of autophagy. We aim to get a detailed understanding of how these regulatory networks are causing changes in intracellular membrane trafficking during autophagy. 

Dr Jing Fu  - Organising Committee - ACMM27 Conference

Dr Jing Fu

FIB Representative
Senior Lecturer, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Monash University

Dr Jing Fu is a senior lecturer and group leader in the Faculty of Engineering, Monash University. First trained in manufacturing engineering, he was awarded a postdoctoral fellowship from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in 2008 where he completed various projects in the fields of electron/ion imaging and nanotechnology. The “world’s first” achievements included the integration of cryo-FIB/SEM with cryo-TEM (Titan Krios) and atom probe tomography (APT), aiming for exploring biological cells at atomic resolution. His main research focus is to develop novel correlative approaches combining light, electron and Synchrotron radiation sources to investigate the molecular signatures of biological targets. He was among the first affiliates of the US FIB SEM user group, and actively works with multidisciplinary teams to build up the microscopy and nanotechnology infrastructures in Australia.

Dr Jeremy Shaw

Volume Imaging Representative
Senior Research Officer, Centre for Microscopy, Characterisation & Analysis, The University of Western Australia

Dr Shaw is platform leader for X-ray CT imaging at UWA’s Centre for Microscopy, Characterisation and Analysis. In addition to his role on the AMMS executive as Newsletter Editor, Dr Shaw is the interim President of the newly formed AMMS special interest group Volume Imaging Australia. A marine biologist by training, Dr Shaw’s interests focus on the use of X-ray and electron microscope techniques to study structure and function in biominerals (teeth, bone, shell), but is more broadly interested in multi-modal applications of microscopy for the study of all biological, geological and synthetic materials.

 

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Conference Ambassador

Brian T. Bollard was born in Geelong in 2003 and is descended from the famous long line of Geelong Bollards. Interested in microscopy from a young age, Brian was only a few months old when he was appointed Conference Ambassador for the Australian Microscopy and Microanalysis Society and he has never looked back (he can’t, his head doesn’t move). Unable to settle down, Brian never manages to stay in one place for more than two years. While this wandering lifestyle would not suit everybody, Brian thrives on it and he hardly seems to have aged at all since his first conference in 2004. Brian lists Perth among his favourite places to be and has recently returned to the West after previous visits in 2008 and 2012. He looks forward to welcoming you all to Perth for ACMM27 in 2022.

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