EMC 2016

Scientific Programme

Plenary Talks

Eric Betzig
Eric Betzig obtained a BS in Physics from Caltech and a Ph.D. in Applied Physics at Cornell. In 1988, he became a PI at AT&T Bell Labs where he extended his thesis work on near-field optical microscopy, the first method to break the diffraction barrier.  By 1993, he held a world record for data storage density, and recorded the first super-resolution fluorescence images of cells as well as the first single molecule images at ambient temperature. Frustrated with technical limitations and declining standards as more jumped into the field, he quit science and by 1996 was working for his father's machine tool company.  Commercial failure of the technologies he developed there left him unemployed in 2003 and looking for new directions.  This search eventually culminated in his co-invention of the super-resolution technique PALM with his best friend, Bell Labs colleague Harald Hess.  For this work, he is co-recipient of the 2014 Nobel Prize in Chemistry.  Since 2005, he has been a Group Leader at the Janelia Research Campus, developing new optical imaging technologies for biology.

Bram Koster
Prof.dr.ir. Koster (1960) is head of the section Electron Microscopy in the department Molecular Cell Biology at the Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC) since January 1st 2006.
Bram Koster obtained his PhD degree in physics on his thesis aimed at the modeling and automated control of transmission electron microscopes. From 1991 to 1993 he worked as a post-doctoral fellow in the group of David Agard, at UCSF, San Francisco on automated electron tomography. From 1993 to 1997 he was a post-doctoral fellow in the group of Wolfgang Baumeister at the Max-Planck-Institute for Biochemistry in Martinsried, near Munich, Germany where he worked on low-dose cryo tomography method developments. In 1997 he returned to the Netherlands to the group of Arie Verkleij at Utrecht University, where he became Associate Professor and set up his own group aimed at method development for the 3D imaging of resin-embedded electron microscopy specimen until 2006. From 1998 to 2003 he was a Fellow of the Dutch Academy of Sciences (KNAW). Jan 1st 2006 he went to the Leiden University Medical Center to head the section Electron Microscopy and work on the application and development of electron microscopy methods, in particular on the combination of light microscopy with electron microscopy.

Nadine Peyrieras
Nadine Peyrieras is head of the BioEmergences laboratory CNRS USR3695 in Gif-sur-Yvette.
She obtained her PhD degree in 1986 in Biochemistry (Pasteur Institute and ENS Cachan) focusing her research on the Biosynthesis of Calcium Dependent Cell Adhesion molecules (E-cadherin know at the time as Uvomorulin) in teratocarcinoma cells and mouse embryos. From 1986 to 1994, she worked as a CNRS junior research fellow in the laboratory of François Jacob at the Pasteur Institute then at the IBDML in the laboratory of Christo Goridis, investigating aspects of mouse embryonic development before joining the laboratory of Frederic Rosa (1995-2005). After 10 years of classical functional genetics on zebrafish gastrulation, she launched the “Genetic Networks and Cell Morphodynamics” team in 2005 in Gif-sur-Yvette in the laboratory of Philippe Vernier. The current BioEmergences laboratory, created by the CNRS in January 2015 was born from these 10 years of transdisciplinary work toward the so-called reconstruction of Multilevel Dynamics in Embryonic Morphogenesis from in vivo 3D+time multiscale imaging data. Nadine Peyriéras organized and co-organized courses and conferences including a series of international conferences devoted to interdisciplinary approaches of “Morphogenesis in Living Systems“ in the context of the international community of complex systems science, today gathered in the Unitwin UNESCO Complex Systems Digital Campus http://cs-dc.org/

Frances Ross
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 oxidation of Si and dislocations in SiGe. She then joined the National Center for Electron Microscopy, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, where she imaged anodic etching of Si and domain walls in ferroelectrics, as well as coordinating users of several of the microscopes. She later joined IBM, building a program around a TEM with in situ chemical vapour deposition, evaporation and focused ion beam capabilities, for which she developed a liquid cell, and a UHV mass-filtered focused ion beam/STM system. She has been a visiting Scientist at Lund University and an Adjunct Professor at Arizona State University. Her interests include liquid cell microscopy, epitaxy, nanowires, electrodeposition and thin film properties. She has received the UK Institute of Physics Charles Vernon Boys Medal, the MRS Outstanding Young Investigator Award and the MSA Burton Medal and an Honorary Doctorate from Lund University. She is a Fellow of the APS, AAAS, MRS, MSA and AVS. She is an author or co-author of over 130 journal articles and 7 patents, has given over 100 invited and plenary conference talks, and has organised meetings and symposia for MRS, MSA, and the American Association for Crystal Growth. She has served on panels for National Laboratories, the NSF, DOE and NAS.

Johan Verbeeck
Johan Verbeeck received his PhD degree (2002) from the University of Antwerp. Currently he is a Professor at the electron microscopy group (EMAT) of the University of Antwerp. Johan Verbeeck is an expert in the field of electron microscopy and electron energy loss spectroscopy focusing both on applications in state of the art materials science as well as on developing new techniques. He is the author of more than 155 ISI contributions. His work has been cited more than 2700 times, with more than 620 citations in 2014.
In 2011, he received the prestigious Ernst Ruska award for electron microscopy for his contribution to the quantification of EELS spectra and the development of electron vortex beams. He is the author of the EELSMODEL software providing model based quantification to users worldwide. In 2012 he received an ERC starting grant in order to explore the properties of electron vortex waves.

Hirofumi Yamada

Hirofumi Yamada is a professor at Department of Electronic Science and Engineering of Kyoto University. He obtained a doctor degree in applied physics from the University of Tokyo in 1994 for his thesis work on atomic force microscopy (AFM) of organic materials, when he worked at AIST, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (the former Agency of Industrial Science and Technology in the former Ministry of International Trade and Industry/MITI). He moved to Kyoto University in 1996 and started a new project on high-resolution investigations of electrical properties of semiconducting organic molecules by frequency modulation AFM. He received several awards including Nanoprobe Technology Award in 2004 from Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) for his novel development of a dynamic mode AFM for nanoscale electrical measurements. The current research covers nanometer-scale science and technology on organic materials such as structures and electrical properties of organic ultra-thin films on solid surfaces, instrumentation of scanning probe microscopies for functional sensing of various materials, high-resolution imaging of organic molecules including biomaterials, development of molecular-scale electronics/devices and nanocarbon electronics, and nanoscale transducers/sensors using organic molecules. In particular, his recent research is oriented to molecular-scale functional visualization of bio- and nano-materials by AFM functional probes based on both high-resolution frequency modulation AFM and dual probe AFM techniques. The aim of the research is to develop a novel imaging method capable of visualizing molecular-scale bio-functions and to clarify the microscopic roles of various bio-molecules in cell physiological processes by this method. The developed technique is also applied to the molecular-scale investigations of various properties of wide variety of nanometer-scale functional materials.