18th European Light Microscopy Initiative Meeting
University College Dublin, Ireland, 5 - 8 June 2018

Organising Committee

Details of the organisers of the European Light Microscopy Initiative Meeting 2018.

The people behind elmi2018

The Scientific Programme for elmi2018 is being set by -

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Dr Dimitri Scholz 
University College Dublin

Dimitri Scholz completed his PhD at the National Medical University, Moscow, Russia, his Habilitation (Dr. of Sciences) at Goethe University Frankfurt/ Main, Germany, for cell biology and microscopical anatomy. After academic positions at Max-Planck Institute for Experimental Cardiology in Bad Nauheim (Germany) and at Medical University of South Caroline (MUSC, Charleston SC, USA), he joined UCD in Dublin (Ireland) as the founder and head of the Imaging facility. His research interests belong to pushing frontiers of microscopy for cell biology, developing of new microscopical tools, systems and approaches.

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Dr Peter O'Toole
University of York

Peter O'Toole heads the Imaging and Cytometry Labs within the Technology Facility at the University of York which includes an array of confocal microscopes, flow cytometers and electron microscopes. Peter gained his PhD in the Cell Biophysics Laboratory at the University of Essex and has been involved in many aspects of fluorescence imaging. Research is currently focused on both technology and method development of novel probes and imaging modalities. He has ongoing collaborations with many leading microscopy and cytometry companies and his group also provides research support to many academics and commercial organisations. Peter is also heavily involved with teaching microscopy and flow cytometry which includes organising and teaching on both the RMS Light Microscopy Summer School and the RMS Practical Flow Cytometry courses.



Dr Sebastian Munck

I started my carrer in Munich, where I studied Biology and later obtained a Ph.D at the BioImaging Center of the Ludwig-Maximilians-University. Later I worked as a Product Manager for Till Photonics, in Germany, between 2003 and 2004. After that I moved to Innsbruck as a Postdoc at the Medical University, from 2004 to 2006. I became Staff Scientist at the VIB in 2007 and in 2013 consequently independent group leader as Expert Technologist. In this function I also established the Leuven part of the VIB Bio Imaging Core and the Departmental imaging facility at the Center for Brain and Disease research. I was appointed Assistant Professor (part-time) at Faculty of Medicine KU Leuven in 2015.



Dr Susan Cox 
King's College London 

Susan is a Royal Society University Research Fellow in the Randall Division of Biophysics at King's College London. Following a PhD in transmission electron microscopy at Cambridge, she spent three years at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory at Los Alamos looking at the behaviour of the low temperature phases of strongly correlated electron systems. Her current primary interest is the development of new super-resolution localisation microscopy techniques, both through the development of optical systems and the creation of novel image analysis algorithms. She uses these techniques to investigate the behaviour of the cytoskeleton in live cells at the nanoscale. In 2015, Susan was awarded the RMS Medal for Light Microscopy and the President's Medal of the Society of Experimental Biology for the Cell Section.

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Dr Heinz Peter Nasheuer
NUI Galway

Heinz Peter Nasheuer completed his PhD at the MPI Göttingen and postdoctoral studies at Stanford University. After academic positions at LMU Munich and IMB Jena, he joined NUI Galway (Ireland). His research interests are mechanisms of cell cycle control and initiation of DNA replication using biochemical and microscopy techniques. Additionally he is analysing protein-protein interactions in living cells using advanced microscopy.

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Professor Martin Leahy
NUI Galway

Martin Leahy is the professor of applied physics and a serial entrepreneur having been technical and/or managerial lead of five successful spin-out companies in biophotonics and energy. His main research interest is in the advancement of existing technologies such as laser Doppler and laser speckle as well as the development of new modalities such as TiVi and cmOCT for 2D, 3D and 4D imaging of the microcirculation. His group has invented cmOCT to image the microcirculation, nanosensitive OCT to sense nanostructure and multiple reference OCT to achieve a 100-fold reduction in size and cost. However, his group is probably best known for the invention of the heart rate app, which is now in use by more than 200 million people and is integrated into IOS and Android. More recently, his group have developed a label-free superresolution microscope. He has secured more than €14M in external R&D funding since 2007, including industry, EU and SFI. Since 2010 he has delivered 35 international invited lectures and published 39 senior author journal articles and more than 500 patents cite his work. Professor Leahy retains a healthy involvement in industrial R&D, collaborating with start-ups such as Compact Imaging and multinationals like Covidien, Fujifilm and VisualSonics.

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Professor Jez Simpson
University College Dublin 

Jeremy Simpson is the Full Professor of Cell Biology at University College Dublin. His PhD is from the University of Warwick (UK), and post-doctoral research experience at the Scripps Institute (USA), the ICRF (UK) and the EMBL-Heidelberg (Germany). His lab applies automated high-content screening microscopy to understand the regulation of membrane traffic pathways in mammalian cells.



Dr Dunja Skoko
Siriusxt and University College Dublin 

Dunja Skoko  is a single molecule biophysicist. At  SiriusXT from Dublin, Dunja is involved in design of world’s first lab based soft X ray microscope, that facilitates label free 3D imaging of whole intact cells at resolutions of 30nm. In a collaboration between Conway Institute, University College Dublin and SiriusXT, Dunja is developing a cryo –microscopy system for correlative cryo-fluorescence microscopy. During her PhD and postdoctoral work Dunja studied protein-protein and protein-DNA interactions with TIRF and super-resolution PALM microscopy, and micromanipulation tools such as magnetic and optical tweezers.



Dr Oliver Blacque
University College Dublin

Oliver Blacque is an Associate Professor of Cell Biology at University College Dublin (UCD). He conducted his PhD in Biochemistry in UCD, followed by postdoctoral cell biology research in Simon Fraser University (Canada). His research focusses on the primary cilium, and specifically, the role of protein and membrane trafficking pathways in cilium formation, function and disease mechanisms. Much of his work is conducted using the C. elegans nematode model, combining genetics and in vivo imaging approaches such as live intracellular transport assays and super resolution microscopy.



Professor Gail McConnell
University of Strathclyde

Gail McConnell is Chair of Biophotonics at the Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences at the University of Strathclyde.  Following a first degree in Laser Physics and Optoelectronics (1998) and PhD in Physics from the University of Strathclyde (2002), she obtained a Personal Research Fellowship from the Royal Society of Edinburgh (2003) and a Research Councils UK Academic Fellowship (2005), securing a readership in 2008. Since 2004, Gail has received over £9M of research funding from a range of sources including EPSRC, MRC, BBSRC, EU and industry. The work in Gail’s group involves the design, development and application of linear and nonlinear optical instrumentation for biomedical imaging, from the nanoscale to the whole organism. She is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics, and a Fellow of the Royal Microscopical Society


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Key Dates

  • Exhibition Space & Workshop Bookings Now Open 
  • Abstract Submission Now Open 
  • Registration Opens - Winter 2017
  • elmi2018 opens - 5 June 2018

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