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Directors

Julie Cairney

Professor Julie Cairney
Director

Julie Cairney is a Professor in the School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering. She is Director of the Sydney Microscopy & Microanalysis core research facility, the Director of the Australian Centre for Microscopy & Microanalysis and the CEO of Microscopy Australia.

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Filip Braet

Associate Professor Filip Braet
Deputy Director

Associate Professor Filip Braet is Deputy Director of the Sydney Microscopy & Microanalysis core research facility. His direct research interests cover the areas of structural biology, cancer biology, vascular biology, chemical biology and nanobiotechnology.

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Technical staff

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Contact
eleanor.kable@sydney.edu.au
+61 2 9351 7566
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Qualifications

M.Sc. University of Queensland, Dept. Biochemistry, (Part time 1984-1987). Thesis title: "Redox Agents and Glutathione Metabolism in Human Melanoma." Masters Qualifying, (Honours equivalent), University of Queensland, Dept. Biochemistry, 1982. B.Sc., Griffith University, School of Science, 1979-1981. Double Major in Biological Chemistry and Biology.

Background

During her career Ellie has engaged in a cross-disciplinary research career in the biological/physical sciences. Initially she engaged in medical research projects which included Vitamin B12 metablolism and a research masters thesis on cancer chemotherapy of melanomas. She then worked for 3 years in a biophysics laboratory at Cornell University (USA) in a technical capacity. It is here that Ellie gained early confocal microscopy knowledge. She did a short stint in London studying cytomeglovirus using confocal microscopy and on coming back to Australia returned to the medical research studying the role of calcium in hypertension using live cell microscopy techniques. Since joining the Australian Centre for Microscopy & Micronanalysis Ellie has worked in a teaching and research capacity with the confocal and light microscopy as her expertise.

Role
Ellie manages SMM’s labs and technical staff at Madsen, the Charles Perkins Centre, the Brain and Mind Centre and at Sydney Nanoscience Hub to successfully deliver research services, programs and training in microscopy and microanalysis to our users. She also provides strategic support to the Director, particularly on matters of integration of laboratory activities at Sydney with those at other Microscopy Australia nodes.

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Contact
naveena.gokoolparsadh@sydney.edu.au
+ 61 2 9351 7642

Qualifications
BSc (Medical Microbiology and Immunology), 2007, UNSW; 
MAppSc (Microscopy and Microanalysis), 2009, USYD.

Background
In 2007, Naveena graduated from the University of New South Wales with a Bachelor of Science majoring in Medical Microbiology and Immunology. She continued studying and gained her Masters degree in Applied Science (Microscopy and Microanalysis) in 2009. During her Masters, she carried out a research project, which examined the ultrastructural and behavioural differences that exist between two types of cultured colorectal cancer cells. After graduating, she was employed as a Hospital Scientist at the Prince of Wales Hospital in the Anatomical Pathology department. She then moved to Canberra to commence work as a Research Officer at the Centre for Advanced Microscopy, ANU. In April 2011, she accepted a position as a Biological Specimen Preparation Specialist at the ACMM, USYD.

Role
Naveena is responsible for the biological specimen preparation lab at SMM. She provides support and training to users preparing samples for investigation via a wide range of microscopy techniques.

Contact
jacob.byrnes@sydney.edu.au
+61 2 9351 7546

Qualifications
B. Nanotechnology Adv. (Hons.), 2014, UOW
Master of Philosophy (Materials Engineering), to be completed 2017, UOW

Background
Jacob completed his postgraduate studies at the Institute for Superconducting and Electronic Materials at the University of Wollongong under the supervision of Dr. Sima Aminorroaya and Dr. David Mitchell. His research focused on the correlation of thermoelectric properties to evolving microstructures in thermally aged lead chalcogenide thermoelectric materials.

Role
Jacob is responsible for the materials specimen preparation laboratory at SMM. He also provides support and training to users preparing samples for investigation via a wide range of microscopy techniques. 

Contact
magnus.garbrecht@sydney.edu.au
Office: + 61 2 8627 7163
Lab: + 61 2 8627 7236
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Qualifications
Docent in Materials Science, 2015, Linköping University, Technical Faculty, Sweden.
PhD (Dr. rer. nat) in Materials Science, 2009, Technical Faculty, Christian-Albrechts-University Kiel, Germany.
Diploma in Physics, 2005, Institute for Experimental and Applied Physics, Christian-Albrechts-University Kiel, Germany.

Background
Specialises in aberration-corrected high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (TEM) imaging and spectroscopy techniques in the field of materials science.

Role
Manages and operates the double-corrected and monochromated FEI Themis-Z laboratory hosted in the Sydney Nanoscience Hub. Also responsible for coordinating and undertaking the training of users for that purpose.

Contact
hongwei.liu@sydney.edu.au
+61 2 9351 4069
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Qualifications
Ph.D., 2003, South China University of Technology ( SCUT)

Background

  • Visiting Fellow (2010.10-2011.4), Sydney University, Australia
  • Research Fellow (2010.5-2011.4), Griffith University, Australia
  • Visiting Fellow (2006.9-2007.8; 2009.5-2013.4), Queensland University of Technology, Australia
  • Prof, Materials Science and engineering, Guangxi University, China
  • Postdoc (2003.9-2005.11), Nanjing University, China

Role
Dr Liu supports and trains users of Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM). He provides researchers with assistance in the development and application of TEM based techniques to help them achieve quality outcomes from their experiments. Hongwei also designs and delivers training courses in TEM and develops novel solutions for TEM users at all stages of their experiments.

Contact
william.close@sydney.edu.au
+61 2 8627 9050

Qualifications
Doctor rerum naturalium (Molecular Medicine) with magna cum laude, Ulm University, Ulm, Germany
MSc (Molecular Medicine), Ulm University, Ulm, Germany
BSc (Molecular Biology), Murdoch University, Perth, Australia
BSc (Biomedical Science), Murdoch University, Perth, Australia

Background
Bill has engaged in the field of cryo-electron microscopy (Cryo-EM) with a focus on medical research specialising in the single particle reconstruction (SPA) of amyloid fibrils and the study of the HCMV (Human Cytomegalovirus) within the cell. His Master and Doctorate research was focused on electron microscopy including biological sample extraction, purification, imaging and computational analysis. He has also worked as a postdoctoral structural researcher in the field of chronic lymphocytic leukemia.

Role
Bill provides high end Cryo-Electron Microscopy service for research projects. Bill caters for the needs of all users including our cryo-specimen preparation laboratory for biological samples, data collection and computational analysis and interpretation. Within this service platform, he also provides hands on training ensuring that users have the opportunity to obtain the best possible samples, optimised imaging conditions and the highest resolution reconstruction models possible.

Contact
vijay.bhatia@sydney.edu.au
+61 2 9036 7633
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Qualifications
B.Sc Nanotechnology Hons (UTS) 2008
Doctor of Philosophy, Science  (UTS) 2013

Background
Vijay completed his PhD focusing on metallurgy and nano coatings in 2013. This work relied heavily on SEM and found a passion for the technique. After graduating he spent a few years working for Thermofisher Scientific as a Product Specialist, working with industries around Australia to improve processes and workflows. Returning to the academic world at the University of Sydney as a Post Doctoral Researcher, his work involved the development and analysis of new wear resistant alloys for the mining industry. Vijay currently manages the SEM and FIB facilities at SMM, helping users to push the applications of these tools to improve research outcomes.

Role
Vijay’s role is to provide support and training for users, help develop new techniques and manage the SEM and FIB facilities at SMM. He also manages the heat treatment facilities which are shared between AMME and SMM.

Contact
ashalatha.indira@sydney.edu.au
+61 2 8627 5145

Qualifications
M.Sc Microelectronics, NTU Singapore (2006)
B.Tech Electronics & Communication Engineering, CUSAT India (2004)

Background
2006-2015: Failure Analysis Engineer, STMicroelectronics Singapore.

  • Physical failure analysis and characterization by means of Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), Energy Dispersive Spectroscopy(EDS), Focused ion Beam Techniques (FIB), Scanning Transmission Electron Microscopy (STEM), Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) and Optical Microscopy.
  • Electrical characterization & Electrical semiconductor failure analysis using various techniques such as Emission Microscopy (EMMI), Optical Beam Induced Resistance Change (OBIRCH), Seebeck Effect Imaging (SEI) and Passive Voltage Contrast (PVC).

Role
Asha provdes technical support in the centre is to provide technical support in Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) and Focused Ion Beam techniques (FIB).

Contact
pamela.young@sydney.edu.au
+61 2 9351 7527
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Qualifications
B.Sc Hons. (Physics), 2003, Indiana University
B.Sc (Mathematics), 2003, Indiana University

Background

  • Laboratory for Optical and Computational Instrumentation, University of Wisconsin, 
    Postdoctoral Fellow, Co-Mentors Kevin Eliceiri and Patricia Keely, 2010-2013
  • Indiana Center for Biological Microscopy, Indiana University School of Medicine, Ph.D., 2004-2010
  • Polymer Technology Systems, Inc., Scientist/Quality Control, 2003-2004
  • Indiana University Cyclotron Facility, Laboratory Assistant, 2002-2003
  • WonderLab Museum of Science, Health & Technology, Undergraduate Assistant, 2002-2003
  • Indiana University Mathematics Department, Undergraduate Intern, 2001-2003

Role
Dr. Young works with users to design optimal experiments for their research questions using the light and optical microscopes available at Sydney Microscopy & Microanalysis. She also trains and supports these users on the light and optical microscopes at the Sydney Microscopy & Microanalysis as well as assisting in the design of training courses and workshops.

Contact
yingying.su@sydney.edu.au
+61 02 9351 3302

Qualifications
B.Sc (Biochemistry & Biotechnology), 2004, Sun Yat-Sen University, Guangzhou, China.
M.App.Sc (Molecular Biotechnology), 2006, The University of Sydney.
PhD, 2012, The University of Sydney.

Background
Susan completed her undergraduate degree in Sun Yat-sen University (Guangzhou, China) in 2004. She finished her study as Master of Applied Science in Molecular Biotechnology in USYD, 2006. She then she joined the ACMM as a volunteer to work with A/Prof. Filip Braet and PhD student Kristina Jahn on a project titled “Development of Correlative Fluorescence, SEM and TEM Imaging Methods for Biomolecular Investigation of Colorectal Metastasis”.

Role
Su provides technical support and training for users of the cellular imaging facility located at the Charles Perkins Centre.

Contact
neftali.floresrodriguez@sydney.edu.au
+61 2 8627 7097
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Qualifications
PhD (Engineering and Physical Sciences) 2006, The University of Manchester, UK
MSc (Environmental Biotechnology) 2002, UMIST, UK
BSc (Chemical Engineering) 1995, BUAP, Mexico

Background
Neftali has more than ten years of experience in light microscopy and biophysics in the field of cell biology. His main interests are in live cell imaging and super-resolution microscopy.

Role
Neftali specialises in training new users on the imaging systems located at SMM’s cellular imaging facility at the Charles Perkins Centre (CPC). He also assists users with the design, execution and analysis of experiments requiring advance imaging techniques.

Contact
matthew.foley@sydney.edu.au
+61 2 9351 7565
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Qualifications
PhD 2011 UTS
BSc Hons. (Nanotechnology), 2007, UTS

Background
Matt conducted his research at the Microstructural Analysis unit at the University of Technology, Sydney, primarily focussing on characterisation of the electrical, optical and structural properties of zinc oxide powders, crystals and nanowires.

Role
Matt’s role is to offer instruction, training & support to users working with Micro-Computed Tomography, as well as support advanced image analysis opportunities across the different techniques available to researchers.

Contact
takanori.sato@sydney.edu.au
+61 2 9351 7541
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Qualifications
B.E. (Hons) Mech, 2003; 
Ph.D., 2009, University of Canterbury, New Zealand

Background
Takanori was a materials scientist at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand, focusing on light alloys research. He conducted lectures on materials and metallurgical engineering, and specialized in electron microscope user training and servicing (TEM, SEM, EBSD). He is also a mechanical engineer, and has worked for Fuji Heavy Industries Japan, as a finite element analysis and design engineer.

Role
Takanori offers technical support for our atom probe facilities.

Contact
michael.kuligowski@sydney.edu.au
+61 2 9114 4194

Qualifications
PhD (Medicine) 2007 Monash University
B. Sci (Hon) 2004, Melbourne University

Background
Michael undertook a Bachelor of Science at the University of Melbourne, majoring in Immunology and Pathology, before completing an honours year in Biochemistry research at the Alfred Hospital. Michael then undertook a PhD at Monash University investigating intravital imaging of mouse kidneys, discovering a novel pathway for neutrophils to bind to the endothelium, without the requirement for classic tethering and rolling. Michael then completed a Post-doc at Harvard University in Boston, investigating how vaccine antigens are processed in lymph nodes, using multiphoton intravital microscopy, which resulted in several publications.

Michael then returned to Australia, working at the Centenary Institute, visualising the immune system role in acute tissue rejection in real time, before joining the ACMM team in 2015, managing the microscopy facilities at the Brain and Mind Centre.

Role
As part of the light and optical team, Michael manages the microscopy facility at the Brain and Mind Centre. This involves assisting researchers on best specimen preparation techniques, training users on the most appropriate microscope for their imaging needs and then optimisation of image acquisition. Michael also assists with image analysis and preparation for manuscripts, as well as routine maintenance of microscopy equipment located at the Mallet St facility.

Contact
minh.huynh@sydney.edu.au
+61 2 9351 7525

Qualifications
B.Med.Sc (Hons), 2002, USYD; PhD, 2007, USYD

Background
Minh conducted her Honours project and PhD at the Department of Oral Pathology under the supervision of Professor Zoellner at Westmead Hospital, where she studied morphological changes of endothelium during apoptosis and mechanisms for tumour invasion. Following her PhD studies, she worked as a Postdoctoral Researcher for the Iron Metabolism and Chelation Program at the University of Sydney investigating intracellular trafficking of endosomes and mitochondria.

Role
Minh provides technical support and training in a wide range of microscopy techniques, specialising in super-resolution microscopy (GSD and STED), serial block face scanning electron microscopy and correlative light and electron microscopy of biological samples. Minh manages the PC2 facilities for cell culture and the biomolecular laboratory. Minh is also involved in the design and running of seminar and workshops in tissue culture, fluorescence, confocal and super-resolution microscopy.

Contact
keith.li@sydney.edu.au
+61 2 8627 0034

Qualifications
Master of Engineering , 2011,University of South Australia

Background
Keith completed his master’s degree in Systems Tests and Evaluation at the University of South Australia in 2011.He has work experience with the research group at the ANU for ten years. Prior joining with the ACMM, He was a Field Service Engineer with the General Electrical Company. Keith has always been interested in learning additional skills and keen to improve his knowledge. Keith will be responsible for servicing highly specialised equipment for our Researchers and Scientists.

Role
Keith is responsible for the servicing and maintenance of SMM’s state of the art fleet of microscopy equipment.

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