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Women In Microscopy

Registration is free and required to attend

Microscopy Society of America Student Council and Northwestern University’s NUANCE Center are excited to present a half-day conference to highlight women in microscopy in honor of International Women’s Day on March 8, 2022.  

Event Info:

Date: March 8, 2022

Time: 1:00 PM (CST) - 4:30 PM (CST)

Online networking event from 4:30 - 5:30 PM (CST)

Location: Virtual event; Register for Zoom Link


 1:00 - 1:15 PM

 Welcome & Opening Remarks

 1:15 - 2:00 PM

 Keynote: Prof. Frances M. Ross, Materials Science and Engineering,
 Massachusetts Institute of Technology

 2:00 - 2:15 PM 


 2:15 - 3:15 PM

 Research Talks:

 Dr. Jessica Caldwell, Postdoctoral Scholar, University of California, Davis
Using Macroscale Optical Mapping and FRET to Understand Cardiac Arrhythmia Mechanisms

 Dr. Katherine Sytwu, Postdoctoral Researcher, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Adapting and Understanding Neural Networks for Scientific Image Analysis

 Dr. Lexi Walls, Scientist, University of Washington and HHMI
Using Structure to Guide SARS-CoV-2 Vaccine Design

 Dr. Neerja Zambare, Linus Pauling Distinguished Post Doctoral Fellow, Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Micro-scale Imaging of Microbial Calcium Carbonate Biomineralization

 3:15 - 3:30 PM


 3:30 - 4:30 PM

 Panel Discussions:

Work-Life Balance

Dr. Nuria Bagues Salguero

Research Associate, Center for Electron Microscopy and Analysis The Ohio State University

Ms. Heather Rose

TEM Applications Engineer, Hitachi High-Technology

Dr. Kate Burgess

Geologist, U.S. Naval Research Laboratory


Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Aisha Ghori Ozaki 

Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Northwestern University Office for Research 

Dr. Gail Celio

EM Imaging Specialist, University of Minnesota 

Dr. Louise Hughes

Product Manager for Life Sciences, Oxford Instruments

Dr. Treva Brown

Physical Scientist, U.S. Naval Research Laboratory


Navigating Career Paths

Dr. Mariena Silvestry Ramos

CryoEM Research Specialist, Cornell University

Dr. Natasha Erdman

Senior Market Development Manager, Thermo Fisher Scientific

Dr. Kayla Nguyen 

Postdoctoral researcher, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

 3:30 - 4:35 PM 

 Closing Remarks

 4:35 - 5:30 PM

 Speed networking social event