Plenary Speakers


Tetsuya Higashiyama
, Nagoya University

Tetsuya Higashiyama Tetsuya Higashiyama, Institute of Transformative Bio-Molecules (ITbM), Nagoya University, Japan started his current work on live-cell analysis of plant reproduction at University of Tokyo where he also obtained his PhD. After working in the same department as an assistant professor for several years, he moved to Nagoya Univeristy as a full professor. He and colleagues recently launched a new interdisciplinary and international instite, ITbM, in Nagoya Univeristy for true mixture of biologists and synthetic chemists. He is now serving as a vice director of ITbM, a research director for Live Imaging Center of ItbM, and the president of International Association of Plant Reproduction Research (IASPRR).


Pratip Chattopadhyay
, New York University

Pratip Chattopadhyay Pratip Chattopadhyay is a Johns Hopkins- and NIH-trained researcher who has been a leader developing and applying polychromatic flow cytometry, immunoassays, and emerging single cell transcriptomic technologies. His accomplishments include reporting the first 18- and 28-color flow cytometry experiments, the first published application of quantum dots and brilliant dyes to flow cytometry, key contributions to data analysis tools for single cell technology, and application of single cell technologies to large biomarker and correlative studies. Pratip recently joined the NYU Cancer Center, where he is responsible for designing and guiding a new cutting-edge human immune monitoring core, and an independent research program. His papers have been cited nearly 4000 times (h-index = 28), and his work appears on the Faculty of 1000, Biolegend, Invitrogen, Fluidigm, and BD Biosciences websites. He has received two NIH Special Service Awards, and was named to the International Society for the Advancement of Cytometry’s “Scholars Program.”


Bram Koster, Leiden University Medical Center

Bram Koster Bram Koster obtained his PhD in 1991 on the mathematical modelling of electron microscopy (EM) imaging and automated control of electron microscopes. From 1991 to 1997 he was a post-doc, first in David Agard's group at UCSF before moving to Wolfgang Baumeister's group at the Max-Planck-Institute for Biochemistry in Martinsried. In 1997, Bram returned to the Netherlands and joined Arie Verkleij's lab at Utrecht University, where he set up his own group aimed at 3D EM imaging methods for both materials and life science applications. From 1998 to 2003 he was awarded Fellow of the Dutch Academy of Sciences (KNAW) and in 2006 he was appointed full professor at Leiden University (Faculty of Medicine).

Bram currently heads the EM group at the Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC) where he is interested in both methods development and applying the wide variety of EM techniques available in his lab to biomedical questions. Techniques include high throughput 2D imaging with (cryo)EM, 3D electron tomography (ET), imaging whole cell systems with block face scanning EM, and correlative light and electron microscopy (CLEM). In 2014, Bram was also appointed professor at the Science Faculty and Scientific Director of NeCEN – the Netherlands Centre of Electron Nanoscopy – a dedicated high resolution cryoEM facility with state-of-the-art microscopes.


Paul Midgley, University of Cambridge

Paul Midgley Professor Paul Midgley, FRS is Professor of Materials Science and Director of the Wolfson Electron Microscope Suite in the Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy in the University of Cambridge. He studied Physics at the H.H. Wills Physics Laboratory at the University of Bristol, receiving his PhD in 1991 for electron microscopy studies of high Tc superconductors. He held two Research Fellowships at Bristol, the first funded by The Royal Commission for The Exhibition of 1851, the second by The Royal Society.

He moved to Cambridge in 1997 as an Assistant Director of Research, then promoted to University Lecturer, University Senior Lecturer, Reader and finally to Professor of Materials Science in 2008. He is also a Professorial Fellow at Peterhouse. His interests lie primarily in transmission electron microscopy and in recent years has focussed on the development of electron tomography, precession electron diffraction and energy loss spectroscopy and their application to nanoscale materials. Recently he has developed compressed sensing and machine learning algorithms tailored to the analysis of large multi-dimensional electron microscopy data sets.

He sits on the Editorial Boards of a number of journals and was for many years Editor-in-Chief of the journal Ultramicroscopy. He has received a number of awards and prizes including, in 2004, the Institute of Materials Rosenhain Medal and, in 2007, the Ernst-Ruska Prize of the German Microscopy Society. From 2008-2012, he was President of the European Microscopy Society and, from 2012-2016, the Past-President. In 2014 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society and, in 2016, an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Microscopical Society.


John Bergeron
, McGill University

John Bergeron Dr. Bergeron has studied polypeptide hormone and growth factor receptor activation and signaling, and especially the spatial and temporal regulation of hormone and growth factor action in target organs. He has also studied extensively the fundamental mechanisms for secretion of N linked glycoproteins from all eukaryotic cells through mechanistic studies on the protein calnexin which he uncovered. Dr. Bergeron is an expert on high throughput approaches and especially organellar proteomics and is a co-founder with Tom Hudson of the McGill University/Genome Quebec Innovation Centre and co-founder of Caprion Proteomics. Dr. Bergeron is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and McLaughlin gold medal awardee of the Royal Society of Canada. Dr. Bergeron was also honored with the Human Proteome Organization Discovery Award.