20-21 May 2021
Virtual Event
Australia/Melbourne timezone

Invited Speakers - Day 2

Day 2 - IRM Invited Speakers


Dr Mark Tobin

General capabilities of the IRM beamline


Dr Pimm Vongsvivut

Macro-ATR capabilities for high-resolution surface characterisation at IRM beamline


Combined talk: Dr Martha Blank & Dr Natalie Sims

Measuring bone composition in health and disease

Natalie Sims

Professor Sims directs the Bone Cell Biology and Disease Unit at St. Vincent’s Institute of Medical Research, and is a Professorial Fellow at The University of Melbourne. Her laboratory studies the cellular interactions responsible for development, maintenance and strength of the skeleton, and has defined the roles of a number of key pathways, including the IL-6 family of cytokines, in bone through the use of genetically altered mouse models and in vitro systems. Her work has been recognised by awards from the International Bone and Mineral Society Herbert A Fleisch Award (2013) and the American Society of Bone and Mineral Research Fuller Albright Award (2010) and Paula Stern Award (2020). She is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research, an Associate Editor at Endocrine Reviews, and serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Biological Chemistry. She is a Fellow of the American Society of Bone and Mineral Research and President of the Australia and New Zealand Bone and Mineral Society.


Martha Blank

Martha Blank is a PhD student under the supervision on Prof Natalie Sims at the department of Bone Cell Biology and Diseases at the St. Vincent’s Institute of Medical Research. Martha is an international student from Austria and studied Bio and Environmental technology at the University of Applied Sciences in Wels and moved for her Master degree in Molecular Biotechnology to Vienna. In Vienna she found her passion for bone science working at the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Osteology. Her PhD focuses on detecting changes in collagen and mineral, the main components of bones, in bone diseases and the role of matrix vesicle in the initiation of mineralisation.


Rhiannon Boseley

Using synchrotron sourced microscopy to explore fingermark chemistry

Rhiannon Boseley is a PhD student working under the supervision of Professor Simon Lewis, within the School of Molecular and Life Sciences at Curtin University, Western Australia. After graduating with a BSc Chemistry Honours (First Class) in 2017, Rhiannon continued her research on latent fingermark detection. Her PhD in collaboration with the ANSTO Australian Synchrotron, explores the distribution of material within latent fingermarks. Her work has been presented in peer-reviewed scientific papers, award-winning presentations, and media communications.


Dr Justyna Miszkiewicz

Using sFTIRM data from archaeological human bone to reconstruct health and disease in our recent past

Dr Justyna Miszkiewicz is currently an ARC DECRA Fellow and Senior Lecturer in Biological Anthropology at the ANU School of Archaeology and Anthropology. Her ARC DECRA was awarded in 2018 to investigate human bone microstructure change with lifestyle over the last 10,000 years in Asia-Pacific. She first took up a Lectureship at the ANU in early 2016, delivering teaching in human musculo-skeletal anatomy and analysis, and setting up a small hard tissue histology lab. Between 2015 and 2016 she worked at the Department of Medicine at Imperial College London/ Hammersmith Hospital conducting mouse bone phenotyping on a Wellcome Trust funded project investigating the genetics of osteoporosis. Prior to moving to London, she was briefly a fixed-term Lecturer in Biological Anthropology at the University of Kent in Canterbury, where I had also completed a PhD (2014) in human bone histology.


Dr Han Weng

Soil carbon research from past, present and future

Dr Han Weng (The University of Queensland, Australia) is a GRDC synchrotron fellow in soil carbon. Using the Australian Synchrotron, Dr Weng’s first-author papers in Nature Climate Change (a Thomson Reuters highly cited paper 2018-2019 - top 1% in field) and Soil Biology & Biochemistry were cited by the United Nations (UN) Environment Programme, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the UN and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to assist policy makers from 195 countries in developing climate policy in agriculture.

Dr Weng’s demonstrated expertise, productivity and the impact of his research are quickly establishing him as an early career researcher in soil carbon though managing collaborative national projects involving universities (Charles Sturt University, University of South Australia and La Trobe University), government agencies (CSIRO, NSW DPI and Agriculture Victoria) and grain industry (Grains Research and Development Corporation). Dr Weng is challenging the existing body of research on soil carbon. His research fills an important gap for maintaining agricultural productivity and mitigating climate change in the absence of a clear national strategy for agricultural greenhouse gas emissions. Dr Weng has been interviewed by ANSTO for his SXR and IRM experiments on soil C in the long-term Free Air CO2 Enrichment experiment (https://www.ansto.gov.au/news/restoring-soil-carbon).


Dr Andreas Huber - Neaspec

IR nanoscopy applications for materials and life science at synchrotron facilities

Please contact Andreas directly if you would like to ask for a copy of his presentation

  • Neaspec GmbH, Director Sales & Applications Development, Since Jan. 2012
    (now attocube systems AG, nanoscale analytics devision)
  • Neaspec GmbH, Senior Application Engineer, from Apr 2009 – Dec. 2011
  • Max-Planck-Institute of Biochemistry (Munich, Germany), Jul 2005 – Dec 2010
    PhD project, group of Dr. Rainer Hillenbrand,
  • 2005 physics graduate at Technical University Munich (Germany)


Dr Mark Tobin

Future capabilities of the IRM beamline


Dr Anneliese Klein

How to apply for beamtime

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