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Our staff can help you navigate our instrumentation to get the best results from your research.


Filip Braet

Professor Filip Braet

Professor Filip Braet is 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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Deputy Director

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Dr David Martinez Martin

David is a Senior Lecturer in Biomedical Engineering. He is a physicist and his research focuses on indentifying the principles governing how cells regulate their own mass and growth. David brings his expertise in nanotechnology, scanning probe and fluorescence microscopies to his role as academic Deputy Director of Sydney Microscopy & Microanalysis.

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Platform Scientists

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Eleanor Kable
Facility Manager

+61 2 9351 7566
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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.

During her career Ellie has engaged in cross-disciplinary research in biological and 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 worked for 3 years in a biophysics laboratory at Cornell University (USA) in a technical capacity. Here 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 medical research studying the role of calcium in hypertension using live cell microscopy techniques. 

Ellie manages SMM’s labs and technical staff to successfully deliver research services 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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Dr Matthew Foley
Deputy Facility Manager, Analysis & X-Ray Microscopy Manager

+61 2 9351 7565

PhD, 2011, UTS
BSc Hons. (Nanotechnology), 2007, UTS

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.

Matt offers instruction, training & support to users working with Micro-Computed Tomography, as well as supporting advanced image analysis opportunities across the different techniques available to researchers.

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Dr Vijay Bhatia, Deputy Facility Manager,
SEM Manager

+61 2 9036 7633

B.Sc Nanotechnology Hons (UTS) 2008
Doctor of Philosophy, Science  (UTS) 2013

Vijay completed his PhD focusing on metallurgy and nano coatings in 2013. This work relied heavily on SEM and he found a passion for the technique. After graduating he spent a few years at 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. This led him to joining the SMM team in the SEM section.

Vijay manages the SEM and FIB facilities at SMM, providing training and support to users to push the applications of these tools to improve research outcomes.

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Asha Indiradevi
SEM Specialist

+61 2 8627 5145

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

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).

Asha provdes technical support at SMM's Madsen facility in Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) and Focused Ion Beam techniques (FIB).

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Dr Magnus Garbrecht
TEM Manager

Office: + 61 2 8627 7163
Lab: + 61 2 8627 7236
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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.

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

Magnus manages and operates the double-corrected and monochromated FEI Themis-Z laboratory at the Sydney Nanoscience Hub and is responsible for coordinating and undertaking training of users for that purpose.

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Dr Hongwei Liu
TEM Specialist

+61 2 9351 4069

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PhD, 2003, South China University of Technology (SCUT)

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

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.

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Dr Jiangtao Qu
TEM  Senior Technical Officer


Jiangtao provides internal and external users of SMM's TEM capabilities with microsocpy characterisation solutions to help them achieve their research goals and assists with data analysis.

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Dr Pamela Young
Light & Optical Microscopy Manager

+61 2 9351 7527

PhD (Medical Biophysics and Program in Biomolecular Imaging), 2010, Indiana University
B.Sc Hons. (Physics), 2003, Indiana University
B.Sc (Mathematics), 2003, Indiana University


  • 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

Dr. Young works with users to design optimal experiments for their research questions using SMM's suite of light and optical microscopes. She also trains and supports users on the light and optical microscopes and assists in the design of training courses and workshops.

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Dr Susan (Ying Ying) Su
Light & Optical Specialist

+61 02 9351 3302

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

Susan joined SMM as a volunteer working with A/Prof. Filip Braet on a project titled “Development of Correlative Fluorescence, SEM and TEM Imaging Methods for Biomolecular Investigation of Colorectal Metastasis”.

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

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Dr Neftali Flores Rodriguez
Light & Optical Specialist

+61 2 8627 7097
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PhD (Engineering and Physical Sciences) 2006, University of Manchester, UK
MSc (Environmental Biotechnology) 2002, UMIST, UK
BSc (Chemical Engineering) 1995, BUAP, Mexico

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

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.

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Dr Michael Kuligowski
Light and Optical Specialist

+61 2 9114 4194

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

Michael completed a Bachelor of Science majoring in Immunology and Pathology, then completed an honours year in Biochemistry research at the Alfred Hospital. For his PhD he investigated 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. On returning to Australia, he worked at the Centenary Institute, visualising the immune system role in acute tissue rejection in real time, before joining SMM in 2015.

Michael supports SMM users at Brain and Mind Centre. He assists researchers on best specimen preparation techniques, trains users on the most appropriate microscope for their imaging needs and supports optimisation of image acquisition. Michael also assists with image analysis and preparation for manuscripts, along with routine maintenance of microscopy equipment at our Mallet St facility.

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Dr Takanori Sato
Atom Probe Manager

+61 2 9351 7541

PhD, 2009, University of Canterbury, New Zealand
B.E. (Hons) Mech, 2003

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.

Takanori offers technical support for our atom probe capabilities.

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Bhanu Mantri
Bio Cryo Electron Microscopist

+61 2 9351 9333
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PhD (thesis submitted), structural and molecular biology, 2023
University of Wollongong, Australia
MSc. + M.Tech., Nanoscience by Research & Nanotechnology, 2015
Amity University, India
BSc Biotechnology, 2012, Jodhpur National University, India

Bhanu has eight years experience in TEM, of which four years are in cryo-TEM. As a PhD student he focussed on understanding the molecular mechanism of single-strand annealing homologous DNA recombination in viruses by cryo EM. He also optimised the contrasting technique called shadow-casting for EM analysis of the biological macromolecules and their complexes. He has experience working with various biological samples, such as viral recombination proteins and various tissues such as kidney, liver, skin and nanoparticle synthesis and characterisation.

Bhanu manages the cryo TEM microscopes at the facility, including cryo transfer and specimen preparation. He provides technical support to researchers, with a focus on assisting with biological microscopy and microanalysis.

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Dr Huma Bilal
Materials Specimen Preparation Microscopist

+61 2 8627 6683

PhD, 2022, University of Sydney, Australia
M.Sc, 2014, University of Engineering & Technology Lahore, Pakistan
B.E, (Mech Eng) 2009, University of Engineering & Technology Lahore, Pakistan

Since completing her B.E (Mech Eng), Huma has worked as a lab engineer and lecturer for 9 years in engineering departments at UET Lahore, Pakistan and the University of Sharjah, UAE. She completed her Ph.D at the University of Sydney (AMME) in 2021 which focussed on the microstructure characterisation of bulk metallic glasses. Her interest in SEM and FIB began as a result of the need to use these microscopy capabilites to prepare samples during her PhD.

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

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Matthew Hadden
Bio-Atomic Force Microscopy Specialist

+61 2 9351 9607

PhD (thesis submitted), Biomedical Engineering, 2023, University of Sydney
BEng (Biomed)(Hons) / BMedSc, 2018, University of Sydney
BDes (Arch), 2012, University of Newcastle

Matt completed a combined Bachelor of Engineering (Biomedical) and Medical Science majoring in immunology and virology. He was awared first-class honours in biomedical engineering for his project on cancer mechanobiology. His PhD investigated the role mechanical forces play in cancer progession, characterising nanomechanical properties of fresh human tissue using BioAFM. Matt has worked in the field of biomedical engineering as a researcher and casual academic and has experience working with various biological samples, soft biopolymers and advanced engineering analytical tools.

Matt offers technical support and training to researchers working with BioAFm instruments at our facility, with a focus on assisting in biological specimen preparation and microanalysis.

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Mahesh James
Microscopy Engineer

+61 2 8627 0034

Mahesh is responsible for servicing and maintenance of SMM’s fleet of advanced microscopy equipment.

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Leigh Stephenson

Dr Leigh Stephenson
Atom Probe Engineer

+61 2 9036 5180

PhD (Microscopy & Microanalysis), 2009, Sydney University
BSc (Advanced Mathematics) + Honours (Quantum Computation), 2003, Macquarie University

Since mid-2005, Leigh has focused on the quantitative use of commercial atom probe technologies applied to a wide variety of materials science projects. From 2017-2022, he worked at the Max-Planck-Institut für Eisenforschung GmbH in Düsseldorf, Germany, developing and managing a new instrumentation suite for novel APT experimental protocols for environmentally sensitive samples like hydrogen-charged steels, titanium and zirconium alloys, freshly reduced iron ore and soft materials like proteins and aqueous samples.

Leigh offers technical support and training for atom probe experiments involving unconventional specimen preparation of environmentally sensitive samples, assisting in the establishment of new protocols. He also advises users on the use of established data reconstruction and analysis software.

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André Venne
Data Management Specialist (Physical Sciences)

+61 2 9036 4665


B.Sc (Physics), 2012, Université de Sherbrooke, Canada
M. Sc. A., 2021, Université de Montreal, Canada

André previously did research at the Institut Quantique at the Université de Sherbrooke on high-temperature superconductors. He has worked for the astronomy software department at the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope, helping develop a pipeline for their spectropolarimeter. He has also worked as a computer engineer for the Electronics Research Group of the University of Aberdeen, researching Internet protocols. André has completed a master's degree, focused on optimal estimation and parameter identification of highly rotational gymnastic movements using dynamic optimisation.

André provides expert support to SMM's research community, specialising in data management and interpretation for physical sciences.

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Dr Natalie Holmes
Senior Research Fellow - Atom Probe Scientist


Natalie has a PhD in Chemistry from the University of Newcastle and is an Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) scholar. She is an expert in studying structure-function relationships in advanced materials for electronics, biosensors and medicine. Natalie specialises in cryo-atom probe tomography of biological tissue and soft organic materials.

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Sydney Microscopy & Microanalysis

General enquiries
  • Room 234, F09 Madsen Building Camperdown campus
Sydney Microscopy & Microanalysis operates sites across the University of Sydney Camperdown campus. Locations include the Madsen Building (F09) and the Charles Perkins Centre (D17). Our headquarters are in the Madsen Building.

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