Robert Pope – President

National Biodefense Analysis & Countermeasures Center

I am a Senior Principal Investigator and Director of the Bacteriology and Electron Microscopy Departments for the National Bioforensic Analysis Center.  This is part of the National Biodefense Analysis and Countermeasures Center.  My work focuses on the  characterization of forensic materials that may contain hazardous biological agents.  My work uses Light Microscopy, Scanning Electron Microscopy, Transmission Electron Microscopy and Energy Dispersive X-ray Spectroscopy for the characterization and identification of hazardous agents.

Joseph Mowery – President Elect

USDA – Agriculture Research Service

Joe is currently a Biologist at the Electron and Confocal Microscopy Unit at the USDA Agricultural Research Service in Beltsville, MD. Over the past 5 years Joe has specialized in transmission electron microscopy working primarily with the Hitachi HT-7700 TEM.  Joe collaborates with USDA ARS scientists on research primarily focused on agricultural pests and pathogens, he has developed an expertise in the internal morphology of a variety of arthropods, plants and animal tissues. Joe received a B.S. from the University of Texas at Arlington and is a US Army Veteran. Prior to joining USDA in 2011, he was involved in plant ecology research at Toolik Field Station in the Arctic Circle and throughout the Great Plains. Joe has been actively involved with the Chesapeake Microscopy and Microanalysis Society for the past several years and as the communications officer Joe has helped build the new CMMS website and is looking forward to future opportunities to help bring together the local microscopy community.

Emma Bullock – Treasurer

Carnegie Science – Geophysical Laboratory

Emma Bullock is a Microbeam Specialist at the Geophysical Laboratory at the Carnegie Institution for Science. She operates Carnegie’s JEOL 8530 field emission electron microprobe, equipped with the xCLent cathodoluminescence detector, five WDS spectrometers, two EDS detectors, a cold trap for high precision carbon analysis and Probe for EPMA software. She also runs the Zeiss Auriga Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) at Carnegie. She has authored and coauthored over 20 papers in the fields of geology, planetary science and material science, and has expertise in imaging and quantitative analysis. Prior to joining Carnegie, she was a geochemist at the Smithsonian Institution.

Kedar Narayan – Secretary

National Cancer Institute / Leidos Biomedical Research Inc.

I am a group leader at the Center for Molecular Microscopy at National Cancer Institute/Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research. My work focuses on the use of emerging technologies for subcellular imaging, primarily FIB-SEM, electron tomography and correlative imaging approaches. 

Tagide deCarvalho – Communications Officer

University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Thomas Lam – Outreach Officer

Smithsonian Institution

Thomas Lam has a Ph.D. in Ceramics from Alfred University, NY. After earning his Ph.D., he completed postdoc at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. He is a physical scientist at the Museum Conservation Institute (MCI), where he applies his knowledge of material science and characterization skills (including scanning electron microscopy electron dispersive spectroscopy (SEM-EDS), cathodoluminescence (CL), X-ray fluorescence (XRF), and microfade testing) as part of the MCI technical studies team. The electron microscope Thomas performs research and technical studies with atMCI is a Hitachi S3700-N variable pressure SEM equipped with Bruker XFlash 6│60 EDS detector, Bruker XTrace (35 micron micro-XRF with a mapping substage), and Gatan ChromCL2 for CL.

Ru-Ching Hsia – Past President 2019

UDepartment of Embryology, Carnegie Institution for Science

I was a Professor in the Department of Neural and Pain Sciences at the University of Maryland Baltimore until 2021. I am now working in the Department of Embryology, Carnegie Institution for Science.  I perform biomedical-related research using transmission and scanning electron microscopy techniques.  I also teach courses and host workshops to promote microscopy and imaging-related sciences.   I believe communication and sharing our knowledge is an integral part of research.  When I am not working in the EM lab, you will find me in rubber boots working in my garden, tending to my goats and chickens.

Past Officers


Ru-Ching Hsia –  President 
Robert Pope – President Elect
Emma Bullock – Treasurer
Kedar Narayan – Secretary
Joseph Mowery – Communications Officer
Thomas Lam – Outreach Officer


Cam Robinson
Christine Brantner
Robert Pope
Ru-Ching Hsia


Cam Robinson
Christine Brantner
Robert Pope
Ru-Ching Hsia

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