Educational Symposium

Educational Symposium: Core Companies Convergence

June 18 - 19, 2019 - ZEISS Microscopy Customer Center New York

Join industry experts, colleagues, and peers for a complimentary 2-day symposium to explore best practices, emerging trends, and thought leadership for the Core Facility.

Core facilities and microscopy companies share the goal of using microscopy to generate quantitative data that can address fundamental scientific questions leading to discoveries. This meeting is intended to build up the microscopy core facility community and facilitate the convergence of core facilities and companies in quantitative imaging. This will be accomplished through the promotion of and sharing of best practices in standardization and quality control, automation of system monitoring and maintenance, mechanisms to transfer knowledge and exploring roles core facilities and companies can play in making this a reality.

Networking opportunities will enable exchange of experience, sharing expertise and will interconnect the imaging community. Specific topics of interest will include facility management, sustainability, big data, grant writing, and new technologies. Convergence of cores and companies will lead to shared responsibility, ideas and expertise that will accelerate the movement of the field forward ultimately leading to high quality science.


Meeting Objectives:

  • Promote interactions between cores and companies
  • Explore challenges and potential solutions benefiting both communities
  • Develop standards and quality control pipelines
  • Elevate the broad application of high-level quantitative imaging
  • Provide Cores with the tools to operate efficient facilities 

Refreshments, lunch and an evening social event will be provided. Additional travel expenses including air and hotel costs will need to be covered by attendees.


  • Tuesday
    Time Topic Presenter
    8:30 am - 9:00 am Welcome & Meeting Overview James Sharp
    President, Carl Zeiss Microscopy, LLC
    9:00 am - 10:30 am Best Practices: Standards and Quality Control

    Adeela Syed 
    Optical Biology Core Facility Manager, UC Irvine

    Claire Brown 
    Director, Advanced BioImaging Facility, McGill University

    Xufeng Wu 
    Core Director, NHLBI

    Christian Combs
    Staff Scientist, National Institutes of Health

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    10:30 am - 11:00 am Break  
    11:00 am - 11:45 am  Acuity in Imaging: Maintaining Image Integrity to Create Meaningful Data

    Wolfgang Bathe 
    Staff Engineer System Technology, ZEISS

    Joseph Huff
    Application Development Engineer, ZEISS

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    11:45 am - 12:00 pm Q&A with Wolfgang Bathe/Joseph Huff  
    12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Lunch  
    1:00 pm - 1:45 pm Predictive Maintenance & Service Sustainability for Cores

    Martin Fischer
    Vice President, Global Service & Customer Care, ZEISS

    Marcus Jacob
    Manager Service Product Management
    Business Unit Service & Customer Care, ZEISS

    1:45 pm - 2:00 pm Q&A with Marcus Jacob/Martin Fischer
    2:00 pm - 3:00 pm Data Management and Context: OAD, APEER, Connect, Intellesis

    Sreeenivas Bhattiprolu
    Director, Digital Solutions, ZEISS

    Vimal Gangadharan
    Manager, ZEISS Microscopy Customer Centers North America

    Neeraj Gohad
    3D Specialist, ZEISS

    Sven Schirm
    Applications, Training and Microscopy Lab Coordination Manager Team Lead, ZEISS

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    3:00 pm - 3:30 pm Break  
    3:30 pm - 4:15 pm Phenotyping the tumor micro-environment with advanced tissue-based multiplexing assays

    Katir Patel
    Global Manager Field Applications, Ultivue 

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    4:15 pm - 4:30 pm Q&A with Katir Patel, Ulitvue  
    4:30 pm - 5:30 pm Keynote: OME’s Bio-Formats, OMERO, & IDR: Open Tools for Accessing, Integrating, Mining and Publishing Image Data @ Scale
    Jason Swedlow
    Professor of Quantitative Cell Biology in Dundee's School of Life Sciences

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    6:30 pm  Bus departure from Marriott to evening event  
    6:45 pm - 9:45 pm Dinner & Networking Mixer  
  • Wednesday
    Time Topic Presenter
    8:45 am - 9:00 am Mesoscale Imaging System for the
    ZEISS Lightsheet Z.1

    Adeela Syed 
    Optical Biology Core Facility Manager, UC Irvine

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    9:00 am - 9:45 am Integrating and Sustaining Core Facilities in the Research Ecosystem Phillip Hockberger
    Associate Vice President for Research

    Associate Director of Northwestern University’s Clinical And Translational Sciences (NUCATS) Institute

    Associate Professor of Physiology

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    9:45 am - 10:00 am Q&A with Phil Hockberger, Northwestern University
    10:00 am - 10:45 am  Value Pricing Strategies in Action
    Aaron Rosen 
    Senior Financial Analyst for the Core Facilities Administration, Northwestern University

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    10:45 am - 11:00 am Q&A with Aaron Rosen, Northwestern University
    11:00 am - 11:30 am  Break  
    11:30 am - 12:30 pm Panel Discussion - Do's and Don'ts of Equipment Grant Applications

    Claire Brown
    Director, Advanced BioImaging Facility, McGill University

    Alison North
    Senior Director and Research Associate Professor, The Rockefeller University

    Ammasi Periasamy
    Director Of Keck Center for Cellular Imaging, University of Virginia

    Teng-Leong Chew
    Director, HHMI Janelia Research Campus

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    12:30 pm - 1:30 pm Lunch  
    1:30 pm - 2:15 pm New and Notable Microscopy Developments
    Ingo Kleppe
    Principal/Advanced Development, ZEISS
    2:15 pm - 2:30 pm Q&A with Ingo Kleppe
    2:30 pm - 3:00 pm Added Value of Correlative Microscopy

    Kirk Czymmek
    Director, Integrated
    Microscopy Facility,
    Principal Investigator,
    Donald Danforth Plant
    Science Center

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    3:00 pm - 3:15 pm Q&A with Kirk Czymmek  
    3:15 pm - 3:45 pm  Wrap up and feedback  


ZEISS Microscopy Customer Center New York
One Zeiss Drive
Thornwood, NY 10594 USA


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