Scientific Advisory Committee - Former Members

Name and
Contact Information* Research Interests Term
  • Als-Nielsen, Jens
  • Københavns Universitet
  • Niels Bohr Institutet
  • Ørsted Laboratoriet
  • H.C. Ørsted Institutet
  • Universitetsparken 5
  • København, DK-2100
  • Denmark
Prof. Als-Nielsen's interests are in X-ray Physics, Synchrotron Radiation, and Neutron Scattering
  • March 2007 -
  • February 2009
  • Bassett, William
  • Dept. of Geological Sciences
  • Cornell University
  • Snee Hall
  • Ithaca, NY 14853

Prof. Bassett's current research interests include the study of the properties of minerals and fluids under high pressure and temperature to better understand the nature of the materials and processes within the earth's interior.

  • January 2003 -
  • January 2006
  • Bertsch, Paul M.
  • Advanced Analytical Center for
  • Environmental Sciences
  • University of Georgia
  • SREL
  • P.O. Drawer E
  • Aiken, SC 29802

Dr. Bertsch's research interests are in the area of molecular environmental science, particularly the biochemical process that control cycling and fate of carbon, trace elements, and contaminants with soils, groundwater, and surface water.

  • January 2003 -
  • January 2007
  • Birnbaum, Howard, (deceased)
  • Materials Research Laboratory
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  Dr. Birnbaum's research interests have involved physical metallurgy, the physics and mechanical properties of solids, dislocation theory, hydrogen in solids, interstitial diffusion, and hydrogen embrittlement.
  • January 2003 -
  • January 2005
  • Buchanan, Michelle V.
  • Oak Ridge National Laboratory
  • P.O. Box 2008
  • Oak Ridge, TN 37831
Dr. Buchanan's current research activities focus on novel  approaches to molecular analysis, especially protein interactions. She is also interested in interdisciplinary studies in nanoscience, materials and chemical sciences.
  • February 2007 -
  • February 2009

Prof. Bucksbaum's research interest is fundamental light-matter interactions, and especially the control of quantum systems using ultrafast laser fields. 

Current positions: Professor of Photon Sciences, Physics, and Applied Physics, Stanford University. Director of the Stanford PULSE Institute for Ultrafast Energy Science.

  • June 2009 -
  • November 2014
  • Cargill, G. Slade
  • Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering
  • Lehigh University
  • 5 E. Packer Avenue
  • Bethlehem, PA 18015
Professor Cargill's interests lie in the area of improving performance of materials for advanced applications in microelectronic. In addition, he has made important contribution to understanding atomic scale structure of amorphous metals and of defects in crystalline semiconductors.
  • February 2006 -
  • February 2008
  • Corlett, John
  • Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
  • Center for Beam Physics
  • Building 71, Room 219
  • 1 Cyclotron Road, MS 71-259
  • Berkeley, CA 94720
Research interests are in RF and microwave instrumentation and diagnostics for particle accelerators, impedance of accelerators and collective effects in charged particle beams, and in design of next generation light source facilities.
  • November 2009 -
  • March 2014
  • Einspahr, Howard M.
  • P.O. Box 6395,
  • Lawrenceville, NJ 08648-0395
Dr. Einspahr's research interests are biological crystallography, drug  design, synchrotron  radiation, nuclear  hormone receptors, and protein crystallization
  • February 2006 -
  • January 2012
  • Faber, Katherine T.
  • Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering
  • Northwestern University
  • No. Campus Drive
  • Evanston, IL 60208
Professor Faber studies multifunctional ceramics, cellular ceramics, and ceramic coatings. Among her primary interests are processing methods for multifunctional ceramics, mechanical and thermo-mechanical properties of Si-based cellular ceramics, and development and characterization of coatings using small-particle plasma spray.
  • February 2005
  • January 2007
  • Gallagher, Patrick D.
  • National Institute of Standards and Technology
  • 100 Bureau Drive, Stop 8560
  • Gaithersburg, MD 10899-8560
Dr. Gallagher's research interests include neutron and x-ray  diffraction of nanoscale structures, especially in soft condensed  matter systems such as liquids, polymers, and gels, as well as the  experimental study of nonequilibrium structure and processes in  complex condensed matter systems.
  • February 2007 -
  • May 2007
  • Helliwell, John R.
  • Dept. of Chemistry
  • University of Manchester
  • Oxford Road
  • Manchester M13 9PL
  • United Kingdom

Professor Helliwell is highly involved in the development of crystallographic methods for the study of difficult biological samples through synchrotron radiation. His current research includes the structural studies of the saccharide-binding protein concanavalin-A and the carotenoid-binding protein multi-macromolecular complex crustacyanin.

  • January 2003 -
  • January 2007
  • Hendrickson, Wayne
  • Dept. of Biochemistry & Molecular Biophysics
  • Columbia University
  • 630 W. 168 St., BB2-202
  • New York, NY 10032
Dr. Hendrickson studies the structure and biological action of macromolecules, using diffraction analysis and other biochemical and biophysical methods. He and his co-workers combine specific structural studies on important biological problems with methodology development aimed at facilitating these and related investigations.
  • January 2003 -
  • January 2005
  • Ingram, Peter
  • Dept. of Pathology
  • Duke University Medical Center
  • Box 90319
  • LaSalle Street Extension
  • Durham, NC 27708-0319

Prof. Ingram's current research program at the Analytical Electron Microscopy Laboratory at Duke focuses on the development and applications of analytical electron, light, and x-ray microscopy and imaging to biological, environmental and biomedical research

  • January 2003 -
  • January 2006
  • Johnson, Louise N.
  • Dept. of Biochemistry
  • University of Oxford
  • Laboratory of Molecular Biophysics
  • New Biochemistry Building
  • South Parks Road
  • Oxford, OX1 3QU
  • United Kingdom
Dr. Johnson's research interests focus on the regulation of protein kinases and their roles in the cell cycle and in transcription. X-ray crystallography and electron microscopy techniques are used to determine the structures of key proteins identified through genetic studies.
  • March 2009 -
  • February 2011
  • Klein, Miles V.,
  • Dept. of Physics
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • 104 South Goodwin
  • Urbana, IL 61801
In his research in experimental condensed matter physics, Professor Klein studies electronic, vibrational, and magnetic excitations in solids and their mutual couplings., using among other techniques, Raman scattering. Professor Klein shared in the discovery of Raman scattering by electronic excitations across the superconducting gap in low temperature superconductors and helped develop the theory of this effect.
  • May 2007 -
  • February 2011
  • Leapman, Richard
  • Bldg. 13, Room 3N17
  • National Institutes of Health
  • Bethesda , MD 20892
Dr. Leapman's current research interests are analytical electron microscopy and its application to structural and cellular biology. Recent work includes structural determination of cytoskeletal proteins, phosphorylation levels of protein assemblies, and imaging of subcellular calcium. He has also been developing energy-filtered electron microscopy, biological x-ray microanalysis, cryotechniques, and novel modes for quantitative compositional mapping.
  • February 2006 -
  • February 2008
  • Materlik, Gerhard T.
  • Diamond Light Source Ltd.
  • Rutherford Appleton Laboratory
  • Chilton, Didcot
  • Oxon OX11 0QX U.K.

Dr. Materlik research interests cover a wide range of synchrotron-related research in materials science, as well as source and facilities development and management.

  • January 2003 -
  • January 2006
  • McWhan, Denis
  • 8 Gloucester Street
  • Boston, MA 02115

Dr. McWhan's research interests are in the areas of phase transitions using x-ray and neutron scattering techniques including magnetic and time-resolved scattering, as well as in research into the magnetic and electronic properties of new materials.

  • January 2003 -
  • January 2007
  • Norris, James R.
  • Dept. of Chemistry
  • The University of Chicago
  • 5735 S. Ellis Avenue
  • Chicago,IL 60637-1403

Prof. Norris's research focuses on natural and artificial photosynthesis. The goal of the research is a more complete understanding of the beginning of the process of natural photosynthesis such that artificial photosynthesis can be a reality. The mechanism and structural requirements of photosynthesis are explored via a series of photosynthetic reaction centers altered by site-directed mutagenesis.

  • January 2003 -
  • January 2006
  • Peercy, Paul
  • College of Engineering
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • 2610 Engineering Hall
  • 1415 Engineering Drive
  • Madison, WI 53706-1691
Dean Peercy's research interests include phase transitions in solids, ferroelectricity, Raman scattering studies of solids, ion-solid interactions, laser-induced phase transformations, microelectonics and photonics, and solid-state devices.
  • January 2003 -
  • January 2005
  • Pianetta, Piero A.
  • Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Laboratory
  • Stanford Linear Accelerator Center
  • 2575 Sand Hill Road, MS 69
  • Menlo Park, CA 94025
Dr. Pianetta uses synchrotron radiation to study semiconductor surfaces and interfaces, develops tools for ultra-trace analysis using x-ray fluorescence and has begun to work in the areas of x-ray microanalysis and x-ray microscopy.
  • February 2006 -
  • January 2009
  • Rowe, J. Michael
  • 100 Hauoli St., Apt. 209
  • Wailuku, HI
  • 96793-9573

Dr. Rowe is a condensed matter physicist with research interests in hydrogen in metals, lattice dynamics, dynamics of simple liquids, and translation rotation coupling in solids. He is now involved in the design, construction, and operation of cold neutron sources, as well as in facility management.

  • January 2003 -
  • January 2007
  • Stirling, William
  • CEA Grenoble
  • DRT, DGPro
  • 17 rue des Martyrs
  • 38054 Grenoble Cedex 9
  • France

Prof. Stirling's research has concentrated on synchrotron X-ray and neutron scattering studies of the magnetic structures, phase transitions and dynamics of rare-earth and actinide materials. He has also carried out extensive neutron scattering investigations on the excitations of the quantum fluids He3, He4 and He3-He4 mixtures.

February 2009 -
  • November 2013
  • Stöhr, Joachim
  • Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Laboratory
  • Stanford Accelerator Center
  • SLAC, MS 69
  • P.O. Box 20450
  • Stanford, CA 94309

Dr. Stöhr's research interests involve the development of novel synchrotron radiation-techniques mostly in the soft x-ray region. His present research program focuses on the study of magnetic materials and their ultrafast magnetization dynamics by means of x-ray spectroscopy, coherent scattering, and microscopy.

  • January 2003 -
  • January 2006
  • Taylor, Kathleen
  • 1646 Fairway Drive
  • Birmingham, MI 48009
Dr. Taylor's research interests are in the areas of materials and process R&D for lightweight body and power train, engineered and advanced functional materials, and in materials integration.
  • January 2003 -
  • January 2005
  • van der Veen, J. Friso
  • Paul Scherrer Institut
  • CH-5232 Villigen PSI
  • Switzerland
Prof. Van der Veen's current research interests lie in synchrotron radiation instrumentation and in the application of synchrotron x-ray scattering techniques for studies of the structural properties of solid-liquid interfaces and of confined fluid films.
  • November 2009 -
  • June 2014

Dr. Wakatsuki's research focuses on structural biology of intracellular protein transport and post-translational modification using protein X-ray crystallography and small angle X-ray scattering along with biochemical and other biophysical methods. In addition, he develops technologies crucial for synchrotron protein X-ray crystallography including beam line instrumentation, robotics, automation and other experimental techniques.

Current positions: Professor of Photon Science at SLAC. Professor of Structural Biology, Stanford School of Medicine.

  • February 2008 -
  • November 2014
  • Waychunas, Glenn
  • Earth Sciences Division
  • Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
  • M/S 90-1116
  • One Cyclotron Road
  • Berkeley, CA 94720
Application of synchrotron radiation-based spectroscopy and scattering methods to problems in geochemistry, environmental chemistry and solid state chemistry; spectroscopy of mineral surfaces and interfaces; computer simulation of mineral structures and electronic spectra; luminescence spectroscopy; sum-frequency generation (SFG) spectroscopy of water on mineral surfaces; nanomineralogy.
  • February 2007 -
  • March 2013
  • Wasielewski, Michael R.
  • Northwestern University
  • 2145 Sheridan Road
  • Evanston, IL 60208
Professor Wasieleski's research focuses on photoinduced electron transfer and charge transport in organic molecules and materials, self-assembly of nanoscale materials, the primary events of photosynthesis, the magnetic properties of radical ion pairs, ultrafast optical and magnetic resonance techniques, and materials for molecular electronics and spintronics.
  • February 2006 -
  • January 2008
  • Weidner, Donald J.
  • Dept. of Earth and Space Sciences
  • State University of New York, Stony Brook
  • 5734 Ellis Avenue
  • Stony Brook, NY 11794- 2100
Dr. Weidner's primary research interests include phase equilibrium and its implications to earth structure, rheology of mantle minerals and mechanism of deep earthquakes, and elasticity.
  • February 2006 -
  • January 2009
  • Wiltzius, Pierre
  • Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • 405 N. Matthews
  • Urbana, IL 61801

Dr. Wiltzius' research interests are in self-assembly processes in soft-condensed matter systems, e.g., polymers, liquid crystals and colloids.

  • January 2003 -
  • January 2008
  • Yang, Wei
  • National Institutes of Health
  • Laboratory of Molecular Biology
  • Bldg. 5, Rm B1-03
  • 9000 Rockville Pike
  • Bethesda, MD 20892
Dr. Yang's research is focused on molecular assemblies and mechanisms of DNA recombination and repair, particularly the V(D)J gene  rearrangement in immune systems and the methyl-directed mismatch  MutSLH repair system. X-ray crystallography, molecular biology, and various biochemical and biophysical approaches are used to elucidate the molecular mechanisms that drive these biological processes.
  • February 2007 -
  • January 2009

* Contact information current as of the end of the member's term.

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