Iowa Microscopy Society


About Our Society

The Iowa Microscopy Society is a non-profit affiliate of the Microscopy Society of America (MSA). The goals of this organization are to bring together people interested in microscopy, and to foster the exchange of ideas and information. To support its mission, the IMS hosts an annual symposium of speakers covering a variety of microscopy-related topics.

Mark your calendars: The 2019 Iowa Microscopy Society Fall Meeting will be held on Wednesday October 2, in room 1117 MERF.


The speakers this year will be:

  • Donna Hammond, Ph.D., Professor, Pharmacology and Anesthesia, UIowa
    • “Mechanistic Studies of Nicotinamide Riboside’s Ability to Suppress Chemotherapy-induced Peripheral Neuropathy”
  • Ryan Robinson, Ph.D., Leica Microsystems Applications Specialist
    • “Updating the Donut: Recent Advancements in STED Microscopy for Nanoscale Imaging”
  • Keyan Zarei, MSTP, Internal Medicine, UIowa
    • "Studying Cystic Fibrosis Hepatobiliary Disease Using an Organoid Model “
  • Mason Sweat, Ph.D., student, Anatomy and Cell Biology, UIowa
    •  "Transgenic PMIS-miR-200 Mice Demonstrate New Mechanisms for Lung, Heart and Tooth Stem Cell Homeostasis“
  • Dipali Sashital, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Biochemistry Biophysics and Molecular Biology, ISU
    • “Structural Studies of CRISPR-Cas Complexes by Single-particle Electron Microscopy”
  • Antentor (AJ) Hinton, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Internal Medicine, UIowa
    • “A Pragmatic Approach to Standardizing Ultrastructure Morphology in Cell Culture and Tissue”
  • Sam Stephens, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Internal Medicine, UIowa
    • “Regulation of Insulin Granule Trafficking in the Islet β-cell”

There will also be morning refreshments, and a noon pizza lunch in the MERF atrium. The meeting room, 1117 MERF, is adjacent to the atrium.

Meeting Schedule

IMS Membership Form


Hands-On Workshop and Demonstration of Leica Microsystems THUNDER 3D Live Sample Imaging Systems

Leica Microsystems with be providing demonstrations of both upright and inverted THUNDER 3D tissue, live cell and model organism imaging sytems on October 1st and 2nd. Please contact Jamie Van Berkum at to schedule a session on these powerful, high-resolution systems. Here is a link to the workshop/demonstration flyer. Detailed information on the THUNDER systems can be found here.


Featured again this year will be two IMS Symposium traditions:


The Iowa Art in Science Competition:

The goal of The Iowa Art in Science Contest is to recognize the combination of outstanding scientific discovery and artistic appeal inherent to microscopy research. Corporate supporters of the IMS Symposium have generously donated prizes to be awarded to contest winners.

Images from any mode of microscopy can be used, and any form of colorization, manipulation and compositing is completely acceptable. Be creative, go nuts!


Art in Science Contest Entry Form


Microscopy Equipment and Supplies Displays:

On October 2, microscope and related-supplies vendors will be displaying equipment and information in the MERF Atrium. Displays will be open from 9AM through 3PM. Please take some time to meet with the vendors, see their products and thank them for their generous support of the IMS Symposium. Pizza will be served over the lunch hour!

A big Thank You to our corporate sponsors!!


Ted Pella, Inc. logo.jpg


Warm Regards,

Tom Moninger, IMS President


MSA Special Offer for Professionals, Staff, and Students

Microscopy professionals and students are encouraged to enroll as a member of the Society for as little as $20.00 for students and $60.00 for others. By doing so, they will immediately have access to all of the following services, and more:

  • • A personal subscription to MSA's official journal, Microscopy and Microanalysis, and MSA's
        popular bi-monthly magazine, Microscopy Today.
    • Reduced registration for PMCx60 Pre-meeting Congress for Students at Annual Meeting
    • Reduced registration for pre-meeting congresses and short courses at Annual Meeting
    • Student Bursary Program for the Annual Meeting
    • MSA Undergraduate Student Research Scholarships
    • MSA Student Council leadership opportunities
    • MSA Presidential Student Award supports attendance at Annual Meeting
    • MSA student programming for the Annual Meeting
    • Access to extensive educational materials and activities

Please feel free to call 1-703-234-4115 or visit if you have any questions you might have about the meeting or the Society in general.

The Iowa Microscopy Society is a Local Affiliated society of the Microscopy Society of America.

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