Focused Interest Groups (FIG)

MSA FIGs are groups of MSA members who have organized, with the approval of MSA Council, to promote a specific discipline relevant to microscopy or microanalysis. Each FIG must have a minimum of 10 members to remain active. All MSA members are eligible and encouraged to participate in the existing FIGs. There is an annual fee of $15 per each FIG joined.

Any group of MSA members who wishes to organize a new Focused Interest Group may contact the FIG Chair for more information.

The Official MSA Guidelines for all FIG's.

FIG Committee Chair, 2020-2022
Renu Sharma
National Institute of Standards and Technology
Gaithersburg, MD

Active FIGs

3D EM in the Biological Sciences (3DEMBS)
Bill Rice
NYU Langone Medical Center
New York, NY


Aberration Corrected EM (ACEM)
Robert Klie
University of Illinois at Chicago
Chicago, IL


Atom Probe Field Ion Microscopy (APFIM)
David Diercks
Colorado School of Mines


Cryopreparation (CP)
Kim Rensing
912 Stevens Street
White Rock, BC Canada
V4B 4X4
Tel: 778-228-9355


Diagnostic & Biomedical Microscopy (DBM)
Ru-ching Hsia
University of Maryland Baltimore
Tel: 410-706-7992


Electron Crystallography and Automated Mapping Techniques (ECAMT)
Roberto dos Reis
Northwestern University
Evanston, IL


EM in Liquids and Gases (EMLG)
Katherine Jungjohann
Sandia National Laboratory
Albuquerque, NM


Facilities Operation and Management (FOM)
Amelia Dempere
Engineer and Director
Research Service Centers (RSC)
Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering
110 NRF (Nanoscale Research Facility)
1041 Center Dr.
UF Campus
Gainesville, 32611
Tel: 352-392-6985


Focused Ion Beam (FIB)
Suzy Vitale
Microbeam Specialist, FIB/SEM
Geophysical Laboratory
Carnegie Institution of Washington
5251 Broad Branch Road NW
Washington, DC 20015
Tel: 202-478-8918


MicroAnalytical Standards (MAS)
FIG is open to members of MSA, MAS, IMS, MSC/SMC
Anette von der Handt
Electron Microprobe Lab Manager
University of Minnesota
Dept. of Earth Sciences
116 Church Street SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455
Phone: (612) 624 7370
Fax: (612) 625 3819


Pharmaceuticals (PHRM)
Jason R. Mantei
Research Scientist II
Baxter Research & Development
Baxter Healthcare Corporation
25212 W. IL Rt. 120, WG3-1S
Round Lake, Illinois 60073 / USA