Mr Brealey was born in Adelaide, Australia and gained his degree in Medical Laboratory Science at the South Australian Institute of Technology in 1984. He has worked in diagnostic electron microscopy for the past 38 years and is head of the Electron Microscopy Unit within the Directorate of Anatomical Pathology at SA Pathology in Adelaide. He has co-authored several peer-reviewed journal articles involving ultrastructural pathology, and is President of the Society for Ultrastructural Pathology and lead co-ordinator of the UltraPath XXI conference in Sydney.
Dr Chang was born and raised in Los Angeles before earning his undergraduate degree in biology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and obtaining his medical degree from Albany Medical College in New York. He completed his anatomic and clinical pathology residency and renal pathology fellowship with Charlie Alpers at the University of Washington. He joined the Department of Pathology at the University of Chicago in 2004, where he is now a Professor. He was President of the Renal Pathology Society in 2017 and President of the Chicago Pathology Society from 2011-2013. Dr Chang has taught over 35 educational courses at the annual meetings for the American Society of Nephrology, the College of American Pathologists, the US & Canadian Academy of Pathology, the American College of Rheumatology, and the American Urological Association. He is co-lead editor of the 1st-4th editions of “Diagnostic Pathology: Kidney Diseases” and has authored over 30 book chapters and 100 peer-reviewed journal articles.
Dr Chen is a Hematopathologist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. He earned his medical degree from Beijing University’s School of Medical Science and pursued his PhD at the University of Kentucky, specializing in platelet biology and pathology. Following his doctoral studies, Dr Chen completed his pathology residency at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and underwent fellowship training in Hematopathology at the Mayo Clinic. He further enhanced his expertise by receiving specialized training in platelet transmission electron microscopy under the mentorship of Dr James G. White at the University of Minnesota. Dr Chen has authored approximately 170 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters. His research primarily focuses on the laboratory diagnosis of inherited and acquired platelet disorders.
Dr Choung is a renal pathologist in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California. She graduated from Barnard College studying sociology and psychology and from Tulane University with a degree in medicine. She completed her residency in anatomic and clinical pathology at Yale New Haven Hospital and renal pathology fellowship at Columbia University Medical Center. Her primary research interests are in renal diseases associated with immunological disorders and socioeconomic factors, and ultrastructural pathology.
Tzipi Cohen Hyams
Dr Cohen Hyams holds a PhD in Materials Science & Engineering from the Technion, Israel. Her scientific journey continued with a Fulbright Fellowship at UC Berkeley, where she specialized in Li-Ion batteries and nanomaterials for solar cells, employing diverse microscopy techniques. Upon returning to Israel, she led the FIB laboratory at the Technion’s Russell Berrie Nanotechnology Institute (RBNI). Her experience includes bridging the gap between academia and industry by providing cutting-edge solutions for characterization, processing, and failure analysis with techniques that extend beyond mere analysis, encompassing training, supervision, and support for graduate and undergraduate students. In 2016, she joined the Ingham Institute for Applied Medical Research in Sydney as the new correlative microscopy facility manager. The facility formulated new insights into diverse cancers and renal diseases by developing a correlative light and electron microscopy (CLEM) workflow for cell and biomarker molecular analysis that incorporates immunocytochemical labelling with 3D microscopy visualisation.
Ms Cummins is the quality specialist and supervisor of the Electron Microscopy Core Laboratory at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota and is responsible for preparing and representing the laboratory for regulatory/accreditation inspections. She earned her BA degree in Biology from the University of Minnesota and first joined Mayo Clinic as a research laboratory technologist. She later joined the Electron Microscopy Lab where she was introduced to and trained in all aspects of electron microscopy including processing, microtomy, and clinical diagnostic microscopy. Shortly after joining the EM lab, she also became involved in quality and regulatory compliance. Since that time, she has written and implemented standardized laboratory procedures in accordance with CAP/CLIA/NYS regulations, designed training and competency assessment plans for processing & microtomy, and helped co-develop a standardized training & competency program for the electron microscopists.
Sibel Erdogan Damgard
Dr Erdogan Damgard received her medical degree from the Ankara University Medical School in Turkey. She held an anatomical pathology residency at the Ankara Numune Hospital before working as a general pathologist and then holding an assistant professorial position. She emigrated to the US and, in 2006, began at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota working on cancer research. In 2008, she joined the Mayo Clinic Electron Microscopy Core Lab and, upon realizing the value of electron microscopy in clinical diagnostics, began developing clinical scoping methods and establishing training and competency standards. Since 2010, she has been training technical staff and pathologists in clinical electron microscopy.
Dr Herrera holds the positions of Chair and Locke Eminent Scholar within the Department of Pathology and Professor within the Department of Cell Biology and Physiology at the Whiddon School of Medicine, University of South Alabama. He was previously Chair at the Departments of Pathology at Louisiana State University in Shreveport, Louisiana and Saint Louis University in Saint Louis, Missouri. He is the Editor in Chief of the journal Ultrastructural Pathology and has published extensively on various aspects of ultrastructural pathology. His greatest contribution has been his seminal work on the relationship between monoclonal gammopathies and kidney disease, a field of endeavour in which he has researched for the last 35 years. He maintains a basic science laboratory and an active outreach kidney pathology consultation practice.
Dr Hicks is an attending pediatric pathologist at Texas Children’s Hospital and Professor of Pathology at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. He is the medical director of the Electron Microscopic Laboratory at Texas Children’s Hospital which services the four free-standing pediatric hospitals of the Texas Children’s Hospital system. He also provides consultative technical and interpretative EM services to hospitals throughout the United States.
Dr Hou is an Associate Professor of Pathology at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California. She spent 10 years developing her basic science career as a researcher at the National Institutes of Health, after which she completed her medical training at Georgetown University, Washington DC. She then completed her combined anatomic and clinical pathology residency and a fellowship in medical renal pathology at Columbia University, followed by a fellowship in surgical oncologic pathology at Hartford Hospital, Connecticut. She joined Cedars Sinai in 2019 and quickly became involved in several national and international kidney and kidney pathology organizations. She has authored several journal articles, reviews, and book chapters including seminal references such as Rosai’s Pathology textbook. She is also Pathology Deputy Editor for GlomCon’s soon-to-be-released e-textbook. She is passionate about education and training, teaching for the American Society of Nephrology’s Board Review course, serving as a member of the Education Committee for the newly formed International Society for Glomerular Disease, and is a frequent lecturer and workshop leader for GlomCon’s virtual glomerular disease fellowship. She is particularly passionate about mentoring those with a budding interest in renal pathology, both from within and outside of Cedars Sinai.
Dr Howell received his BA, PhD in Microbiology and Immunology, and MD degrees from Duke University, which has been his academic home now for a half-century. Upon completion of his doctoral work, he pursued residency training in anatomic pathology and fellowship in immunopathology in the Department of Pathology, Duke University Medical Center, where he was appointed Assistant Professor in 1988, with promotion to Associate Professor in 1999 and Professor in 2006. He was a Staff Pathologist at the Durham Veterans Affairs Medical Center for more than 30 years, serving as Chief of the Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Service from 1999-2012. In 2015, he was Interim Chair of the Department of Pathology at Duke. He is now Senior Vice Chair and Chair of the Departmental Appointments, Promotion & Tenure Committee. His diagnostic and research interests are in renal, transplant, and ultrastructural pathology; particular areas of focus include diagnosis and management of infectious complications of solid-organ transplantation, heritable glomerular disorders, and solving difficult diagnostic problems with correlative microscopy. He served as President of the Society for Ultrastructural Pathology from 2010-2012. He is currently Vice President of the Renal Pathology Society, and is scheduled to become its President in 2024. He is author of more than 140 journal articles and book chapters.
Dr Killingsworth is currently Principal Scientist in the Electron Microscopy Laboratory, NSW Health Pathology (NSWHP), in Sydney. He is an Adjunct Professor in the School of Medicine, Western Sydney University (WSU) and a Conjoint Professor in the Southwest Sydney Clinical Campus, University of New South Wales, Sydney (UNSW). He completed his doctoral studies on chronic inflammatory processes in age-related macular degeneration (AMD) of the retina and moved to NSWHP in 1996 to establish a diagnostic electron microscopy facility in Anatomical Pathology, Liverpool Hospital. In 2013 he established a research laboratory at the Ingham Institute for Applied Medical Research, Sydney where he is a group leader with Dr Tzipi Cohen Hyams in the Correlative Microscopy Facility. He directs the Cell Based Disease Intervention research group, leads the Clinical Sciences Research Stream and has received over $3 million dollars of microscopy infrastructure funding. In 2010 he was awarded a Founding Fellowship of the Faculty of Science by the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia and in 2018 was the recipient of the Lady Mary Fairfax Distinguished Researcher Award, Australia.
Dr Klebe is an Associate Professor in Anatomical Pathology at Flinders University/SA Pathology at Flinders Medical Centre in South Australia and she was the Research Director of the Asbestos Diseases Research Institute (ADRI). A Graduate of Berlin Free University, with an MD in Protein Biochemistry and a PhD in Gene Therapy, her work has focused for the past 18 years on pleuropulmonary pathology and ocular pathology. She is an author of the WHO classification of pleural tumours and current diagnostic guidelines, member of the International Mesothelioma Interest Group, chair of the ICCR for structured reporting for mesothelioma and advises the Australian Institute of Health on the Australian Mesothelioma Registry. She has more than 150 peer reviewed publications, as well as book chapters, grants and patents in the area. She served 6 years as Chief Examiner of the Basic Pathological Sciences Examination for The Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia and is a passionate educator, with an active grant-funded research program.
Dr Mansy graduated from the Faculty of Medicine at Cairo University in Egypt. She has extensive experience in electron microscopy and related techniques through her training and research at the Pasteur Institute in France, Michigan State University, and the University of York. Currently, she is Emeritus Professor of Pathology & Electron Microscopy at the Theodor Bilharz Research Institute in Giza, Egypt. Professor Mansy is the founder and president of the Egyptian Society of Electron Microscopy, Councillor for North Africa and the Middle East in the Society for Ultrastructural Pathology, and an editorial board member of the journal Ultrastructural Pathology.
Dr Roggli graduated from Rice University in 1973 with a Degree in Biochemistry and Environmental Engineering, and then graduated with honors from Baylor College of Medicine in 1976. He joined the faculty of Duke University Medical Center in 1980 and trained in pulmonary pathology. He was appointed Professor of Pathology in 1994, and was the Director of the Electron Microscopy Laboratory at the Durham VA Medical Center from 1992 to 2006. His research interests include pneumoconioses, asbestos-related diseases, and analytical electron microscopy. He has written five textbooks and published more than 40 chapters and 240 journal articles. He is a member of the American Thoracic Society, the International Academy of Pathology, the Pulmonary Pathology Society, the Society for Ultrastructural Pathology, the International Mesothelioma Panel and the US-Canadian Mesothelioma Panel.
Dr Roufosse is a Clinical Reader in Renal Pathology at the Centre for Inflammatory Diseases, Department of Immunology & Inflammation at Imperial College in London. She is also an Honorary Consultant in renal and transplant pathology at North West London Pathology, in affiliation with the Imperial College. She carries out translational research in kidney and transplant kidney pathology, with a focus on the application of gene expression analysis and novel imaging technologies to improve diagnosis. She is a trial pathologist for clinical trials in transplantation and glomerulonephritis, and her particular areas of expertise are transplant rejection and paraprotein-related renal injury.
Dr Sethi graduated from Assam Medical College, India in 1985 and completed his pathology residency at Sarojini Naidu Medical College in 1989. He pursued graduate studies at Albany Medical College in New York and received his PhD in Experimental Pathology in 1995. He completed his Pathology residency at Yale University in 1999 and his fellowship in Renal Pathology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital at Harvard University in 2001. He is currently a Professor at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota and his main research interests are in glomerulonephritis and the application of proteomics in renal pathology. His research has been instrumental in characterising new types of amyloidosis, novel antigens in membranous nephropathy, and complement pathways in glomerular diseases. These studies have resulted in over 275 peer-reviewed journal articles. He has also led consensus studies for the classification of glomerulonephritis, monoclonal immunoglobulin-associated kidney diseases, membranous nephropathy and the standardization of reporting and chronicity scoring of the kidney biopsy. He has given over 200 invited lectures both nationally and internationally and, for his contributions to renal pathology and clinical service, was awarded the Jacob Churg Award in 2020 by the Renal Pathology Society, the Distinguished Clinician Award in 2021 by the Mayo Clinic, and the invited Pirani lectureship by Columbia University in 2022.
Dr Turbat-Herrera has practiced Cytopathology for over 30 years and currently holds professorial positions within the Department of Pathology and the Mitchell Cancer Institute at the Whiddon School of Medicine, University of South Alabama. She is Director of Pathological Services at the Mitchell Cancer Institute and Medical Director of The USA Health Biobank. Previously, she has been a Professor and Director of the Cytopathology Fellowship Program at Louisiana State University in Shreveport, Louisiana and Saint Louis University in Saint Louis, Missouri. Her main research interests have been in human papillomavirus biology and the interactions of AL amyloid in the kidney mesangium. She is an Associate Editor of the journal Ultrastructural Pathology and has published on numerous aspects of ultrastructural pathology including the use of EM as an aid to diagnosis in fine-needle aspiration cytology.
Dr Wagner attained his Degree in Biology in Portsmouth in 1979, and shortly thereafter started working in Histopathology in Sheffield. He received his Master’s Degree in Histology in 1982, and became Head of the Diagnostic Electron Microscopy Unit at Sheffield in 1984. In 1997, he was awarded a travel fellowship to train under the mentorship of Professor Feroze Ghadially in Ottawa, and in 1999 was instrumental in the formation of the Association of Clinical Electron Microscopists in the UK. In 2008, he received his Diploma in Expert Practice in Ultrastructural Pathology. He has presented at numerous national and international meetings, and has co-authored over 100 journal articles involving clinical electron microscopy.
Dr Warren practiced as a pediatrician and general physician in Japan before moving to the US where she worked as a post-doctoral fellow in pathology. She completed her anatomical and clinical pathology residency at the University of Hawaii and then fellowships in molecular genetic pathology and pediatric pathology at the Baylor College of Medicine. She works as an academic pediatric pathologist with 10 years experience in clinical practice, including 2 years at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and 8 years at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. She reports surgical, biopsy, cytology, autopsy, and EM cases and, since 2018, has served as Director of the EM Laboratory at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. She believes that, despite the advances of modern techniques, EM is still useful in pediatric pathology, and the study of cell ultrastructure gives a deeper understanding of cell biology and the pathophysiology underlying pediatric diseases.
Dr Weins is the Chief of Renal Pathology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and an Assistant Professor of Pathology at Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts. She attended Medical School in Heidelberg and Munich in Germany, then came to the US for a postdoctoral fellowship in nephrology and subsequently did her anatomic pathology training at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, including a renal pathology fellowship under Dr Helmut Rennke. Aside from her role as an anatomic pathologist, she also directs an active translational research program with a focus on elucidating the pathobiology of autoimmune-mediated acute nephrotic syndrome in children and adults.
Dr Ziad is a pathologist working at Te Whatu Ora Waikato Hospital in Hamilton, NZ. She has a special interest in Neuropathology including muscle biopsies as well as medical renal biopsy interpretation. She is the President of Australian & New Zealand Society for Neuropathology.
Dr Zuckerman received his MD from the University of California in Los Angeles and his PhD from the California Institute of Technology. He also completed his pathology residency and renal pathology fellowship at the University of California. He is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine in the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California where he is the service chief of renal pathology and residency program director.