Stowers
Microscopy Center
People
Brian Slaughter
Co-Head of Microscopy

Brian's background is in Biophysics. He obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Kansas.

Brian is our Co-Head of Microscopy, and he regularly helps our research labs fit biological problems into the scope of a microscopy technique that will produce results. Brian consistently finds new collaborations and helps labs to address problems through microscopy that they might not be able to solve any other way!

Jay Unruh
Co-Head of Microscopy

Jay's background is in Biophysics. He obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Kansas.

Jay is our Co-Head of Microscopy, and he loves new microscopy techniques. He is also an expert in image processing and in coding. He is a world expert on ImageJ, and has created a vast library of image processing utilities in ImageJ. He also knows how to get Science done, and facilitates projects institute wide!

Sean McKinney
Manager of Microscopy

Sean's background is in Physics. He obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

Sean is our manager and expert in all microscopy techniques. He built our homemade SPIM and PALM rigs, and has developed fluorescent proteins. Sean manages all daily operations as well as working on research projects.

Richard Alexander
Research Specialist II

Richard's background is in Physics. He obtained a Masters at the University of Kansas where he studied quantum computing.

Richard is our image processing and coding expert. If you have an image, he will take it and give you back data! For more complex tasks, Richard regularly produces custom programs to process images that cannot be done any other way.

Steve Hoffman
Sr. Research Specialist

Steve's backround is in creating electronic devices to monitor physiology. He obtained his Masters from University of Misssouri.

Steve is our expert in all things microscope related. He maintains the vast array of microscopy equipment, and has vowed to find and diagnose problems before our users get on a system. He makes sure everything is running smoothly so that our scientists can focus on Science!

Amanda Kroesen
Laboratory Assistant

Amanda's background is in Physical Chemistry. She obtained her Masters at the University of Colorado where she got to play with femtosecond lasers bouncing off a plethora of mirrors!

Amanda is our optics expert. She helped to build our home-made SPIM microscope, and whips up any custom optics breadboards that a project might require.

Jeff Lange
Research Specialist II

Jeff's background is in Analytical Chemistry. He obtained his Ph.D. at Kansas State University where he unlocked the complexities of single molecule diffusion and electron trapping on nano-porous membranes!

Jeff is our expert in complex microscopy techniques, microfabrication, and microfluidic devices. He regularly helps our scientists design experiments using a wide array of microscopy techniques. He also maintains a microfabrication lab where he creates microfluidic devices to enable researchers to perform experiments that could not be done otherwise!

Cindy Maddera
Research Technician III

Cindy's background is in Microbiology and Molecular Genetics. She obtained her Masters at Oklahoma State University.

Cindy is our microscopy and training expert. She is an expert in obtaining amazing images from our many microscopes, under any number of different experimental conditions. She also regularly trains our scientists to use our microscopes and to understand the theory and methods so that they can be more effective in their scientific mission!

Richard Pierce
Research Technician I

Rick's background is in the Marine Corp and in Biotechnology. He obtained his degree Johnson County Community College.

Rick helps to maintain all of the equipment at the institute. He is an expert at solving problems for people, and he regularly trains our scientists on the most effective use of a microscope!

Sarah Smith
Research Specialist I

Sarah's background is in Biology. She obtained her Ph.D. from the University of Kansas Medical Center while completing research right here at the Stowers Institute!

Sarah is our expert in complex microscopy techniques and experimental design. She regularly helps our scientists design all phases of their experiments. She has a great understanding of both biological and microscopy methods, and has nurtured several difficult projects to completion that might not have made it without her guidance!

Sr. Research Specialist

Chris's background is in Physics. He obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Missouri-Rolla.

Chris is our image processing and coding expert. He is an expert at dealing with complex coding platforms and has created custom code to interface with various microscopy equipment.

Research Specialist II

Zulin's background is in Biophysics. He obtained his Ph.D. from the Institute of Biophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences.

Zulin is an expert in complex microscopy techniques. His specific focus of late has been on SIM super resolution. He has helped our scientists to take images of structures that no one in the world has ever seen before!