Dr. Marek Malac has been elected as the President of the Microscopical Society of Canada (MSC)—an association dedicated to the promotion of all areas of microscopy research. Dr. Malac is an adjunct professor in the Department of Physics at the University of Alberta, and he has worked in the NRC's Nanotechnology Research Centre (formerly NINT) for 16 years, where he focuses on electron microscopy research. He led the building of the electron microscopy lab at the Nanotechnology Research Centre—a $20M investment in instruments and infrastructure—which involved designing custom instrumentation, and assembling and training the electron microscopy team. Dr. Malac and his colleagues have led a number of nanotechnology collaborations, including partnerships with Hitachi High-Technologies, JEOL, L'Oréal, and Toyota.
"I'm interested in pushing the limits of electron microscopy by understanding the underlying physics that determines them. Our lab is unique because we develop hardware and software that is useful for new applications that researchers haven't previously had."