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2023 EMSL User Meeting
October 3 - 5, 2023


The 2023 EMSL User Meeting included keynote speakers, contributor talks, flash talks, tutorials, and poster sessions on biological cartography, spatially resolved integrative omics, and multimodal imaging.


Malak Tfaily presents at the 2023 EMSL User Meeting.
Ecosystem scientist Malak Tfaily presents during the 2023 EMSL User Meeting at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory's Discovery Hall. (Photo by Genoa Blankenship | EMSL)

Day 1

The 2023 EMSL User Meeting Day One focused on the following:

  • Overview of EMSL, capabilities, and user program
  • Spatially resolved mass spectrometry and mass spectrometry imaging
  •  Spatial and multimodal omics analysis of plant systems

Revealing the Intricacies of Organism-environment Interactions using Spatial Metabolomics: A Path Toward Understanding Adaptation and Acclimation

A Systems Biology Approach to Reveal Cell-type Specific Molecular Responses to Combined Abiotic Stresses in Poplar

Integrating Multi-omic and Isotopic Tools to Map Nitrogen Metabolism in the Sorghum Rhizosphere

A New in situ Derivatization Workflow for Imaging Carbonyls, Phytohormones, and Other Hard to Detect Metabolites in Environmental Samples

In vivo Isotope Labeling of Plant Metabolites for Mass Spectrometry Imaging

Use of Single Cell Biology to Engineer Stronger, Healthier, & Better Crops

Small Multiples to Visualize, Interact w/ Ant Fungal Garden Multiomics Data

NanoSIMS analysis in plant systems

Day 2

The 2023 EMSL User Meeting Day Two focused on the following:

  • Illuminating environmental processes using fluorescence microscopy tools
  • Imaging environmental processes using advanced light sources
  • Revealing microscale and nanoscale environmental processes and interactions using electron microscopy

EMSL enabled studies of plant receptor function

Mapping microbial biogenic gas activity in peat soils at multiple scales of measurement using minimally invasive hydrogeophysical methods

Spatial Metallomics and Metabolomics to Understand Metabolic Pathways of Plants and Cells involved in Bioenergy Processes

Cellulose hydrolysis studied by infrared nanospectroscopy

Fine root chemical plasticity in response to nutrient heterogeneity impacts root decomposition.

Deeper insights into calcium and potassium biogeochemical cycles from theory backed X-ray spectroscopy: An SSRL-EMSL collaboration

RhizoGrid root cartography spatially maps plant metabolite-microbe interactions in the Sorghum rhizosphere

Investigating the molecular processes controlling potassium translocation by fungi using synthetic soil habitats and synchrotron µ-XRF imaging

High-resolution X-ray microscope techniques for biological and environmental studies at the Advanced Photon Source.

The use of multi-modal imaging for understanding plant-microbe interactions

Molecular to micron scale investigations of colloids to understand field scale elemental transport

EMSL 1000 Fungal Proteins

Nanoscale defects and melting behaviors of ice revealed at atomic resolution

Demystifying the molecular mechanisms of glycoside hydrolases by glycoproteomics

Cross-scale analyses of soil, fungi, and carbon delivered by advanced analytical capabilities