Dr. Hansoo Kim
Associate Research Scientist



Hansoo Kim joined the Microscopy and Imaging Center at TAMU in January 2008 as an Associate Research Scientist. He received his Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from University of Florida at Gainesville in 2003. He preformed his postdoctoral researches at University of Pennsylvania before he became a research scientist at the University of North Texas. His research area has been synthesis and characterization of nanomaterials, morphological study on ionic polymers (ionomers), characterization of metallic composites. For these researches various kinds of conventional and advanced scanning and transmission electron microscopes have been major analytical tools. His research interests are analysis of materials for crystallographic, physical and chemical properties along with tomography of 3d-shaped materials using the analytical transmission electron microscopy TECNAI F20 and JEOL 2010.

Rick Littleton
Senior Research Associate



Rick Littleton is a Senior Research Associate with the Microscopy and Imaging Center. He joined the MIC staff in 1994 after working in the graphic design and photography industry then later as a consultant in wetland ecology and management. His duties include training, operation, and maintenance of the JEOL 1200 Transmission  Electron Microscope, training on the Nikon Stereo light microscope, and assisting in training and operation on the JEOL 6400 Scanning Electron Microscope. Rick's duties also include preparation and microtomy of TEM samples using the Ultracut E Microtome and overseeing the Center's entire photographic facilities.

Rick received a B.S. degree in Dairy Manufacturing from Texas A&M University in 1982 and a B.S. in Wildlife Ecology in 1992. Prior to working for the MIC he consulted on wetland delineation projects using physiological and morphological adaptation of plant species occurring in potential wetland areas. Rick also worked to identify the impact of bird populations as they relate to plant diversity in the management of seasonally flooded wetlands.

Dr. Michael Pendleton
Research Associate



Mike Pendleton received his Ph.D. in anthropology from Texas A&M University in 1993. He has been employed as an archeological surveyor in a national forest, as a consultant at archeological sites, and as a biological technician for the Southern Plains Agricultural Research Center, Agricultural Research Service, U.S.D.A. He studied, for instance, insect migration and foraging patterns by the analysis of pollen adhering to their bodies. Mike has mainly used SEM techniques for his archeological and biological research. In the Center, he is responsible for the Tescan Vega SEM.

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Mildred Richards
Senior Administrative Coordinator

 Mildred Richards has been with the MIC  for over 30 years. She handles billing and other administrative tasks essential for MIC operations.

Tom Stephens
Assistant Research Scientist


Tom Stephens is an Assistant Research Scientist. He has been at the MIC for over 30 years. Tom's responsibilities include maintenance, consulting work and training for the FEI Q600 field emission scanning electron microscope. He is also the backup for the Tescan Vega scanning electron microscope and the Zeiss Axiophot optical microscope. 

Tom is originally from Wisconsin. He received his B.S. degree at the University of Wisconsin in Environmental Science and M.S. degree from Texas A&M in Zoology. His research interests include aculeate hymenopteran ecology and evolution.

Dr. Stanislav Vitha 
Dr. Stanislav Vitha
Research Scientist



Stan Vitha received his Ph.D. in Cell and Molecular Biology in 1995 from the University of South Bohemia, Czech Republic. His graduate research was conducted in the Institute of Plant Molecular Biology (Czech Academy of Sciences, České Budějovice), DeMontfort University, Leicester, England and University of Bonn, Germany. After postdoctoral research with Dr. Fred Sack at Ohio State University and with Dr. Katherine Osteryoung, first at University of Nevada, Reno, then at Michigan State University in East Lansing,  Stan joined the Microscopy and Imaging Center in August 2004. He is responsible for light microscopy imaging, training of users on optical microscopes and for sample preparation (vitrification) for cryo-TEM. His current interests are chloroplast division, optical imaging techniques, Image restoration (deconvolution)  and image analysis.

Claire Smith
Student Worker