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Kristen C. Maitland, Ph.D.

MIC Director, Associate Professor

Dr. Kristen Maitland is an associate professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Texas A&M University. Her research focuses on the development of optical instrumentation for improved detection and diagnosis of disease, primarily cancer and bacterial infection.


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Avery McIntosh, Ph.D.

MIC Assistant Director and Research Scientist

Dr. McIntosh joined the Microscopy and Imaging Center in January 2018 to oversee daily operations of the Center. He received his Ph.D. in Physics from Texas A&M University in August 1998.  He has extensive experience in fluorescence spectroscopy and imaging including confocal and multiphoton laser scanning microscopy, fluorescence photobleaching recovery (FPR) fluctuation correlation spectroscopy (FCS), and fluorescence lifetime imaging (FLIM).


Tom Stephens

Assistant Research Scientist (Retired)

Before retiring in September of 2020 Tom was at the MIC for over 30 years. 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. During his time at the MIC, Tom was responsible for the Pelco EasiGlow Glow Discharge Apparatus, Cressington 208HR Sputter Coater, Cressington 108 Sputter Coater, Quanta SEM, and Tescan Vega SEM.

Dr. Michael Pendleton

Research Associate (Retired)

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 was responsible for the Tescan Vega SEM before his retirement in September 2018.