Prof. Louisa Meshi of the Department of Materials Engineering has been named Chair of the Commission on Electron Crystallography (CEC) of the International Union of Crystallography (IUCr). The IUCr was founded in 1947 and today has over 2000 members from all over the world.
Crystallography is the study of atomic and molecular structure. Crystallographers work in many disciplines, including chemistry, geology, biology, materials science, metallurgy and physics. Crystallographers study diverse substances, from living cells to superconductors, from protein molecules to ceramics.
In 2012, Prof. Meshi was awarded the prestigious Krill Prize from the Wolf Foundation for excellence in scientific research.
Prof. Meshi is a graduate of the Department of Materials Engineering at BGU and completed all three of her degrees in the department. After completing a post-doctorate in the Department of Physics at the University of Bristol, England, she worked at the Ilse Katz Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology (IKI) as Director of the Electron Microscopy Unit. In 2009 she joined the Department of Materials Engineering as a lecturer and now holds the rank of professor. Prof. Meshi has won several prestigious awards, including the Wolf Prize for excellence in doctoral research and the Lev Margulis prize for excellent study in the field of electron microscopy, awarded by Israel Society for Microscopy.
Prof. Meshi is an active member of several professional associations around the world: She is a member of the board of the Israel Society for Microscopy, and from April 2017 will serve as its Secretary. She is a member of the European Crystallographic Association, and previously served as Secretary of its Special Interest Group (SIG 4) on Electron Crystallography.
She has published over 60 articles and has organized international schools on the study methods of electron crystallography, chaired micro symposia at conferences on crystallography and electron microscopy in Israel and abroad and has won several prestigious grants (including a GIF young and F.I.R.S.T. (ISF) award). Dr. Meshi’s research group is engaged in various issues related to the development of electronic crystallography methods.