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James Evans, Ph.D.

Scientist IV, WR Wiley Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory, Microscopy

P.O. Box 999, K8-93
Richland, WA 99352
Work: (509) 371-6709 Fax: () Updated: May 6, 2014

Current Activities and Projects

Dr. James E. Evans is a Scientist lV supporting EMSL’s microscopy capability. He is currently overseeing the installation and operational testing of a liquid helium, cryo-transmission electron microscope (JEOL 3000SFF), and a new dynamic transmission electron microscope, or DTEM, in the EMSL Quiet Wing. The DTEM couples two lasers with a dual aberration corrected JEOL 2200FS to enable pump-probe high-resolution electron microscopy on the nanosecond to microsecond timescales. Both instruments are scheduled to be available to the global user community by October 2013.

Research Interests

Dr. Evans is interested in observing protein structure and dynamics and interrogating the interface of biology and nanotechnology using: aberration-corrected cryo-TEM; in situ TEM; DTEM; ultrafast x-ray diffraction, electron crystallography; and electron and x-ray tomography.

Past Experience

Before coming to EMSL in 2011, Dr. Evans was a principal investigator/assistant project scientist in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology at the University of California Davis starting in 2009. Prior to that, he held postdoctoral researcher positions at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and University of California Davis.


  • 2007 Ph.D. Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, University of California Davis

  • 2007 Business Development Certificate, Graduate School of Management/Center for Entrepreneurship, University of California Davis

Awards, Honors, & Appointments

  • 2007 Microscopy and Microanalysis Presidential Award

  • 2006 University of California Davis C4E Business Development Fellowship

  • 2005-2006 National Institutes of Health/University of California Davis Molecular and Cellular Biology Training Grant.

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