Leica microscope in a dark room


About the Director

‌Laying Wu, PhD, was named Director of the Microscopy and Microanalysis Research Laboratory in Montclair State’s College of Science and Mathematics in the fall of 2011. In this role, Dr. Wu has primary responsibility for the management of this advanced interdisciplinary research facility including ensuring a resourceful learning and discovery environment dedicated to the support of University researchers, faculty, students and external customers.

“Dr. Wu brings remarkable expertise in microscopy analysis across a spectrum of scientific disciplines,” said Robert Prezant, Dean of the College of Science and Mathematics (CSAM). “Her commitment to advanced research technologies and approaches, continued scholarship, and leadership skills will significantly contribute to CSAM’s efforts to build research programs of exceptional power, and provide the New Jersey business community with an exceptional resource for their electron microscopy analysis needs.”

Dr. Laying Wu

Dr. Wu holds a PhD in Organic Chemistry from the University of South Carolina (USC). During her doctoral studies at USC, she served as a Research Assistant in USC’s Electron Microscopy Center in the areas of microscopy, specimen preparation, imaging and microanalysis. She received both her MS and bachelor’s degrees from the University of Chemical Technology in Beijing China. Prior to pursuing her doctoral program at USC, Dr. Wu was a research engineer at the General Research Institute for Nonferrous Metals in Beijing. She has published numerous articles in scholarly journals and was the recipient of the 2009 Microscopy Society of America Presidential Award.


Stefanie BrachfeldActing Vice Provost for Research, Office of Research
Elena PetroffAssociate Professor, Biology

Affiliated Faculty

Yang DengProfessor, Earth and Environmental Studies
Carlos MolinaProfessor, Biology
Sandra PasschierProfessor, Earth and Environmental Studies
Greg PopeProfessor, Earth and Environmental Studies
David TalagaAssociate Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry
Glen O'NeilAssociate Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry
Scott KightAssociate Dean for Academic Affairs and Instruction, College of Science and Mathematics
John SiekierkaProfessor, Chemistry and Biochemistry