Kathleen Gough


Dr. Kathleen M. Gough is currently a Professor in the Department of Chemistry and a Core Member of the Biomedical Engineering Graduate Program at the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg MB, Canada. She is an expert in vibrational spectroscopy (infrared and Raman), having done her PhD research on gas phase overtone spectroscopy with Professor Bryan Henry, then postdoctoral experience in Raman trace scattering intensities with Dr. William Murphy and Dr. Henry Mantsch at the National Research Council of Canada, Ottawa and an NSERC post-doctoral fellowship under the late Professor Richard Bader, applying the Theory of Atom In Molecules to model Raman scattering intensities of small hydrocarbons. Since joining the Chemistry faculty at the University of Manitoba in 1995, she has turned her attention to spectrochemical imaging, initially with synchrotron source IR at the Synchrotron Radiation Center, WI, and with Raman microscopy, thermal and synchrotron source FTIR with focal plane array. Most recently she has been imaging with near field infrared techniques at the nanoscale. Her research subjects range from biological (mammalian tissues, fungi, arctic sea ice diatoms) to novel materials (synthetic spider silk, polyacrylic hydrogels for wound dressings, self-disinfecting materials). She is also working on the development of thermal source FTIR tomography to enable visualization of the 3D composition of microscopic targets. She served as Vice-Chair and Chair of the Division of Physical, Theoretical and Computational Chemistry, Canadian Society for Chemistry, 2008-2014. She is a long time member of the Society for Applied Spectroscopy, and has served on the Editorial Advisory Board of Applied Spectroscopy since 2011. She is a founding member of the International Society for Clinical Spectroscopy (2016) and was co-organizer of the SPEC 2016 conference, the flagship meeting of that society. She organized a CLIRSPEC symposium at SCIX 2016, co-sponsored by the Royal Society for Chemistry, UK. She loves mentoring, teaching, research, and dancing.