Welcome to the official website of Dr Diane Johnson. I work as a Post Doctoral Research Associate funded by AHRC and as a Project Officer funded by STFC at the Open University in Milton Keynes. I am the principle researcher on the iron from the sky project which explores the perception of iron in ancient Egypt and the potential influence of meteorites within this subject. I also specialize in the application of Focused Ion Beam Scanning Electron Microscopy (FIBSEM) to space materials. My primary role is in supporting, teaching and offering technical advice to staff, students and visitors on the use of FIBSEM, this is in addition to my own research projects and collaborative research.
I have broad interests within physical sciences, my interests in space science started with me developing my own meteorite collection as a child. As I grew so did my interest in science, I studied astrophysics as an undergraduate, then as a postgraduate developed more practical skills studying analytical and surface science. I also believe strongly in lifelong learning and I am currently studying for a Diploma of Higher Education in Egyptology with the University of Manchester. It is partially through my interests in Egyptology that I have also developed special research interests in cultural aspects of meteorites.
I project managed the Royal Microscopical Society funded Virtual Microscope Through Time project, which is an interactive range of virtual objects from the oldest physical objects known through to modern technology being applied to enhance our understanding of the universe, displayed as whole objects with interactive microscope options allowing closer inspection.