Tonia Lane named interim director of the MSU Institute for Imaging and Analytical Technologies

Contact person: James Carskadon

Tonia Lane (Photo by Megan Bean)

STARKVILLE, Miss.—Tonia Lane is currently acting director of the Institute for Imaging and Analytical Technologies at Mississippi State University.

Lane joins I2AT from MSU’s Advanced Composite Institute, where she was director of business operations and program manager. At I2AT, she leads the research institute housing the main research instruments available to MSU faculty, staff, students, and external partners. The center is administered by MSU’s Office of Research and Economic Development.

“Tonia is an accomplished scientist and project leader, bringing two decades of relevant experience to this role,” said Julie Jordan, MSU vice president for research and economic development. “I2AT is an important asset in facilitating a wide range of academic research activities that require advanced imaging instruments, building the capabilities of our researchers, and providing a valuable service to government and industry partners.”

Lane joined MSU in 2016 in the Department of Chemistry before joining the Advanced Composites Institute in 2018. She led teams of engineers, technicians, and faculty to achieve research goals and developed collaborative relationships with partners Of the industry. Lane spent 10 years in New Mexico, where she established and managed a statewide outreach program at New Mexico State University and worked in the private sector as a as Group Quality Manager and Senior Research Associate at Sapphire Energy Inc. Prior to moving to New Mexico, Lane worked as a research scientist at GlaxoSmithKline, a multinational pharmaceutical company. She earned her undergraduate degree in biology from Tennessee Tech University and a master’s degree in biochemistry from the University of Tennessee.

I2AT is responsible for facilitating interdisciplinary research, education, and outreach in the life and materials sciences. The center’s instrumentation includes technologies for various microscopy and microanalytical applications, in addition to magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) used in veterinary medicine, cognitive science and medical systems. These technologies provide MSU, the State of Mississippi, and the local community with state-of-the-art resources that facilitate academic research, increase competitive funding, promote project completion, enable undergraduate and graduate education from high quality, improve the impact of awareness, and promote economic development. To learn more about I2AT, visit

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