Education and Positions: B.S. University of Virginia, 1984; Ph.D., Purdue, 1988; NSF Post-doctoral Fellow, University of California, Santa Barbara, 1988-1989; Assistant Professor of Chemistry, University of Texas at Austin, 1989-1995; Associate Professor of Chemistry, University of Texas at Austin, 1995-2000; Professor of Chemistry, University of Texas at Austin, 2000-present; Associate Chair of Graduate Studies, 1995-2019; Chairperson, 2019-present.
Research Interests: Development and applications of mass spectrometry for characterization of biological molecules; proteomics; native mass spectrometry of protein complexes and structural biology; analysis of lipopolysaccharides.
Honors and Awards: American Society of Mass Spectrometry Young Mass Spectrometrist's Award (1990); Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow (1993-1995); Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award (1993-1998); NSF Young Investigator Award (1993-1998); Iota Sigma Pi Agnes Fay Morgan Research Award (1995); Big Twelve Faculty Fellow (1997); University of Texas Outstanding Graduate Adviser (2001); Purdue University College of Science Outstanding Alumni Award (2015); ANACHEM Award (2017); ACS Frank H. Field and Joe L. Franklin Award for Outstanding Achievement in Mass Spectrometry (2019); Eastern Analytical Symposium Award for Outstanding Achievements in Mass Spectrometry (2019).
The Protein Society: New Member
Service: Graduate Adviser, Department of Chemistry, (1995 – 2019); Carnegie Initiative Graduate Program Committee (2003-2007); Director of NSF-REU Site (Summer Research Program for Undergraduates (2003--present); Program Chair, Southwest Regional ACS Meeting (2002); Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry Editorial Board, (2000-present); Secretary of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry, (2003-2004) ; NIH EBIT panelist, (2006 to 2011); Program Chair, 24th Asilomar Conference on Mass Spectrometry: “New Methods, Instrumentation and Applications of Ion Traps”, (2008); Associate Editor, Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry, (2006 to present); NSF REU Leadership Group, (2006-2011); Vice President of Programs, American Society for Mass Spectrometry (2012-2014); President, American Society for Mass Spectrometry (2014-2016); Past President, American Society for Mass Spectrometry (2016-present); Organizer, Applying Mass Spectrometry to Understanding Complex Cellular Processes, AAAS Conference (2018); NIH IMST-10 Small Business: Bioanalytical, Biophysics and Assay Development Study Section, (2015-present); ASMS Diversity Committee (2016-2018).
Vision Statement: I am a newcomer, having only recently become acquainted with the Protein Society. The community of chemists, biologists, and biophysicists in the Protein Society has considerable overlap with my fundamental interest in developing new mass spectrometry strategies to explore protein structure and protein interactions as well as implementing frontier methods for proteomics. The hallmark of my research group is the development of ultraviolet photodissociation as a new method for tandem mass spectrometry (MS/MS). My research group is highly collaborative, with my expertise firmly rooted in analytical chemistry and collaborations primarily extending into biochemistry, molecular biology, and microbiology. These collaborations have demonstrated the importance of communication across disciplines and inspired me to forge new alliances with members of the Protein Society. I have enjoyed contributing time, ideas, and leadership to scientific communities, both within my home chemistry department at UT-Austin, in the university as a whole, and for the primary community of my field, the American Society for Mass Spectrometry (ASMS). For ASMS, I served as Secretary in one stint, and more recently completed a six-year term of service in which I was the Vice-President of Programs, then the President and past-President. This extensive period of service exposed me to every aspect of conference planning, growing and supporting the membership, innovating and implementing new ideas to more actively engage the members, embracing diversity via new initiatives, and building inclusivity for an organization that has 7,000 members. I enjoyed the challenges and opportunities of serving the ASMS, and I would like to bring my enthusiasm to a new scientific society. I have also been an Associate Editor for the Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry for over a decade, and this experience has provided many insights into the challenges of increasing scientific impact and striving to reach new contributors. Being a newcomer to the Protein Society, I don’t have a long history of involvement, and therefore I hope my orthogonal perspective will bring fresh ideas to the Protein Society via my participation on the Executive Council.