Senior Scientist, Thermo Fisher Scientific – San Jose, CA
Iowa City, IA
St. Olaf College
Title of Ph.D. Dissertation
The development of novel hybrid mass spectrometers for improved proteome analysis.
Why Wisconsin and the Coon lab?
I chose Wisconsin primarily for the culture of the department. I also greatly valued the opportunity to be part of the NIH-funded Biotechnology Training Program (BTP). BTP funded an industry internship, and that later translated into a job opportunity. I really loved the interdisciplinary nature of the Coon Lab – it’s not just an instrumentation lab, but also applied science which has put me ahead in my current industry environment where most others are more specialized. Altogether, I cannot speak highly enough about what I got out of the Coon lab, its high profile research that allows you to work on the cutting-edge.
“Altogether, I cannot speak highly enough about what I got out of the Coon lab, its high profile research that allows you to work on the cutting-edge.”
What was the most rewarding part of graduate school?
Seeing the big impact of some of the research I did in the Coon Lab. For example, I led the project to put ETD on the first new orbitrap. This work was immediately developed into a commercial product by Thermo Fisher Scientific and seeing my research in the hands of hundreds of scientists across the globe was extremely satisfying. This feeling helped me decide I wanted to continue this type of research and to go to industry.
What are you currently doing and how has your training prepared you for that?
I am currently a senior scientist at Thermo Fisher Scientific working on new instrumentation with a team of a half dozen other scientists. We conceive, design, and build new mass spectrometry instrumentation. This job is a direct extension of what I did while in graduate school. Every day I use the fundamental skill sets I learned while in the Coon lab – computer programming, ion physics, mass spectrometry, etc.
Earn your Ph.D. with us
The Coon Group is always on the lookout for new members. Professor Coon accepts students from several UW-Madison doctoral programs including Chemistry, the Integrated Program in Biochemistry (IPiB), and Cellular & Molecular Pathology.