Coon Lab Team

Our cast

of scientists. all-stars. researchers. innovators.

The talented and dedicated researchers on our team are our most valuable resource.

Our team of researchers come from across the world and bring with them the know-how, passion, and drive that make our laboratory such a special place. With skills spanning from instrument building to code writing to bench biochemical methodology, our Laboratory is a melting pot for students to develop into well-rounded and sought after Ph.D. researchers.

Our Team

Joshua Coon

Principal Investigator

“I greatly enjoy working with my team. Guiding students as they develop into confident, creative scientists is immensely rewarding.”

Ben Anderson

Analytical Chemistry Graduate Student

”By working in proteomics, the Coon Group has the richest data sets in chemistry, replete with biological insight.”

William Beimers

Integrated Program in Biochemistry Graduate Student

”I knew that the biochemical research done at UW Madison was some of the best anywhere, and the Coon Lab were leaders in all areas of biological mass spectrometry.”

Dain Brademan

Morgridge Institute Post Doctoral Fellow

”I absolutely loved the UW campus and the Coon lab on my tour.”

Yuchen He

Biophysics Graduate Student

”The Coon lab is highly productive and has an extensive collaboration with academia and industry. And everyone here is nice and willing to help each other.”

Annie Jen

Integrated Program in Biochemistry Graduate Student

“The Coon Lab is working on exciting cutting edge research, and I am thrilled to be a part of the team.”

Katie Kothlow

Undergraduate Researcher

"In the Coon Lab, I am able to work with a team of skillful and helpful people, do meaningful research, and learn mass spectrometry techniques."

Noah Lancaster

Analytical Chemistry Graduate Student

"The Coon lab has a history of innovation in bioanalytical technologies and offers a depth of expertise to support me during my graduate career."

Kenny Lee


"I am interested in developing instrumentation and methods for electron transfer gas-phase ion/ion reactions."

Emily Lohr

Undergraduate Research Assistant

”The Coon Lab allows me to explore various subspecialties within biochemistry and apply classroom knowledge to cutting edge research questions.”

Keaton Mertz

Analytical Chemistry Graduate Student

“The lab’s collaboration with Thermo Fisher Scientific offers both unique access to modify mass spectrometers, and the ability to have an impact on the greater research community.”

Corinne Moss

Integrated Program in Biochemistry Graduate Student

“I wanted to do my PhD a lab that would give me experience applying mass spec to biological systems and allow me to get hands-on with the instruments.”

Daniel Nesbitt

Analytical Chemistry Graduate Student

”I have always been fascinated with the power of mass spectrometry and the Coon lab is the perfect place to deepen my interest while also expanding my expertise in other fields.”

Nicole Nightingale

Research Technician

”I am interested in the intersection of biology, chemistry, and data science.”

Katie Overmyer

Associate Director, Lab for Biomolecular Mass Spectrometry

“The big advantage of the Coon lab for me is that it does both metabolomics and proteomics...”

Trent Peters-Clarke

Chemical Biology Graduate Student

”The Coon lab offers a powerful analytical approach to chemistry that complements molecular biology skills.”

Meg Robinson

Integrated Program in Biochemistry Graduate Student

”After working in proteomics research post-graduation, I knew I loved mass spectrometry and I wanted to be a part of this creative, collaborative team working on innovating the field in every possible direction.”

Austin Salome

Analytical Chemistry Graduate Student

“This lab is unique as it offers a large variety of research opportunities in areas such as metabolomics, proteomics, and instrumentation.”

Lia Serrano

Analytical Chemistry Graduate Student

“I’m highly motivated by the possibility of technological creativity enabling new ways to explore biological systems.”

Evgenia Shishkova


“...the highly collaborative aspect of the Coon Group research does prepare its students to be effective communicators.”

Pavel Sinitcyn

Morgridge Institute Post Doctoral Fellow

"this group represents a rare example of a laboratory with equal expertise in proteomics, lipidomics, and metabolomics.”

Laura Van Toll

Research Center Administrator

”I have learned so much from being in the lab, it has definitely made me a better thinker and problem solver”

Michael Westphall

Distinguished Instrument Innovator

“Measurement forms the foundation of the scientific method.”

Yunyun Zhu

Integrated Program in Biochemistry Graduate Student

”The Coon lab is a very big and powerful place to work on MS, with so many collaborations across universities and corporations like Thermo Scientific.”

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.