My research experience is varied between both academics and the biotechnology industry. I started with undergraduate research at the University at Albany – SUNY, studying enzyme reaction kinetics of a DNA repair enzyme under Dr. Drohat. I received my PhD in Biochemistry from UW-Madison, under Professor Coon, where I developed high throughput proteomics methods and invented the technique known as NeuCode. Here, I continued on as a scientist in the Coon lab working with numerous collaborators to leverage proteomics to help push forward widely varying research topics (e.g. infectious disease, bioenergy production, new mass spectrometry instrumentation, etc.) . Intercalated with these academic experiences I have worked two stints in the biopharmaceutical industry. First, I gained a strong understanding of separations by developing LC and CE separation methods for peptide, protein and carbohydrate vaccines at Merck. Second, as a primary structure scientist at Johnson and Johnson, I realized mass spectrometry has become a fundamental technique for the development of medicines and I fully expect to see the demand for MS data to expand exponentially.
“Mass spectrometry has become a fundamental technique for the development of medicines and I fully expect to see the demand for MS data to expand exponentially.”
Why University of Wisconsin and the Coon lab?
Josh runs a great lab filled with exceptional people and instrumentation. UW is a wonderful school located in Madison, which is likely the finest city in the world.
Currently Working On
I am exploring the idea of increasing MS analysis throughput by jettisoning the oft-used upfront LC separation and pushing the capabilities of the mass spectrometer.
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.