Tell us about your current position
I currently work in a team organized to develop our instrumentation and methods for electron transfer gas-phase ion/ion reactions. Peptide ion dissociation due to electron transfer, i.e. ETD, provides sequence information while maintaining important post-translational modifications (PTMs). While this technology has been commercialized for analysis of positive ions, we are interested in developing ETD of negative ions, or nETD, as well as ETD with supplemental activation provide additional opportunities to enhance analysis of ion types that suffer from low efficiency reactions with commercially provided ETD reagents.
Why did you come to the UW and the Coon lab
After presenting some of my PhD research at the yearly ASMS conference, Professor Coon and Dr. Mike Westphall contacted me with the offer to continue working on mass spectrometry instrumentation. I quickly realized that I would enjoy working with them and have opportunities not available in many other academic lab environments. The close collaboration with Thermo Scientific also attracted me, because I would be exposed to career paths in academia and industry.