William Beimers

Integrated Program in Biochemistry Graduate Student

hailing from

Northfield, MN


B.A. in Chemistry and Music from St. Olaf College

What brought you to UW-Madison and the Coon lab?

During undergrad I was lucky enough to participate in an REU program here at UW Madison in the chemistry department, which made me interested in this school for graduate study. I thought Madison was a great city. As I moved more from pure chemistry to the chem-bio interface during my post-baccalaureate research, I was drawn to the Integrated Program in Biochemistry. I knew that the biochemical research done at UW Madison was some of the best anywhere, and has a storied history. I was dabbling in proteomics and metabolomics during my cancer research, and I knew the Coon Lab were leaders in all areas of biological mass spectrometry. During my initial rotation in the lab I felt that everyone was working on something super interesting and I wanted to be a part of that effort. Everyone in the lab works hard and it is a very good social environment.


“The Coon Lab are leaders in all areas of biological mass spectrometry.”

What are you working on in the Coon lab?

My research background has been all over the place, from physical chemistry and environmental chemistry in undergrad to cancer biology during my post-baccalaureate training at the Mayo Clinic in Jim Maher’s lab. In the Coon lab I hope to try everything Mass Spectrometry can do, including proteomics, lipidomics, and metabolomics. My initial work is focusing on understanding the blood plasma proteome and its relevance in various diseases.

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.