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Mass Spectrometry  Symposium

01-02 December 2020
Southern California via Zoom

The Symposium

Two Half Days of Mass Spec Talks
01 - 02 Dec 2020
08:00 am

Stuck @Home without a conference in sight? An on-line symposium on mass spectrometry based science in southern California is planned for December 1-2. The program will consist of short talks with keynote presentations by Professors John McClean of Vanderbilt University and Lisa Jones of University of Maryland Baltimore. We are soliciting abstracts for talks over a broad range of mass spectrometry topics including but not limited to proteomics (bottom up, top-down, native), metabolomics, MS computation, lipidomics, pharma, therapeudics, and clinical MS. We encourage and will select speakers from abstracts submitted by graduate students, post-doctoral fellows and assistant professors for speaking slots. We hope this will be a diverse program covering the many uses to mass spectrometry and bring together the local MS community.


Keynote Speakers

Catch up with leaders in the field
Lisa Jones

University of Maryland

Lisa M. Jones is an Associate Professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Maryland. She received her BS from the Department of Chemistry at Syracuse University and her PhD in Chemistry from Georgia State University. She received postdoctoral training in structural virology at the University of Alabama- Birmingham and in MS-based protein footprinting at Washington University in St. Louis. Dr. Jones’s research interests include the use of the protein footprinting method fast photochemical oxidation of proteins (FPOP) coupled with mass spectrometry for the characterization of the higher order structure of proteins. In particular, her lab has further developed the FPOP method for in-cell (IC-FPOP) studies for proteome-wide structural biology. Biological applications of IC-FPOP include characterizing protein folding intermediates directly in the cell and drug target (both on and off targets) determination. The Jones lab has also extended the method for in vivo analysis (IV-FPOP) in C. elegans. This provides the ability to study protein structure in an animal model for human disease.

John McLean

John McLean, PhD

Vanderbilt University

Our research focuses on the design, construction, and application of advanced technologies for structural mass spectrometry, in particular, for studies in structural proteomics, systems biology, and biophysics. To identify and structurally characterize biomolecules from complex samples, we perform rapid (µs-ms) two-dimensional gas-phase separations using ion mobility-mass spectrometry (IM-MS) techniques. IM-MS provides separations on the basis of apparent surface area (ion-neutral collision cross section) and mass-to-charge (m/z), respectively. Biomolecular structural information is interpreted by comparing experimentally obtained collision cross-sections in the context of those obtained via molecular dynamics simulations.



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Your Hosts

Meet the Organizers

Call for Abstracts

We are soliciting abstracts for talks over a broad range of mass spectrometry topics. 

We encourage and will select speakers from abstracts submitted by graduate students, post-doctoral fellows and assistant professors located in Southern California for speaking slots. Deadline for submission is November 18.

Abstract Topics 

  • Genomics

  • Proteomics

  • Lipidomics

  • Metabolomics

  • Imaging

  • Exposome

  • Environmental

  • Precision Medicine and clinical chemistry

  • Pharma and therapeutics

  • Technology

  • Other (Don't see your topic above? Submit anyway - all Mass Spec research is welcome!)


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