Stephanie M. Cologna
University of Illinois Chicago
I am honored to be nominated for the role of Secretary. ASMS, and my society membership, has been a critical part of my scientific and professional development over the past 16 years. As an independent scientist, I am now able to see the trainees in my group have similar experiences when they attend their first meeting. As Secretary, I would seek to give back to ASMS and contribute to the continued growth, inclusivity, and development of the society for all members.
Stephanie M. Cologna received a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Arizona followed by a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Texas A&M University under the mentorship of Dr. David H. Russell. Following her doctoral studies, Dr. Cologna pursued post-doctoral training at the National Institutes of Health with Drs. Alfred L. Yergey, III and Forbes D. Porter. Dr. Cologna is currently an Associate Professor of Chemistry and Associate Vice Chancellor for Research at the University of Illinois Chicago (UIC). She also holds affiliate appointments in Biological Sciences, and Neuroscience as well as serves as the Faculty Advisor for the UIC Mass Spectrometry Core.
Dr. Cologna’s research program lies at the intersection of analytical chemistry and human health. Using mass spectrometry as the central tool, her group is dedicated to better understanding neurodegenerative disorders with focus on lipid and protein imbalance. In particular, her group studies Niemann-Pick Type C disease, a fatal, neurodegenerative disorder often referred to as childhood Alzheimer disease. The work from Dr. Cologna’s group has been recognized by multiple organizations and awards include UIC Rising Star (Junior Research of the Year), US HUPO Robert C. Cotter New Investigator Award and an NSF CAREER award. Dr. Cologna’s group is funded by both the NIH and NSF as well as private foundations.
Dr. Cologna has actively participated in ASMS annual conferences for several years. She has chaired two conference sessions including quantitative proteomics and ion mobility. As a member of the ASMS Digital Communications Committee, Dr. Cologna served two terms (4 years). She holds active memberships in ASMS, US HUPO and AAAS. Dr. Cologna was a co- organizer for the 2021 US HUPO annual conference and is on the Editorial Advisory Board for the Journal of Proteome Research. She also is the faculty advisor for Chicago Mass Spectrometry Day, a local conference that facilitates continued education and provides professional development opportunities for early career researchers in Chicagoland and the greater Midwest. Overall, Dr. Cologna is passionate about both research and mentorship and is excited to serve the society in this important role.