ASMS News & Views

Feb 24, 2017

Meet the JASMS Editorial Board

JASMS Editorial Board Members are invited by the ASMS Board of Directors based on several criteria, including being a frequent contributor and reviewer for the Journal. Duties of Editorial Board members include active support of the Journal’s editorial functions, i.e., reviewing manuscripts, encouraging submissions to JASMS, creative input, and participation in the annual Editorial Board meetings that are held during the ASMS Conference. In addition to those people mentioned in the February News and Views, brief biographical sketches of several other new members of the Editorial Board are highlighted below.

Barbara S. Larsen is a Technical Fellow in DuPont’s Science and Innovation organization. She received her B.S. degree from University of Santa Clara and her Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry at University of Delaware, followed by a post-doctoral fellowship at Johns Hopkins School of Pharmacy. Her research focuses on the application of mass spectrometry in systems biology (metabolomics and proteomics) to improve enzyme production and understanding probiotic organisms. Her passion is Fitness for Purpose: selecting the best measurement technology to provide critical solutions.

Gary Glish has spent the last 35+ years exploring the wonderland of mass spectrometry instrumentation and the fundamentals of tandem mass spectrometry. He began his career in mass spectrometry under the guidance of Graham Cooks at Purdue University where he designed and constructed the first hybrid mass spectrometer (BQQ) for MS/MS. After Purdue he spent 12 years at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, where among other things he designed and built the first quadrupole/time-of-flight instrument. He then went to his present position on the faculty of the Department of Chemistry at the University of North Carolina. There, his group has contributed extensively to the quadrupole ion trap literature and now is involved in ambient ionization and ion mobility development with an application focus on aerosol analysis. He was one of the original Associate Editors of JASMS and served for 17 years in that position. He has been extensively involved with ASMS over the years, including holding several positions on the Board of Directors, many years of teaching short courses at the annual conference, and organizing Asilomar and Sanibel conferences.

Rebecca A. Jockusch is an Associate Professor and the Associate Chair for Undergraduate Affairs in the Chemistry Department at the University of Toronto. She has a B.A. in physics from Carleton College (1993) and a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley (2001). In between, she taught English for two years in elementary and junior high schools in Japan. Rebecca pursued post-doctoral studies at Oxford University, where she held a Royal Society USA Research Fellowship and was a Junior Research Fellow at Linacre College. While at University of Toronto, she has held the Canada Research Chair in Biophysical Analytical Chemistry and was the recipient of Early Researcher Awards from the Province of Ontario and from ASMS. Rebecca has served ASMS as a member of the Asilomar Conference Committee (2009-2011), co-coordinator of the Fundamentals Interest Group (2010-2012) and Secretary and Member of the Board of Directors (2013-2015). Rebecca’s research program employs techniques from chemistry, biology and physics to investigate the properties of biological molecules, both in isolation and in complexes. Factors affecting protein conformation and dynamics, including the role of water in biological systems, are of particular interest. The unique instrumentation developed in her laboratory for these studies combine trapping mass spectrometers with recent advances in technology for optical spectroscopic experiments.

Andre Venter completed both his bachelor and master degrees at the University of Pretoria. He also received his Ph.D. in 2003 with Prof. Egmont Rohwer from the University of Pretoria, where he developed a comprehensive multidimensional supercritical fluid and gas chromatography (SFCxGC) method for petrochemical and natural product analyses. He then worked as a postdoctoral researcher at Purdue University with Prof. Graham Cooks, where he investigated fundamentals of desorption electrospray ionization mass spectrometry and other ionization methods. At Western Michigan University (WMU), as an Assistant Professor in Chemistry since 2008, and as an Associate Professor since 2014, his research group studies spray ionization mechanisms and ambient surface analysis mass spectrometry. He also heads the WMU Hops Analysis Laboratory providing chemical services to hops farmers and microbreweries in Michigan and further afield.