ASMS News & Views

Mar 29, 2017

Matt Bush Receives ACS Arthur F. Findeis Award

Matthew F. Bush, Assistant Professor of Chemistry at the University of Washington, Seattle, WA, has been named the recipient of the American Chemical Society (ACS) Division of Analytical Chemistry 2017 Arthur F. Findeis Award for Achievements by a Young Analytical Scientist. The Findeis Award is given annually, to recognize and encourage outstanding contributions to the fields of analytical chemistry by a young analytical scientist. The award will be presented at the 254th ACS National Meeting to be held August 20-24, 2017 in Washington DC.

Dr. Bush pursued his Ph.D. from 2003-2008 with Evan Williams and Richard Saykally at the University of California, Berkeley. During that time he used infrared laser spectroscopy and Fourier-transform ion cyclotron resonance mass spectrometry to investigate zwitterion formation in gas-phase biomolecules and the structural effects of hydration on biomolecular and multiply charged ions. This training in high-performance mass spectrometry and physical chemistry laid the ground work for his continued pursuits using gas-phase techniques to investigate the structures and interactions of biomolecules. In 2008 he joined the laboratory of Carol Robinson FRS DBE at the University of Cambridge and the University of Oxford, during which time he was a Waters Research Fellow and a Junior Research Fellow of Jesus College, University of Oxford, and developed experimental and analytical frameworks for using ion mobility mass spectrometry experiments to accurately characterize the structures of drug-like molecules, peptides, and protein complexes. In 2011, he joined the chemistry faculty at the University of Washington, where he is also a member of the Biological Physics, Structure and Design Program and the Molecular Engineering & Sciences Institute. His research group is focused on developing mass spectrometry based approaches for elucidating the structures, assembly, and dynamics of protein complexes. His group applies these approaches to a wide range of biological systems, including those involved in bacterial secretion, regulating protein degradation, and protein homeostasis. To date, this research has resulted in 52 peer-reviewed publications, and 86 invited talks and conference presentations. Dr. Bush received a Research Award from the ASMS in 2013, a Sloan Research Fellowship from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation in 2014 and a Young Investigator Award in Analytical Chemistry from Eli Lilly and Company in 2014. He served as co-organizer of the 2014 ASMS Fall Workshop on Ion Mobility Mass Spectrometry and coordinator of the ASMS Ion Mobility MS Interest Group from 2012–2014. He was a Member of the Program Committee for the ASMS Annual Conference in 2012, and a member of the Asilomar Committee from 2015–2017.