ASMS News & Views

Mar 29, 2017

Vicki H. Wysocki Awarded the ACS Field and Franklin Award

Vicki H. Wysocki, Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, and Ohio Eminent Scholar of Macromolecular Struc-ture and Function at the Ohio State University, has been selected as the recipient of the American Chemical Society 2017 Frank H. Field and Joe L. Franklin Award for Outstanding Achievement in Mass Spectrometry. The award, sponsored by Waters Corporation, was presented at the 253rd ACS National meeting held April 2-6, 2017 in San Francisco, CA., in recognition of her ‘outstanding accomplishments in the development of surface-induced dissociation for native mass spectrometry structural characterization of noncovalent complexes.’

Professor Wysocki received her B.S. degree in Chemistry (with a minor in Mathematics) from Western Kentucky University in 1982, and her Ph.D. in Chemistry from Purdue University in 1987 while working in the laboratory of Professor R. Graham Cooks. After an additional semester as a Postdoctoral Research Associate and Visiting Instructor at Purdue, she then performed postdoctoral research at the National Research Council/Naval Research Laboratory from 1988-1989, with Dr. Mark M. Ross, prior to being appointed as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry at Virginia Commonwealth University. In 1994, she was promoted to Associate Professor, then moved in 1996 to the Department of Chemistry at the University of Arizona, where she was promoted to Professor in 2000. From 2001-2012, she was Professor in the Departments of Chemistry & Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics. She was Department Head of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics from 2008-2009, and then Co-Chair (2009-2010) and Chair (2010-2012) of a merged Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. In 2012, she moved to her current position at the Ohio State University, where she is also Director of the Campus Chemical Instrument Center. Professor Wysocki has graduated 40 Ph.D. students and 9 M.S. students, and mentored 10 postdoctoral researchers, while publishing >180 papers. She has worked at the interface of chemistry and biology for her entire academic career. The Wysocki group has recently developed surface-induced dissociation tandem mass spectrometry coupled to ion mobility spectrometry and high resolution MS for the characterization of large noncovalent protein and nucleoprotein complexes, with many collaborations resulting from these instrument developments. For more than 20 years, her group has also been involved in defining peptide fragmentation mechanisms and peptide fragment ion structures, with both mass spectrometry and mass spectrometry coupled to infrared action spectroscopy. Her group is also involved in applied metabolomics/metabolism and proteomics research. In 2014, the Wysocki laboratory was named a Waters Center of Innovation. In recognition of her research accomplishments, Professor Wysocki received an ASMS Research Award in 1992, the ASMS Award for a Distinguished Contribution in Mass Spectrometry (co-recipient with Simon Gaskell) in 2009, and the Purdue University Department of Chemistry Outstanding Alumna Award in 2013. She has served the ASMS as Treasurer (1998-2000), Sanibel Meeting Committee member (2004-2006) and as Vice President for Programs, President and Past President (2014-2020). In 2007, she was Chair of the Gordon Research Conference on Gaseous Ions. Professor Wysocki is currently an Associate Editor of Analytical Chemistry (2015 – present), and is a member of the NIH Enabling Bioanalytical and Imaging Technologies Study Section (2013-2019). She has also served as a member of the Editorial or Advisory Boards of Analytical Chemistry (1998-2000), the Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry (1998-2002), the International Journal of Mass Spectrometry (1998-present), Mass Spectrometry Reviews (2003- present), Analyst (2010 – present), and Chemical and Engineering News (2012-2015).