23rd International Mass Spectrometry Conference

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Mark Baker

Macquarie University - Australia

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Pieter C. Dorrestein

University of California San Diego

Dr. Dorrestein is professor ;Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Departments of Pharmacology and Pediatrics; Director, Collaborative Mass Spectrometry Innovation Center; Co-Director, Institute for Metabolomics Medicine

Work aims to develop new mass spectrometry based methods to understand the chemistry of microbes, our microbiome and their ecological niche. In short, we develop tools that translate the chemical language between cells. This research requires the understanding of (microbial) genomics, proteomics, imaging mass spectrometry, genome mining, enzymology, small molecules structure elucidation, bioactivity screening, antibiotic resistance and an understanding of small molecule structure elucidation methods. 

The collaborative mass spectrometry innovation center that he directs is well equipped and now has twelve mass spectrometers, that are used in the studies to investigate capture cellular chatter (e.g. metabolic exchange), metabolomics, metabolism and to develop methods to characterize natural products. These tools are used to defining the spatial distribution of natural products in 2D, 3D and in some cases real-time. Areas of recent research directions are capturing mass spectrometry knowledge to understand the microbiome, non invasive drug metabolism monitoring, informatics of metabolomics, microbe-microbe, microbe-immune cells, microbe-host, stem cell-cancer cell interactions and diseased vs. non-disease model organisms and the development of strategies for mass spectrometry based genome mining and to detect and structurally characterize metabolites through crowd source annotation of molecular information on the Global Natural Products Social Molecular Networking at http://gnps.ucsd.edu through the NIH supported center for computational mass spectrometry that is co-developed with Nuno Bandeira.

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Valérie Gabelica

ARNA laboratory , Université de Bordeaux

Dr. Gabelica studied Chemistry and obtained her PhD in Sciences in 2002 at the University of Liège, Belgium, under the supervision of Prof. Edwin De Pauw. After a postdoc in the group of Michael Karas in Frankfurt as Humboldt fellow, she rejoined the Mass Spectrometry Laboratory in Liège where she obtained a permanent position as FNRS research associate in 2005. In 2013, she moved to France and joined the European Institute of Chemistry and Biology (IECB) in Bordeaux, and became a research director at the National Institute of Health and Medical Research (INSERM) at the ARNA Laboratory. 


She obtained an ERC Consolidator grant in 2014, and the Henri Labbé prize of the French Academy of Sciences in 2018. Her main research interests are fundamental aspects of mass spectrometry, ion mobility spectrometry and ion spectroscopy, and their application to non-covalent complexes in general and nucleic acid complexes in particular.


Alexander A. Makarov

Thermo Fisher Scientific

Alexander Makarov was born in the Siberian town of Irkutsk in 1966 and went to study in Moscow Engineering Physics institute where he also obtained his PhD. After 2 post-doc years at Warwick Univ., he joined a small high-tech company HD Technologies in Manchester (UK).  There he started his work on the Orbitrap mass analyzer. Following the acquisition of the firm by Thermo Electron Corp. in 2000, Alexander provided scientific leadership of the Orbitrap R&D which led to the commercial launch of LTQ Orbitrap mass spectrometer in 2005 and subsequent numerous extensions of this technology. He has received multiple awards, including Award for Distinguished Contribution in Mass Spectrometry of ASMS and Thomson medal of IMSF. His hobbies include traveling, mountain skiing and roller-blading. He holds the position of Director of Research, Life Science Mass Spectrometry in Bremen, Germany and Chair in High Resolution Mass Spectrometry at Utrecht University in Netherlands.

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Jana Roithová

Radboud University - Faculty of Sciences

Jana Roithová graduated in organic chemistry from Charles University in Prague in 1998. During her PhD studies she was working with Prof. Zdenek Herman on the topic of reaction dynamics. After obtaining the PhD title in 2003, she moved to the Technical University in Berlin and worked in the group of Prof. Helmut Schwarz. Her independent career started in 2007 at the Charles University, where she was appointed as a professor in 2014. In 2018, she moved to Radboud University in Nijmegen in the Netherlands, where she serves as a chair professor for spectroscopy and catalysis. She has obtained several prizes, e.g. Ignaz L Lieben Award from the Austrian Academy of Sciences, Heyrovsky-Ilkovic-Nernst Lecture from the German Chemical Society, or Rudolf Lukeš prize from the Czech Chemical Society. She received a Starting Grant in 2010 and a Consolidator Grant in 2015 from the European Research Council. Her research is focused on development of techniques to study highly reactive ions in the gas phase. She uses these techniques to study reaction mechanisms, with a particular focus on reactive intermediates in metal-catalysed reactions.

After working for two years as a postdoctoral researcher at the Technical University of Berlin and two years as a senior researcher in the Czech Academy of Sciences, in 2007 she was appointed at to the Department of Organic Chemistry of the Charles University, which she has headed since 2011.

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John R. Yates III

The Scripps Research Institute

John R. Yates is the Ernest W. Hahn Professor in the Departments of Molecular Medicine and Neuroscience at The Scripps Research Institute. He has received the American Society for Mass Spectrometry research award, the Pehr Edman Award in Protein Chemistry, the American Society for Mass Spectrometry Biemann Medal, the HUPO Distinguished Achievement Award in Proteomics, Herbert Sober Award from the ASBMB, and the Christian Anfinsen Award from The Protein Society, the 2015 ACS’s Analytical Chemistry award, 2015 The Ralph N. Adams Award in Bioanalytical Chemistry, the 2018 Thomson Medal from the International Mass Spectrometry Society, and the 2019 John B. Fenn Distinguished Contribution to Mass Spectrometry award from the ASMS.

His research interests include development of integrated methods for tandem mass spectrometry analysis of protein mixtures, bioinformatics using mass spectrometry data, and biological studies involving proteomics. His laboratory has developed the use of proteomic techniques to analyze protein complexes, posttranslational modifications, organelles and quantitative analysis of protein expression for the discovery of new biology. Dr. Yates served as an Associate Editor at Analytical Chemistry for 15 years and is currently the Editor in Chief at the Journal of Proteome Research.

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Keynotes & Speakers

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Nelson Vinueza Benitez

North Carolina State University

Prof. Nelson Vinueza Benitez,  Ph.D, is an Associate Professor Dept. of Textile Engineering, Chemistry, and Science, Chancellor's Faculty Excellence Program; Co-Director, Max Weaver Dye Library; Member, Center for Human Health and the Environment (CHHE); Mass Spectrometry User Committee Member, Molecular, Education, Technology, and Research Innovation Center (METRIC) and Forensic Science Institute, North Carolina State University.

Philip Britz-McKibbin

Philip Britz-McKibbin

McMaster University CA

Dr. Philip Britz-McKibbin is a Professor at the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology and Cystic Fibrosis Canada Researcher at McMaster University (Hamilton, Canada). His research group is also an affiliate member of The Metabolomics Innovation Centre (TMIC) - Canada’s national metabolomics laboratory Dr. Britz-McKibbin obtained his BSc in Chemistry (U. Toronto, 1994), and PhD in Analytical Chemistry (UBC, 2000) and a Japan Society for Promotion of Science PDF position in Japan (Himeji Institute of Technology, 2001-2003) prior to starting his academic position at McMaster. Philip's research interests in bio-analytical chemistry, separation science, and mass spectrometry with a focus on clinical-based metabolomics and large-scale epidemiological studies. His group has contributed to the design of robust analytical strategies to accurately quantify and rapidly identify metabolites of clinical significance in complex biological samples based on multiplexed capillary electrophoresis-mass spectrometry. Philip’s laboratory aims to discover new biomarkers that support early detection and treatment of human diseases relevant to population health and preventative medicine with emphasis on inherited metabolic disorders, and chronic human diseases.

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Valdemir Melechco Carvalho


Valdemir Melechco Carvalho received his Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of São Paulo. He joined Fleury Group in 2001 where he is a Senior Scientist and leads a team focused on the development of applications of chromatography and mass spectrometry to clinical analysis. He is also a professor at the Clinical and Toxicology Sciences graduate program at the Pharmaceutical Sciences School of the University
of Sao Paulo.


Brian Clowers

Washington State University

Dr. Brian Clowers is the Washington State University Professor in the Department of Analytical Chemistry. The Clowers Research Group combines ion mobility spectrometry (IMS) and mass spectrometry (MS) with optical fragmentation mechanisms to probe complex chemical systems in the gas phase. These hybrid methods address a range of chemical problems spanning from the fundamental to the applied. A few of these research topics include carbohydrate structure determination, intelligent stereochemical ligand development, gas-phase clustering equilibria, and selective ion chemistry for threat detection. In addition to focusing on gas-phase ion behavior, students in my group hone skills related to sample ionization, instrument construction, experimental design and chemometric data analysis. These skills help deliver solutions to a range of chemical problems across domains including national security, environmental analysis, and bioanalytical chemistry.


Pieter C. Dorrestein

University of California San Diego

Dr. Dorrestein is professor ;Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Departments of Pharmacology and Pediatrics; Director, Collaborative Mass Spectrometry Innovation Center; Co-Director, Institute for Metabolomics Medicine Work aims to develop new mass spectrometry based methods to understand the chemistry of microbes, our microbiome and their ecological niche. In short, we develop tools that translate the chemical language between cells. This research requires the understanding of (microbial) genomics, proteomics, imaging mass spectrometry, genome mining, enzymology, small molecules structure elucidation, bioactivity screening, antibiotic resistance and an understanding of small molecule structure elucidation methods.

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Livia S. Eberlin

University of Texas at Austin

Dr. Livia Schiavinato Eberlin was born and raised in Campinas, São Paulo, Brazil. Her passion for mass spectrometry (MS) started as an undergraduate research assistant at the Thomson Laboratory of the State University of Campinas (UNICAMP). As an undergrad, she visited the Aston Laboratory at Purdue University to also pursue undergraduate research in MS. She received her B.S. in Chemistry from UNICAMP in 2007 and then moved to the USA in 2008 to start a PhD program in Analytical Chemistry at Purdue University under the mentorship of Prof. R. Graham Cooks. 

During her PhD, Livia developed and applied ambient ionization MS imaging to human cancer diagnosis. In recognition of her innovative PhD work, Livia received many awards including the Nobel Laureate Signature Award from the American Chemical Society. In 2012, she started her postdoctoral work at Stanford University under the guidance of Prof. Richard N. Zare, where she continued to develop MS technology for biomedical research. During that time, she received the L’Oréal for Women in Science Fellowship, a K99 pathway to independence award from the NIH/NCI, and was listed in the Forbes 30 under 30 list in Science and Healthcare. In 2016, Livia started her independent career as an Assistant Professor in the Chemistry Department at the University of Texas at Austin. Since then, Livia and her group have received several recognitions for their research. In 2018, Livia was named a Sloan Research Fellow, a Moore Inventor Fellow, and a MacArthur Fellow.

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Marcos N. Eberlin

Director, MackMass Laboratory Mackenzie University

Dr. Marcos N. Eberlin is a member of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences and holds a PhD in chemistry from the University of Campinas in Brazil. After posdoctoral work at Purdue University (USA), he founded the ThoMSon Mass Spectrometry Laboratory, growing it into a highly distinguished lab and supervising some 200 graduate and pos-doctoral students, scientists who today work as researchers and professionals all around the globe. The former president of the International Mass Spectrometry foundation (IMSF), the current president of the Brazilian societies of Intelligent Design (TDI BRASIL) and Mass Spectrometry (BrMASS), and winner of the prestigious Thomson medal (2016), Eberlin is recognized wordwide as one of the most productive mass spectrometrists and brazilian chemists ever, having published close to 1,000 scientific articles in many different applications of MS.


Rosa Erra-Balsells

Buenos Aires University

Professor, Department of Organic Chemistry, Faculty of Natural and Exact Sciences, University of Buenos Aires, Argentina. Research Member (superior) of CONICET (National Council of Scientific and Technological Research), Argentina. Editor–in Chief of the journal of the Argentine Chemical Society (AQA). She has been Vice-president and President of the Argentine Society of Research in Organic Chemistry (SAIQO) and of the Mass Spectrometry Argentine Society (SAEM). She is member of the Academy of Sciences of Latinoamerica (ACAL). Her research focus on Organic Photochemistry and Mass Spectrometry. In the latter field she worked particularly in (i) UV-MALDI-MS developing new matrices (nor-harmane and other b-carbolines; Z-sinapinic acid and other Z-substituted cinnamic acids) and (ii) picoPPESI-MS for single cell analysis.


Jana Falkenhagen

BAM, Federal Institute of Materials Research and Testing

Dr. Jana Falkenhagen studied chemistry and received her Dr. rer. nat. from the Technical University of Berlin. She was strongly involved in the development of two-dimensional chromatography of polymers and their launching in industry. Her main field of research is the development of hyphenated coupling techniques for the characterization of complex polymers and copolymers. This includes the combination of almost all conceivable liquid chromatographic separation techniques with MALDI-MS, ESI-MS and FTIR. Microstructure analysis such as the simultaneous determination of e.g. differences in copolymer composition, monomer sequence distribution or branching degrees, especially the distinction of isomeric heterogeneities, are her main interests. Biodegradable and bio-based polymer materials moved into the focus of her current work.

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Maria Helena Florêncio

University of Lisboa

Dr. Maria Helena Florêncio received her PhD from the University of Utrecht, The Netherlands (1979) in mass spectrometry. She is now Jubilee Full Professor Analytical Chemistry of the Faculty of Sciences of Lisbon University, FCUL, Leader of the National Mass Spectrometry Network,  RNEM (since its inception in 2006) a network included in the Portuguese Roadmap of Scientific Research Infrastructures of Strategic Interest, Head of the Mass Spectrometry Group of the Portuguese Chemical Society, SPQ,  Head of the Environmental and Biological Mass Spectrometry Group of the Chemistry and Biochemistry Centre, CQB, Head of the Scientific Council of ASAE ( Economic and Food Security Authority), Portuguese Focal point of EFSA (European Food Security Authority) and Portuguese Representative in the International Foundation for Mass Spectrometry, IMSF. Her scientific interests are focused on mass spectrometry, fundamental and applied, namely to the study of  environmental and biological problems and also to the development and optimization of analytical techniques based on mass spectrometry, for separation, identification and characterization of unknowns in complex mixtures even at trace level.

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Erica Forsberg

San Diego State University

Erica Forsberg graduated with a PhD in Chemical Biology from McMaster University where she developed mass spectrometry-based high throughput screening assays to identify enzyme inhibitors in complex mixtures and natural product extracts. She then moved to The Scripps Research Institute in the Center for Mass Spectrometry and Metabolomics where she worked on developing the Systems Biology platform in the Metabolomics Bioinformatics program XCMS Online. In 2017, she moved to San Diego State University where she is now an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. Her research group performs untargeted and targeted metabolomics with an interest in the gut microbiome and the gut-brain axis. She has a keen interest in multi-omic data integration, particularly with coupling metabolomics data to genomic data that is used to generate metabolic models via flux balance analysis.

Andras Guttman

Andras Guttman

University of Debrecen

Dr. Andras Guttman, MTA-PE Lendület professor of Translational Glycomics, is the head of the Horváth Csaba Memorial Institute of Bioanalytical Research in University of Debrecen, Hungary. He also contributes to the separation/application efforts at Sciex. His work is focused on capillary electrophoresis and CE-MS based glycomics asd well as glycoproteomics analysis of molecules of biomedical and biopharmaceutical interests. Dr Guttman had previous academic appointments at Northeastern University (Boston, MA) and at University of Innsbruck (Austria) holding the Marie Curie Chair of the European Commission. His former industrial affiliations included Novartis (La Jolla, CA), Genetic BioSystems (San Diego, CA), and Beckman Instruments (Fullerton, CA), where he developed high resolution capillary electrophoresis and microfluidics based bioanalytical methods. Professor Guttman has close to 300 scientific publications, wrote 35 book chapters, edited 4 textbooks and holds 23 patents. He is a member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, past president of the American Chemical Society Hungary Chapter, on the board of the Society of Hungarian Academicians in America, associate director of CASSS and serves on the editorial boards of a dozen international scientific journals. Dr. Guttman graduated from University of Veszprem (Hungary) in chemical engineering, where he also received his doctoral degree. Professor Guttman has been recognized by numerous awards including the Analytical Chemistry Award of the Hungarian Chemical Society (2000), named as Fulbright Scholar of the US Department of State (2012), received the CASSS CE Pharm Award, the Arany Janos Medal of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, the Pro Scientia award of University of Pannonia in 2013, and the Dennis Gabor Award of the Novofer Foundation (2014). Dr Guttman is also the recipient of the 2017 Dal Nogare Award of the Delaware Valley Chromatography Forum.

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Ron M. A. Heeren

Director of Imaging Mass Spectrometry Maastritch University

Prof. Dr. Ron M.A. Heeren obtained a PhD degree in technical physics in 1992 at the University of Amsterdam on plasma-surface interactions. He was the research group leader at FOM-AMOLF for macromolecular ion physics and biomolecular imaging mass spectrometry in the period 1995-2015. In 2001 he was appointed professor at the chemistry faculty of Utrecht University lecturing on the physical aspects of biomolecular mass spectrometry. In 2014 he was appointed as distinguished professor and Limburg Chair at the University of Maastricht. He is scientific director of M4I, the Maastricht MultiModal Molecular Imaging institute and heads the division of imaging MS. He is the vice-president of the international mass spectrometry foundation and serves on various editorial boards of peer-reviewed journals. He is also the 2017 founding president of the Mass Spectrometry Imaging Society. He is and has been active in many professional societies to advance mass spectrometric research, education and professionalization. He has published numerous, well-cited works in the field of imaging mass spectrometry. His academic research interests are mass spectrometry based personalized medicine, translational molecular imaging research, high-throughput bioinformatics and the development and validation of new mass spectrometry based proteomic imaging techniques for the life sciences.


Michal Holčapek

University of Pardubice
Czech Republic

Prof. Michal Holčapek obtained his Ph.D. at the Department of Analytical Chemistry, University of Pardubice. Now he is a full professor of analytical chemistry at the same university. The research focus is in mass spectrometry and its coupling with liquid chromatography and supercritical fluid chromatography, applied mainly in the lipidomic analysis and cancer biomarker research. He is a co-author of over 135 papers in peer-reviewed international journals, h-index 41, contributing editor of Trends in Analytical Chemistry, member of editorial advisory boards of Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry, and Lipids. He was co-editor of books Handbook of Advanced Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry Techniques (Academic Press and AOCS Press, 2017) and Extreme Chromatography: Faster, Hotter, Smaller (American Oil Chemical Society, 2011), editor of topical collections in Analytical Chemistry, Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry, and Journal of Chromatography A, the chairman of HPLC 2017 Prague, 3rd European Lipidomic Meeting in 2013, and 14. Czech - Slovak spectroscopic conference in 2010. He was listed on the Power List of 100 most influential people in the analytical sciences (2020, 2015 and 2013, The Analytical Scientist). He is one of founding members of Lipidomics Standards Initiative and vice-president for conferences in the International Lipidomics Society.


Hilkka I. Kenttämaa

Purdue University

Dr. Hilkka Kenttämaa is the Frank Brown Distinguished Professor of Chemistry at Purdue University. She got her Ph.D. in organic chemistry in Helsinki University, Finland, and performed post doctoral research with Professor Graham Cooks at Purdue University. She is a member of the Finnish Academy of Science, Elected Fellow of the AAAS, and the winner of Frank Field and Joe Franklin ACS Award for Outstanding Achievement in Mass Spectrometry. She supervises a large mass spectrometry research group. 

Her research interests include (1) advancement of fundamental understanding of organic tandem mass spectrometry, including the kinetics, mechanisms and thermochemistry of reactions used to ionize analytes and characterize their structures, (2) utilization of tandem mass spectrometry and quantum chemical calculations to study the reactivity, kinetics, and reaction mechanisms of organic and biological reaction intermediates, including organic polyradicals, (3) coupling tandem mass spectrometry with fast pyrolysis to delineate the mechanisms of fast pyrolysis processes of biomass, and (4) development of better chromatography/mass spectrometry methods, including HPLC/orbitrap and GCxGC/TOF, for the fast and reliable compositional characterization and quantitation of complex mixtures of organic compounds, including drug metabolites, degraded biomass, biomass conversion products, crude oil, and fuels.

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Albert T Lebedev

Lomonosov Moscow State University

Albert T Lebedev currently works as a full Professor at the Department of Organic Chemistry, Lomonosov Moscow State University. Albert does research in Analytical Chemistry, Organic chemistry, Proteomics, Chemical Biology and Environmental Chemistry. Several current projects deal with aquatic chlorination of organic compounds including UV-filters, targeted and non-targeted analysis of organic compounds in water, snow, clouds, soil, etc., de novo sequencing of natural peptides, study of mechanisms of the gas phase reactions, the search for the new lipids - biomarkers of the cardio-vascular diseases.

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Kathryn Lilley

University of Cambridge

Kathryn Lilley's research specialises in the development of cutting edge proteomics technologies. Her research group is exploring ways to:

• Define residents of organelles and protein complexes within cells

• Use a combination of high throughput mass spectrometry and pattern recognition methods to define genuine residents of complexes and organelles

• Monitor concerted changes in location upon cellular perturbation such as drug treatment, mutation etc.

These methods are being used to locate proteins involved in stem cell pluripotency maintenance both in terms of sub cellular location and involvement in multi protein complexes.

She is also interested in what controls the location of proteins in cells and is developing methods to determine the spatial location of translation (where proteins are synthesised).


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Daniel Martins-de-Souza


Dr. Daniel Martins-de-Souza became Professor of Biochemistry at the University of Campinas (UNICAMP, Brazil), right after having headed the Neuroproteomics Unit at the Ludwig Maximilians University Munich (LMU, Germany). His postdoctoral trainings were conducted at the Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry (Germany) and at the University of Cambridge (UK). Since 2014, Daniel heads the Laboratory of Neuroproteomics at UNICAMP, where his team employs proteomic tools to investigate molecular mechanisms involved in psychiatric disorders and the identification of potential biomarkers. 

Daniel is Associated Editor for npj Schizophrenia (Nature) and part of the editorial board of other seven journals. He is also founding member of the Brazilian Society of Proteomics and part of the board of the Brazilian Society of Mass Spectrometry. Daniel is currently Affiliated Member of the São Paulo Academy of Sciences and also Affiliated Member of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences.


Evgeny N. Nikolaev

Center for Translational Biomedicine Skoltech MS Lab

Dr. Nikolaev  specializes in mass spectrometry and ion processes
as well as proteomics and petroliomics. His current research activities include supercomputer modeling of ion cloud behavior in accumulation and transportation of ions. Using mass spectrometry, he researches proteomes within physical liquids found in the human body through long isolation. He also develops the fundamental basis for quantitative analysis by mass spectrometry of the average copied proteins in the human body. Other research interests include analysis and classification of natural deposits of carbon through super-resolution mass spectrometry. He also develops and characterizes the dynamically harmonized Penning traps for Fourier Transform Ion Cyclotron Resonance Mass Spectrometry.


Fabio Nogueira


Fábio C. S. Nogueira is currently a professor at the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro. He has a BSc in Biology at Universidade Estadual do Ceará (2004), a master's in Biochemistry at Universidade Federal do Ceará (2007) and a doctorate in Biochemistry at Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro and Protein Research Group, University of Southern Denmark (2012). Post-doctorate and visiting researcher at the Department of Biochemistry, Institute of Chemistry, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro. He founded and is a member of the Brazilian Proteomics Society. He implemented the LC-MS methods to analyses peptides and proteins in the Brazilian Laboratory of Doping Control, and participate in the Olympic and Paralympic Games Rio2016. He has more than 75 published articles and has experience in Biochemistry, mass spectrometry, quantitative proteomics, post-translational protein modifications, liquid chromatography, 1- and 2-D electrophoresis.

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Henrique Marcelo G. Pereira

Brazilian Doping Control Laboratory

Henrique Marcelo G. Pereira is Director of the Brazilian Doping Control Laboratory (LBCD - LADETEC - IQ – UFRJ). Associate Professor at the Institute of Chemistry - Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. PhD in Science (Organic Chemistry) from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (2004) and a master’s degree in Science (Organic Chemistry) also from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (1999). Member of the World Association of Antidoping Scientists. Expert in Antidoping Science, Analytical Toxicology  with an emphasis on Doping Control in Sport, chromatographic techniques, mass spectrometry, immunological methods, development and validation of analytical methods, management of technical teams and Quality System (ISO17025). Permanent Advisor of Doctorate and master’s degree by the Graduate Program in Chemistry at IQ - UFRJ. Recognized with the Partners in Action Award (City Hall of Rio de Janeiro) for contributions in the area of anti-doping education and prevention of the use of drugs related to sport. Fellow member of the World Anti-doping Scientists Association (WAADS). Member of the Brazilian Anti-doping Forum.

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Rawi Ramautar

Leiden Academic Centre for Drug Research - Leiden University

Rawi Ramautar obtained his PhD on the development of capillary electrophoresis-mass spectrometry methods for metabolomics from Utrecht University, the Netherlands, in 2010. Intrigued by metabolomics for disease prediction and diagnosis, Rawi switched to the Leiden University Medical Center to broaden his horizon on this topic. In 2013 and 2017, he received the prestigious Veni and Vidi research grants from the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research for the development of CE-MS approaches for volume-restricted metabolomics. Currently, he is an associate professor at the Leiden University where his group is developing microscale analytical workflows for sample-restricted biomedical problems. Rawi Ramautar was recently selected for the Top 40 under 40 Power List of the Analytical Scientist. He is editor of Microchemical Journal (Elsevier).

Yasset Perez Riverol

Yasset Perez Riverol

European Bioinformatics Institute

Dr. Yasset Perez-Riverol obtained a BSc degree in Software Engineering in 2006 with the development of a high-performance algorithm for conformational search of small molecules. Between 2006-2014, he worked at the Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (CIGB), Havana, Cuba, as a Group Leader in the Proteomics Department. During this period, he developed new machine learning algorithms and tools for peptide and protein identification using mass spectrometry data.

In 2014, he achieved a PhD in Biochemistry at Havana University and joined EMBL-EBI as Bioinformatian in the PRIDE team. Between 2014-2015, he led and developed PRIDE Inspector Toolsuite, Protein inference toolbox (PIA), PRIDE Cluster and a set of libraries and tools for visualisation, quality assessment and protein inference of proteomics experiments.

Recently, he has led the development of Omics Discovery Index, an open source platform to facilitate the access and dissemination of omics datasets coming from multiple omics studies. In addition, he has lead the BioContainers, a community for bioinformatics software containers. In 2019, he was appointed Proteomics Team Coordinator, including PRIDE Archive, PRIDE Cluster and Proteogenomics resources.

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Ryan Patrick Rodgers

National Science Foundation - The National High Magnetic Field Laboratory

Dr. Ryan P. Rodgers received a B.S. in chemistry from the University of Florida in 1995, and Ph.D. in analytical chemistry from Florida State University in 1999. Following a postdoctoral appointment at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, he joined the Ion Cyclotron Resonance Program at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory (NHMFL) as an Assistant Scholar-Scientist and a courtesy faculty member of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Florida State University. He currently directs environmental, petrochemical and forensic applications of FT-ICR mass spectrometry at NHMFL, is the Director of the Future Fuels Institute, an FSU Distinguished Scholar, and an Associate Editor of Energy and Fuels.

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Laura Sanchez

University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC)

Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, UCSC.


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Jentaie Shiea

National Sun Yat-Sen University

Dr. Jentaie Shiea received his Ph.D. degrees from Montana State University in Analytical Chemistry. He is a Distinguished Professor and the director of the Rapid Screening Research Center for Toxicology and Medicine at National Sun Yat-Sen University, Taiwan, and a fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry. His research focuses on novel ambient ionization mass spectrometric techniques, which he is developing for mobile applications regarding food safety, anti-drugs, antiterrorism, and emergency and precision medicine, in addition to the rapid detection of disease biomarkers for clinical diagnosis. He was the president of the Taiwan Society for Mass Spectrometry, and one of the co-founders of the Asia and Oceania Mass Spectrometry Conference and the Mass Spectrometry for Clinical Diagnosis Conference.

He has received several awards, including the Outstanding Research Award from the National Science Council of Taiwan, the National Invention and Creation Award from the Ministry of Economic Affairs of Taiwan, and Best Reviewer from JASMS.

In the last decade, he has devoted himself to promoting mass spectrometric research in Taiwan and Asia. Currently, he is the ex-president of Taiwan Society for Mass Spectrometry (TSMS) and the executive board member and representative of Region B (Asia and Oceania) of the International Mass Spectrometry Foundation (IMSF). Current research works in his laboratory focus on three main aspects: (1) developing ionization techniques for ambient mass spectrometry and applying AMS on food safety, forensic science, environmental chemistry, antiterrorism, phytochemistry and etc; (2) interfacing mass spectrometry with HPLC, GC, and TLC; (3) developing mass spectrometric techniques to search disease biomarkers in the biological fluids. Professor Shiea received “The Graduate Achievement Award for Outstanding Performance” for his Master’s Thesis at MSU. He also received “Outstanding Research Award” (by National Science Council, Taiwan in 2009) and “National Invention and Creation Award” (by Ministry of Economic Affairs, Taiwan in 2010) which are two of the highest nationwide honors. He has also been honored by NSYSU with its awards for “Teaching Excellence of College of Science” (2001), “Excellent Research Award” (2002, 2006 and 2010), and “Invention Award” (2007 and 2011). Currently, he is the Fellow of Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC) and board member of several government and university committees in controlled drugs, public health and engineering and patent evaluation. He is the editorial board members of Anal. Methods (RSC), Mass Spectrom. Let., The Scientific World Journal, ISRN Spectroscopy Current Chromatogra. as well as the associate editor of Mass Spectrometry.

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Elena E. Stashenko

University of Santander (UIS), Bucaramanga

Dr. Elena Stashenko is Laureate Full Professor at the School of Chemistry of Industrial University of Santander (UIS), in Bucaramanga, Colombia. She is the Director of the Center for Chromatography and Mass Spectrometry (CROM-MASS) and of the Research Center for Biomolecules (CIBIMOL) at this University. She has been Graduate Program Coordinator and Director of Research for the School of Sciences at UIS. 

During the last 28 years she has directed the undergraduate and graduate research projects of over 250 new professionals in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering. Elena Stashenko completed her undergraduate and Doctoral studies in Chemistry at Druzhbi Narodov University (Moscow, ex-USSR, Russian Federation), and performed postdoctoral visits at University of California (Davis, CA, U.S.A.), Braunschweig University (Germany), University du Quebec (Canada), and the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (Melbourne, Australia). Elena Stashenko is Full Member of the Colombian Academy of Exact, Physical and Natural Sciences; Member of the Latin American Chromatography Committee; Member of the Board of Directors of the Colombian Association for the Advancement of Science (ACAC); Member of the Editorial Board of Journal of Separation Science, Journal of Essential Oil Research, and of Scientia Chromatographic. Elena Stashenko was the founder of the National School of Chromatography (1998) in Colombia, where she has been the main speaker in over 130 courses offered to professionals and practitioners of chromatography from industry, research centers, academia, and Government laboratories. During the last 13 years, Elena Stashenko has been the Director and Legal Representative of CENIVAM, the Research Center of Excellence for the agro industrialization of tropical aromatic and medicinal vegetal species, a collaborative project of 15 research groups from 10 universities. Her research work has been published in over 200 scientific articles of national and international specialized journals. Her work has received multiple awards in Colombia and abroad; among them are the following: “Frontier Award: Chemistry for Life”, from the European Society of Separation Science; “Researcher of Excellence”, from the Colombian Association for the Advancement of Science (ACAC); “COLACRO Medal”, from the 10th COLACRO; “National Chemistry Award in Analytical Chemistry”, from the Colombian Chemistry Association, ASQUIMCO; and “National Phytochemistry Prize”, from the National Phytochemistry Congress. Elena Stashenko was included in 2016 among the 50 most influential women in the analytical sciences.

IMSC 2021 - Robert Winckler

Robert Winckler

labABI - CINVESTAV Irapuato

Robert Winkler studied biotechnology (FH Jena, Germany, 1999) and biochemical engineering (University of Birmingham, UK, 2002), before achieving a PhD in natural products chemistry (Leibniz Institute HKI Jena, Germany, 2007). In 2010, he founded the laboratory of biochemical and instrumental analysis ("labABI") at the CINVESTAV Irapuato, Mexico.

The labABI develops analytical platforms for the study of biological systems, using ambient ionization methods, mass spectrometry imaging (MSI), high throughput phenotyping, real-time monitoring of VOCs, and data mining.

The group contributes actively to the community by publishing free software (e.g. ESIprot, ProtyQuant, MASSyPup64, RmsiGUI) and hardware designs such as a 3D-printed low-temperature plasma probe, and the Open LabBot platform for ambient ionization MSI.

Robert Winkler edited a book about "Processing Metabolomics and Proteomics Data with Open Software: A Practical Guide", published by the Royal Society of Chemistry in 2020.


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The 23rd International Mass Spectrometry Conference 2020 will take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It was home to most of the 2016 Summer Olympics and the 2016 Summer Paralympic Games. As all the previous editions, IMSC 2020 will cover all aspects of mass spectrometry, from fundamentals to instrumentation and applications, with a "Brazilian seasoning".