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New Members Join the Lab in Spring 2016
06.31.16   We have recently welcomed new graduate students into the McLean Group: Rachel Harris, Donald Davis, and Berkley Ellis. Rachel will pursue the identification of lipids using multiple fragmentation platforms (CID, SID, ozonolysis). Don’s research will focus on clinical applications of IM-MS. Lastly, Berkley aims to characterize the circadian rhythm of cyanobacteria using a metabolomics based approach.

New Member Joins the Lab in Fall 2014
10.31.14   We have recently welcomed a new graduate student into the McLean Group: Tiffany (Onifer) Crescentini. Tiffany will pursue novel analytical approaches to characterizing synthetic polymers .

New Members Join the Lab in Spring 2014
6.12.14   We have recently welcomed a new post doc and three new graduate students into the McLean Group. Dr. Ewa Jurneczko will focus on instrument development and James Dodds, Ray Keller, and James Poland will focus on biological applications of IM-MS.

Kelly and Jay Graduate in Spring 2014
3.11.14   Kelly Hines successfully defended on March 11, 2014. Her Ph.D. dissertation was entitled ” Biomolecular Signatures of Disease Via Ion Mobility and Mass Spectrometry Techniques “.2.4.14   Jay Forsythe successfully defended on February 4, 2014. His Ph.D. dissertation was entitled ” Advanced Strategies for Imaging Mass Spectrometry and Ion Mobility-Mass Spectrometry “.

New Members Join the Lab in May 2013

5.10.13We have recently welcomed three new students into the McLean Group. Caleb’s research will focus on instrumentation while Andy and Chatney (co-advised by Dr. Cliffel) plan to incorporate IM-MS into their electrochemistry research.

Cody Graduates in February 2013

2.20.13   Cody Goodwin successfully defended on February 20, 2013. His Ph.D. dissertation was entitled ” Advanced Structural Mass Spectrometry for Metabolomics “.

Jeff Graduates in August 2012

8.30.12   Jeff Enders successfully defended on August 30, 2012. His Ph.D. dissertation was entitled “Structural Mass Spectrometry Strategies for Systems Biology “.

McLean Lab Gets Major Research Instrumentation Grant

8.1.12   The McLean group has recently received an NSF grant to construct an 8-channel IM-MS.

McLean Lab Gets $4M Grant

8.1.12   The McLean group has recently received over $4 M in the past two months for multiplex IM-MS instrumentation and exometabolome analysis for organs-on-a-chip. We are grateful for the support from the NSF, NIH, DTRA, and DAPRA.

Nichole, Katie, and Rafa Join the Lab

3.23.12   We have recently welcomed three new members into the McLean group. Nichole Lareau joined the group in December of 2011 and Katie Leaptrot and Rafael Montenegro joined in March of 2012. Nichole and Rafael plan to focus on application research, while Katie’s focus is on instrumentation.

Kellen, Josh, Michal, and Randi round out the gradutes of the McLean group in the Spring/Summer 2011

7.14.11   Kellen Harkness, Josh Kerr, Michal Kliman, and Randi Gant-Branum all successfully defended over the course of the Spring/Summer of 2011.

Sarah Stow joins the group

5.30.11   Sarah Stow joins the group, coming from the University of Georgia where she studied both Chemistry and Mathematics. She received an ACS-Certified B.S. degree in Chemistry and hopes to finish her B.S. in Mathematics while here at Vanderbilt. She is currently working on developing a computational strategy for conformational analysis of natural products.

Dr. John McLean and Michal Kliman receive “Excellence in Teaching” Award from SMACS

5.7.10   The Student Members of the American Chemical Society is pleased to recognize Dr. John McLean as the faculty recipient and Michal Kliman as the teaching assistant recipient of our “Excellence in Teaching” Award for 2009-10. Each will receive a certificate and will have their name engraved on the departmental plaque.

Larissa graduates!

4.9.10   The first member of our group, Larissa S. Fenn, completed her Ph.D. dissertation entitled “Detection and Characterization of Glycans and Glycoconjugates using Ion Mobility-Mass Spectrometry” and successfully defended on April 9th, 2010. She is currently a Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Emerging Leaders Program Finalist.

Drs. McLean and Wikswo are interviewed in The Tennessean

3.12.10   Both Dr. McLean and Dr. Wikswo provided comments on the joint microfluidics-ion mobility-mass spectrometry project the two groups are collaborating on. The Tennessean article highlights some of the research taking place at Vanderbilt that is funded by stimulus grants and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

Dr. McLean receives DTRA research award at the Chemical and Biological Defense Science and Technology Conference

11.20.09   The McLean group was responsible for presenting three posters at the CBD S&T conference in Dallas, TX. The conference was held from November 16th through November 20th at the Hyatt Regency Dallas. At the closing ceremony Dr. McLean was selected to receive a Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) research award. Learn more…

Larissa and Jeff receive awards at FACSS 09 in Louisville

10.23.09   Larissa was awarded the prestigious Society for Applied Spectroscopy (SAS) Barbara Stull Graduate Student Award and Jeff was awarded SAS and FACSS Student Poster Awards at the FACSS conference in Louisville, Kentucky. Additionally, over the course of the week four members of the group gave oral presentations and four different posters were presented. The event lasted from October 18th through the 22nd. Learn more…

New McLean lab member, Jody May, joins the group as a post doc

7.10.09   Jody May comes to the McLean lab from the David Russell group at Texas A&M University, where he worked on the design of novel ion trap geometries for ion cyclotron resonance experiments and developing ion mobility instrumentation based on surface induced dissociation and time-of-flight mass analysis. His final dissertation project focused on the development and characterization of a mass selectable cryogenic ion mobility-mass spectrometer designed to improve the analytical figures-of-merit for ion mobility analysis. Learn more…

ASMS '09 Philadelphia McLean group represented at q-bio 2009 conference

7.7.09   Santa Fe, New Mexico was the location of this year’s q-bio conference. Jeff gave a lecture addressing the benefits of using ion mobility – mass spectrometry for making quantitative biological measurements to an audience of predominantly systems biology researchers and our fellow collaborators, the John Wikswo group, organized a session on controlling cellular function. Undergraduates Ayeeshik Kole and Bao Nguyen also presented a poster. Learn more…

ASMS '09 Philadelphia 6.1.09 Larissa presented on her recent work at ASMS ’09 in Philadelphia. Her presentation titled “Integrated ‘omics’ on the basis of structural separations by ion mobility-mass spectrometry” was given during the Monday morning “Developments in Ion Mobility Instrumentation and Theory” organized by Dr. McLean. Additionally, Dr. McLean was responsible for organizing the interest group workshop on “Instrumental Innovations for Ion Mobility-Mass Spectrometry”. Learn more…

News photo of Cody 3.31.09 New Group member Cody Goodwin joins the lab. Cody comes to the McLean lab from the University of Central Florida, where he graduated with his BS. in chemistry. Cody came to Vanderbilt because of its many options to research physical chemistry. He eventually settled on the McLean group after rotating through the lab. Learn more…

News photo of Larissa 10.2.08 Larissa earned the Piedmont award as well as the Best Student Poster at FACSS 2008. Her poster entitled “Simultaneous Glycoproteomic Strategies Utilizing Ion Mobility-Mass Spectrometry: New Insights from Structural Separations” was one of only 14 posters that received an award. Learn more…

C&E News cover image September 15, 2008 9.15.08 The September 15th issue of Chemical and Engineering News featured McLean group member Jeffrey Enders on the cover. The issue contains a 7 page article written by Celia Henry Arnaud covering the currently rising state of ion mobility-mass spectrometry. Learn more…