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Rachel A. Harris

Graduate Student, The McLean Group


The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, NC – B.S.



Rachel moved around a lot growing up, but claims Texas as home. She got her undergraduate degree at the University of North Carolina in 2015, where she first discovered that her research interests lay in mass spectrometry. While there, she worked on a prototype differential ion mobility spectrometry device (DIMS) coupled to mass spectrometry under Dr. Gary Glish. She came to Vanderbilt because she was interested in Dr. McLean’s work in ion mobility and bioanalytical mass spectrometry. Currently, her projects involve the application of surface induced dissociation for small molecule analysis and the development of an online ozonolysis platform. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, urban gardening, and enjoying Nashville’s diverse music scene.



NSF GRFP Honorable Mention (2016)

Vanderbilt Institute of Chemical Biology Fellowship (2015)

Harold Stirling Vanderbilt Graduate Scholarship (2015)



Harris R.A., Leaptrot K.L., May J.C., McLean J.A. New frontiers in lipidomics analyses using structurally selective ion mobility-mass spectrometry, Trends Anal. Chem., 2019, 116:316-323.

Harris R.A., May J.C., Stinson C.A., Xia Y., McLean J.A. Determining Double Bond Position in Lipids Using Online Ozonolysis Coupled to Liquid Chromatography and Ion Mobility-Mass Spectrometry, Anal. Chem. 2018, 90(3): 1915-1924.