Professor of Biochemistry, Chemistry, and Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences, Director of Core Facilities, Mass Spectrometry Research Center Deputy Director for Research, Imaging Mass Spectrometry Center
Kevin earned his Ph.D. from Purdue University in 1989 and has 29 years of professional experience in mass spectrometry and analytical chemistry, including all aspects of proteomics analysis and mass spectrometry imaging. His application area of interest is the eye, particularly lens and retina biochemistry. He directs the Core Facility operations of the MSRC.
Research Assistant Professor, Department of Biochemistry
Zhen received her BS in ecology and MS in marine biology from Ocean University of China and PhD in chemistry from Northern Illinois University. She then spent two years as a postdoc fellow working in Schey lab. Currently she is a research assistant professor and her current work focuses on studying spatial proteomics and spatial protein-protein interaction of lens fiber cells using quantitative mass spectrometry, chemical crosslinking and MALDI imaging.
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Biochemistry
Ankita received her Ph.D. in Pharmacology from All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India in 2017. Her graduate work focused on LC-MS/MS analysis of small molecules, specifically bisretinoids identification relevant to Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD). She joined the Schey Lab in June 2018 in collaboration with Dr. Christine A. Curcio, University of Alabama at Birmingham, AL and her research focuses on Lipid distribution studies of human retina using LC-MS/MS.
Graduate Student, Chemical and Physical Biology Program (CPB)
Graduate Student, Department of Biochemistry
Romell is from Nashville, Tennessee. He received a B.A. in neuroscience from Pomona College in Claremont, California where he studied pharmacological attenuation of dopamine/adenosine-mediated cocaine reinstatement. His current research is the study of mechanisms which mediate the cellular trafficking of critical proteins such as the aquaporins in lens fiber cells. This includes the investigation of these mechanisms under both normal physiology and cataractogenesis in addition to relevant modulatory post-translational modifications. He primarily employs biochemical techniques, including mass spectrometry-based proteomics, and molecular biological methods to address this research focus in both humans and animal models.