Siuzdak to Deliver the 2019 M.L. Gross Award Lecture

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by Nebraska Chemistry Mon, 09/30/2019 - 12:16

Nebraska Chemistry is pleased to announce the 2019 Michael L. Gross Award will be presented to Gary Siuzdak. The event will take place in Hamilton Hall room 112 on Friday, October 4 at 2:45. Siuzdak will then deliver the M.L. Gross Lectureship in Mass Spectrometry, the event is open to the public.

Professor Gary Siuzdak

Gary Siuzdak is a Professor of Chemistry, Molecular and Computational Biology and Senior Director of the Center for Metabolomics at the Scripps Research Institute. He received B.S. and B.A. degrees from Rhode Island College in chemistry and applied mathematics, respectively, and received the Ph.D. degree in physical chemistry from Dartmouth College in 1990. Professor Siuzdak was appointed to the faculty of Scripps in 1990 and has focused his research program on developing mass spectrometry based metabolomic technologies, including the XCMS and METLIN informatic tools, artificial intelligence, metabolomics activity screening approaches, and their applications to fundamental biochemistry and therapeutics.

Professor Siuzdak has authored over 250 scientific articles, which have collectively garnered him nearly 20,000 citations and an h-index of 66. His publication record also includes two books:

  • Mass Spectrometry for Biotechnology (1996)
  • The Expanding Role of Mass Spectrometry in Biotechnology (2003)

The latter of these was released in its second edition in 2006.

Professor Michael L. Gross
Nebraska Chemistry gratecfully acknowledges Professor Michael Gross for his support of this lectureship.

Gross joined the faculty at the University of Nebraska in 1968 after post-doctoral studies with Professor Fred W. McLafferty at Purdue University. Grounded in his formal training as an organic chemist, Professor Gross was an early leader in the study of ion-molecule reactions using mass spectrometry. In 1978, Gross, along with Charles Wilkens and Gerhard Miesels, was successful in obtaining funding to establish an NSF regional instrumentation facility in mass spectrometry. The Midwest Center for Mass Spectrometry (MCMS) soon became internationally known as a leading laboratory in mass spectrometry. In 1982, the first commercially available tandem magnetic sector mass spectrometer was added to the facility. In the years following, MCMS played a pioneering role in the development of tandem mass spectrometry in the study of biomolecules. Gross was named as a 3M Alumni Professor of Chemistry in 1983 and a C. Petrus Peterson Professor of Chemistry in 1988.

Professor Gross has approximately 600 publications in mass spectrometry, and has received numerous awards including the American Chemical Society Field and Franklin Award for Outstanding Achievement in Mass Spectrometry (1999) and the International Mass Spectrometry Foundation Thomson Medal Award (2006). He served as the founding Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of the American Society of Mass Spectrometry, 1990-2015.

Professor Gross left the University of Nebraska in 1994 to become Professor of Chemistry, Medicine, and Immunology and Principal Investigator of the NIH Mass Spectrometry Research Resource at Washington University in St. Louis. His research interests continue in the development of mass spectrometric methods to understand protein structure and the interactions between proteins and ligands.