The acquisition of this equipment was made possible by receipt of an NIH Shared Instrumentation Grant (SIG) award led by Julie Leary, professor of molecular and cellular biology and founding faculty director of the Campus Mass Spectrometry Facility. This was the third SIG awarded to the facility during Julie’s tenure as Faculty Director, who recently announced her retirement. Julie’s leadership has been instrumental in bringing state-of-the-art technologies to campus and in making those technologies available to the UCD research community.
Carlito Lebrilla, professor of chemistry has been appointed to succeed Julie. Carlitto’s research focus is in the development of analytical tools based on advanced separation and mass spectrometry in two areas—nutrition and diseases. His group is developing mass spectrometry based tools for the discovery of markers for cancer including ovarian, breast, and prostate and are pioneering the glycomic approach for the early diagnosis of cancer. In nutrition they are examining human milk as the model for the perfect food and determining bioactive components in milk.