Monday, May 29th, 2017

About Us

The Greater Washington-Baltimore Mass Spectrometry Discussion Group meets monthly from September through June to discuss various aspects of mass spectrometry. Meetings are open to everyone and do not require membership dues, thanks to the generosity of our corporate sponsors. Attendees commonly include research scientists and students from local government, academic, and industrial laboratories. A light dinner is served before each meeting, for which RSVPs are preferred but not required.

Meetings are usually held on the third Monday of each month (see schedule) at the Shimadzu Regional Training Center in Columbia, MD (directions) at 7:15 pm. Our meetings usually involve a lecture by an expert in the field of mass spectrometry and its related sciences from the area or outside the area.

The Washington-Baltimore MSDG has periodically conducted a short course entitled “Interpretation of Mass Spectra” at the American Society for Mass Spectrometry Meeting. Members of the discussion group serve as instructors for the course.

Topics of interest to the MSDG include, but are not limited to:

Instrumentation: Design and Implementation
Ion sources
Mass Separation Methods
Ion Detection
Fundamental Processes Important in Mass Spectrometry
Desorption and Ionization of Molecules
Activation and Fragmentation of Molecules
Ion-Molecule Reactions
Fundamental Studies Using Mass Spectrometry
Analytical Applications of Mass Spectrometry in:
Bioanalytical Chemistry
Environmental Chemistry
Organic Analysis
Inorganic Analysis
Surface Analysis
Space Sciences




Dr. Katherine (Katie) Fiedler
US FDA/Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN)
5001 Campus Drive
College Park, MD 20740
Phone: (240) 402-5055

Dr. Stefani Thomas
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Department of Pathology, Division of Clinical Chemistry
Center for Biomarker Discovery and Translation
1550 Orleans St., CRBII Room 3M03
Baltimore, MD 21231
Phone: 410-955-7138

Website and Announcements:

Dr. G. Asher Newsome


Dr. Berk Oktem


Dr. Alexei Gapeev
Millis Scientific, Inc
6400 Baltimore National Pike #201
Baltimore MD 21228
Phone: 877-844-2635