Group History

History of the Washington Baltimore Mass Spectrometry Discussion Group

History of the Washington Chromatography Discussion Group

Past Speakers

Past Chairs


History of the Washington Baltimore Mass Spectrometry Discussion Group Prepared by a Second Generation Participant

The Washington Mass Spectrometry Discussion Group had been active for about five years when I joined the Johns Hopkins Medical School in 1967. Physical chemists at the National Bureau of Standards held major influence in the group at that time, and an obituary prepared in 20111 reports that founders included Joseph D’Amico (Food and Drug Administration), Henry Fales (National Institutes of Health), Henry Rosenstock (National Bureau of Standards) and Fred Saalfeld (Naval Research Laboratory). My participation was welcomed, despite Baltimore’s geographic distance. The original group met monthly (nine months of the year) at rotating sites across the greater D.C. area, and I learned the Washington road map by driving to meetings at Catholic University, George Washington University, St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, and other locations. In May 1972 I hosted the Discussion Group in Baltimore to hear Walter Koski (Johns Hopkins University) discuss his studies of ion chemistry using a collision cell in a tandem mass spectrometer.

By 1974 the group had been reorganized to simplify planning and to accommodate an expanding membership. Program responsibilities were transferred from a steering committee to program co-chairs. Concurrent until 1995, the two-year co-chair terms are now offset. Generally, the program chairs are younger volunteers, who come from a variety of mass spectrometry disciplines. The steering committee still functions, comprising the treasurer, a secretary now evolved into a communications officer, the current program co-chairs and several past program co-chairs. The Washington Baltimore Mass Spectrometry Discussion Group (WBMSDG) was incorporated in 2011, activating IRS reporting. The co-chairs, treasurer and communications officer were designated as a board of directors. A list of co-chairs back to 1973 is available elsewhere on the WBMSDG website

In fall 1974 the group began meeting every month at the Hewlett Packard Regional Office on Choke Cherry Lane in Rockville MD, which provided a fine lecture hall and a pleasant outdoor picnic area. Beverages were provided at the meetings by Wayne Sieck and later Ed White, and a picnic was hosted in the spring. The WBMSDG has met irregularly through the years with the Washington Chromatography discussion group. In the early 1980’s the group began meeting once a year at Hopkins Medical school, and during this time their name evolved to the Washington Baltimore Mass Spectrometry Discussion Group. The last meeting at Hopkins was a memorial service for Bob Cotter in Nov. 2012.

The program, then and now, includes both local and outside speakers. One memorable event at the Hewlett Packard location was a lecture on the new technique of field desorption mass spectrometry, presented in October 1975 by Hans-Rolf Schulten (Bonn University). More than 100 scientists attended the lecture and spring picnic, symptomatic of growing interest in the analysis of less volatile biological samples and the attendance record to the present time. In December 1976 Don Hagge (Incos Corp.) presented an especially prescient lecture on “mass spectrometer information optimization using data systems.” Among many distinguished speakers, both regional and from afar, John Fenn addressed the group twice (October 1989 and February 1995) before he received the Nobel prize, and again shortly afterward (March 2003). Also in 2003, the WBMSDG participated in a reception for Nobelist Koichi Tanaka at the Maryland Science Academy in Baltimore. A number of scientists have spoken to us three or even four times, however the record is held by Amina Woods, who starred six times through 22 years (December 1996, March 2001, April 2005, December 2007, December 2011 and December 2018.) A record of speakers from 1982 on can be consulted on the WBMSDG website or obtained from the communications officer.

From the earliest days program announcements were managed out of NRL, first by surface mail and later by email. Members benefitted significantly when John Callahan transferred the meeting announcements to email in 1994. In 1996 John developed an NRL-hosted website for the group. That website has been hosted by a third-party company since 2003. E-mail announcements were hosted by the FDA 2003- 2013, at which time they were also moved to a third-party host. Currently the email list contains more than 450 addresses.

Members of the Discussion Group introduced a short course on interpretation of electron impact spectra at the 1977 meeting of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry, held in Washington D.C. Proceedings of the conference and business meeting for that year report that 37 students were enrolled, that a small grant was provide by the FDA, and that financially the course broke even. [2] This successful initial offering seeded the growth of short courses at ASMS, which had expanded to eighteen as of the 2019 national meeting. WBMSDG members presented courses at annual ASMS conferences from 1977 through 2011. Both the nature of spectra being interpreted and the identities of the faculty evolved through this period. We took pride in the fact that most of the instructors were Federal employees most of the time (including Larry Phillips, Jim Kelley and John Callahan). For several years WBMSDG members also offered a short course in quantitation at ASMS.4 Financial compensation for all our short courses went to the Discussion Group treasury, rather than the individual instructors.

Since 2000 the WBMSDG has met regularly at the Shimadzu Scientific Instruments Training Center in Columbia MD, which provides lecture rooms of flexible size and a large pleasant indoor eating area. Food and non-alcoholic beverages are served at every meeting. In addition to Washington D.C. universities and many Federal laboratories, scientists from local companies participate, and the contingent from Baltimore includes the University of Maryland Baltimore, UMBC, and Hopkins Medical School. Across nearly three decades research groups participated from the University of Delaware, often arriving in a University van with a faculty driver.

As early as 1973, instrument manufacturers (and, later, other associated companies) began to provide annual support to the WBMSDG. These sources of income allowed the Group to bring speakers from a distance occasionally, and to provide beverages and (at Shimadzu) food before each lecture. This further facilitated local networking. Commercial sponsors were and still are invited to make presentations at Manufacturers’ Night, the first meeting in the fall. Beginning in 1983, WBMSDG has held a Post-ASMS meeting after the national ASMS meeting, where everyone is invited to present their ASMS poster. With its budget secured by short- course income and company sponsorships, in 1997 the WBMSG began awarding graduate student travel stipends to participate in the annual ASMS conferences. The catchment area of eligibility for these travel Fellowships extends from Newark, DE, to Charlottesville, VA. At the Post-ASMS meeting, funded students give short talks about their research. A distinguished list of awardees can be seen in a separate list on the website.

From its beginning, the objectives of this Discussion Group have emphasized networking, problem solving and continuing education. Many students trained in local universities have found positions in Federal laboratories and local companies. Successful government/academic collaborations have frequently resulted. Knowledgeable speakers have kept our expertise at the state-of-the-art across multiple subspecialties. Finally, we have a lot of fun at the monthly meetings.

1. Critiques of and contributions to this report have been provided generously by John Callahan (FDA), James Kelley (NIH), Sanford P. Markey (NIST), Asher Newsome (Smithsonian Inst.) and Yan Wang (UMD).
2. Sanford P. Markey, Obituary for Henry M. Fales, J. Amer. Soc. Mass Spectrom. 2011, 22: 789-790.
3. Larry I Bone, Report of Committee IX on Education, Proceedings of the Annual Conference on Mass Spectrometry and Allied topics, 1977.
4. A. L Yergey, Report of Committee on Education, Proceedings of the Annual Conference on Mass Spectrometry and Allied Topics, 1994

Catherine Fenselau, January 2019 Distinguished University Professor emerita University of Maryland, College Park MD 20742

History of the Washington Chromatography Discussion Group

The Washington Chromatography Discussion Group (WCDG) began in the early 1960’s as an informal group of gas chromatographers who gathered to exchange ideas related to separation science. In 1965, the group, comprised of distinguished scientists from government, academia, and industry, formally became known as the “Washington Area Gas Chromatography Discussion Group”. The first president was M. Beroza, and president-elect and program chairperson was I. Hornstein, both from the USDA. The group met once a month from September through June in several locations throughout the area to hear an invited speaker and share information. As the group gained popularity, its activities included seminars, dinners, short courses, and symposia. By 1970, HPLC had become a viable technique so the group’s name was changed to the more encompassing “Washington Chromatography Discussion Group.” The group’s meetings were held regularly at one location, the office of Hewlett-Packard in Rockville, Maryland, and instrument manufacturers began sponsoring a light dinner before each meeting. Meetings were later held at the U.S. Pharmacopeia in Rockville and then at the Institute for Bioscience and Biotechnology Research in Rockville. In 2023, WCDG merged with WBMSDG.

Past WBMSDG Speakers

for newer speakers, see the WBMSDG schedule

06/13/2016 Post-ASMS Poster Session and Dinner with Presentations by Travel Award Recipients
05/09/2016 Peter Nemes, GWU: ‘Uncovering Molecular Cell Heterogeneity in the Cleavage-Stage Vertebrate Embryo using Single-cell Mass Spectrometry’
04/11/2016 Stephen E. Stein, NIST: ‘Mass Spectral Libraries of Everything’
03/14/2016 Kristina Hakansson, University of Michigan: ‘Fourier transform ion cyclotron resonance mass spectrometry for biomolecular identification and structural characterization’
02/08/2016 Giuseppe Astarita, Waters Corp.: ‘Emerging Metabolomics and Lipidomics Approaches: What’s Next?’
01/11/2016 Patrick L. Wintrode, UMD School of Pharmacy: ‘Hydrogen/Deuterium Exchange (HDX) in conjunction with mass spectrometry to learn how dynamics mediate the function and inhibition of proteins’
12/14/2015 Charles N. McEwen, University of the Sciences: ‘Matrix Assisted Ionization: Understanding Ionization Mechanisms and Miniaturizing Mass Spectrometers’
11/09/2015 Sarah L. J. Michel, School of Pharmacy, University of Maryland: ‘ICP-MS to the Rescue: Counting Metal Ions in Metalloproteins, Tissues and Plasma’
10/19/2015 Frantisek Turecek, University of Washington: ‘Renaissance of Mass Spectrometry of Biological Cation-Radicals’
09/14/2015 Vendor Night
06/15/2015 Post-ASMS Poster Session and Dinner with Presentations by Travel Award Recipients
05/11/2015 Mary T. Rodgers, Wayne State University: ‘Structures and Glycosidic Bond Stability of DNA and RNA Nucleosides Probed by a Synergy of Theory and Tandem Mass Spectrometry Techniques’
04/15/2015 Matthew Crowe, The Dow Chemical Company: ‘’
03/16/2015 Greg Gillen, NIST: ‘Surface and Trace Chemical Analysis – Imaging Mass Spectrometry, Cluster Beams and Homeland Security’
02/09/2015 Ryan M. Danell, Danell Consulting, Inc.: ‘The Next Generation of Mass Spectrometry on Mars’
01/12/2015 David R. Goodlett, University of Maryland, Baltimore: ‘Development of Surface Acoustic Wave Nebulization as an Ion Source’
12/08/2014 Ann Knolhoff, FDA/CFSAN: ‘Strategies for Non-Targeted Analyses in Complex Sample Matrices’
11/15/2014 Alfred Yergey, NIH: ‘Collision Cross Sections Using the 6560 IMS-QTOF: Confirming Some Old and Finding Some New’
10/15/2014 Gary L. Glish, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill: ‘The New Tandem MS: Ion Mobility Spectrometry/Mass Spectrometry’
09/15/2014 Vendor Night
06/23/2014 Post-ASMS Poster Session and Dinner with Presentations by Travel Award Recipients
05/12/2014 Amanda Hummon, University of Notre Dame: ‘Characterizing the Proteome of 3-Dimensional Cell Cultures’
04/14/2014 Maureen Kane, UM: ‘The Use of Fast HPLC Multiplexing MRM3 for Retinoic Acid Quantitation in Complex Matrices’
03/10/2014 Don Hunt, University of Virginia: ‘Innovative Instrumentation and Technology for (A) characterization of intact proteins on a chromatographic time-scale and (B) Identification of Class I MHC Phosphopeptides for Immunotherapy of Cancer’
02/10/2014 Catherine Fenselau, University of Maryland: ‘A Mass Spectrometry Perspective of HIV: From Virion Composition to HIV Pathogenesis’
01/13/2014 David Graham, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine: ‘’
12/09/2013 Plamen Demirev, JHU: ‘Mass Spectrometry in Biodefense’
11/20/2013 Charles E. Dohme Memorial Symposium – Honoring Friend and Colleague, Professor Robert Cotter – Mass Spectrometry: Past, Present, and Future
10/09/2013 Joe Loo, UCLA: ‘Protein Sequencing and Non-covalent Complexes’
09/16/2013 Vendor’s Night
06/24/2013 Post-ASMS Poster Session and Dinner with Presentations by Travel Award Recipients
05/20/2013 Tom Phillips, MDA: ‘Matrix Effects in Hyphenated Techniques: Case Studies from the Maryland Department of Agriculture’
04/15/2013 Michael Boyne, FDA: ‘Modern Analytics for the Analysis of Complex Drug Products: Physicochemical Characterization using MS’
03/25/2013 Plamen Demirev, JHU: ‘Mass Spectrometry in Biodefense’
02/11/2013 Sanford Markey, NIH: ‘Of Mice and Men: Reflections on Past and Current Research at NIH’
01/14/2013 Shelley Jackson, NIDA/NIH: ‘Application of Particle Matrices in MALDI Imaging Mass Spectrometry’
12/10/2012 Akos Vertes, George Washington University: ‘Single Cell and Subcellular Analysis by New Ionization Methods in Mass Spectrometry’
11/19/2012 Sanford P. Markey, NIH: Memorial Symposium for Dr. Robert J. Cotter
10/22/2012 Jonathan V. Sweedler, University of Illinois: ‘Mass Spectrometry-based Metabolomics and Chemical Imaging for Probing the Cellular Heterogeneity in the Brain’
09/17/2012 Vendor’s Night
06/18/2012 Post-ASMS Dinner, Poster Session and Presentations by Travel Award Recipients
05/14/2012 John Cipollo, FDA/CBER: ‘Understanding carbohydrate dependent host-pathogen interactions in the surrogate host Caenorhabditis elegans: A mass spectrometry based approach’
04/16/2012 Al Yergey, NICHD/NIH: ‘Protein Processor: Probabilistically Using Mass Accuracy and the MS Spectrum’
03/19/2012 Hee-Yong Kim, NIAAA/NIH: ‘Role of Mass Spectrometry in Unveiling Neurotrophic Mechanisms of Docosahexaenoic Acid’
02/13/2012 Melinda McFarland, FDA/CFSAN: ‘Top-Down Mass Spectrometry for the Rapid Identification of Strain Specific Bacterial Proteins’
01/23/2012 Stuart Maudsley, NIA,NIH: ‘Rapid and Enhanced Proteolytic Digestion using Electric-Field-oriented Enzyme Reactor’
12/19/2011 Amina Woods, NIDA/NIH: ‘Towards the Cancer Proteome Atlas Using Targeted Clinical Proteomics’
11/14/2011 Robert Hettich, Oak Ridge National Lab: ‘Development of a MS-based proteogenomic approach for characterization of the functions and metabolic activities of the human gut microbiome’
10/17/2011 Josip Blonder, SAIC-Frederick/NCI-Frederick: ‘Towards the Cancer Proteome Atlas Using Targeted Clinical Proteomics’
09/19/2011 Vendor Night
06/20/2011 Post-ASMS Dinner, Poster Session and Presentations by Travel Award Recipients
05/16/2011 Austin Yang; U. Md.: ‘School of Medicine Regulation of global protein stability by altered EGFR signaling’
04/18/2011 Robert J. Cotter: ‘Mass Spectrometry and Epigenetics: Following Changes in Histone Modifications’
03/21/2011 Kevin Schug; The University of Texas at Arlington: ‘Five Years, Three Boys, and Some Analytical Chemistry’
02/28/2011 Sandy Markey; NIH: ‘Mass spectrometry in mental health and neuroscience research’
01/24/2011 Jarrod Marto; Dana Farber Institute, Harvard: ‘Multidimensional Fractionation Strategies for Quantitative Proteomics’
12/13/2010 J. Albert Schultz – Ionwerks: ‘Molecular imaging by coupling sub-monolayer nanocluster matrix implantation, laser microprobe desorption, and Ion-Mobility oTOF-MS’
11/22/2010 Fred Regnier: ‘Affinity Selection As A Means to Increase LC/MS Dimensionality’
10/18/2010 Hui Zhang, JHU-SOM, Dept of Pathology: ‘Mass Spectrometric Analyses of Glycoproteins and Glycans’
09/20/2010 Vendor’s Night
05/17/2010 Jeanette Adams, cancelled
04/19/2010 Nathan Hagan: ‘Applications of MALDI Mass Spectrometry in Homeland Protection, Biodefense, and Forensics’
03/17/2010 Steve Musser: ‘Chromatography and Mass Spectrometry of Intact Proteins’
02/22/2010 Murray Johnston: ‘Aerosol Mass Spectrometry: How it works and what it tells us about the air we breathe’
01/25/2010 Burnaby Munson: ‘Meandering through Mass Spectrometry’
12/14/2009 Jennifer Brodbelt: ‘Development and Applications of Photodissociation for Bioanalytical Mass Spectrometry’
11/16/2009 Suzanne Kalb: ‘Detection, Differentiation, and Subtyping of Botulinum Neurotoxins with Mass Spectrometry’
09/14/2009 Richard B. van Breemen: ‘Discovery and Development of Natural Chemoprevention Agents Using LC-MS-MS’
05/18/2009 Bret Cooper: ‘Differential phosphorylation and accumulation of nuclear proteins associated with defense responses in plants’
04/20/2009 Kevin Owens: ‘New Adventures in the MALDI TOFMS Analysis of Bio and Synthetic Polymers’
02/23/2009 Stephen Stein: ‘Tandem Mass Spectral Libraries’
01/26/2009 Xudong Yao: ‘Fragment Ion Mass Defect Labeling (FIMDL) of Peptides for Proteome Analysis’
12/15/2008 Justin Hettick: ‘Discrimination of microorganisms by MALDI-TOFMS’
10/20/2008 Dan Fabris: ‘New approaches for performing electrospray ionization mass spectrometry of less than ideal samples’
05/19/2008 Scott Berger: ‘What has LCMSE based protein expression analysis taught us about analyzing complicated protein mixtures’
04/21/2008 Christoph H. Borchers: ‘Novel MS-based Approaches for Structural and Quantitative Proteomics’
03/10/2008 Jennifer Van Eyk: ‘Mitochondria in heart disease: proteomics lead the way’
02/25/2008 Tim Veenstra: ‘Bringing Proteomics and Metabolomics to the Clinic: Challenges and Opportunities’
01/18/2008 Theresa and Kenyon Evans-Nguyen: ‘Mass Spectrometry for Investigations of Mars and MALDI of Protein Arrays on Gold’
12/17/2007 Amina Woods: ‘Sulfation: the ignored post-translational modification and how it is emerging from the shadow of phosphorylation’
11/12/2007 Joshua J. Coon: ‘Implementation of electron transfer dissociation on a hybrid linear ion trap-orbitrap mass spectrometer’
09/17/2007 Miquel Antoine: ‘Rapid Sample Preparation Techniques Combined with Tandem Mass Spectrometry For Protein Detection and Identification’
05/21/2007 Akos Vertes: ‘Atmospheric Pressure IR-MALDI Imaging for Plant Metabolomics’
04/20/2007 John Engen: ‘A place for hydrogen/deuterium exchange in the protein analysis universe’
03/12/2007 Austin Yang: ‘Spray or Not Spray: Using Mass Spectrometry to Address the Roles of Phosphorylation and Ubiquitination in Macromolecular Assembly’
02/12/2007 Murray Johnston: ‘Mass Spectrometry of Airborne Nanoparticles’
01/22/2007 Richard Cole: ‘Fundamentals of Electrospray Mass Spectrometry and its use as a Probe for Peptide-Lipid Hydrophobic Interactions’
12/16/2006 Joseph Zaia: ‘Glycomics of tissue using tandem mass spectrometry’
11/20/2006 Graham Cooks: ‘Miniature and Ambient Mass Spectrometers’
10/25/2006 Peter Scholl: ‘Development and Application of an Isotope Dilution LC-MS Assay for Lysine-AFB1, the Albumin Adduct of Aflatoxin B1 in Human Serum’
05/09/2006 Suzanne Kalb: ‘Mass Spectrometric Detection of Protein Toxins in Biological Samples’
04/21/2006 Robert Hettich: ‘Characterizing Higher-Order Protein Structures and Conformational Changes with Surface Mapping and High-Performance MS’
03/20/2006 James Stephenson: ‘Proteomics-Based Approach for Accelerated Identification of Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms and Annotation of Genomic Sequences’
02/23/2006 Steven Hofstaedler: ‘High Throughput Detection, Identification, and Strain Typing of Emerging Bacterial and Viral Pathogens using High Performance Mass Spectrometry of Amplified Nucleic Acids: The TIGER Approach’
01/19/2006 James Laramee: ‘Direct Analysis in Real Time (DART) Mass Spectrometry’
12/12/2005 Yetrib Hathout: ‘Proteomics to Study Age-Related Macular Degeneration’
11/14/2005 Michael Gross: ‘Research in Proteomics: Exploring Protein-Ligand Interactions and Searching for the Peptide Antigen that Causes Type I Diabetes’
10/24/2005 Brian M. Balgley: ‘Proteome Analysis of Microdissected Tumor Tissues Using IEF-LC-ESI-MS/MS’
05/16/2005 Scott McLuckey: ‘Ion/Ion Reactions in Peptide/Protein Mass Spectrometry’
04/04/2005 Amina Woods: ‘Covalent-like Stability of the Arginine-Phosphate Arginine-Glu/Asp Electrostatic Interaction’
03/21/2005 Jennifer Brodbelt: ‘Exploring Molecular Recognition by Mass Spectrometry’
02/24/2005 Peter Scholl: ‘Development of a Quantitative LCMS Method for the Analysis of Aflatoxin B1 Serum Albumin Adducts’
01/20/2005 Haleem J. Issaq: ‘Effective Fractionation and Separation Strategies for Proteomic Analysis’
12/06/2004 Barbara Larsen: ‘LC/MS Methods for Identification and Quantitation of Perfluorinated Materials’
11/15/2004 Carlito Lebrilla
10/18/2004 John Yates: ‘Towards Comprehensive Proteomics of Complexes, Organelles and Cells’
05/05/2004 no meeting
04/26/2004 Fernando Pineda: ‘Bioinformatics for Rapid Microorganism Identification’
03/22/2004 Vladimir Doroshenko: ‘Atmospheric Pressure MALDI MS’
02/23/2004 Steven Musser: ‘Discovery of Specific Protein Biomarkers for the Differentiation of Pathogenic Bacteria’
12/08/2003 Dan Fabris: ‘Topic:FTMS Investigations of Protein-RNA Interactions in HIV-1’
11/17/2003 Alan G. Marshall: ‘Accurate Mass Measurement: Taking Full Analytical Advantage of Nature’s Isotopic Complexity’
10/20/2003 Don Hunt: ‘Analysis Of Differential Protein Expression, the Phosphoproteome, and the Histone Code by Mass Spectrometry’
05/19/2003 Dawn Maynard: ‘Liquid Chromatography Mass Spectrometry’
04/28/2003 Gary Kruppa: ‘A Top-Down Approach to Protein Structural Studies Using Chemical Cross-Linking and Fourier Transform Mass Spectrometry’
03/17/2003 Chin-Kai Meng: ‘Electrospray and Nobel Laureate John B. Fenn’
02/10/2003 John Roach: ‘ESI LC/MS/MS Detection and Occurrence of Acrylamide in U.S. Foods’
01/13/2003 Plamen Demirev: ‘Detection of Malaria in Blood by Laser Desorption Mass Spectrometry’
12/16/2002 Keith Vosseler: ‘Use of affinity tags in mass spectrometry based site mapping of O-GlcNAc and O-phosphate, two post-translational modifications involved in signaling’
11/18/2002 Akhilesh Pandy: ‘Global approaches using mass spectrometry to study signal transduction pathways’
10/21/2002 Akos Vertes: ‘Large Ions in Small Droplets: Structure, Morphology and Dynamics’
05/20/2002 Tim Veenstra: ‘Biomedical Proteomics Program at the National Cancer Institute’
04/22/2002 Michael Fitzgerald: ‘A New H/D Exchange- and MALDI Mass Spectrometry-Based Method for Measuring the Thermodynamic Stability of Proteins in Solution’
03/25/2002 Al Yergey: ‘de novo Sequencing of Peptides Using MALDI-TOF/TOF’
02/11/2002 Scott Patterson
01/14/2002 Christine Colvis
12/17/2001 David Muddiman: ‘Nucleic Acid Analysis by High Performance Mass Spectrometry’
11/12/2001 Wayne Bryden: ‘Bioterrorism and the Tiny TOF Project’
10/15/2001 Steve Hofstadler: ‘Applications of High Throughput Mass Spectrometry Affinity Screening and SAR by MS for the Discovery and Design of RNA-Binding Ligands’
04/01/2001 James A. Yergey: ‘The Role of Mass Spectrometry in Discovery Stage Drug Metabolism Studies’
03/01/2001 Amina Woods: ‘A Study of Peptide-peptide Interactions Using various Mass Spectrometric Techniques’
02/01/2001 Murray Johnston: ‘Mass Spectrometry of Individual Airborne Particles’
01/22/2001 Larry Phillips: ‘N-Acetylation of Xenobiotics – A Little History and Some Examples’
12/11/2000 J. Albert Schultz: ‘Time of Flight Recoil Mass Spectrometry for Surface Analysis-Fundamental Science and its Spin-off Technology’
11/15/2000 Ron Orlando: ‘Glycosylation and Non-Covalent Protein-Carbohydrate Interactions’
10/16/2000 Darryl Palmer-Toy
09/18/2000 Martha Vestling
04/17/2000 Joe Zaia: ‘Mass Spectrometry of Proteoglycans and Glycosaminoglycans’
03/20/2000 Michael Guilhaus: ‘Proteomics and Time-of-flight Mass Spectrometry’
02/14/2000 Tim Cornish: ‘Development of Miniature Time-of-flight Mass Spectrometers for Field-Portable and Remote Applications’
01/24/2000 Steve Stein: ‘The NIST/EPA/NIH Mass Spectra Library – Chemical Identification by Mass Spectrometry’
12/13/1999 David Russell: ‘Development of TOF-MS Methods for Identification/Characterization of Complex Peptide/Protein Mixtures’
11/15/1999 M. Arthur Moseley: ‘Fully Automated Nanoscale Capillary LC/MS/MS using a Hybrid Quadrupole/Time-of-Flight Mass Spectrometer’
10/18/1999 Vivek Navale: ‘Cassini-Huygens’
09/13/1999 Slava Kovtoun
04/12/1999 Mario Geysen
03/15/1999 Ken Busch: ‘Neonates to Neomorphs: Disparate Emphases in Modern Mass Spectrometry’
02/22/1999 John Lennon: ‘Mass Spectrometry Applied to Pharmaceutical Proteomics’
01/25/1999 Richard Vachet: ‘Structural Studies of Metal Complexes Using Ion Molecule Reactions in a Quadrupole Ion Trap’
12/14/1998 Michael Bowers: ‘Conformation of Macromolecules in the Gas Phase:Synthetic and Biopolymers1997’
10/19/1998 Catherine E. Costello: ‘Mass Spectrometry In Glycobiology: Doing More and More With Less and Less’
10/16/1998 Joseph Loo: ‘Protein Sequencing and Noncovalent Complexes by Mass Spectrometry’
10/16/1998 Rachel Ogorzalek Loo: ‘Visualization of the E. Coli Proteome with Mass Spectrometry’
09/15/1998 Marvin Vestal
04/13/1998 Henry Fales
03/16/1998 Jon Amster: ‘ FTICR for Biological Analyses – From Single Proteins to the Proteome’
02/23/1998 Donald Hunt: ‘Chemical Communication Between Cells Trying To Overcome An Infection Or Cancer: Deciphering The Coded Messages By Mass Spectrometry’
01/26/1998 Jon P. DeGnore: ‘Practical Aspects of Quadrupole Ion Traps’
12/15/1997 John Roboz: ‘ Applications Of Mass Spectrometry In Cancer Chemotherapy’
11/17/1997 Daniel P. Little: ‘Toward High Throughput Automated DNA Analysis Using “MALDI on a Chip”’
10/20/1997 Jack Henion: ‘New Strategies for a ‘Smarter’ Approach to LC/MS/MS Analyses’
05/19/1997 Jeffrey A. Kowalak: ‘Characterization of Novel Posttranscriptional and Posttranslational Modifications by Mass Spectrometry’
04/30/1997 James Jorgenson: ‘Capillary Electrophoresis vs. Capillary Liquid Chromatography vs. Capillary Electrochromatography: Which is Best for Coupling to Mass Spectrometry?’
03/17/1997 Xueheng Cheng: ‘Application of Mass Spectrometry in Combinatorial Library Screening’
02/24/1997 Robert J. Anderegg: ‘Large- and Small Molecule Applications of Nano-electrospray Ionization Mass Spectrometry’
01/27/1997 Alfred Yergey: ‘Preparative Scale Mass Spectrometry: A Brief History of the Calutrons’
12/16/1996 Amina Woods: ‘MALDI-Time of Flight Techniques1995’
11/25/1996 Robert T. McIver: ‘Ultra-high Resolution Fourier Transform Mass Spectrometer for ESI and MALDI Analysis of Biomolecules’
10/21/1996 Steve Martin: ‘Characterization of Protein and Oligonucleotides With Delayed Extraction Matrix-assisted Laser Desorption Time of Flight Mass Spectrometry’
04/08/1996 Gary Siuzdak: ‘Unlocking Basic Biological Processes with Mass Spectrometry’
03/18/1996 Jun Qin: ‘Ion Trap Mass Spectrometry and Its Applications in Biochemistry’
02/26/1996 Peter Todd: ‘Mapping Chemical Distributions in Biologic Tissue by Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry’
01/22/1996 Igor A. Kaltashov: ‘Energetics and Higher Order Structure of Biopolymers in a Solvent-Free Environment’
12/11/1995 James A. Laramee: ‘Tunable Energy (0.03-60 eV) Electron Capture Negative Ion Mass Spectrometry 1994’
11/13/1995 Chrys Wesdemiotis: ‘The Study of Structures and Reactivities by Tandem Mass Spectrometry Methods’
10/16/1995 Vicki Wysocki: ‘Recent Progress in Surface-Induced Dissociation: Fundamental Studies and Applications to Peptide Fragmentation’
05/08/1995 Steven Carr: ‘Detection and Site-Specific Localization of Posttranslational Modifications in Proteins’
04/17/1995 Evan Williams: ‘Biomolecule Structure Elucidation by Tandem Fourier- Transform Mass Spectrometry’
03/20/1995 Nathan Yates: ‘Quadrupole Ion Trap Mass Spectrometry:Instrumentation and Methods for Peptide Sequence Analysis’
02/13/1995 John Fenn: ‘How Ions are Formed from Charged Droplets – A Blend of Fact, Fancy, Fiction and Faith.’
01/23/1995 Wayne Kasprzak: ‘The Pioneer Venus Orbiter Neutral Mass Spectrometer’
12/19/1994 Fred King: ‘Glow Discharge Mass Spectrometry: Applications and Fundamentals1993’
11/14/1994 Carolyn J. Cassady: ‘Reactivity and Dissociation of Ions Generated by Electrospray in a Fourier Transform Mass Spectrometer’
10/17/1994 Kimberly Prather: ‘Real Time Single Particle Analysis by Aerosol Time-of-Flight Mass Spectrometry (ATOFMS)’
04/18/1994 Richard D. Smith: ‘Electrospray Ionization and Fourier Transform Ion Cyclotron Resonance of Large Molecules’
03/14/1994 Hermann Wollnik: ‘Gas Chromatography Time-of-Flight Mass Spectrometry’
02/14/1994 Robert Cotter: ‘Time-of-Flight Mass Spectrometry Instrumentation and Biological Applications’
01/24/1994 Scott McLuckey: ‘Cooking Ions with a Radio-wave Oven’
12/13/1993 Veronica M. Bierbaum: ‘Gas Phase Studies of Ion Chemistry and Dynamics’
11/15/1993 Michelle V. Buchanan: ‘Matrix-assisted Laser Desorption FTMS of DNA Adducts’
10/18/1993 Ross Willoughby: ‘The Physics of LC/MS: A Thermodynamic Perspective’
09/20/1993 Mark F. Bean
04/26/1993 Marvin Vestal
03/15/1993 Richard Browner: ‘Successes, Limitations and Future Prospects for Particle Beam LC-MS’
02/08/1993 Gary Glish: ‘The Ion Trap Mass Spectrometer of the 90’s’
01/11/1993 Charles McEwen: ‘Electrospray Ionization – A Solution to Real Problems’
11/16/1992 Charles L. Wilkins: ‘Ultra-High Resolution Matrix-Assisted Laser Desorption Mass Spectrometry’
10/19/1992 Micael Welch: ‘Analysis of Hair for Drugs of Abuse by GC-MS’
05/01/1992 Akos Vertes
03/01/1992 Vern Reinhold
02/01/1992 Mark Ross
01/01/1992 Simon Gaskell
12/01/1991 Chris Enke
11/01/1991 Jack Henion
10/01/1991 Vicki Wysocki
04/01/1991 Richard Caprioli
03/01/1991 Lynn Lasswell
02/01/1991 Larry Phillips
01/01/1991 Rene de la Rie
12/01/1990 Murray Johnston
11/01/1990 Tom Baer
10/01/1990 Bob Mason
04/01/1990 John Holmes
03/01/1990 Paul Mahaffy
02/01/1990 Sandy Markey
01/01/1990 Don Cooper
11/01/1989 Catherine Fenselau
10/01/1989 John Fenn
04/01/1989 Al Burlingame
03/01/1989 Peter Klein
02/01/1989 Fred Abramson
01/01/1989 Al Yergey
12/01/1988 Hank Fales
11/01/1988 Mel Comisarow
10/01/1988 Yoichi Osawa
04/01/1988 Juergen Grotemeyer
03/01/1988 Ken Korzekwa
02/01/1988 Sharon Lias
01/01/1988 K.H. Chen & L. Chen
12/01/1987 Barbara Larsen
11/01/1987 Ian Jardine
10/01/1987 Bob Cotter
04/01/1987 Jean Futrell
12/01/1986 Al Yergey
11/01/1986 Sue Weintraub
10/01/1986 Don Hunt
04/01/1986 Catherine Fenselau
03/01/1986 Doug Ridge
01/01/1986 Kelsey Cook
12/01/1985 Ed White
11/01/1985 Sandy Markey
10/01/1985 Burnaby Munson
04/01/1985 Jim Yergey
03/01/1985 Dave Martinsen/Ban Song
02/01/1985 Dean Fetterolf
01/01/1985 Dan Liberato
12/01/1984 Campana/Ross/Doyle/Freas
11/01/1984 Hank Fales
10/01/1984 Bob Cotter
04/01/1984 Mike Mautner
03/01/1984 Dave Millington
02/01/1984 Mike Gross
12/01/1983 George Preti
11/01/1983 Burnaby Munson
10/01/1983 Jack Fassett
04/01/1983 Blair Fraser
03/01/1983 Tom Baillie
02/01/1983 Pat Callary
01/01/1983 Peter Roller
11/01/1982 Jim Kelley
10/01/1982 Fred Abramson/Sandy Markey
05/01/1982 Gary Byrd
04/01/1982 Mike Harvey
03/01/1982 Charles Magee
02/01/1982 John Strong

Past WBMSDG Chairs

pre-1973: ?
1973-1977: Henry Fales (NIH) and Catherine Fenselau (JHU)
1977-1979(?): Sandy Markey (NIH) and Harry Hertz (NBS)
January 1982-December 1982: Michael Welch (NBS) and James Kelley (NCI/NIH)
January 1983-December 1983: Michael Welch (NBS) and James Kelley (NCI/NIH)
January 1984-December 1984: Pat Callery (U. MD.) and Joe Campana (NRL)
January 1985-December 1985: Pat Callery (U. MD.) and Joe Campana (NRL)
January 1986-December 1986: Jim Yergey (NIH) and Mark Ross (NRL)
January 1987-December 1987: Jim Yergey (NIH) and Mark Ross (NRL)
January 1988-December 1988: Robert Cotter (JHU) and John Strong (FDA)
January 1989-December 1989: Robert Cotter (JHU) and John Strong (FDA)
January 1990-December 1990: Hee-Yong Kim (NIH) and Jim Sphon (FDA)
January 1991-December 1991: Hee-Yong Kim (NIH) and Jim Sphon (FDA)
January 1992-December 1992: Steve Musser (NIH/FDA) and Martha Vestling (Hopkins)
January 1993-December 1993: Steve Musser (NIH/FDA) and Martha Vestling (Hopkins)
January 1994-December 1994: John Callahan (NRL) and Lew Pannell (NIH/NIDDK)
January 1995-December 1995: John Callahan (NRL) and Lew Pannell (NIH/NIDDK)
January 1996-December 1996: John Callahan (NRL) and Jack Simpson (NIH)
January 1997-December 1997: Jack Simpson (NIH) and Joe Zaia (Osiris Pharmaceuticals) : Travel Award initiated in May 1997
January 1998-December 1998: Joe Zaia (Osiris Pharma) and Akos Vertes (George Washington U.)
January 1999-December 1999: Akos Vertes (GWU) and Amina Woods (JHU)
January 2000-December 2000: Amina Woods (JHU) and Dan Fabris (UMBC Chem)
January 2001-December 2001: Dan Fabris (UMBC Chem) and Larry Phillips (NCI)
January 2002-December 2002: Larry Phillips (NCI) and Robert Cole (JHU, School of Med.)
January 2003-December 2003: Robert Cole (JHU, School of Med.) and Christine Colvis (NIDA/NIH)
January 2004-December 2004: Christine Colvis (NIDA/NIH) and Plamen Demirev (JHU-APHL)
January 2005-December 2005: Plamen Demirev (JHU-APHL) and Tracie Williams (FDA)
January 2006-December 2006: Tracie Williams (FDA) and Dr. Yetrib Hathout (Children’s National Medical Center)
January 2007-December 2007: Yetrib Hathout (Children’s National Medical Center) and Peter Scholl (JHU, School of Public Health)
January 2008-August 2008: Peter Scholl (JHU, School of Public Health) and Miquel Antoine (JHU APL)
September 2008-August 2009: Miquel Antoine (JHU APL) and Alexander Gapeev (UMBC)
September 2009-August 2010: Alexander Gapeev (UMBC) and Berk Oktem (MassTech, Inc)
September 2010-August 2011: Berk Oktem (MassTech, Inc) and Shelley Jackson (NIDA/NIH)
September 2011-August 2012: Shelley Jackson (NIDA/NIH) and Peter Nemes (FDA/CDRH)
September 2012-August 2013: Peter Nemes (FDA/CDRH) and Christopher Crutchfield (NICHD)
September 2013-August 2014: Christopher Crutchfield (NICHD) and Asher Newsome (NRL)
September 2014-August 2015: Asher Newsome (NRL) and Jace Jones (U. MD School of Pharm.)
September 2015-August 2016: Jace Jones (U. MD School of Pharm.) and Katherine Fiedler (FDA)
September 2016-August 2017: Katherine Fiedler (FDA) and Stefani Thomas (JHU, School of Med)
September 2017-August 2018: Stefani Thomas (JHU, School of Med) and Yan Wang (U. MD.)
September 2018-August 2019: Yan Wang (U. MD.) and Meghan Burke (NIST)
September 2019-August 2020: Meghan Burke (NIST) and Zongming Fu (GSK)
September 2020-August 2021: Zongming Fu (GSK) and Casey Daniels (AstraZeneca)
September 2021-August 2022: Casey Daniels (AstraZeneca) and Dapeng Chen (Zeteo Tech)
September 2022-August 2023: Dapeng Chen (Zeteo Tech) and Andy Qi (NIH)