Danforth Center Announces New Director of Proteomics and Mass Spectrometry Facility

New hire brings significant expertise to the Center.

St. Louis, MO, June 05, 2013 --(PR.com)-- Dr. Bradley Evans recently joined the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center as the director of the Proteomics and Mass Spectrometry Facility. Dr. Evans’ accomplishments and expertise are a valuable resource to implement key priorities and advance the Center’s mission. As the director of facility, Dr. Evans’ work will focus on providing critical services in proteomics, metabolomics and related analytical fields.

“We are thrilled that Dr. Evans will be leading the Proteomics and Mass Spectrometry Facility. His expertise in this area and leadership skills are a valuable resource and absolutely necessary for guiding the cutting-edge technology provided at the facility,” said Toni Kutchan, Ph.D., Member, Oliver M. Langenberg Distinguished Investigator, and Vice President for Research.

Joining the Center from the Institute for Genomic Biology at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, where Dr. Evans was responsible for the overall administration of the scientific core and providing researchers access to high performance analytical instrumentation through training, experimental design, and routine sample analysis. He developed new methods and analyses to accelerate the discovery and reengineering portions of the research projects and has experience in analytical chemistry, molecular biology, proteomics, metabolomics, natural product discovery and structure elucidation.

Dr. Evans has received the Molecular Biophysics Training Grant Fellowship, Graduate College Fellowship, and the ACS Biological Chemistry Travel Award and earned his bachelor of science in biochemistry from Louisiana State University and PhD in biochemistry from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

He is affiliated with the American Chemical Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Society for Mass Spectrometry, and the American Society of Pharmacognosy. His research has been featured in publications such as Nature Chemical Biology, Journal of the American Chemical Society, Science, and Nature Biotechnology.

“I’m really excited to be moving to the Danforth Center to head the Proteomics and Mass Spectrometry Facility. Leading the Facility into new and challenging areas is an excellent opportunity,” says Dr. Evans. “The Danforth Center is recognized globally for its mission and scientific excellence. I am honored to have been selected for this position and committed to sharing my knowledge, experience and ideas.”

The Proteomics and Mass Spectrometry facility provides Danforth Center scientists with access to state-of-the-art instrumentation and technology with which to expand and attain their research endeavors and offers high quality services in biomolecule separation, identification and structural analysis to internal and external clients. In addition, the Facility provides training/access to internal and external scientists interested in developing knowledge and skills in the areas of proteomics and mass spectrometry and produces first-rate data publication quality results for all clients.

About The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center
Founded in 1998, the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center is a not-for-profit research institute with a mission to improve the human condition through plant science. Research at the Danforth Center will feed the hungry and improve human health, preserve and renew the environment, and enhance the St. Louis region and Missouri as a world center for plant science. The Center’s work is funded through competitive grants and contract revenue from many sources, including the National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Energy, National Science Foundation, U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Agency for International Development, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Howard G. Buffett Foundation.

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