The following instructors and speakers have agreed to contribute their expertise to the success of October 2022 Skyline Online Course:

Brendan MacLean   Brendan MacLean
Brendan worked at Microsoft for 8 years in the 1990s where he was a lead developer and development manager for the Visual C++/Developer Studio Project. Since leaving Microsoft, Brendan has been the Vice President of Engineering for Westside Corporation, Director of Engineering for BEA Systems, Inc., Sr. Software Engineer at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, and a founding partner of LabKey Software. In this last position he was one of the key programmers responsible for the Computational Proteomics Analysis System (CPAS), made significant contributions to the development of X!Tandem and the Trans Proteomic Pipeline, and created the LabKey Enterprise Pipeline. Since August, 2008 he has worked as a Sr. Software Engineer within the MacCoss lab and been responsible for all aspects of design, development and support in creating the Skyline Targeted Proteomics Environment and its growing worldwide user community.

Chris Ashwood  

Chris Ashwood Ph.D.
Chris is the glycomics core director at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC, Boston, Massachusetts). He received his Ph.D. in analytical glycobiology at Macquarie University, Australia supervised by Prof. Nicolle Packer. He joined the Glycomics Core after his postdoc work at the Medical College of Wisconsin and University of Nebraska Medical Center. The core provides services, instrumentation, and expertise in glycomics to collaborators and clients across the world.

Erin Baker  

Erin Baker Ph.D.
Erin is an Associate Professor at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC. To date, she has published over 130 peer-reviewed papers utilizing ion mobility spectrometry in conjunction with mass spectrometry (IMS-MS), studying both environmental and biological systems. Erin has served on the ASMS Board of Directors as the Member at Large for Education and is currently serving as the Vice President for Education of the International Lipidomics Society. The Baker research group utilizes advanced separations, multi-omic analyses and big data assessments to drive innovative mass spectrometry technologies, systems biology evaluations, novel software capabilities and connections between human health and the environment. 


Natan Basisty   Natan Basisty, Ph.D.
Nate is a postdoctoral fellow in Dr. Birgit Schilling’s lab in the Buck Institute for Research on Aging in California. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Washington, advised by Drs. Peter Rabinovitch and Michael MacCoss Dr. Basisty develops novel and specialized proteomic approaches to understand aging processes and age-related diseases, including the application of data-independent acquisition (DIA) or SWATH workflows to identify and quantify PTMs and secretomes, development of pipelines to comprehensively assess protein turnover rates, and cell-surface proteomics (surfaceomics). A major aim of his current work is to discover biomarkers of cellular senescence and develop translationally relevant approaches to study senescent cells in humans, enabled by the application of proteomics. Dr. Basisty has been recognized for his work investigating the role of protein turnover in mammalian aging and longevity using a combination of metabolic labeling, LC-MS/MS, and software tools.
Michael Davern   Michael Davern
Michael is a graduate Ph.D. student in Dr. Jason Surratt’s lab at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He received his Bachelor's in Chemistry from Wake Forest University. Currently, his research focuses on developing analytical methods for quantitative outdoor atmospheric Per- and Polyfluoroaklyl substance (PFAS) analysis, employing the use of Chemical Ionization Mass Spectrometry. (CIMS) His goal is to achieve lower detection limits and establish real-time methods for atmospheric measurements.
Weixian Deng   Weixian Deng
Weixian is a Ph.D. graduate student at UCLA under the supervision of Drs. James Wohlschlegel and Kathrin Plath. He obtained his bachelor and master degrees from Jilin University in China, where he studied using targeted mass spectrometry for quantifying plant protein post translational modifications. In his Ph.D. research, he optimized a series of affinity purification-MS techniques and applied DIA method trying to i) quantify the interactome change of Yamanaka factors in induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSC) reprogramming and ii) to characterize long non-coding RNA (lncRNA) Xist's interactome in early embryo development. His goal is to improve the LC-MS based proteomics to gain better understanding in protein-involved gene regulation molecular events which are usually of low abundance in vivo.
Lilian Heil   Lilian Heil
Lilian is a PhD student in Genome Sciences interested in developing methods for the acquisition and analysis of quantitative proteomics data. She joined the department in the fall of 2019 after graduating from the University of North Carolina in the winter of 2018 with a B.S. in Chemistry. Before graduate school, she worked in the Hicks Lab at UNC for 2 years as an undergraduate trainee and for several months as a full time research assistant using mass spectrometry to identify and characterize novel bioactive peptides. There, she helped to discover and sequence a novel antimicrobial peptide from Amaranthus tricolor and developed a passion for mass spectrometry.
  Ruth Huttenhain, Ph.D.
Ruth Huttenhain is an incoming Assistant professor in the Molecular and Cellular Physiology Department at Stanford, which she will start her lab in Spring 2023. Currently, she holds an appointment as Assistant Adjunct Professor at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) in the Department of Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology. She obtained a Pharmacy degree from the University of Bonn and a PhD from ETH Zurich, Switzerland, where she developed high-throughput, large scale targeted mass spectrometric approaches. During her postdoc at UCSF, Ruth extended her expertise in quantitative mass spectrometry to study dynamics of protein interaction networks. She pioneered a proximity labeling-mass spectrometry approach that simultaneously captures the precise temporal remodeling and spatial organization of proximal protein networks. The research of Ruth’s group at UCSF focuses on characterizing protein interaction and signaling networks to understand the biology underlying the development of psychiatric disorders and the sensing and transmission of pain. Ruth is the Co-Chair of the Early Career Researcher Initiative of the Human Proteome Organization (HUPO ECR).

Kaylie Kirkwood   Kaylie Kirkwood 
Kaylie is a second-year graduate student at North Carolina State University working under the advisement of Dr. Erin Baker. Thus far, her research has focused on the development of lipid LC-IMS-MS libraries in Skyline and the application of these libraries to various clinical and environmental applications. Skyline was the first software Kaylie learned to use as an undergraduate researcher for small molecule detection including cyanotoxins, amino acids, and metabolomics profiling of amyotrophic lateral with Dr. David Muddiman. Its adaptability and interactive developers have allowed her to continue utilizing it in her current research.
Lindsay Pino   Lindsay K. Pino, Ph.D.
Lindsay is a postdoctoral researcher in Dr. Ben Garcia’s lab at the University of Pennsylvania where she uses quantitative mass spectrometry to study epigenetics. Before going to the University of Washington for graduate school, she spent two years in South Korea as a Fulbright scholar and three years working as a research associate in Dr. Steve Carr's Proteomics Platform at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard. She earned her PhD under the joint advisorship of Drs. Michael J. MacCoss and William Stafford Noble. There, she developed techniques for data independent acquisition mass spectrometry, in particular the challenges associated with scaling up quantitative mass spectrometry experiments. Her research interests are in the roles proteins play in nuclear organization and the maintenance of genomic stability.
Deanna Plubell   Deanna Plubell
Deanna is a Ph.D. student in the MacCoss lab at the University of Washington. A portion of her research has been the use of data-independent acquisition to aid in peptide selection for targeted assay development. Her other research interests include the use of mass spectrometry techniques for detecting proteolytic cleavage activity and small endogenous polypeptides in neurodegenerative disease. Prior to joining the MacCoss lab, Deanna worked at Oregon Health & Science University where she used both discovery and targeted proteomics methods to investigate changes to adipose tissue and lipoprotein proteomes in cardiovascular and metabolic diseases.

Nick Riley   Nick Riley, Ph.D.
Nick is a postdoctoral researcher in Prof. Carolyn Bertozzi’s lab at Stanford University, where he is developing glycoproteomics tools to understand how cancer cells alter their cell surface glycoproteome to promote metastasis. Before Stanford, Nick earned his Ph.D. with Prof. Josh Coon at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. There he worked on mass spectrometry instrumentation and methodology to improve the characterization of both peptides and intact proteins. Most of his efforts focused on implementing activated ion electron transfer dissociation (AI-ETD) to improve sequencing information obtained from ETD MS/MS spectra, which ultimately led him to the intriguing world of glycobiology that he now studies in the Bertozzi group.
Juan Camilo   Juan Rojas
Juan is a third-year Ph.D. student at Universität Leipzig under the tutelage of Prof. Dr. Ralf Hoffmann where he uses LC-IMS-MS to identify and quantify low abundance carbonylation PTMs in human plasma in search of potential biomarkers towards oxidative distress related diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis. During his study, comprehensive platforms, such as Skyline, that can integrate LC-IMS-MS and peptide identifications from multiple search engines have become indispensable for the progress of carbonylation PTMs. Prior to his stay in Leipzig (Germany), this Panamanian-born nomad obtained a BSc in Biochemistry at Florida State University (USA), worked as a mass spectrometry technician at INDICASAT-AIP (Panama), and obtained a MSc in Molecular Analytical Science at The University of Warwick (UK).
Roman Sakson   Roman Sakson  works as a research associate at the Leibniz Institute for Analytical Sciences, ISAS, in Dortmund (Germany). He joined the Proteomics group headed by Prof. Albert Sickmann end of 2020. Before that, Roman worked for five years as a master as well as Ph.D. student at the Core Facility for MS and Proteomics at Heidelberg University. In 2015 Roman started working with Skyline and later Panorama for targeted assay development, data visualization and quality control. He enjoys teaching a lot and has offered Skyline courses to colleagues and fellow students on numerous occasions. Roman’s main current research interest is robust and accurate targeted proteomics for clinical applications.
Pawel Sadowski   Pawel Sadowski  Ph.D. completed his Ph.D. in the field of quantitative proteomics at the University of Cambridge. During subsequent post-doctoral appointments at the New York University and at the University of New South Wales in Sydney he applied label-free and label-based approaches to study biomarkers, protein-protein interactions and PTMs. In 2013 Pawel joined Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane to lead Proteomics and Small Molecule Mass Spectrometry Core in the QUT Central Analytical Research Facility. He supervises research that utilizes LCMS and GCMS instrumentation. Pawel’s interest lays in leveraging the power of recent advancements in data acquisition strategies for MS-based proteomics to drive clinical veterinary research into the next generation. More recently, he has started using quantitative mass spectrometry to study metabolites and other small molecules.
  Stoyan Stoychev, Ph.D.
Stoyan currently holds a joint position as a senior researcher at the CSIR Molecular Diagnostics & Omics group (Pretoria, South Africa) as well as Head of Proteomics at ReSyn Biosciences. He started his career in 2008 as a post-doctoral researcher with the task of establishing mass spectrometry analytical facility after completing a Ph.D. in Structural Biology. Currently the main focus of this unit is the application of high-throughput DIA workflows in the space of clinical proteomics. The facility is part of the Diplomics network of academic, commercial and industrial labs supporting Oimcs research in South Africa. At ReSyn Stoyan is involved in the development of technology, products and wokflows focussed on bioseparation and mass spectrometry sample preparation. Stoyan has won numerous awards including two Technical excellence as well as a Team Impact award.