Professor Musah’s research is featured in New Scientist, Huffington Post, and Mental Floss

M. pudica plant.

M. pudica plant.

Mimosa pudica research from the Musah Lab is highlighted in international publications.

New Scientist: Farting plants have a built-in stink bomb that deters predators

"Musah has found that the roots of some species actively release their foul smell. Her team made this discovery while growing seedlings of Mimosa pudica, known for its sensitive leaves that fold up when touched. They found that this plant’s roots are also touch-sensitive, releasing the odour when accosted (Plant PhysiologyDOI: 10.1104/pp.15.01705)."

Huffington Post: This Plant Lets Loose a Stinky Defense Mechanism When Humans Touch It 

MentalFloss: Plants Fart in the Face of Danger

Professor Musah’s work is featured in the Times Union Newspaper

Professor Musah's research on the creation of a psychoactive plant database for forensic analysis was featured on the front page of the Times Union newspaper.  

"Rabi Musah is building a database with the fingerprints of some of the world's worst offenders. They've harmed, hospitalized and — some believe — even killed.

They've done so with impunity for centuries, and that's something Musah and law enforcement across the country would like to stop. Their names are Salvia divinorum, Datura stramonium and Picralima nitida, to name a few. They're ancient, psychoactive plants. And they're natural and perfectly legal."

Psychoactive plant powder analysis by DART-MS.

Psychoactive plant powder analysis by DART-MS.

Professor Musah receives NIJ grant for the development of a psychoactive plants database

 

Professor Musah is a recipient of a 2015 National Institute of Justice Grant "Development of Ambient Ionization Mass Spectrometric and Multivariate Statistical Analysis Methods for Rapid High-Throughput Analysis and Identification of Psychotropic Plant Species" for $688,158.  This grant will fund forensic investigation of mind-altering plants and methods to identify psychoactive botanical materials.  This is the second NIJ grant that Professor Musah has received.  

UAlbany Chemist Helps CSIs get to the Root of the Investigation

Justine Giffen, Denny He and Ashton Lesiak present their research work at the 2015 Life Sciences Research Symposium

Ashton Lesiak presented a talk about her work on identifiying psychoactive plant materials entitled "From Greenhouse to Drughouse: Characterization of Mind-Altering Plant Materials"

Justine Giffen presented a poster on the research she has done on plant species identification entitled "One Mint Gets you High, One Mint Keeps You Low-Identifying Salvia divinorum and other Sage Species"

Denny He presented a poster on his work with "Flower Power: Carboranyl Cysteine Florets on the Pathway to Novel Brain Tumor Treatment"

Justine Giffen at LSRS 2015

Justine Giffen at LSRS 2015

Denny He at LSRS 2015

Denny He at LSRS 2015

Professor Musah receives NSF Grant for new DART instrument

DART-MS instrument enables analysis of complex samples-like a cookie!

DART-MS instrument enables analysis of complex samples-like a cookie!

Professor Musah received a National Science Foundation grant (grant number 1429329) for the acquistion of an in-house Direct Analysis in Real Time Mass Spectrometer. The new instrument was installed in November 2014.  The DART will be used by students and faculty in the chemistry department for research and teaching purposes.

 

Ashton Lesiak and Justine Giffen conduct experiments at JEOL USA Inc.

 
Professor Musah with Ashton and Justine analyzing plant samples at JEOL USA, Inc.

Professor Musah with Ashton and Justine analyzing plant samples at JEOL USA, Inc.

 

Graduate students Justine Giffen and Ashton Lesiak traveled with Professor Musah to work with collaborators JEOL USA, Inc.  In the course of a week, they were able to analyze 1000 samples with Drs. Chip Cody and John Dane using a DART AccuTOF mass spectrometer.  It was a great opportunity to experience the convergence of industry and academic research.

Forensic Science International Publications

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A paper entitled "Rapid Detection by Direct Analysis in Real Time-Mass Spectrometry (DART-MS) of Psychoactive Plant Drugs of Abuse: The Case of Mitragyna speciosa aka 'Kratom.'" was accepted for publication in Forensic Science International. The authors of this paper include Ashton D. Lesiak, Robert B. Cody, A. John Dane, and Rabi A. Musah. 

A second article entitled "DART-MS In-source Collision Induced Dissociation and High Mass Accuracy for New Psychoactive Substance Determinations" was also accepted for publication in Forensic Science International. The authors on this paper are Rabi A. Musah, Robert B. Cody, Marek A. Domin, Ashton D. Lesiak, A. John Dane, and Jason R.E. Shepard.

American Society of Mass Spectrometry (ASMS) Annual Conference 2014

Graduate student, Ashton Lesiak presents her research on Kratom at the 2014 ASMS Annual conference.

Graduate student, Ashton Lesiak presents her research on Kratom at the 2014 ASMS Annual conference.

Professor Musah presented her work on identification of Datura species at the 2014 American Society of Mass Spectrometry in Baltimore, MD. Her work was well received by the scientific community. Graduate student Ashton Lesiak also presented work on the characterization of the "legal" drug alternative Kratom. Ashton also volunteered at the conference as a Registration worker and received a travel stipend.