Blow Fly Identification Work Featured in Forensic Magazine

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Forensic Magazine recently published an article highlighting the research performed by Dr. Musah with graduate students Justine Giffen and Cameron Longo, alongside collaborator Dr. Jennifer Rosati of John Jay College of Criminal Justice.  The research focused on developing a rapid method of identification of blow fly eggs typically found on corpses to assist in determination of postmortem interval. The article can be found here.

Musah Lab Research Featured in Chemical and Engineering News

The Musah Research Lab's work on identification of blow fly eggs using DART-HRMS was featured in C&EN. The article describes the research outlined in the manuscript recently published in Analytical Chemical entitled "Species Identification of Necrophagous Insect Eggs Based on Amino Acid Profile Differences Revealed by Direct Analysis in Real Time-High Resolution Mass Spectrometry." This paper was selected as an ACS Editors' Choicean honor reserved for articles that feature research that “exemplifies the [American Chemical Society's] commitment to improving people's lives through the transforming power of chemistry.

Musah Research Lab presents at ASMS 2017

Professor Musah and graduate students Justine Giffen, Kristen Fowble and Cameron Longo attending the 65th Annual Meeting for the American Society of Mass Spectrometry in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Professor Musah presenting her poster at ASMS.

Professor Musah presenting her poster at ASMS.

Professor Musah presented her poster entitled "Bouquet of Death: Determination of Carrion Flower Blowfly Attractants by Ambient Mass Spectrometry."

Justine presenting her poster at ASMS.

Justine presenting her poster at ASMS.

Justine delivered her poster entitled "“Fowl” Odors: Identification of Blow Fly Attraction Cues in Decomposing Chicken Livers."

Kristen with her poster at ASMS.

Kristen with her poster at ASMS.

Kristen presented her poster entitled "Development of Laser Ablation Direct Analysis in Real Time Imaging Mass Spectrometry (LADI-MS): Applications to Forensics Imaging."

Cameron with his poster at ASMS.

Cameron with his poster at ASMS.

Cameron presented his poster entitled "Laden Latents: Revealing Human Handling of Psychoactive Plant Materials through Biomarker Fingerprint Imaging by MALDI-SpiralTOF High Resolution Mass Spectrometry."

Professor Musah, Justine and Cameron publish paper in Analytical Chemistry

Professor Musah and graduate students Justine Giffen and Cameron Longo have had an article published in Analytical Chemistry. The manuscript demonstrated a novel method for rapid identification of blow fly eggs by DART-HRMS. The technique bypass many challenges of conventional identifications often associated with forensic entomology and can provide insights into postmortem interval determinations. The manuscript is entitled "Species Identification of Necrophagous Insect Eggs Based on Amino Acid Profile Differences Revealed by Direct Analysis in Real Time-High Resolution Mass Spectrometry." This paper was selected as an ACS Editors' Choicean honor reserved for articles that feature research that “exemplifies the [American Chemical Society's] commitment to improving people's lives through the transforming power of chemistry.

 

 

Blow fly eggs.

Blow fly eggs.

Allix Coon presents at 9th Annual Eastern New York American Chemical Society's Undergraduate Research Symposium 

Undergraduate student Allix Coon presented at the ENY ACS Undergraduate Symposium at Siena College, Loudonville, NY.  Her poster was entitled "Can’t Hide this Trojan Horse: Condom Lubricant Identification by Direct Analysis in Real Time High Resolution Mass Spectrometry (DART-HRMS)."

Allix presenting her poster at ENY ACS Undergraduate Research Symposium.

Allix presenting her poster at ENY ACS Undergraduate Research Symposium.

Allix presenting her poster at the 9th Annual ENY ACS Meeting.

Allix presenting her poster at the 9th Annual ENY ACS Meeting.

Kristen Fowble publishes first-author paper in Analytical Chemistry

Graduate student Kristen Fowble had her first first-author paper published in Analytical Chemistry. The manuscript describes the development and applications of the novel mass spectrometry technique LADI-MS.  The paper is entitled "Development of “Laser Ablation Direct Analysis in Real Time Imaging” Mass Spectrometry: Application to Spatial Distribution Mapping of Metabolites Along the Biosynthetic Cascade Leading to Synthesis of Atropine and Scopolamine in Plant Tissue."

Kristen Fowble and Tianyu He present at 8th Annual Life Sciences Research Symposium

Graduate students Tianyu He and Kristen Fowble presented their research at the 8th Annual Life Sciences Research Symposium at the University at Albany-SUNY.

 

Kristen presenting at the 8th Annual LSRS.

Kristen presenting at the 8th Annual LSRS.

Kristen spoke about her work during a talk entitled "The Development and Application of an Imaging Technique for Small-molecule Spatial Distributions: Laser Ablation Direct Analysis in Real Time Imaging Mass Spectrometry (LADI-MS)."

Tianyu presenting at the 7th Annual LSRS.

Tianyu presenting at the 7th Annual LSRS.

Tianyu presented his talk entitled "Integration of Boron Clusters into Biological Scaffolds for The Development of Anti-tumor Agents."

Allix Coon presents at 2nd Annual Undergraduate Symposium of Chemistry Research at University at Albany-SUNY

Undergraduate student Allix Coon gave a talk during the 2nd Annual Undergraduate Symposium of Chemistry Research. Her talk was entitled "Cops and Rubbers: Development of a Forensic Database of Condom Lubricants using DART-MS." Allix received the Best Presentation Award for her talk.

 
Allix presenting at the 2nd Annual Undergraduate Symposium of Chemistry Research.

Allix presenting at the 2nd Annual Undergraduate Symposium of Chemistry Research.

 

Professor Musah and Ashton Lesiak present at NEAFS

The annual meeting of the Northeastern Association of Forensic Sciences was held in Atlantic City, NJ. Professor Musah gave a talk entitled "Direct Analysis in Real Time-High Resolution Mass Spectrometry (DART-HRMS) as a tool for structural determination of Psychotropic Unknowns" and Ashton presented on work she completed regarding a grant she received from NEAFS in 2015.