Justine Giffen publishes first-author paper in Phytochemical Analysis

Graduate student Justine Giffen published her first-author manuscript in Phytochemical Analysis. The manuscript discussed the ability to rapidly differentiate between different members of the plant family Salvia by DART-HRMS. The manuscript is entitled "Rapid Species-level Identification of Salvias by Chemometric Processing of Ambient Ionisation Mass Spectrometry-derived Chemical Profiles."

Musah Lab presents at ACS Middle Atlantic Regional Meeting.

Professor Musah with Justine and Kristen outside MARM 2016.

Professor Musah with Justine and Kristen outside MARM 2016.

Professor Musah and graduate students Justine Giffen and Kristen Fowble presented at the MARM 2016 Annual Meeting in Riverdale, NY.

Justine presented her work entitled "Time flies: Species identification of blow flies by direct analysis in real-time, high-resolution mass spectrometry (DART-HRMS) for postmortem interval estimations."

Kristen presenting her work with synthetic cathinones at MARM.

Kristen presenting her work with synthetic cathinones at MARM.

Kristen presented a talk entitled "Deducing the structures of amphetamine and cathinone unknowns from chemometrically processed ambient ionization mass spectral datasets of known synthetic amphetamine and cathinone structures".

Professor Musah speaking at MARM.

Professor Musah speaking at MARM.

Professor Musah spoke about the work accomplish on creating a database of plants of abuse entitled "Towards development of a mass spectrometric database for the rapid identification of plant drugs of abuse by ambient ionization mass spectrometry."

Musah Research Lab Presents at ASMS 2016

Professor Musah attended the American Society for Mass Spectrometry's Annual conference in San Antonio, TX with graduate students Kristen Fowble and Justine Giffen.

Kristen presenting her poster.

Kristen presenting her poster.

Kristen presented on her work with synthetic cathinones. Her poster was entitled "Classification of Synthetic Cathinones Using Neutral Mass Losses by Direct Analysis in Real Time Mass Spectrometry (DART-MS)."

Justine presented a talk during the meeting on her work entitled "Classification of blow fly eggs for determination of post-mortem interval."

Professor Musah presented a poster regarding the novel technique LADI-MS. Her poster was entitled "Development of Laser Ablation Direct Analysis in Real Time Imaging Mass Spectrometry (LADI-MS)."

Kristen and Justine visit The Alamo.

Kristen and Justine visit The Alamo.

Justine presenting at ASMS 2016.

Justine presenting at ASMS 2016.

Ashton Lesiak graduates with her PhD

Graduate student Ashton Lesiak successfully defended her dissertation entitled "Development of direct analysis in real time-high resolution mass spectrometry (DART-HRMS) and statistical analysis tools for the identification and classification of psychoactive plant drugs."

 
Ashton and Professor Musah at Graduate Commencement.

Ashton and Professor Musah at Graduate Commencement.

 
Ashton at Commencement.

Ashton at Commencement.

 

Ashton Lesiak presents at AAFS Annual Meeting

Ashton and Justine at AAFS.

Ashton and Justine at AAFS.

Graduate student Ashton Lesiak presented her work at the Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences in Las Vegas, NV. Her talk was entitled "Adulteration of Psychoactive Herbal Supplements Revealed by Direct Analysis in Real-Time Mass Spectrometry (DART-MS)." Graduate student Justine Giffen also attended the meeting.

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, Tianyu 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"

Tianyu 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

Tianyu He at LSRS 2015

Tianyu He at LSRS 2015