Dr. Musah and Amy were featured in Innovation Hall’s most recent episode “Are You Squeamish?”. This highlighted the work being done in the lab on blow fly and carrion beetle identification for the determination of post mortem interval. The article and episode can be found here.
Meghan and Samira’s paper entitled “Random Forest Processing of Direct Analysis in Real-Time Mass Spectrometric Data Enables Species Identification of Psychoactive Plants from Their Headspace Chemical Signatures” has been accepted by ACS Omega. This is Meghan’s first first-author paper.
Kristen successfully defended her doctoral work entitled “Development of Laser Ablation Direct Analysis in Real Time Imaging-Mass Spectrometry (LADI-MS) – Applications to Questions of Relevance in Forensic Science and Plant Biochemistry”. Congratulations Dr. Fowble!
The Musah Lab is excited to welcome visiting scientist, Dr. Hamid Abdollahi. Dr. Abdollahi is a professor in the Chemistry Department at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Basic Sciences in Zanjan, Iran. He will be working in he Musah Lab for the next few months on a variety of projects. Welcome Dr. Abdollahi!
Kristen’s paper entitled “Simultaneous Imaging of Latent Fingermarks and Detection of Analytes of Forensic Relevance by Laser Ablation Direct Analysis in Real Time Imaging-Mass Spectrometry (LADI-MS)” has been accepted by Forensic Chemistry.
Megan and Amy’s paper entitled “Rapid Detection and Validated Quantification of Psychoactive Compounds in Complex Plant Matrices by Direct Analysis in Real Time-High Resolution Mass Spectrometry - Application to “Kava” Psychoactive Pepper Products” has been accepted by Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry. This is Megan’s first first-author paper.
Cameron received the College of Arts and Sciences Lawrence and Marie Shore Graduate Scholarship for 2019 – 2020. Congratulations Cameron!
Kristen and Meghan both received the Ford Foundation Initiatives Women in Science Fellowship award through the Initiatives for Women Foundation. Congratulations to both!
Cameron’s paper entitled “An Effective Ambient Ionization Mass Spectrometric Approach to Detection and Quantification of the Mescaline Content of Commonly-abused Cacti from the Echinopsis Genus” has been accepted by the Journal of Forensic Sciences. This is Cameron’s first first-author paper.
Dr. Musah, Samira, Daman, Kristen, Cameron, Meghan, Allix, Megan and Amy traveled to Saratoga Springs, NY to present at the 42nd Northeastern Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society. Dr. Musah, Samira, Daman, Kristen, Cameron, Meghan, Megan and Amy presented talks titled “What’s Eating You? – A DART-HRMS and Statistical Analysis Approach to Species Identification of Maggots Colonizing Decomposing Remains for PMI Determination”, “Utility of a Hierarchical Strategy in Differentiation of Hallucinogenic Plant Species within the Nightshade Family Using Direct Analysis in Real Time-High Resolution Mass Spectrometric Data”, “Computational Study Investigating the Reaction Mechanisms, Energetics and Kinetics of the Gas-Phase Reactions of S-methyl Methanesulfinothioate (Dimethyl Thiosulfinate) with OH and Cl Radicals – Atmospheric Chemistry Implications”, “Into the Woods: Mapping the Spatial Distributions of Small Molecules in Endangered Wood Species by Laser Ablation Direct Analysis in Real Time Imaging-Mass Spectrometry (LADI-MS)”, “Touch Chemistry Biometrics to Link Compounds of Forensic Relevance to Individuals by Mass Spectrometric Imaging Analysis of Latent Fingermarks”, “Knock on Wood: Detection and Identification of Illegally-traded Endangered Woods by Mass Spectral Techniques”, “Tripping into the World of Hallucinogenic Plants – The Quantification of Salvinorin A in Salvia divinorum by Direct Analysis in Real Time-High Resolution Mass Spectrometry”, and “Advances in Forensic Entomology: The Chemometric Processing of DART-HRMS Chemical Signatures for Species Identification of Beetles that Colonize Human Remains” respectively. Allix presented a poster titled “Condom-derived Trace Evidence Identification: An Approach Using Direct Analysis in Real Time – High-Resolution Mass Spectrometry and Chemometrics”. Dr. Musah also organized and chaired a session on Data Fusion and Processing in Forensic Science Analysis: Innovations and Future Directions.
Daman’s first-author paper entitled “Theoretical Studies of the Gas-Phase Reactions of S-Methyl Methanesulfinothioate (Dimethyl Thiosulfinate) with OH and Cl Radicals: Reaction Mechanisms, Energetics and Kinetics” was accepted by the Journal of Physical Chemistry A. This paper was also accepted to be featured on the cover of the journal. Congratulations Daman!
Dr. Musah, Samira, Kristen, Cameron and Meghan traveled to Atlanta, GA to present at the 67th Annual Meeting for the American Society for Mass Spectrometry. Dr. Musah and Kristen presented talks titled “Carrion Insect Species Identification from Multi-species Mixtures of Larvae Using Multi-label Classification of DART-HRMS Data for Postmortem Interval Determination” and “LADI of All Trades: Imaging of Small-Molecule Spatial Distributions in Complex Matrices by a Novel Ambient Ionization Imaging Technique” respectively. Samira, Cameron and Meghan presented posters titled “A Novel Approach to Simultaneous Quantification of Tropane Alkaloids in Plant Tissue (Datura spp.) Using DART-HRMS and PLS Linear Regression”, “A Validated Method for Quantification of Mescaline in Recreationally-abused Echinopsis Cacti by Direct Analysis in Real Time Mass Spectrometry” and “A High Profile: Detection and Identification of Synthetically-derived Psychoactive Material through Sorbent-facilitated Headspace Mass Spectral Analysis and Chemometrics” respectively.
Samira and Nana-Hawwa’s paper entitled “Call it a ‘Nightshade’ - A Hierarchical Classification Approach to Identification of Hallucinogenic Solanaceae spp. Using DART-HRMS-derived Chemical Signatures” was accepted by Talanta.
Dr. Tianyu He graduated with his Ph.D. He will be working as a post-doc at the University at Minnesota. Congratulations Dr. He!
Professor Musah was interviewed by Professor Janell Hobson of the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Department at UAlbany. The article, titled “Black Feminists in Public: How Rabi Musah Uses Chemistry to Advance Social Justice”, was published in Ms. Online. This featured the lab’s work on sexual assault trace evidence. The article can be found here.
Nana-Hawwa received the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence. Congratulations Nana-Hawwa!
Allix received the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Honorable Mention for her research on the application of mass spectrometric techniques to the study disease progression, and how mass spectrometry can be used in disease diagnostics. This accolade recognizes outstanding science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) graduate students who have demonstrated significant achievements and are expected to have a substantial impact in the STEM field. The NSF press release can be found here. Congratulations Allix!
Kristen’s first-author paper entitled “A Validated Method for the Quantification of Mitragynine in Sixteen Commercially Available Kratom (Mitragyna speciosa) Products” was accepted by Forensic Science International.