Kristen’s first-author paper entitled “Spatial Distribution of Furan and 5-Hydroxymethylfurfural in Unroasted and Roasted Coffea arabica Beans” was accepted by Food Research International.
Nana-Hawwa and Allix presented at the 4th Annual Undergraduate Symposium of Chemistry Research. Nana-Hawwa gave an oral presentation entitled “Development of Mass Spectrometric and Chemometric Tools for the Forensic Identification of ‘Legal High’ Psychoactive Seeds from Solanceae Plants“ and received the Best Presentation Award. Allix was the invited keynote student speaker.
Nana-Hawwa presented a poster at the Undergraduate Research Symposium hosted by the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. She was awarded first place for the Outstanding Poster Award.
The Musah Lab welcomes post-doc Dr. Parandaman Arathala to the lab! Daman received his Ph.D. in Chemistry from the Indian Institute of Technology Madras Chennai.
Meghan was awarded the prestigious National Institute of Justice Graduate Research Fellowship for her research titled “Remote Detection and Identification of Psychoactive Material Based on SPME-facilitated DART-MS-derived Headspace Chemical Signatures and Chemometrics”. This award was created to support graduate students who engage in research focused on the challenges of crime and justice in the United States. Congratulations Meghan!
Allix and Samira’s paper entitled “A Chemometric Strategy for Forensic Analysis of Condom Residues: Identification and Marker Profiling of Condom Brands from Direct Analysis in Real Time-High Resolution Mass Spectrometric Chemical Signatures” was accepted by Talanta. This is Allix’s first first-author paper.
Professor Musah and Kristen traveled to MIT to present “Development of Laser Ablation Direct Analysis in Real Time Imaging Mass Spectrometry (LADI-MS)” at the MIT Nano Tool Talk Series in Cambridge, MA.
Tianyu and Megan’s paper entitled “Application of Direct Analysis in Real Time-High Resolution Mass Spectrometry to Investigations of Induced Plant Chemical Defense Mechanisms - Revelation of Negative Feedback Inhibition of Alliinase” was accepted by Analytical Chemistry.
Allix and Nana-Hawwa both received the Susan Van-Horn Shipherd ’64 Women in Science Scholarship through the Initiatives for Women Foundation. Congratulations Allix and Nana-Hawwa!
Professor Musah and Meghan traveled to an garlic farm in Schenevus, NY to collect garlic and analyze its headspace.
Professor Musah’s book “Analysis of Drugs of Abuse” has been published. Both Kristen and Cameron are first authors for chapters in the book. Congratulations!
Samira and Justine’s paper, “Direct Analysis in Real Time-Mass Spectrometry and Kohonen Artificial Neural Networks for Species Identification of Larva, Pupa and Adult Life Stages of Carrion Insects” was accepted by Analytical Chemistry.
The Musah Lab celebrates the end of another successful year!
In an article by Biocompare talking about advancements in mass spectrometry imaging , Dr. Chip Cody of JEOL discusses his excitement about our newly-developed technique, Laser-ablation DART Imaging Mass Spectrometry (LADI-MS). He talks about Kristen's research, in collaboration with Dr. Ed Espinoza from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Forensic Lab, regarding the imaging and mapping of ion spatial distributions in endangered wood species. Read the article here.
Professor Musah, Justine, and Kristen traveled to San Diego, CA to present at the 66th Annual Meeting for the American Society for Mass Spectrometry. Kristen presented a talk titled “LADI of the Wood: Imaging of Small-Molecule Spatial Distributions in Endangered Wood Species by a Novel Ambient Ionization Imaging Technique”. Professor Musah and Justine presented posters entitled “Knot What You Think: Species Identification of Illegally-traded Woods by Direct Analysis in Real Time-High Resolution Mass Spectrometry” and “The Time He Dies as Told by Flies: Identification of Necrophagous Insects by DART-HRMS for Post Mortem Interval Estimation” respectively.
Meghan and Megan went to the Multidisciplinary Approaches to Forensic Investigations Symposium at Boston University in Boston, MA. Meghan presented a poster titled “SPME-facilitated Direct Analysis in Real Time Mass Spectrometric Analysis of Plant-based Legal Highs for the Development of a Headspace Database”.
The Musah Lab won JEOL's Selfie Contents: Best Instrument Team Photo
Allix graduated from the University at Albany Summa Cum Laude with a double major in Chemistry and Mathematics as well as a minor in Business. She was the Commencement Speaker for the Science and Mathematics Graduation and will be continuing her PhD studies in the Musah Lab. Congratulations Allix!
Allix graduated from the Honors College. Her thesis was titled “Forensic Identification of Condom Lubricants by Advanced Statistical Analysis Processing of Direct Analysis in Real Time Mass Spectrometric Data – Towards Development of a Condom Residue Database for Forensic Science Practitioners”.