The Musah Lab has been fortunate enough to acquire several new instruments through NIJ funding and generous donations from the NYS Food Laboratory. We now have a GC-MS equipped with a thermal desorption unit, an NWR 213 laser that can be used for mass spectral imaging, a FT-IR, an ICP-MS, a HPLC and microwave reactors. We are looking forward to the great work that will come from using these instruments!
Kristen received the President’s Academic Leadership Award, Nana-Hawwa received the President’s Outstanding Senior Award and the Dr. Seth Spellman NIA ALANA Award, and Mark received the Christine A. Bouchard School Spirit Award. Congratulations to all!
Professor Musah was invited to present at the Women, Race and Class seminar series hosted by the University at Albany’s Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies Department. Her talk was entitled “Addressing Rape Kit Backlogs and New Paradigms in Sexual Assault: Feminist Interventions Through Scientific Methods”.
Professor Musah traveled to Quebec City, Quebec, Canada to present at the Canadian Forest Service Workshop. Her talk was entitled “DART-MS and LADI-MS—Versatile Tools for Tree Species Identification, Within-tissue Small-molecule Profiling, and Tree Ring Interrogation”.
Professor Musah and Meghan each received a Women in Research Travel Grant from Cayman Chemicals. This award is designed to offset the costs of presenting at conferences. Congratulations to both!
Professor Musah, Kristen, Cameron and Meghan traveled to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to present at the 2019 PITTCON Conference and Expo. Professor Musah presented a talk entitled “Chemometric Processing of Direct Analysis in Real Time (DART) Mass Spectrometric Data for the Identification and Classification of New Psychoactive Substances”. Kristen, Cameron and Meghan all presented posters entitled “Forensic Applications of the Laser Ablation Direct Analysis in Real Time Imaging – Mass Spectrometry (LADI-MS) Technique”, “Establishing Exposure to Organic Explosive Compounds by Mass Spectrometric Means”, and “Detection and Identification of Illegally-Traded Woods by Mass Spectral Techniques” respectively.
Nana-Hawwa participated in the University at Albany’s Human Library Exhibit. She shared her experience as an immigrant from Ghana.
Kristen and Meghan were awarded travel awards by the American Society of Mass Spectrometry. Kristen received the Graduate Student Travel Award and Meghan received the Graduate Student Stipend. Both awards will offset costs to this year’s ASMS Meeting in Atlanta, GA. Kristen will also be recognized at the ASMS Business Meeting. Congratulations to both!
Tianyu’s first-author paper entitled “Multidimensional High-resolution NMR Structural Characterization of a Carborane Cluster Derivative: The Case of 2-Amino-3-(1,7-dicarba-closo-dodecaboranyl-1-thio)propanoic Acid” was accepted by Polyhedron.
Professor Musah, Kristen, Cameron and Meghan traveled to Baltimore, MD to attend the 71st American Academy of Forensic Sciences Annual Scientific Meeting. Professor Musah and Kristen both presented talks entitled “The Identification of Necrophagous Insect Species by Ambient Ionization Mass Spectrometry and Chemometrics for Postmortem Interval Estimations” and “The Forensically Relevant Applications of Laser Ablation Direct Analysis in Real Time Imaging-Mass Spectrometry (LADI-MS)” respectively. Cameron presented a poster entitled “Bomb Biometrics: Detection and Imaging of Markers Indicative of Explosive Compounds in Fingerprints” and Meghan was able to attend due to being awarded a Forensic Sciences Foundation Travel Award.
Tianyu’s first-author paper entitled “Evaluation of the Potential of 2-Amino-3-(1,7-dicarba-closo-dodecaboranyl-1-thio)propanoic Acid as a Boron Neutron Capture Therapy Agent” was accepted by ACS Omega.
The Musah Lab welcomes first year Ph.D. student Monica Ventura. Monica graduated from the University of New Haven in 2018.
Tianyu successfully defended his doctoral work entitled “Carborane Functionalized Cysteine - Synthesis, Structural Characterization, and Biological Evaluation for Boron Neutron Capture Therapy”. Congratulations Dr. He!
Meghan received the Forensic Sciences Foundation Student Travel Grant Award. This award provides her with funding to attend the American Academy of Forensic Sciences 71st Annual Scientific Meeting in Baltimore, MD this February. The press release can be found here. Congratulations Meghan!
Nana-Hawwa’s research on identifying plant-based legal highs, and her recent conference presentation at the Undergraduate Research Symposium hosted by the Icahn School of Medicine at the Mount Sinai Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences was featured in “Today at UAlbany”. The article about her work can be found here.
Tianyu’s first-author paper entitled “Impact on Glioblastoma U87 Cell Gene Expression of a Carborane Cluster-bearing Amino Acid: Implications for Carborane Toxicity in Mammalian Cells” was accepted by ACS Chemical Neuroscience.
Stemming from a collaboration with the Department of Biology, the Musah Lab has some new friends! A pair of tropical fish (Bob and George), a few shrimp (Constance and Naomi), and hermit crabs (all named Chester) will call Musah Lab their home for the duration the experiments.
Allix received the College of Arts and Sciences United Development Corporation Life Sciences Graduate Fellowship for 2018-2019. Congratulations Allix!
Kristen, Meghan, Allix, Amy and Megan traveled to Bolton Landing, NY to attend the 2018 Northeastern Association of Forensic Scientists Annual Meeting. Kristen presented a talk titled “A LADI Doesn’t Lift a Finger: Laser Ablation Direct Analysis in Real Time Imaging-Mass Spectrometry (LADI-MS) of Psychoactive Small Molecules in Latent Fingermarks”. Meghan presented a talk titled “Sky High: Sorbent-Facilitated Headspace Mass Spectral Analysis for the Detection and Identification of Plant-Based Legal Highs”. Allix presented a talk titled “A Sticky Situation: The Chemometric Identification of Condom-Derived Residues by Direct Analysis in Real-Time High-Resolution Mass Spectrometry”. Amy presented a poster entitled “Species Identification of Necrophagous Beetles by Chemometric Processing of DART-HRMS Chemical Signatures of Ethanol-Insect Suspensions”. Megan presented a poster entitled “The World of Psychoactive Peppers: The Quantification of Yangonin in Piper methysticum aka ‘Kava’ by Direct Analysis in Real Time-High Resolution Mass Spectrometry”. Both Meghan and Amy received the Peter R. De Forest Best Presentation Award.
Professor Musah and Samira traveled to Atlanta, Georgia to present at SCIX 2018. Professor Musah presented a talk titled “Application of Artificial Neural Networks to DART-HRMS Data for the Forensic Identification of Fauna and Flora”. Samira presented a talk titled “Deep Learning-based Workflow for Identification of Psychoactive Plant Types featuring a Direct Analysis in Real Time-Mass Spectrometry Database”.