MaSHBackground, coordinators and main contacts
MaSH has evolved from a group of University of Auckland-based researchers who are passionate about the application of mass spectrometry techniques to a wide range of scientific research. For several years this group has linked researchers together to discuss mass spectrometry techniques and troubleshoot technical challenges. We have partnered with the Centre for eResearch to create MaSH to draw together researchers from across the university to develop a mass spectrometry knowledge base and data analysis capability while fostering interdisciplinary collaboration. We acknowledge the support of the University of Auckland Strategic Research Initiatives Fund for support of MaSH.
To develop an outstanding technical and research support environment to increase the effective impact of University of Auckland mass spectrometry-based research
Instrument Grant Coordinator
MaSH Research Fellow
Travel Grant Coordinator
Gus is a Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Physiology, and the director of the Biomedical Imaging Research Unit. His research interests lie primarily in vision science, where as part of the New Zealand National Eye Centre he utilises imaging mass spectrometry to study the structure and function of the ocular lens. He also has research interests in neurodegeneration through a collaboration with the Centre for Brain Research.
Nicholas is a Research Fellow in the School of Biological Sciences, and is the responsible for the operation of the Bruker SolariX XR 7T Fourier transform-ion cyclotron resonance mass spectrometer. His research interests stem from his passion for ion chemistry and mass spectrometry, and include advancing top-down mass spectrometry of macromolecular complexes for structural biology, interogating reaction intermediates through novel ionization sources, and characterizing surfaces and thin-layer materials.
George is a Research Fellow in the Department of Physiology. He is focusing on computer programing for quantitative proteomics/metabolomics research. He has adaptive computer scripting strategies to provide highly efficient, robust ‘omics data solutions. He is willing to share his ‘omics experience and provide data analysis support on behalf of the MaSH.
Liz is an Honorary Research Fellow in the School of Medical Sciences. Her research interests lie in the use of volatile biomarkers as diagnostic and investigative tools (volatilomics), where she applies gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS) coupled with solid phase microextraction/thermal desorption to study milk, plasma/serum, faeces, skin and urine. She has several volatilomic project collaborations internally, as well as with North Shore Hospital and Auckland University of Technology (AUT). Currently she is investigating the role of symbiotic fungi and yeast in the metabolism of fatty acids in the human gut, using both SPME GC-MS and imaging mass spectrometry (MALDI-ToF-MS). She also has an interest in optimisation of untargeted data extraction and curation for mass spectrometry-based metabolomics and has a collaboration with the Department of Statistics developing statistical methods for detection of metabolite dysregulation.