The Prell Group was recently awarded a seed grant to fund a collaboration with Oregon Health and Science University (Portland) Profs. Kirsten Lampi and Larry David to study eye lens proteins implicated in cataract formation.
The Fall has a been a time for the Prell group! Jim gave talks on the group’s work with Fourier and Gabor Transforms as well as alpha-hemolysin toxin at Purdue, UIUC, Texas A&M, and UT Austin in September, followed by his “tenure talk” at UO in October. Amber gave a poster and recruited for UO’s REU and graduate programs at the 2019 SACNAS Diversity in STEM Conference in Honolulu, HI.
Jim recently attended the second biannual Advancing Mass Spectrometry conference in Amherst, MA in July. This conference featured numerous talks from world-class speakers on the latest in native mass spectrometry, glycomics, and other exciting topics. Jim gave two talks at the Native Mass Spectrometry workshop held on the Sunday of the conference (one on gas-phase ion activation methods, and one on software for native mass spectrum deconvolution) as well as an invited talk on the Prell Group’s latest research. The conference was a huge success, thanks to the hard work of all the organizers, including and especially Prof. Richard Vachet (UMass Amherst).
Sean gave a talk on his latest work deconvolving extremely congested mass spectra (using iFAMS) at the Northwest Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society in Portland, OR in June. His talk covered the use of Gabor Transform to simplify interpretation of native protein mass spectra, including those acquired from electrospray ionization out of non-volatile salt buffers.
In case you are a Mac or Windows user and want Collidoscope, you might be pleased to find out that we have recently uploaded new and improved instructions at our GitHub site for how to compile it on your Mac or PC. Turns out it is quite easy once you install the necessary compiler on your computer (we give instructions for that as well). The code should also now run much faster in Windows than previously.
After completing their 1st year rotations, PhD students Sam Shepherd and Andy Swansiger have joined the Prell lab. Welcome!
Dr. Prell gave a talk about the group’s work with Fourier/Gabor Transform and toxin proteins at this year’s Pittcon in Philadelphia (session Ion Mobility-Mass Spectrometry: The Next Revolution).
Prell Group 5th-year Jesse Wilson and 3rd-year Amber Rolland recently gave talks at the Lake Arrowhead Ion Chemistry Conference in Lake Arrowhead, CA, in January. Jesse spoke about his work with toxin proteins, and Amber reported on her work with molecular dynamics simulations. The conference was a ton of fun, as always, and included a keynote speech by Pacific Northwest National Labs scientist Dick Smith.
UO Chemistry PhD first-years Sam Shepherd and Michael Leroy are rotating in the Prell Group for the winter 2019 term. Welcome, Sam and Leroy!
Good news! iFAMS (interactive Fourier-Transform Analysis for Mass Spectra) is now available on Github at https://github.com/seanpatcleary/ifams. We plan a major update in the near future with new features.