Dr. Alejandro J. Ramirez
Baylor Sciences Facility
One Bear Place # 97046
Waco, Texas 76798
Office: BSB Room C.115
My interest in instrumentation started as an under-graduate student while working as a teaching assistant in the instrumental analysis lab. By then I was enthused with the operation, design, and data output of common instruments included in that lab. It was brought to my attention that instrumentation is an essential part of science as it can function as an important tool to resolve research problems. After receiving my B.S. degree from the Central University of Venezuela in chemistry, I came to Baylor in the spring of 2003 to begin work on an advanced degree in chemistry. While in graduate school I was primarily involved in the development and application of novel high performance liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (HPLC-MS/MS; ESI and APCI) and gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS; primarily SIM with EI ionization) methods for assessment of pharmaceuticals and personal care products in complex environmental matrices, including biological tissues. During that time I was assigned to several multidisciplinary projects involving collaborators in different academic departments at Baylor, as well as two private industries and a government agency (USEPA). I received my Ph.D. in analytical chemistry in the fall of 2007 and now work as the Mass Spectrometry Specialist in the Baylor University Mass Spectrometry Center (BU-MSC).
Currently as Lab Manager of the BU-MSC, I have the opportunity interact with multiple research groups coming from several Baylor Departments including Biology; Chemistry & Biochemistry; Environmental Science; Geology; and Health, Human Performance, and Recreation.
My main goal is to help users with limited experience develop expertise in mass spectrometry to succeed in the use of mass spectrometry as an integrated research tool in their research fields. Our policy relies on an open access philosophy that works under a supervised and supportive environment. Users rapidly speed up and become independent in mass spectrometric analysis in the BU-MSC and utilize their new implemented expertise in the working world.