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Faculty/Staff in the BU-MSC

Dr. Christopher BeckerDr. Christopher Becker | BU-MSC Director |
Baylor Sciences Building
One Bear Place # 97046 | Waco, Texas 76798
Office: D.111 | Telephone: 254-710-2309 | Fax: 254-710-2405

During my career as a scientist, I have developed a significant appreciation for the dedication and commitment to excellence that must be required to maintain state-of-the-art facilities like those found in the Baylor Sciences Building. I received a B.A in Chemistry in 2000 and a Ph.D. in analytical Chemistry in 2006. I subsequently accepted a post-doctoral research position with Dr. David H. Russell at Texas A&M University’s Laboratory for Biological Mass Spectrometry where I developed ion mobility-mass spectrometry (IM-MS) for petroleomic and proteomic applications. I came to Baylor University in 2008 as a research scientist and laboratory manager with a focus on novel applications of LC-IM-MS and ion chromatography towards energy and aquatic systems research. In 2014, I transitioned to the Assistant Director of Science Facilities where I have continued to foster my passion for enabling scientific research through facility management, education and training, and consultation. As Director of the BU-MSC, I look forward to helping the center continue to grow and meet your needs.

Dr. Ramirez in office 1 Dr. Alejandro J. Ramirez | Manager | Senior Mass Spectrometrist
Baylor Sciences Building
One Bear Place # 97046 | Waco, Texas 76798
Office: C.115 | Phone: 254-710-2039 | Fax: 254-710-2405

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.

Dr. Chinthaka Seneviratne Dr. Chinthaka Seneviratne | Mass Spectrometrist
Baylor Sciences Building
One Bear Place # 97046 | Waco, Texas 76798
Office: E.156.R.2 | Phone: 254-710-2323 | Fax: 254-710-2405

The knowledge and experience I gained during the past several years have allowed me to realize that analytical chemistry is indeed my passion, and has equipped me with the skills needed to confidently enter into scientific research field. I received BS special degree in Chemistry in 2008 from University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka and a MS degree in Analytical Chemistry in 2011 from Bucknell University, working with Professor Timothy G. Strein on electrophoretically mediated microanalysis.

I subsequently joined the doctoral program at Louisiana State University where I received my Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry in 2016, working with Professor Kermit K. Murray on tip-enhanced laser ablation sampling for mass spectrometry. My research at LSU involved an interdisciplinary, broad-based instrument development for high spatial resolution (sub-micro scale) sampling of biological samples for (matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization) MALDI and electrospray mass spectrometry (ESI-MS) utilizing the “optical antenna” effect by coupling atomic force microscopy and laser ablation/ desorption. I was fortunate to gain experience in a wide variety of mass spectrometry techniques such as MALDI, LAESI, GCMS and LC-MS/MS.

Prior to joining Baylor Mass Spectrometry Center, I went on to postdoctoral research in W. M. Keck FTMS Laboratory for Human Health Research at North Carolina State University with Professor David C. Muddiman, where I worked on developing a novel electrospray ionization interface for ESI mass spectrometry, which facilitates discovery-based Omics analysis and highly quantitative ESI-MS workflows. In my current position at BSB MS center, I have the opportunity to expand my knowledge of science, especially mass spectrometry techniques and learn about new technology. I am always thrilled by trying new things for the advancement of science, and I am fully engaged to bring state –of -the-art mass spectrometry expertise and methodology to the Baylor research community.

Mr. Ian Anthony
MSC Graduate Teaching Assistant