Our long-term goal is to catalyze the progress of biomedical, analytical and forensic research through the development of mass spectrometric instruments and techniques . We currently have several major projects under way:
MAYARA MATOS GRADUATES WITH PHD (MAY 2019)
NEW REVIEW ARTICLE PUBLISHED (MAR 2019)
- New ways of fragmenting gas-phase bio-ions in tandem mass spectrometers using
kiloelectronvolt helium ions. We use the term charge transfer dissociation
(CTD-MS) to describe the mechanism of activation. (example publications for
HPLC-CTD-MS of oligogalacturonans)
- New forensic applications of isotope ratio mass spectrometry, including hair,
nails and blow flies. We use both LC-IRMS and GC-C-IRMS to analyze the
13C abundances of the different amino acids in proteinaceous material.
(Example publications for
- Understanding the mass spectrometric fragmentation behavior of novel psychoactive
substances (NPSs) and fentanyl analogs. (example publications for
- Development of new algorithms for mass spectral comparisons. (not yet published)
- Developing experimental and theoretical approaches to understand the evaporation of ignitable liquids at elevated temperatures (e.g. 210 °C). (example publication)
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DR. JACKSON PRESENTS WEBINAR ON MS OF EMERGING DRUGS (MAR 2021)
On Friday, March 5th, Dr. Jackson presented a 1-hr webinar titled Structural Characterization of Emerging Synthetic Drugs using Mass Spectrometry to more than 200 attendees. The webinar was hosted by RTI's Forensic Technology Center of Excellence (FTCOE) and is viewable at this archive link. The webinar describes the use of isotope labeling, multi-stage mass spectrometry (MSn), ion spectroscopy, and accurate mass measurements with high resolution mass spectrometry to demonstrate some important—and previously unidentified—rearrangement mechanisms in the spectra of cathinones and fentanyl analogs. Although many of the employed instrumental techniques are not available to practitioners, the results provide compelling evidence to support the fragmentation mechanisms and pathways observed every day by practitioners.
CTD MANUSCRIPT FEATURED ON THE COVER OF JASMS (OCT 2020)The Jackson group's most recent publication, a collaborative project with Prof. Jon Amster at the University of Georgia, is featured on the front cover of the Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry. The work describes the ability to determine the structure of glycosaminoglycans (GAGs) on a bench-top 3D ion trap mass spectrometer equipped with charge transfer dissociation (CTD). The results are compared with EDD of the same standards on an FTICR mass spectrometer at Georgia Tech. The work was funded by NSF and features Praneeth (Mario) Mendis and Zachary Sasiene. (Click image to see full resolution)
DR. JACKSON PRESENTS POSTER ON THE HISTORY OF FORENSIC MASS SPECTROMETRY AT THE 2020 ASMS REBOOT (JUN 2020)
In his role on the history committee for ASMS, Dr. Jackson coauthored the first "historical applications" poster for the history committee. PDFs of the two-panel poster and accompanying references are on the ASMS website or here. The history committee is now following up with additional specialized posters, like the history of environmental applications.
J. TYLER DAVIDSON FIRST TO GRADUATE WITH A PHD IN FORENSIC SCIENCE FROM WVU (MAY 2020)
Congratulations to Tyler for successfully defending his dissertation titled, "Structural Characterization of Emerging Synthetic Drugs". Tyler was featured in a " meet the grads" video, and started his independent careers as a tenure-track assistant professor in the forensic science program at Sam Houston State University in August 2020. We wish Tyler all the best, and we look forward to seeing his career evolve.
SAM MEHNERT NAMED ONE OF WVU'S OUTSTANDING GRADUATES (APR 2020)Congratulations to Sam for being named a "WVU Foundation Outstanding Graduate" by the Honors College. Sam will be starting a PhD in Chemistry at Purdue University in the fall.
J. TYLER DAVIDSON WINS FORENSIC SCIENCE FOUNDATION (FSF) EMERGING FORENSIC SCIENTIST AWARD (APR 2020)Tyler was one of three recipients from more than 100 applicants by a panel of judges for his oral presentation at the 2020 AAFS Annual Meeting in Anaheim, CA. His presentation was titled “On the Fragmentation Behavior of Fentanyl and Its Analogs in Electrospray Ionization-Tandem Mass Spectrometry (ESI-MS/MS).” Tyler recently defended his PhD dissertation and will among the first graduates of the PhD program in Forensic and Investigative Science at WVU.
Tyler also one first place for the best oral presentation at WVU's online forensic graduate symposium on May 1st. The symposium was attended by more than 170 participants, including more than 80 practitioners from across the US.
J. TYLER DAVIDSON WINS WVU FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP (DEC 2019)
Congratulations to Tyler for his recent receipt of the 2019 WVU Foundation Distinguished Doctoral Scholarship. Tyler is currently completing his third and final year of his PhD in Forensic and Investigative Science at WVU. The Scholarship provide $5,000 to doctoral students who have been admitted to doctoral candidacy and who are working toward the completion of their dissertations during the Spring 2020 term.
SAM MEHNERT AND DR. JACKSON PRESENT AT EAS (NOV 2019)Congratulations to Sam for presenting her poster titled "Development of a Flexible Algorithm for Substance Identification Using Mass Spectrometry" at Eastern Analytical Symposium (EAS) in Plainsboro, NJ. Sam also received an EAS student research award at the meeting. Dr. Jackson spoke in a special session recognizing his former colleague at OHIO, Dr. Peter Harrington, who received the 2019 EAS Award for Outstanding Achievements in Chemometrics.
GROUP PARTICIPATES IN STEM OUTREACH (NOV 2019)Several members of the Jackson group volunteered to run an activity station at the 14th Annual Cheat Lake Elementary Science Fair. With thanks to the National Science Foundation (NSF) for providing the supplies, The group taught ~80 elementary students how to write in secret code with invisible starch solutions, then make them magically appear using iodine. Many members of the Forensic and Investigative Science (FIS) Club ran a fingerprinting activity station and helped to judge the poster presentations. This year marks the 5th and final year that Dr. Jackson has chaired the science fair.
SciX 2019 IN PALM SPRINGS, CA (OCT 2019)Dr. Jackson again served as the FACSS photographer at the recent SciX conference in Palm, Springs, CA. Video montages of the conference are available on the SciX YouTube channel Dr. Jackson also: 1) served as co-chair for the mass spectrometry section, 2) served as chair of the session titled "Forensic applications of mass spectrometry", 3) gave two oral presentations on the topic of seized drug analysis using mass spectrometry, 4) served as a judge for the mass spectrometry posters, 5) oversaw the selection and presentation of the inaugural Elsevier Forensic Chemistry awards, and 6) attended numerous FACSS committee meetings as FACSS Secretary.
ASCLD DESIGNATES FORENSIC CHEMISTRY AS A PREFERRED JOURNAL OF THE SOCIETY (OCT 2019)
The American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors ( ASCLD) recently designated Forensic Chemistry as a preferred journal of their society. As Co-Editors-in-Chief of Forensic Chemistry, Profs Almirall and Jackson are proud to be recognized by one of the leading organizations of the forensic practitioner community as a valuable provider of new knowledge in forensic chemistry.
DR. JACKSON ATTENDS MEETINGS IN FRANCE (SEPT-OCT 2019)
Dr. Jackson traveled to France to participate in two different events: 1) to give plenary lecture at the joint meeting on the French Society of Mass Spectrometry (SFSM), the Electrophoresis and Proteomic Analysis (SFEAP) and the Mass Spectrometry and Proteomics Analysis (SMAP) congress in Strasbourg, France, and 2) to conduct additional experiments with our collaborators, Dr. David Ropartz and Dr. Helene Rogniaux at INRA in Nantes, France. (Click photo for full resolution )
GROUP HOSTS RESEARCHERS FROM PROF. MECHREF'S GROUP (JUL 2019)
We welcomed Yifan Huang and Wenjing Peng from Dr. Mechref's group at Texas Tech. U. to conduct some on-line CTD experiments of different glycosaminoglycans (GAGs). The exchange of information between the two groups was very fruitful, and we look forward to conducting some follow-up experiments to demonstrate the value of CTD for the analysis of N-linked glycans. (Click photo for full resolution )
DR. JACKSON GIVES PLENARY LECTURE AT NIST'S RI2I WORKSHOP (JUN 2019)
Dr. Jackson gave the opening address at NIST's Research Innovation to Implementation workshop. The workshop was held on June 19-20 to address the questions: What can the forensic science community do differently so that new technologies come online faster? and How can we reduce the obstacles to successful innovation? A webcast of the first day's presentations can be found on YouTube. (Click photo for full resolution )
SAM MEHNERT WINS EASTERN ANALYTICAL SYMPOSIUM (EAS) STUDENT RESEARCH AWARD (MAY 2019)Congratulations to Sam for her receipt of the 2019 EAS Student Research Award. Sam received an all-expenses paid trip to the EAS conference in Princeton, NJ to present her research. The photo (left) was taken at the conference in November 2019.
MAYARA MATOS GRADUATES WITH PHD (MAY 2019)
Congratulations to Dr. Matos for the receipt of her PhD. We wish you all the best for your postdoctoral position at the FDA.
SAM MEHNERT WINS ACS ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY AWARD (APR 2019)
Congratulations to Sam for her receipt of the 2019 ACS Division of Analytical Chemistry Award for an outstanding junior. Sam will be recognized at the Annual Banquet of the Northern West Virginia Section of the American Chemical Society on Wednesday, May 1 at the Bridgeport Conference Center, where she will present an invited poster presentation, receive a certificate from the Section and a gift certificate to ThinkGeek.com. Sam will be gaining some practical lab experience in the Drug Chemistry Section of the New Jersey State Police this summer during her required internship.
SAM MEHNERT WINS ACADEMIC SCHOLARSHIP FROM CBD-IAI. (MAR 2019)
Congratulations to Sam for her receipt of the 2019 George H. Robinson Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship recognizes undergraduate students in forensic science and criminal justice. Sam will receive an academic scholarship in the amount of $1000 and a certificate of recognition. Her award will be presented at the Spring Educational Conferences of the Chesapeake Bay Division of the International Association for Identification ( CDB-IAI), which will be held in Morgantown on April 4-5, 2019. Sam recently presented her research on a new algorithm for drug identification using mass spectrometry at the at the 2019 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) in Baltimore, MD in February. This story is also covered by WVU Today.
NEW REVIEW ARTICLE PUBLISHED (MAR 2019)
Congratulations to Mayara for her recent publication in Forensic Chemistry . Her review is titled "Isotope Ratio Mass Spectrometry in Forensic Science Applications" and contains exactly 300 citations. The article is available online and will appear in the next volume of Forensic Chemistry .
NEW LC-IRMS MANUSCRIPT PUBLISHED (OCT 2018)
Congratulations to Mayara for her recent publication ( PDF) in Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry ( ABC). Her work, titled "Analysis of the 13C isotope ratios of amino acids in the larvae, pupae and adult stages of Calliphora vicina blow flies and their carrion food sources" is a collaboration with Dr. Rachel Mohr, a board certified entomologist and faculty member in Forensic and Investigative Science at WVU.
SPECTROSCOPY IN THE HOT SEAT (OCT 2018)
This Analytical Scientist column offered readers an insider's view of what to look out for at SciX 2018 Conference in Atlanta, GA, Oct 21-26, 2018. As the co-chair for the mass spectrometry section, Dr. Jackson offered highlights of the five Mass Spectrometry sessions on offer at SciX. Dr. Jackson also serves as the Secretary of the FACSS Governing Board, which is responsible for organizing SciX conference each year. For the third year in a row, Dr. Jackson has also served as the FACSS photographer for SciX Conference. Video montages of the 2018 meeting can be found on the SciX 2018 GPJackson Youtube Channel. Videos of the separate days are here: Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday (Incl. Gala event), Thursday.