David Muddiman, Director
David C. Muddiman is the Jacob and Betty Belin Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and Director, Molecular Education, Technology, and Research Innovation Center (METRIC) at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC. Prior to moving his research group to North Carolina State University in 2006, David was a Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and Founder and Director of the Proteomics Research Center at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine in Rochester, MN. Prior to this appointment, David was an Associate Professor of Chemistry at Virginia Commonwealth University. It was there that he began his professional career as an assistant professor with an adjunct appointment in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics and as a member of the Massey Cancer Center in 1997. These academic appointments followed a postdoctoral fellowship at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in the Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory under Richard D. Smith from 1995-1997. David received his B.S. in chemistry from Gannon University (Erie, PA) in 1990 and his Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from the University of Pittsburgh in 1995 under the auspices of David M. Hercules. He is the recipient of the 2016 Graduate School Outstanding Graduate Faculty Mentor Award in the Mathematical, Physical Sciences, and Engineering, 2015 ACS Award in Chemical Instrumentation, 2010 Biemann Medal (American Society for Mass Spectrometry), 2009 NCSU Alumni Outstanding Research Award, the 2004 ACS Arthur F. Findeis Award, the 1999 American Society for Mass Spectrometry Research Award, and the 1990-1991 Safford Award for Excellence in Teaching (University of Pittsburgh).
Joe Barycki, Associate Director
Education: B.S. University of Rochester (New York) – 1991; Ph.D. University of Delaware, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry -1997; Post-Doctoral Researcher University of Minnesota, Department of Biochemistry, Biophysics, and Molecular Biology – 2002.
Areas of expertise: enzyme assay development, protein production, macromolecular crystallography, biophysical methods of measuring protein-ligand and protein-protein interactions.
Allison Stewart, Laboratory Manager
Allison received a B.S. in Biology and an M.S. in Chemistry both from UNC-Wilmington. She has 15 years of mass spectrometry and NMR experience, predominately analyzing small molecule natural products. She has three years of experience in UPLC-QTofMS metabolomics and attended the 5th Annual Metabolomics Workshop at the University of Alabama Birmingham as part of the NIH Common Fund Metabolomics Initiative. Allison worked as a Research Specialist for over a decade in the Biomolecular Discovery Group of MARBIONC at UNC-Wilmington before joining METRIC in April 2018.
Jennifer obtained her PhD in Chemistry at University of Michigan – Ann Arbor with Prof. Dr. Hashim Al-Hashimi. Before she joined the NMR facility in North Carolina State University, she worked as Scientist in P&G focused on studying small molecule and polymers. She has 10+ years of experience in NMR field working on various projects in the areas of small molecule, polymer, chemical engineering, food science, soil study, metabolomics, and bio-medical engineering.
Peter Thompson earned his B.S. in Biochemistry at NCSU and later his Ph.D. in Biochemistry at UNC-Chapel Hill in the lab of Sharon Campbell. He did his postdoc at NIEHS with Bob London and Geoffrey Mueller, and has 9 years of experience in NMR, mostly with proteins and metabolites.
Taufika Islam Williams
Taufika received her B.A. degree, double majoring in Chemistry and Mathemetics, from Transylvania University in Lexington, KY. She received her M.S. degree in Analytical Chemistry from Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN, under the guidance of Dr. R. Graham Cooks. Her Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry was from the University of Kentucky in Lexington, KY, in the laboratory of Dr. Bert C. Lynn. She completed a post-doctoral fellowship under the guidance of Dr. David C. Muddiman at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC. Following a six month tenure as Research Assistant Professor in the Muddiman Laboratory, Taufika spent 10 years as the Director of the North Carolina State University Mass Spectrometry Facility. She is an expert in modern proteomics and small molecule mass spectrometry, with 20 years of relevant experience.
Whitney received her B.S. in Chemistry at North Carolina State University and Ph.D. in Chemistry at the University of Florida. Her doctoral research in Dr. Richard Yost’s group involved developing matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization tandem mass spectrometry and mass spectrometric imaging techniques for the analysis of lipids and their degradation products in biological tissues. Prior to joining METRIC, Whitney completed a postdoctoral fellowship and worked as a Chemist in the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Her work at the FDA primarily involved developing and validating analytical methods for the separation, detection and quantification of toxins in foods and dietary supplements. She has more than ten years of experience in small molecule mass spectrometry, including lipidomics, metabolomics and mass spectrometric imaging.
Jeff earned his B.S. in chemistry and M.S. in analytical chemistry, concurrently, from Drexel University in Philadelphia in 2007. Following this, he attended Vanderbilt University in Nashville, earning his Ph.D. in 2012. His thesis work focused on combining microfluidics with ion mobility-mass spectrometry techniques to probe in vitro toxicological stimuli under the guidance of Dr. John McLean. Following graduation, Jeff worked for six years in industry developing small molecule quantitative mass spectrometric assays using triple quadrupole and quadrupole time-of-flight instrumentation.
Danielle has a B.S in biology with a minor in chemistry from Youngstown State University. She has 10 years experience in mass spectrometry at NCSU operating GCMS, MALDI and ESI LCMS. The majority of her work has been with small molecules.
Rebecca received her B.S. in Biology from Middle Georgia State University and finishing her Ph.D. in Molecular Plant Sciences at Washington State University. She has 6 years of mass spectrometry and metabolomics experience focused on analyzing small molecules from various plant species.
Roger is a 1993 graduate of Lake Forest College. He started his crystallography training under Bruce Noll during his doctoral studies at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He earned his Ph. D. in Gordon Yee’s group, studying molecular magnetic materials in 1999. Roger served as a crystallographer in Arnie Rheingold’s lab during his postdoc at the University of Delaware, 2000-2001. After teaching at Middlebury College in academic year 2002-2003, he taught at DePaul University from 2004 through 2012. He has been at NC State since February, 2013.
Paul received his undergraduate degree in Biochemistry, in 1985, from Oklahoma State University working on mammalian NAD Kinase characterization and niacin production in plants. He received his MS degree in Biochemistry, in 1987, from the same institution studying insect pheromones using GC/MS techniques. Paul received his Ph.D. from Washington State University, in 1996, in Biochemistry working with Dr. Toshiko Ichiye and studying redox proteins using molecular dynamics simulations and semi-empirical QM methods. Following were a post-doctoral position at University of Washington, Texas A&M University, University of North Carolina and North Carolina State University. Paul was then employed by North Carolina State University Department of Molecular and Structural Biochemistry to manage and operate the macromolecular x-ray crystallography laboratory and access to the beamlines available at Southeast Regional Collaborative Access Team (SERCAT). He has been in that position since 2004 and has assisted researchers in collecting data for, modelling, and depositing about 180 crystal structures to the PDB and preparing about 75 publications.