Sweedler Group Alumni
and Previous Associates

Research Scientist:
Richard M. Milberg, PhD (retired in 2006)

Xiying Wang, PhD (retired in 2021)

Research Coordinator:
Stephanie C. Baker (retired in 2022)

Visiting Scholars:

Huai-Hsuan Chiu, PhD, National Taiwan University, 2018–2019

Hsiao-Wei Liao, PhD, National Taiwan University, 2018–2019

Mizuki Endo, PhD, University of Tokyo, 2017–2018

Meng Qi, PhD, Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, 2016–2018

Juan Zhang, PhD, Wuhan University, China, 2016–2017

Sohee Yoon, PhD, Korea Research Institute of Standards and Science, South Korea, 2014–2105

Maomao Zeng, PhD, Jiangnan University, Jiangsu, China, 2014–2105

Weiping Wang, PhD, Zhejiang Normal University, Jinhua, China, 2013–2014

Masaki Wakabayashi, PhD, Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan, 2013–2014

Takayuki Kawai, PhD, Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan, 2013–2014

Zhiyong Yang, PhD, Pharmacy School, Dali University, Yunnan, China, 2012–2013

Jingxin Liu, College of Chemistry and Molecular Engineering, Peking University, 2012–2013

Yi Zhang, PhD, Department of Basic Medicine, Tianjin Medicine University, 2012

Susanne Neupert, PhD, Postdoc, Jena University, Germany, 2010–2011

Ja-an Annie Ho, PhD, Associate Professor, National Tsing Hua University, 2003–2004

He-Qing Huang, PhD, Professor, Xiamen University, P.R. China, 2001–2002

Cynthia K. Larive, PhD, Professor, University of California - Riverside, 2001

Post-Doctoral Associates:

Shuaizhen (Jane) Zhou, PhD, 2020–2023
Tian (Autumn) Qiu, PhD, 2018–2022
Kevin Clark, PhD, 2018–2022
Dong-Kyu Lee, PhD, 2019–2021
Joanna Ellis, PhD, 2020–2021
YaoYao Zhao, PhD, 2019–2021
James Checco, PhD, 2015–2019
Tong Si, PhD, 2015–2019
Qiyao Li, PhD, 2016–2018
Thanh Do, PhD, 2015–2018
Qian Wu, PhD, 2015–2017
Bin Li, PhD, 2014–2017
Lin Wang, PhD, 2014–2016
Erik Jansson, PhD, 2013–2015
David Kissick, PhD, 2012–2014
Xian Chen, PhD, 2011–2012
Yi Fan, PhD, 2010–2012
Chang Young Lee, PhD, 2010–2012
Peter Nemes, PhD, 2009–2011
Ji Eun Lee, PhD, 2009–2010
Shifang Ren, PhD, 2008–2009
Zhen Li, PhD, 2008–2009
Maojun Gong, PhD, 2006–2009
Tulika Dalavoy, PhD, 2006–2009
Suresh Babu Annangudi Palani, PhD, 2005–2008
Nathan Hatcher, PhD, 2003–2008
Kyubong Jo, PhD, 2006–2008
Michael L. Heien, PhD, 2005–2007
Jing Yang, PhD, 2004–2006
Amanda B. Hummon, PhD, 2004–2005
Jennifer A. Jakubowski, PhD, 2005
Carla B. Swearingen, PhD, 2002–2005
John C. Jurchen, PhD, 2003–2005
In-Hyoung Chang, PhD, 2002–2004
Won-Suk Kim, PhD, 2001–2004
Donald M.Cannon, PhD, 2001–2004
Joseph J. Tulock, PhD, 2001–2004
Dimuthu A. Jayawickrama, PhD, 2000–2004
Tzu-Chi Kuo, PhD, 1999–2002
Wenju Feng, PhD, 1999–2001
Jessica Tan, PhD, 1998–1999
Young Hun Park, PhD, 1998–1999
Leonid Moroz, PhD, 1996–1998
Dean Olson, PhD, 1995–1998
Yi-Ming Liu, PhD, 1995–1997
Jeffrey A. Jankowski, PhD, 1993–1995
Nian Wu, PhD, 1993–1994

PhD Graduates:

Sara Bell, PhD in Analytical Chemistry, Neurochemical Detection in Small Volumes by Matrix-Assisted Laser Desorption/Ionization Mass Spectrometry, June 2023.

Yuxuan (Richard) Xie, PhD in Bioengineering, Multiscale Biochemical Mapping of the Brain Through Data-Drive and Machine Learning Enabled-Mass Spectrometry, May 2023.

Daniel Castro, PhD in Physiology, High-Throughput Matrix-Assisted Laser Desorption / Ionization Mass Spectrometry for Physiological Measurements, May 2023.

Harvey Andersen, PhD in Physiology, Analysis, Fractionation and Exploratory Recombinant Expression of Novel Eukaryotic L/D Peptide Isomerases and Free D-Amino Acid Racemases, March 2023.

Kisurb Choe, PhD in Biochemistry, Modification of Substrate Specificity of Thioesterase, Reductase by MALDI-TOF-MS Analysis of Microbial Colonies, December 2022.

Peter Chan-Anderson, PhD in Analytical Chemistry, Mass Spectrometric Analysis of Signaling Peptides in Single Neurons and their Classification, August 2022.

Shannon Murphy, PhD in Analytical Chemistry, Analysis of Small Molecule Neurotransmitters Using Capillary Electrophoresis-Mass Spectrometry: Applications for Studying Development and Disease, May 2022.

Eduardo De La Toba, PhD in Analytical Chemistry,Proteomics and Peptidomics of Neurological and Metabolic Disorders, May 2022.

Cindy Jung Lee, PhD. in Analytical Chemistry, Characterization of Endogeneous D-Amino Acids in Mammals via Chiral Separations, May 2022.

Colin A. Lee, PhD in Neuroscience (joint w/ R. Gillette), Characterization of the Neuronal Circuits and Peptides Underlying Behavior in Nudipleurin Sea Slugs and in the Octopus rubescens, December 2021.

David H. Mast, PhD in Analytical Chemistry, Methods for Stereochemical Analysis of Endogenous Cell-Cell Signaling Peptides in Animals, August 2020.

Krishna Dwaipayana Bharadwaj Anapindi, PhD in Chemical Biology, Liquid Chromatography and Mass Spectrometry Based Characterization to Understand the Roles of Neuropeptides in Various Physiological Conditions and Disease States, May 2020.

Marina C. Philip, PhD in Analytical Chemistry, Hyphenation of Analytical Techniques to Single Cell Capillary Electrophoresis-Mass Spectrometry, May 2020.

Joanna F. Ellis, PhD in Analytical Chemistry, Exploring Chemical Communication and Chemical Heterogeneity in Biological Systems with Mass Spectrometry Imaging, March 2020.

Elizabeth K. Neumann, PhD in Analytical Chemistry, Exploring Single Cell Neurochemistry with Multimodal MALDI MS, March 2019.

Emily G. Tillmaand, PhD in Neuroscience, Neurochemical Characterization of the Rodent Primary Sensory System, May 2018.

Hua-Chia Tai, PhD in Molecular and Integrative Physiology, Analysis of Enzymatic L/D-Peptide Isomerization in Animals, May 2018.

Sage J.B. Dunham, PhD in Analytical Chemistry, Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry Imaging of Surface Bound Microbial Communities, May 2018.

Amit Patel, PhD in Analytical Chemistry, Methodological Advances for the Measurement of the D-Amino Acids Across the Metazoa: From Mollusks to Man, May 2018.

Troy J. Comi, PhD in Analytical Chemistry, Development of Enabling Technologies for Single Cell Analysis with Mass Spectrometry, May 2017.

Ning Yang, PhD in Chemical Biology, Mass spectrometry-based Characterization of Cell-to-Cell Signaling Molecules in the Nervous System, August 2016.

Itamar Livnat, PhD in Molecular and Integrative Physiology, Analysis of D-Amino-Acid-Containing Neuropeptides in Mollusks and Rodents, August 2016.

Sarah E. Dowd, PhD in Analytical Chemistry, Mass Spectrometry-based Identification and Quantitation of Endogenous Peptides in Complex Biological Matrices, October 2015.

Ta-Hsuan Ong, PhD in Analytical Chemistry, Method Development for Investigating Chemical Distributions in the Nervous System using Mass Spectrometry Imaging, July 2015.

Eric J. Lanni, PhD in Analytical Chemistry, Molecular Imaging with Mass Spectrometry: Instrumental and Methodological Advances for Biological Applications, June 2014.

Agatha Maki, PhD in Neuroscience, Analyzing Peptide Release Using Mass Spectrometry, December 2013.

Callie (Croushore) Kindt, PhD in Analytical Chemistry, Using Microfluidics and Mass Spectrometry to Study Peptide Release from Neurons, December 2013.

Nobutoshi Ota, PhD in Analytical Chemistry, Analysis of Endogenous D-amino Acids in the Central Nervous System and Endocrine Systems via Capillary Electrophoresis with Biochemical Sample Treatments, May 2013.

Cong Wu, PhD in Biochemistry, Development and Application of OMP-T-Based Middle Down Proteomics, joint with Neil Kelleher, 2012.

Christopher Dailey, PhD in Analytical Chemistry, Capillary Electrophoresis Instrumentation and Applications for the Analysis of Neural Systems, 2012.

Xiaowen Hou, PhD in Biophysics, Liquid Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry-Based Neuropeptide Characterizations Across Neuronal Models, 2012.

Ming Zhong, PhD in Analytical Chemistry, Characterization of Peptide Release from Neuronal Cells with Microfluidics and Mass Spectrometry, 2012.

Ting Shi, PhD in Chemical Biology, Measuring D-Amino Acids in the Central Nervous System Using Capillary Electrophoresis, 2011.

Lu Bai, PhD in Molecular and Integrative Physiology, Characterization of D-Amino Acid-Containing Neuropeptides from Metazoa, 2011.

Christine Cecala, PhD in Physical Chemistry, Instrument Development for the Analysis of Low Abundance Analytes in Single Cells and Small Volume Samples, 2011.

Kevin Tucker, PhD in Analytical Chemistry, Mass Spectrometry Imaging for Probing Molecular Distributions within the Nervous System, 2011.

Ann Knolhoff, PhD in Analytical Chemistry, Mass Spectrometry-Based Investigations to Characterize Specific Cell Types within the Brain, 2011.

Liping Wang, PhD in Neuroscience, Amino Acid Racemases Responsible for the Biosynthesis of D-Aspartate and D-Serine Signaling Molecules in the Aplysia californica Central Nervous System, 2011.

Tyler Zimmerman, PhD in Analytical Chemistry, Characterizing Neural Tissues with Mass Spectrometry Imaging via Enhanced Computational Approaches, 2010.

Ping Yin, PhD in Analytical Chemistry, Neuropeptidomics: MS-based Peptide Identification and Quantitation, 2010.

Adriana Bora, PhD in Neuroscience, Sampling Strategies for Characterization of Neuropeptides and Functional Implications into Cell-Cell Signaling using Mass Spectrometry, 2009.

Fang Xie, PhD in Analytical Chemistry, Neuropeptidomics Across Metazoan Life, 2009.

Theodore Lapainis, PhD in Analytical Chemistry, Capillary Electrophoretic Technologies for Single Cell Metabolomics, 2009.

Bo Young Kim, PhD in Analytical Chemistry, Biofunctionalization of Submicrometer Pores and Mass-Limited Sample Manipulations in Three-Dimensional Hybrid Microfluidic/Nanofluidic Devices, 2008.

Andinet (Amare) Wadham, PhD in Physical Chemistry, Bioinformatics and Mass Spectrometry for Neuropeptide Characterization, 2008.

Jamie M. (Iannacone) Spomer, PhD in Analytical Chemistry, Hybrid Micro/nanofluidic Sampling Schemes for Mass Spectrometry, 2008.

Eric B. Monroe, PhD in Analytical Chemistry, Profiling and Imaging the Nervous System with Mass Spectrometry, 2008.

Leah N. Squires, PhD in Analytical Chemistry, Investigations of Serotonin Metabolism in Mammalian and other Deuterostome Model Systems, 2007.

Xiaoying Ye, PhD in Analytical Chemistry, Measuring Nitric Oxide Production and Nitric Oxide Synthase Metabolite Levels in Single Neurons, 2007.

Timothy A. Richmond, PhD in Chemical Biology and Chemical Education, Sampling, Detection, and Characterization of Endogenous Peptides, 2007.

Cory R. Scanlan, PhD in Chemical Biology, Analysis of D-Aspartate in the Aplysia californica Central Nervous System Using Capillary Electrophoresis and Radioisotopic Labeling, 2006.

Elena V. Romanova, PhD in Chemical Biology, Immunocytochemistry, Mass Spectrometry and Microengineering for the Study of Cell Signaling, 2005.

Jennifer A. Jakubowski, PhD in Analytical Chemistry, From Small Molecules to Neurotoxins: Characterizing Neuromodulatory Compounds Using Liquid Chromatography Coupled to Mass Spectrometry, 2005.

Hai Miao, PhD in Analytical Chemistry, Neurotransmitter and Neuromodulator Analysis using Capillary Electrophoresis with Laser-Induced Fluorescence Detection, 2004.

Jeffrey N. Stuart, PhD in Analytical Chemistry, Characterization of Novel Serotonin Metabolites in Selected Model Neuronal Systems, 2004.

Sarah A. Sheeley, PhD in Analytical Chemistry, Novel Approaches for the Measurement of Unusual Post-translational Modifications in Neuropeptides, 2004.

Amanda B. Hummon, PhD in Analytical Chemistry, From Prohormones to Neuropeptides: Mass Spectrometric and Bioinformatic Approaches, 2004.

Wayne P. Kelley, PhD in Analytical Chemistry, Characterization of Neuromodulatory and Neurotoxic Marine Natural Products using Microseparations, NMR and Mass Spectrometry, 2002.

Xin Zhang, PhD in Analytical Chemistry, Wavelength-Resolved Fluorescence Detection in Capillary Electrophoresis: Application to Single-Cell Analysis of Monoamine Neurotransmitters, 2002.

Andrew M. Wolters, PhD in Physical Chemistry, Enhancing NMR Dectection of Mass-Limited Samples with Microcoil Probes: Increasing Sample Throughput and Improved On-Line Coupling to Microscale Separations, 2002.

Jason S. Page, PhD in Analytical Chemistry, Off-line CE/MALDI MS: Sampling and Deposition Techniques to Incorporate Complementary Analyses for Cellular Assays, 2002.

Rebecca Kruse, PhD in Chemical Biology, Novel Mass Spectrometric and Sampling Strategies for Investigating Neuropeptide Processing and Distribution, 2002.

Robin L. Dahlgren, PhD in Analytical Chemistry, Characterization of Nitric Oxide Production in Single Neurons, 2002.

Michael E. Lacey, PhD in Analytical Chemistry, Nanoliter-Volume NMR for Mass-Limited Analyses and Capillary Separations, 2001.

Lingjun Li, PhD in Analytical Chemistry, Following Neuropeptide Processing, Distribution, Transport, and Release using Novel Mass Spectrometric Approaches, 2000.

Rebecca Garden, PhD in Analytical Chemistry, Mass Spectrometic Characterization of Peptides in Neurons, 1999.

Philip Floyd, PhD in Analytical Chemistry, Microseparation Strategies for the Assay of Neuronal Samples, 1999.

Robert Fuller, PhD in Analytical Chemistry, Analytical Measurements of Single Cells and Cellular Organelles, 1998. MD, 2000.

Kurt Oldenburg, PhD in Analytical Chemistry, Peptide Analysis using Capillary Electrophoresis with Fluorescence Detection, 1997.

Scott Shippy, PhD in Analytical Chemistry, Development of Assays for Neuronal Peptide Content and Release, 1997.

Loranelle L. Shultz-Lockyear, PhD in Analytical Chemistry, Investigations of Chemiluminescence Detection Parameters for Kinetic Analysis and Capillary Separations, 1997.

Louann Cruz, PhD in Analytical Chemistry, Analysis of Non-Classical Neurotransmitters using Capillary Electrophoresis, 1996.

Scott A. Tracht, PhD in Analytical Chemistry, Development of Radionuclide Detectors for use in Capillary Electrophoresis, 1996.

Aaron T. Timperman, PhD in Analytical Chemistry, Capillary Electrophoresis with Wavelength-Resolved Fluorescence for Analysis of Peptides, 1995.

M.S. Graduates:

Monika Makurath, M.S., May 2016
Mohammad Ehsan, M.S., May 2014

Kasia (Cudzilo) Catherman, M.S., May 2011
Michael A. Ewing, M.S., May 2008
Yanning Chen, M.S., 2002
Steven Palmer, M.S., June 1999
Sara Bergman, M.S., June 1996
Garrett Forbes, M.S., June 1996
Jason Pardee, M S., Computer Sciences, May 1994