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Research in Elemental Speciation of Clinical and Biological Systems


Material Measurement Laboratory, Chemical Sciences Division

RO# Location
50.64.61.B5547 Gaithersburg, MD

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name email phone
Christopher, Steven J. 843.460.9858
Yu, Lee L. 301.975.4127


Interest in the chemical speciation of elements has been increasing dramatically. The biological and clinical funtion of trace elements in living systems is often highly dependent on the chemical form. Therefore, it is important to obtain information on the concentration and identity of these species to assess both their role and function. Research opportunities are available that focus on the development and use of tandem analytical approaches for bio-inorganic investigations of elemental species attached to proteins or other molecular entities. State-of-the-art equipment is available including a high-resolution magnetic sector inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry, a collision-cell quadrupole inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometer, as well as a variety of chromatographic separation systems arrayed with protein characterization by organic mass spectrometry.


Bio-inorganic chemistry; Hyphenated techniques; Inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry; Speciation; Trace elements;


Citizenship:  Open to U.S. citizens
Level:  Open to Postdoctoral applicants


Base Stipend Travel Allotment Supplementation
$74,950.00 $3,000.00
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