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Meet the team
Our experts help you get the most from our state–of-the-art tools for proteomic, metabolomic and mass spectrometry imaging.

Director

Professor Stuart Cordwell, Director

Professor Stuart Cordwell

Stuart has been involved in proteomics research throughout his career. He was an author on the manuscript that defined the term ‘proteome’ and established the first laboratory-based undergraduate Proteomics course in Australia.

He has been awarded the Selby Research Award for work on bacterial membrane proteins and a Villum Kann Rasmussen VELUX Professorship for his work on post-translational modification of proteins, and was recently elected President of the Australasian Proteomics Society (APS).

Technical staff

Ben Crossett

Background

Ben began his scientific career at the University of Manchester, gaining a BSc(Hons) in Biochemistry, followed by a PhD at the University of Cambridge. It was while he was a post-doctoral researcher at Imperial College London that he developed his interested in proteomics, applying the methods to investigate novel anti-microbial and vaccine targets in Burkholderia pseudomallei. In 2004, he moved to Sydney to manage Sydney Mass Spectrometry.

Role

As the manager of Sydney Mass Spec he utilises proteomic and metabolomic techniques to study biological systems from species ranging from alpacas to zooxanthellae.

Angela Connolly

Background

Angela has over 20 years’ experience working in the field of proteomics. Before joining Sydney University, Angela worked for several years at the Australian Proteomics Analysis Facility (APAF) as a Senior Mass Spectrometry Analyst, conducting projects for collaborating researchers, commercial customers and internal research groups.

Expertise

Angela has extensive experience in operating mass spectrometers and HPLC systems. Additionally, she is skilled in data analysis for TMT analysis, shotgun proteomics, PMF and PTM analysis. She is responsible for much of the contract research conducted at Sydney Mass Spec as well as providing technical support to researchers accessing proteomic workflows at Sydney Mass Spec to ensure effective and efficient collaborative outcomes.

David Maltby

Background

David has more than 35 years’ experience in the field of mass spectrometry. Until recently he was the manager of a university proteomics mass spectrometry facility in the United States.

Expertise

David has years of experience in ESI, ESI/ETD and MALDI ionization techniques. He has worked extensively with Thermo Orbitrap instruments as well as Sciex QTOF and QTRAP instruments. He has a background in small molecule analysis including quantitation. Among other projects, he was involved in collaborations with researchers for the identification of small molecule modification sites in proteins, pseudouridine site mapping in ribosomal RNA, RNA intact molecular weight determination and snake venom protein sequencing. He is also practiced in the maintenance, tuning and optimization of mass spectrometry equipment, including the associated LC systems involved.

David Fuentes

Background

David has 20 years’ experience in mass spectrometry and analytical chemistry. He completed a PhD in soil remediation of metals and has worked in various research institutes as an analytical chemist and mass spectrometry. He gained experience in analytical method development using GC-MS and LC-MS at the National Measurement Institute.  He joined CSIRO as a Geochemist and laboratory manager using High resolution GC-MS for the analysis of oil biomarkers.  During the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, he was called to set up a GC-MS laboratory on board a ship to carry out oil analysis in contaminated surface water. In 2015 he joined the University of Sydney where he managed a metabolomics lab at the Camden campus and developed methods for the analysis of plant metabolites for agricultural applications.

Expertise

David has extensive instrument experience for LC-MS and other systems and is on hand to share is knowledge in sample collection, method development and validation, data analysis and interpretation. He is responsible of providing technical support to researchers using our facility, especially in the areas of metabolomics and lipidomics.

 

Jens Altvater

Background

Jens has more than 12 years’ experience in the field of mass spectrometry and biochemistry. Before joining Sydney University, Jens worked as a Research Officer, Application Specialist and Service Technician conducting application development, instrumentation maintenance and customer care as well as managing projects for collaborating researchers, commercial customers and research groups.

Expertise

Jens has extensive instrument experience for LCMS (HRAM, Q-ToF, QqQ, ICP, UHPLC, MALDI) and GCMS. He has a strong background in method development and validation especially in the areas of proteomics, metabolomics, lipidomics and small molecules. He is happy to share his knowledge in experimental design, data analysis and interpretation. Jens is responsible of providing technical and analytical support to researchers using our facility especially in the areas of proteomics, PMF and PTM analysis.

Jacquie Kufner

Role

Skilled in navigating the University's bureaucracy, Jacquie provides invaluable administrative support to Sydney Mass Spec and will guide users through the on-boarding process and handle any billing inquires.

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  • Office 4110 - Facility Manager, Ben Crossett Charles Perkins Centre D17