Ben Parker, PhD
Senior Research Fellow - Department of Physiology, School of Biomedical Sciences, The University of Melbourne
When was the moment you fell in love with Mass Spectrometry?
As an undergraduate working in the Australian Sports Drug Testing Laboratory with Director Ray Kazlauskas. After years as the boss he was handing over the reins and got back in the wet lab. I was lucky to learn many tips and tricks from one of Australia’s greatest analytical chemists. Also need to mention other early mentors in the lab Adam Cawley, Catrin Goebel and Lance Brooker.
What is the best thing that could happen to the field of Mass Spectrometry in 5 years?
High resolution instruments become cheaper and more accessible! They also don’t break or get dirty…I mean ever!
What has been the proudest moment in your life science career?
Setting up a lab and being able to employ/train other scientists interested in proteomics and signalling.