Joseph A. Loo
University of California, Los Angeles
I love ASMS – it is my most important scientific society; I have attended every annual ASMS conference since 1984. It has been my honor to serve ASMS for the past several decades, as I believe ASMS has a tremendous impact on its membership and the field of mass spectrometry. With my experience working in a government lab, in industry, and in academia, I hope to continue serving and growing ASMS for the benefit of all members of the society. Let’s have some fun!
Joseph A. Loo earned his degree in B.S. in Chemistry (Clarkson Univ., 1982); Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry (Cornell Univ., Prof. Fred McLafferty; 1988); Postdoctoral Fellow (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, PNNL, Dr. Richard Smith; 1988-90). Dr. Loo was a Senior Scientist at PNNL (1990-92) before joining Parke-Davis Pharm./Pfizer, eventually becoming an Associate Res. Fellow and MS Group Leader. In 2001, he moved to the Univ. California, Los Angeles to become a Professor in the Dept. Chemistry and Biochemistry and the David Geffen School of Medicine. He is a member of the UCLA Molecular Biology Institute and the UCLA/DOE Institute for Genomics and Proteomics.
Dr. Loo’s research has focused on applying MS for the characterization of proteins and post-translational modifications, disease biomarkers, and proteomics. His group has been involved in developing top-down MS and native MS for nearly 30-years, including the application of native top-down MS to characterize protein ligand/inhibitor binding and for structural biology. His work has resulted in over 335 publications, book chapters, and 1 patent. He teaches undergraduate chemical instrumentation and graduate-level proteomics and MS. He has participated in summer SACNAS (Society for Advancement of Hispanics/Chicanos and Native Americans in Science) and Historically Black Colleges and University programs at UCLA. He received the 2021 Eastern Analytical Symposium Award for Outstanding Achievements in Mass Spectrometry.
An ASMS member since 1984, Dr. Loo has organized/chaired evening workshops (5 times since 2005) and oral sessions at the annual ASMS Conference (6 times since 1996), and has co-organized the Fall Workshop (2008) and Asilomar Conference (2003, 2015, 2021). He served on ASMS’ Publication (1998-2000), Program Review (2012-13), Nominating (2013-14), Undergraduate Student Travel (2015-17), and Emerging Talent Webinar committees (2020), and he served on the Board of Directors (Member-at-Large, 2000-02). He participates in reviews for NIH, NSF, and DOE, including 43 NIH ad hoc committees since 2000 and an NIH Study Section (2000-04). Dr. Loo is a member of the ACS, AAAS, and HUPO, and has been a member of the US HUPO Board of Directors since 2009. He served on several journal Editorial Boards, including JASMS. He was a JASMS Associate Editor (2007-15) before becoming Editor-in-Chief (2016-June 2021).