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PNNL proteomics scientist named "rising star" by Genome Technology

Magazine profiles the best up-and-coming young investigators, selected by scientists

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December 18, 2008 Share This!

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RICHLAND, Wash. — Wei-Jun Qian, a senior scientist at the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, is one of 30 “rising young stars” named by Genome Technology magazine in its third annual “Tomorrow's PIs” special edition. The magazine offers readers a chance to see large-scale biological research through the eyes of some of the best and the brightest young scientists who are poised to make significant contributions to their areas of interest.

Qian, an expert in the rapidly growing field of proteomics — the study of proteins — was chosen for his contributions toward the development and application of innovative techniques that have enabled large-scale, quantitative investigations of proteins in challenging clinical samples.

His current research involves developing and applying novel mass spectrometry-based proteomics approaches for quantifying changes in proteins from mammalian cells, tissues and biofluids. This work is helping the scientific community gain a better understanding of cell signaling and discovering novel mechanistic or diagnostic protein biomarkers for human diseases.

He relies upon the specialized instruments and integrated nature of science performed at EMSL, the Department of Energy’s Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory, a national scientific user facility located at PNNL.

The young investigators were nominated by scientists who are established leaders in the field today. Richard D. Smith, PNNL’s chief scientist for proteomics and a Battelle Fellow, nominated Qian.

The magazine’s interview with Qian — entitled “Step by Step, a Better Mass Spec” — appears in the December 2008/January 2009 issue.

Tags: Fundamental Science, EMSL, Proteomics

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