2018 has been a huge year for me. I was able to return to research as part of Thorkell Andresson's team at the Advanced Technology Research Facility where we endeavor to support the research of all researchers at the NCI's Center for Cancer Research.
In April of 2018, www.LCMSmethods.Org came online. With the amazing team of Editors and Contributors on this project, we are working to help standardize all methods in mass spectrometry and to lower the boundary between biology and getting good mass spectrometry data. Optimization takes a lot of time in a new application. If you can just go and get an instrument method already optimized by an expert -- your uptime increases and so does the quality of your data. Stay tuned. I couldn't be more proud to be the lead on this project and team and our first real methods release is shaping up to be something incredible.
In May, I was elected to the ABRF Workflow Interest Network Panel. The mission of WIN is to help scientists and resource facilities improve reproducibility of scientific data by optimizing analytical parameters and providing recommendations for reproducible inter-laboratory workflows. With a mission this big, it's going to be a lot of work. If you'd like to contribute definitely reach out to the Panel or to me -- we've got big plans for what mass spectrometry can be -- and with your help we can do it.
If you'd like to reach me, the best way is to place a comment on the blog post of interest, or send me a direct email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Fair warning, though: I really am this enthusiastic about this field all the time.