Carolyn Cassady is a native of Salisbury, North Carolina, USA. She received an A.B. in Chemistry from Pfeiffer College (Misenheimer, NC) in 1979 and a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Purdue University (West Lafayette, IN) in 1984. At Purdue, she studied the gas-phase chemistry of organic ions and atomic metal ions by ion cyclotron resonance (ICR) and Fourier transform ion cyclotron resonance (FT-ICR or FTMS) mass spectrometry (MS) under the direction of the late Dr. Ben S. Freiser. From 1984-1987, Dr. Cassady was a research chemist at ARCO Chemical Company in Newtown Square, PA, where she received an Excel award. At ARCO, she worked with gas chromatography (GC), GC/MS, fast atom bombardment (FAB) MS, and, finally, as supervisor of their nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) research facility. From 1987-1988, Dr. Cassady was employed as an environmental chemist, specializing in mass spectrometry, at Midwest Research Institute in Kansas City, MO. She spent the next two years as a National Research Council postdoctoral research associate at the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, DC. This work involved FT-ICR studies of gas-phase metal cluster ions under the direction of Drs. Herbert Nelson and Steve McElvany. In 1990, she joined the faculty of Miami University in Oxford, OH, where she stayed until December 1999. Her earlier research at Miami included FT-ICR studies of metal cluster ions and protonated biomolecules produced by FAB. Later FT-ICR research dealt with multiply-charged biomolecules produced by electrospray ionization (ESI). In addition, her research expanded to include time-of-flight (TOF) studies on biomolecular ions generated by matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization (MALDI).
In January 2000, Dr. Cassady moved to the University of Alabama as a tenured associate professor. She teaches general chemistry and undergraduate and graduate analytical chemistry courses. Her research, which is funded by an R-01 grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), currently involves ESI/FT-ICR and MALDI/TOF MS studies of the dissociation of negative peptide ions. Dr. Cassady is a member of the American Chemical Society (ACS), where she recently served as chairperson of the AN-01 committee, which wrote the newest version of the standardized ACS analytical chemistry exam for undergraduates. She is also a member of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry (ASMS), where is currently the society's secretary and a member of the board of director. She is past coordinator of the ASMS FTMS interest group.
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