UM researcher receives grant to improve MS

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  • Published: May 10, 2016
  • Author: Jon Evans
  • Source: University of Montana
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Robert Smith, an assistant professor of computer science at the University of Montana (UM), has been awarded a CAREER grant, worth $742,000 over the next five years, by the US National Science Foundation (NSF) to improve mass spectrometry.

"I am very excited for this award," Smith said. "It provides the resources for the next phase of our research, which presents the possibility of dramatically advancing the field of mass spectrometry."

Smith develops new analysis techniques that allow mass spectrometry data to be used in ways that are not currently possible, including a different paradigm for mass spectrometry signal processing that segments the entire output file instead of extracting sub-regions of interest. This may lead to advances in fields like medical diagnostics, drug development and better research into poorly understood ailments involving proteins, such as Alzheimer's disease.

"With Robert receiving this award, we now have three CAREER grants this year, which matches 2009 – the last time we accomplished this scientific hat trick," said Scott Whittenburg, UM vice president for research and creative scholarship. "It's gratifying that the NSF is recognizing the amazing potential of our young research faculty members."

(Photo of Robert Smith courtesy of the University of Montana.)

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