Director of the Shimadzu Laboratory
Prof. Shama Mirza is the Director of the Shimadzu Laboratory and an Associate Professor in UWM’s Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. She has extensive experience in various MS technologies for analyzing a wide array of analytes ranging from small molecules like organic compounds and metabolites to large compounds like proteins, peptides and oligonucleotides. She is highly-qualified to manage the diverse range of research applications anticipated for the instrument and provide training to researchers as needed. In the MS facility, she directs projects and programs, evaluates new technologies, develops ideas for new research projects, reviews and approves reports, supervises hiring, training, and goal setting, and offers performance evaluations of staff. Prof. Mirza teaches undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate students by offering courses and workshops including lectures on theoretical aspects of MS and labs with hands-on training on the MS instruments. She also serves as PI, Co-PI and consultant in several national and internationally funded grants.
Manager of the MS Facility
Dr. Anna Benko is Manager of the MS Facility. She is a full-time staff scientist with a PhD in organic chemistry and 10 years’ experience managing an industrial analytical chemistry laboratory (including new instrument acquisition and validation, method development, tech transfer, work-flow management, and budgeting). Here, she is responsible for day-to-day operations and maintaining high levels of system operability; and includes work-flow management, routine maintenance, troubleshooting, and data acquisition and interpretation. She provides instruction in instrument operation and supports the research of facilities users.