Professor Rainer Cramer - Group Members

Frank Torma, PhD StudentFrankTorma

I graduated from the Budapest University of Technology and Economics with a Masters in Chemical Engineering. After graduation I started working at LGC LTD which is the designated National Measurement Institute (NMI) of the UK. I joined Professor Rainer Cramer's research group in 2011. My research is aimed at SI-traceable quantification of clinically relevant proteins to support standardization of measurements in clinical laboratories

Jeff BrownJeff Brown

Since I obtained my BSc in Physics from the University of Warwick I have been employed in the R+D team at Waters for over 20 years, closely involved in the research and design of Mass Spectrometers. I have a particular interest in ToF and MALDI as well as ion fragmentation techniques such as electron transfer/capture dissociation (ETD and ECD). This PhD project stems from a joint collaboration between Professor Cramer's group at Reading and the Waters research team in Manchester and involves the study of liquid MALDI at atmospheric pressure and associated peripheral techniques.

Christian Piras, Postdoctoral Research AssistantChristian Piras

I obtained my Ph.D. in Molecular Medicine from the University of Milan with a research project aimed at detection of serum protein biomarkers linked to early stage Crohn's disease. Following my interest in applicative research, I kept working in the Laboratory of Microbial Proteomics (Veterinary Department, University of Milan) using 2D DIGE, MALDI-TOF MS and LC-MS/MS to study zoonotic diseases, antibiotic resistance and food safety. One of my latest challenges was the development of a proteomics-based culture-independent method to evaluate antimicrobial resistance of bacterial consortia. In 2018 I joined Prof. Cramer's research group at the University of Reading with a project that will apply liquid MALDI MS for large-scale detection of farm animal diseases and conditions such as bovine mastitis, infectious diseases and energy balance status. This project will be done in collaboration with Prof. Prof Michael Morris (Waters Corporation) and Prof. Chris Reynolds (Centre for Dairy Research, University of Reading).

Emanuele Scollo, PhD StudentEmanuelle Scollo

I obtained a Master Degree in Food Science and Technology at the University of Catania (Italy) in 2004. After my graduation I worked as a graduate researcher at the Italy Central Inspectorate for The Quality Control of Agricultural and Food Products, being involved in developing analytical methods to detect phytohormones and pesticides in food products and fertilizers. I have been employed by RSSL (Part of Mondel─ôz International) since 2007, where my current role involves method development by HPLC and LC-MS, application of mass spectrometry and NMR for chemical characterisation of a variety of sample matrices and identification of unknown compounds. I completed an MSc in Chemical Research at the University of Reading on a part-time basis under the supervision of Dr John McKendrick in 2012. In 2014, I started a part-time PhD at the University of Reading under the supervision of Prof Rainer Cramer and Dr Maria Jose Oruna-Concha. The focus of my research is to understand the role of the proteomic profile of cocoa beans in flavour generation during fermentation. I will be applying mostly MS-based techniques to analyse the proteome of unfermented and fermented cocoa beans. This project is sponsored by Mondel─ôz International. 

Oliver Hale, PhD StudentOliver Hale

I joined the University of Reading in 2009 studying B.Sc. (Hons.) Chemistry with a research project focusing on matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionisation mass spectrometry (MALDI MS) for protein identification during my third year, with Prof. Rainer Cramer as supervisor. On graduating in 2012 I returned to complete an M.Sc. in Chemical Research, supported by GlaxoSmithKline and with Prof. Matthew Almond and Dr. John McKendrick supervising. The focus of this research-based M.Sc. was pharmaceutical analysis and high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) method development. I received the Department of Chemistry's Paul Beswick Memorial Prize for the project. I then left the University from September 2013, taking up employment at a local analytical laboratory, CEMAS, predominantly working with liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) for analysis. As of September 2014, I am back at the University to complete a Ph.D. supervised once more by Prof. Rainer Cramer and Prof. Mike Morris of Waters Corp. The focus of the Ph.D. project is the development of liquid MALDI MS for high throughput analysis of environmental and clinical samples.

Ryan Williamson, PhD StudentRyan Williamson

I graduated from the University of Reading in July 2015 with a MChem (hons.) degree in chemistry. During my undergraduate studies I completed a summer studentship and my final year research project within the research group of Prof. Rainer Cramer on the proteomic analysis of medicinal plants by nanoUHPLC-MS/MS. Shortly after completing my undergraduate studies, I returned to the group as a PhD student under the joint supervision of Prof. Cramer and Prof. Peter Malone (Harold Hopkins Department of Urology, Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust). The focus of my PhD project is the detection of disease specific biomarker proteins in penile cancer patients. It is hoped that any biomarkers validated might improve the diagnosis and monitoring of penile cancer. NanoUHPLC-ESI-MS/MS will be employed in the proteomic analysis of tissue, blood and urine samples.

Evita Hartmane, PhD StudentE Hartmane

In 2013 I graduated from the University of Warwick with a BSc (Hons) degree in Biochemistry. During the final year research project, I got my first hands-on experience with Mass Spectrometry (MS) as I was investigating possible calibration approaches for T-wave ion mobility mass spectrometry (TWIMS) to be used for protein analysis. Soon after graduation, I joined an analytical laboratory, Marchwood Scientific Services, based in Southampton, UK, where I was involved in performing tests for persistent organic pollutants (POPs) using mass spectrometric methods. In September 2016, I joined Prof Rainer Cramer's group as a PhD student. The project is aimed at the development of laser desorption (LD) ionization source for real-time reaction monitoring. The project is a collaboration between the Chemistry and Meteorology Departments of the University of Reading, and Waters Corporation, jointly supervised by Prof Rainer Cramer, Dr Christian Pfrang, Prof Giles Harrison and Prof Michael Morris.

Past Group Members

2018 Lisa Deininger Postdoctoral Research Assistant

2015-2016 Rebekka Meeks MSc student

2014-2017 Pavel Ryumin Postdoctoral Scientist

2013-2014 Louise Barker MSc student

2013-2014 Shivani Singh MSc student

2013-2014 Jessica Evans MChem / ACTF summer student

2013 Laurence Bindschedler Visiting Scientist

2012-2016 Kanjana Wiangnon PhD student

2010-2015 Chhaya Patole PhD student / Research Technician

2009-2014 Brian Flatley PhD student

2009-2010 Joscelyn Sarsby MChem / BMSS summer student

2007-2008 Oliver Kollas MSc student

2006-2011 Davinia Mills Research Technician

2006-2010 Mark Towers PhD student

2005-2013 Celia Smith Research Technician

2005-2012 Laurence Bindschedler Senior Research Associate

2005-2011 Sally Ewen PhD student

2005-2011 Trevor Gibson Senior Research Technician

2005-2010 Melanie Bottoms PhD student

2005-2009 Kate Cooke PhD student

2005-2009 Ali Tiss Postdoctoral Scientist

2005-2007 Magnus Palmblad Senior Research Fellow

2003-2009 Richard Jacob PhD student

2003-2004 Musarat Kabir MRes student

2003-2004 Annalisa Valisa Visiting PhD student

2003-2004 John Sinclair Scientific Officer

2003-2004 Mark Weeks Postdoctoral Scientist

2001-2005 Bertran Gerrits Research Assistant / PhD student

2001-2004 Andrew Thompson Postdoctoral Scientist

2001-2004 Denis Calnan Higher Scientific Officer

2000-2004 Pedro R. Cutillas PhD student / Postdoctoral Scientist

2000-2004 Malcolm Saxton Scientific Officer

2000-2003 Pedro R. Cutillas PhD student

2000-2001 Daniel Spencer Higher Scientific Officer

1999-2003 Sarah Hart PhD student

1999-2000 Jens-Oliver Koopmann Postdoctoral Scientist

1999-2000 Nick Totty Research Associate

1998-2004 Steve Corless Higher Scientific Officer

1997-2001 Robert Chalkley PhD student

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