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2017-2018 WCDG Board

     

President
Kyle Anderson is a research chemist in Biomolecular Measurement Division at National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). His current research uses LC-MS and H/D exchange to characterize structural dynamics of biotherapeutics and membrane proteins. He received his PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Maryland, College Park with a focus on LC-MS/MS for quantification of proteins, PTMs, and metabolites. Kyle previously served as Secretary and Program Chair of WCDG.



Program Chair & Vice President
M. Lorna De Leoz has been working at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) since 2011, initially as a NIST-ARRA postdoctoral fellow and now as an Associate Research Chemist.  She is leading an inter-laboratory study on the glycosylation of monoclonal antibodies and developing the NIST glycan tandem mass spectral reference library.  Lorna obtained her Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of California at Davis. Her dissertation was focused on using liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry to discover cancer glycan biomarkers and understand the role of human milk oligosaccharides in infant nutrition.


Secretary
Ravi Ravichandran has been employed at USP as Principal Scientific Liaison since 2004. In this role he has been supporting the Expert Committees involved in introduction and revision of documentary standards for psychiatric drugs, inhalation products, radioactive drugs, and contrast imaging agents.  Ravi has over 35 years of experience in both industry and government. His industrial experience includes several years in diagnostics and pharmaceutical industry where he gained experience in analytical methods development for both raw materials and finished product characterization, methods - technology transfer to manufacturing sites, and QC laboratory management. He has worked in Indian Atomic Energy research program studying the applications of nuclear gamma resonance spectroscopy for the study of corrosion products in nuclear power reactors. Ravi received his undergraduate education in chemistry from Annamalai University in India and his PhD degree in Analytical Chemistry from University of Louisville, Louisville KY. Subsequently, he spent 3 years doing post-doctoral research with Professor L.B. (Buck) Rogers at University of Georgia. Ravi has over 20 publications in peer reviewed journals such as Analytical Chemistry and has presented over dozen papers in national conferences. He serves as peer reviewer for Analytical Chemistry, Talanta, Analytica Chimica Acta, Journal of Electroanalysis, Journal of Chromatography, and JACS. He organized the Impurities Track at 2006 Annual Science Meeting of USP held in Denver, CO, USA. He has also contributed a chapter to a book on Pharmaceutical Applications of Ion Chromatography.Ravi has been very active in American Chemical Society (ACS)- Indiana and Minnesota sections. His work in National Chemistry Week activities earned for the Indiana and Minnesota sections of ACS the coveted Phoenix Award for Excellence in public outreach.  In addition he has served as the President of Minnesota Chromatography Forum – a premier society in upper Midwest dedicated to Separation Science. He has been on the Board of WCDG until 2016.  In all these organizations, he has contributed significantly to continuing education by organizing and teaching courses in Separation Sciences.


Treasurer
Al Del Grosso is a chemist and Team Leader for the Analytical Chemistry Section of the Division of Biological Standards and Quality Control at the US FDA – Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research in Kensington, MD.  His professional interests include HPLC, IC, CE, ESI – Mass Spectrometry, GC and GC/MS, Proteomics, Analytical Methods Validation and cGMP compliance issues.  Al has served as WCDG Treasurer since 2004.



Board Member (6/01/2017-5/31/2020)
Walter Wilson completed his PhD in chemistry in 2014 from the University of Central Florida under the mentorship of Prof. Andres Campiglia. During his time in Campiglia’s lab, his work focused on the development of new analytical extraction methods for PACs in conjunction with liquid chromatography, gas chromatography, and low temperature fluorescence spectroscopy techniques. Dr. Wilson was awarded a two-year appointment as a National Research Council post-doctoral research associate at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) under advisement of Dr. Stephen Wise and Dr. Lane Sander, where he specialized in the development of new liquid and gas chromatographic separation techniques for PACs in complex sample matrices. Currently Dr. Wilson is a research chemist at NIST, where he focuses on the development of new dietary supplements and environmental reference materials.


Board Member (6/01/2017-5/31/2020)
Lois Ann Beaver. Upon graduation in 1963 with a BS in Chemistry and Mathematics, from Rosary Hill College, Lois Ann Healy (now Beaver) joined the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in Buffalo, NY as an analytical chemist where she developed a deep interest in separation science that continues to this day. At FDA headquarters she held several positions including overseeing the trace analytical work of FDA field labs, mass spectrometry projects and official method development. An idea conceived while working in the lab led to a dozen patents on a system and apparatus for real-time multi-dimensional chromatography, and the founding of an instrument company called Varex Corp. that functioned for 10 years in Rockville, MD. The last period of her multi-decade FDA career involved international activities in the Office of the Commissioner where she served as liaison with international organizations such as WHO (World Health Organization), OECD, (Office of Economic Cooperation and Development) and APEC, (Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation), served on numerous US delegations, and was a member of the FDA Pharmaceutical Quality Council that conceived and developed quality by design. Lois also led international projects on anti-counterfeiting of medical products and good manufacturing practices in emerging countries and established a pharmaceutical information center in Cairo. She is a member of the Washington Chromatography Discussion Group, the ACS Chemical Society of Washington, and the Chromatography Forum of the Delaware Valley and is on the organizing committees of HPLC 2018 and PREP 2017.

Board Member (6/01/2016-5/31/2019)
Ashraf Khan has been working at U.S. Pharmacopeia since 2012. In his role as a R&D scientist, Ashraf has been involved in monograph modernization using HPLC, UPLC, LC/MS, GC and other techniques. Prior to joining USP, he worked on chromatography, chemical kinetics, heterogeneous catalysis and modern instrumentation at chemical industries serving as a Principal Research Scientist and an East Coast Regional Laboratory Manager. He has worked as an Adjunct Chemistry Faculty at Drexel and Widener Universities in Philadelphia and has published a number of research papers. He was involved in the Catalysis Club of Philadelphia and the International Center for Diffraction Data. Ashraf is a member of the American Chemical Society and the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists.
Ashraf has been the WCDG Program Chair for the last two years, having had brought a number of featured speakers to WCDG from academia, industries, and government organizations. As a Member-at-Large, he would use his knowledge base in chromatography and related techniques, and connection with academia and industries to advance the interests of WCDG.


Board Member (6/01/2016-5/31/2019)
Bob Swart is currently a senior account sales consultant for SCIEX Separations.  He uses his technical background to help researchers find solutions for difficult assays, improve data, and increase throughput using capillary electrophoresis, CESI, micro LC, and nano LC technologies.  He graduated with a degree in Chemistry and English from Washington and Jefferson College.  Upon graduating, he was hired to teach General Chemistry and Organic Chemistry laboratories at W&J.  He taught for two years prior to joining Mylan Pharmaceuticals where he developed LC methods for over three years.  Bob has been doing technical separation sales for nearly a decade in the area and will continue to contribute to the WCDG.


Board Member (6/01/2016-5/31/2018)
Morgan Grimes Richardson first joined Agilent as a summer intern in the Consumables and Supplies group in 2006 while studying Sports Medicine & Chemistry at Howard University.  Upon graduation in 2007, she was hired to a full time position and worked the following 9 years promoting Agilent's GC, LC, MS, and IR solutions in the environmental, petrochemical, forensics, and food markets in Chicago, IL.  In late 2015, Morgan relocated back east and now has responsibility for Agilent's federal and commercial business in Maryland and Northern Virginia.  Since moving, Morgan has been attending the Washington Chromatography Discussion Group monthly meetings and has enjoyed the diverse topics and interesting discussion.  As a member of the board, she will bring her knowledge and experience serving the needs of different industries and geographies along with her current and future business relationships to help the group to meet its goals.


Board Member (6/01/2015-5/31/2018)
Carolyn Burdette studied chemistry at Winthrop University (Rock Hill, SC) while also playing all four years for the Winthrop Women’s soccer team. She earned her B.S. in Chemistry in 2008 and then started graduate school at Clemson University (Clemson, SC). There she worked on a couple of main projects, and finished her dissertation titled Sample Preparation Techniques for the Improvement of Analytical Measurements: Capillary-Channeled Polymer Fibers Employed in Protein Solid Phase Extraction Applications and Characterization of Active Components in Botanical Dietary Supplements. She received her Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry under Dr. R. Kenneth Marcus. In February of 2013, she began working for NIST in Gaithersburg, MD, focusing on the measurement of vitamin D metabolites in human serum and improving LC-MS/MS methods. Other research areas have involved the determination and certification of values for vitamin D and vitamin D metabolites in food and dietary supplement based SRMs, blood spot analysis techniques, and the development of new and improved methods for quantification using LC-MS and LC-MS/MS techniques. Outside of work, Carolyn enjoys warm weather, the outdoors, fitness, painting, and spending time with her husband and puppy.


2016-2017 Officers
President: Claire Chisolm
Program Chair: Kyle Anderson
Secretary: M. Lorna De Leoz
Treasurer: Al Del Grosso