Jane E. Thomas-Oates obtained her B.S. degree with honors in biochemistry from The Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, University of London, UK, in 1981. She carried out her Ph.D. degree (1981–1984) at Imperial College London with Professor Anne Dell who was pioneering the development and application of the then newly introduced technique of fast atom bombardment mass spectrometry, for the analysis of glycoconjugates. She went as a Postdoctoral Researcher and then Senior Research Associate to the group of Professor Peter Albersheim at the University of Colorado in Boulder, making the move with that group to the University of Georgia, when the group moved to Athens, GA, to establish the Complex Carbohydrate Research Center. Returning to the UK after two years in USA, a further period at Imperial College London as a Postdoctoral Researcher followed. Jane obtained a Beit Memorial Research fellowship in 1989, which she took up at the then expanding Department of Biochemistry at the University of Dundee, Scotland. Two years in Dundee (1989–1991) were followed by her appointment to a faculty position (Universitair Docent) at the Department of Mass Spectrometry, Faculty of Chemistry, University of Utrecht’s (1991–1998), and then to a Senior Lectureship at the Departments of Chemistry and Biomolecular Science at the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST) in Manchester (1998–2002), where her group formed part of the Michael Barber Centre for Mass Spectrometry. In 2002, she was appointed to the RSC/EPSRC Chair of Analytical Science at the University of York, UK, where she leads the Analytical Science and Environmental Chemistry Research group. The focus of the York Chair is the development and application of mass spectrometry-based analytical approaches for postgenomic science. Jane's research interests are in biological mass spectrometry, focusing on the development and application of mass spectrometry-based methods for application in the areas of proteomics, metabolomics, and glycomics.
Biography Updated on 3 September 2008