Malcolm R. Clench

Sheffield Hallam University, United Kingdom

Malcolm R. Clench was born in 1959 in Dartford, Kent, England. His school days were spent at Dartford Technical High School for Boys (now Wilmington Grammar School). He studied applied chemistry at Sheffield City Polytechnic (now Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield, UK), from 1977 to 1981. During his undergraduate study, Clench spent a placement period at the Royal Arsenal in Woolwich, London, UK, working on a project to detect postdetonation explosive residues by pyrolysis mass spectrometry. This began his lifelong love affair with mass spectrometry. His Ph.D. degree was a collaborative project between Manchester Polytechnic and the Institute of Science and Technology, University of Manchester, Manchester, UK, entitled “Strategies for protein and peptide analysis by fast atom bombardment mass spectrometry” and he was fortunate enough to be supervised by Professor Derek Gordon at Manchester Polytechnic and Professor Michael Barber at UMIST. Clench has left VG in 1990 to take up an academic post at Sheffield Hallam. Whilst at Sheffield Hallam, he received funding from Dr. Don Richards at Pfizer Global R&D to develop a MALDI based TLC-MS system, it soon became apparent that the developed methodology was also going to be applicable to the study of biological tissue and another project was funded to examine the distribution of pharmaceuticals in skin. His research on the development and application of mass spectrometry based imaging is ongoing. Clench is the author of 79 papers on mass spectrometry including 27 on mass spectrometry imaging and serves as the Leader of MALDI and MS imaging Special Interest Group of the British Mass Spectrometry Society. He has supervised 20 successful Ph.D. students to date and currently leads a group of six Ph.D. students.

Biography Updated on 20 June 2012

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