Mass Spec Summer School

5th Annual North American Mass Spectrometry Summer School

In-person meeting will be held July 10-13, 2023 at the Discovery Building

Join us for the fifth annual North American Mass Spectrometry Summer School. We are proud to have assembled world-leading experts in mass spectrometry for this three day in-person course. Students will experience an engaging and inspiring program covering fundamentals of mass spectrometry and the latest in its application to the analyses of plants (NSF) and animals (NIH). Tutorial lecture topics include: Mass Analyzers, Ionization, Tandem MS, Chromatography, Shotgun Proteomics, Instrument Acquisition and Setup, Data analysis, and PTMs. Also planned are lectures workshops for scientific and professional development.

Summer School Sponsors


Opportunities to Participate


Opportunities to Participate

Give a Flash Talk
Flash talks will be scheduled throughout the week. They are 5-minute, one-slide presentations of your work, a research question you want input on, or something else of interest you would like to ask or share with the group. Prizes awarded to the top talks.

Future Technology Discussion
The event will include a discussion titled “Future Technology Needs”, where we want to hear your ideas of what technology is missing in the current research environment that would help advance your work. This could be techniques, protocols, instrumentation capability, etc. These can be big or small ideas, realistic or just a dream.

Join the Experts for Lunch Roundtable Discussion
Bring your questions and get help from the experts. Roundtable space will be limited, a sign up sheet will be availalbe at the registration table.

Tweet Your Thoughts and Ideas
Join in via twitter during the sessions.


5-Column Summer School

The Schedule

All sessions will be held in-person at the Discovery Building, Madison WI.
Schedule subject to change.

July 10

12:00 – Registration

1:00-1:15 – Welcome
Joshua Coon – University of Wisconsin

1:15-2:15 – Mass Analyzers (Lecture)
Rick Yost – University of Florida

2:15-3:00 – Mass Analyzers (Demo) Coon Lab – University of Wisconsin

3:00-4:00 – Ionization (Lecture)
Rachel Loo – University of California, Los Angeles

4:00-5:00 – Opening Lecture–Metabolic Reprogramming in Human Health
Jing Fan – University of Wisconsin

5:00 – Opening Reception

July 11

8:30-9:00 – Coffee and pastries

9:00-10:00 – Tandem MS (Lecture)
Jennifer Brodbelt – University of Texas at Austin

10:00-11:00 – Flash Talks (five 5-minute talks)

11:00-12:00 – Separations (Lecture)
Robert Kennedy – University of Michigan

12:00-1:00 – Lunch

1:00-2:00 – Data Acquisition Methods (Lecture)
Nicholas Riley – University of Washington

2:00-4:00 – Spectral Interpretation (Lecture, work time, discussion)
Joshua Coon – University of Wisconsin

4:00-4:15 – Break

4:15-5:15 – Editor Lecture
Joseph Loo – University of California, Los Angeles

July 12

8:30-9:00 – Coffee and pastries

9:00-11:00 – Data Analysis Concurrent Sessions (Workshops)
Metabolomics Data Analysis
Neha Garg – Georgia Institute of Technology

Proteomics Data Analysis
Alexey Nesvizhskii – University of Michigan

11:00-11:15 – Break

11:15-12:15 – Quantification (Lecture)
Lingjun Li – University of Wisconsin

12:15-1:30 – Lunch Roundtable

1:30-2:30 – Experimental Design (Lecture)
Edward Huttlin – Harvard University

2:30-5:00 – Bioinformatics (Workshop)
Olga Vitek – Northeastern University
Devon Kohler – Northeastern University

July 13

8:30-9:00 – Coffee and pastries

9:00-10:00 – Concurrent Sessions (Lectures)
Evgenia Shishkova – University of Wisconsin

Jessica Prenni – Colorado State University

10:00-11:00 – Concurrent Sessions (Lectures)
John Bowden – University of Florida

Top-down/Native MS
Joseph Loo – University of California, Los Angeles

11:00-11:15 – Break

1:15-12:15 – Flash Talks
5-minutes, one-slide

12:15-1:30 – Lunch and Roundtable

1:30-2:30 – Future Technology Needs Panel Discussion
Discussion and idea sharing on current and future technology needs
Joshua Coon and other faculty

2:30-3:30 – Closing Keynote Lecture
Vishva Dixit – Genentech

3:30-5:30 – Closing Reception

Summer School Registration

Ready for a career-changing experience?

There is no registration fee, however we ask that if you register you make a commitment to attend.

As part of the application process, you will need to upload a pdf file with your CV and a Statement of Intent. The statement should be no longer than 3/4 of a page and should explain why you want to attend Summer School, what you hope to learn, and how attending will further your career/education.

If you would like to give a flash talk, please indicate that in the registration form and we will email you in April 2023 for the following information: Abstract Title (Limit 20 words); Introduction (Limit 120 words); Methods (Limit 120 words); Preliminary data (Limit 300 words); Novel aspect (Limit 20 words); Co-author names and affiliations (institute/company)

This event is made possible by generous funding from the National Science Foundation (Integrated Organismal Systems, Plant Genome Research Program, Grant No. 2010789) and the National Institutes of Health National Center for Quantitative Biology of Complex Systems (2P41GM108538).

Registration for North American Mass Spec Summer School is Closed

Due to space limitations, all who apply will not be admitted.
Incomplete applications will not be considered.

If you have questions or difficulty in registering, please email Laura.


Hotel and Travel Information

Travel Information


The following hotels are recommended:

Union South (University of Wisconsin): 1/2 block from the conference site
Fluno Center: 7 blocks from the conference site
Graduate Hotel: 5 blocks from the conference site
Edgewater Hotel: 2 miles from the conference site
DoubleTree Madison: 9 blocks from the conference site
Hampton Inn: 12 blocks from the conference site


The closest airport is Dane County Regional (MSN), about a 15 minute cab ride to the event site/hotels.

The other airport option is O’Hare arriving in Chicago. From O’Hare you can take a Van Galder bus to the UW campus stop. The bus stop is within walking distance of several hotels. It is recommended you purchase tickets online ahead of time. Bus schedules and pickup/drop off locations can be found online along with a map.


Parking is very limited at the event site. If you plan to drive, consider buying a daily parking pass ahead of time.

Directions to the Event Site

All summer school sessions will be held at the Discovery Building, 330 N. Orchard St. Madison, WI 53715. Directions and a map can be found here.


Please send questions to Laura Van Toll.

downloadable PDFS

Download Documents from 2022 Summer School

PROGRAM Schedule Lecture Recordings

Download Documents from 2021 Summer School

PROGRAM Schedule Lecture Recordings

Download Documents from 2019 Summer School

pROGRAM Schedule Abstract Book Lecture Recordings

Download Documents from 2018 Summer School

pROGRAM Schedule Abstract Book Lecture Recordings