Mass Spec Summer School

6th Annual North American Mass Spectrometry Summer School

In-person meeting will be held July 8-11, 2024 at the Discovery Building

Join us for the sixth 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, Proteomics, Metabolomics, 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.

Ask the Experts
Bring your questions and get help from the experts. Summer School faculty will be around during the program.


5-Column Summer School

The Schedule

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

July 8

12:00 – Registration

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

1:15-2:15 – Mass Analyzers (Lecture)
Boone Prentice – 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
Judi Simcox – University of Wisconsin

5:00-6:30 – Opening Reception

July 9

8:30-9:00 – Coffee

9:00-10:00 – Concurrent Sessions (Lectures)
Nicholas Riley – University of Washington

Erin Baker – University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

10:15-11:15 – Tandem MS (Lecture)
Joshua Coon – University of Wisconsin

11:15-12:15 – Separations (Lecture)
Robert Kennedy – University of Michigan

12:15-1:15 – Lunch

1:15-2:15 – Concurrent Sessions (Lectures)
John Bowden – University of Florida

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

2:15-2:30 – Break

2:30-3:30 – Flash Talks
5-minutes, one-slide

3:30-4:30 – Editor Lecture
Joseph Loo – University of California, Los Angeles

July 10

8:30-9:00 – Coffee

9:00-10:30 – Data Analysis Concurrent Sessions (Workshops)
Metabolomics Data Analysis
Jianguo (Jeff) Xia – McGill University

Proteomics Data Analysis
Alexey Nesvizhskii – University of Michigan

10:45-11:45 – Experimental Design (Lecture)
Edward Huttlin – Harvard University

11:45-1:00 – Lunch

1:00-2:00 – Quantification (Lecture)
Lingjun Li – University of Wisconsin

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

July 11

8:30-9:00 – Coffee

9:00-10:00 – Data Acquisition Methods (Lecture)
Birgit Schilling – The Buck Institute

10:00-11:30 – Bioinformatics (Workshop)
Katie Overmyer – Morgridge Institute for Research

11:30-12:30 – Lunch

12:30-1:30 – Flash Talks
5-minutes, one-slide

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

2:30-2:45 – Break

2:45-3:45 – Closing Keynote Lecture

3:45-5:30 – Closing Reception

Summer School Registration

Apply Now 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 2024 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 has 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

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