Congrats to Gordon

August 05, 2020

Gordon passes his qualifying exam today to advance to candidacy! His first author manuscript hit the web at the Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry, and he was a 2nd runner up in the Buchi Scholar program for his application note. Despite work from home, Gordon is killing it in 2020! 

Congrats to DR Alanna

May 21, 2020

Congratulations to Dr Condren on becoming the 2nd Sanchez Lab PhD! She virtually defended her dissertation entitled: Chemical communication visualized by mass spectrometry: specialized metabolism in bacterial biofilms. Additionally despite the pandemic, she is having a great 2020, her papers hit the web at ACS Infectious Diseases, Gut Microbes, and at the Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry! She will start her postdoc with Dr. Dave Sherman at the University of Michigan in August 2020! 

Congrats to DR Katherine!

May 05, 2020

Katherine is the first Sanchez lab PhD! Way to go Katherine on defending her dissertation entitled: Capturing chemical exchange with novel imaging mass spectrometry techniques. Her virtual defense was well attended and we are looking forward to seeing her next steps! Well done DR ZINK. 

Congrats to Cynthia

March 24, 2020

Congratulations to Cynthia on obtaining her Masters in Pharmacognosy on her thesis entitled: Using mass spectrometry to quantitate and analyze bioactive small molecules . This was the first virtual defense for the lab. Well done! 

Way to Go Gordon!

December 19, 2019

Gordon was selected to become a T32 fellow on the NIH NCCIH grant entitled: Research Training in Natural Product Complementary and Integrative Medicine. This will support Gordon's professional development and research efforts on the cheese rind microbiome and metabolome. 

Way to go Jess!

December 12, 2019

Jess received her NOA today for her NIH NCCIH F31! Her proposal had a great score and will support her continued collaboration with the Dutton and Wolfe Labs to continue to use different mass spectrometry based tools to investigate the chemical communication bacteria and fungi utilize on cheese rinds. Stayed tuned to watch her progress! 

Congrats to Melissa

December 02, 2019

Melissa's first author research publication hits the web at the Journal of Proteome Research! This collaborative paper with the Burdette lab at UIC looks at repurposing Pap smears for ovarian cancer screening with MALDI-TOF MS in a longitudinal murine model. 

Check out the paper here.

Alanna represents the lab

November 21, 2019

Alanna was invited to present her research at the The Curie Symposium: Celebrating Women in Science. The Institute for Protein Design at the University of Washington held a symposium in Seattle to celebrate promising early-career women scientists who are performing cutting-edge research in their fields.

Well done NP Atlas team!

November 14, 2019

After two years of effort by a large team of international collaborators lead by the Linington lab at SFU, the Natural Products Atlas has now been published in ACS Central Science. Warm congratulations to everybody involved in this important and impactful project.


You can find the article here.


November 13, 2019

Leslie and Laura attend ABRCMS. Leslie presented our collaborative work with the Dutton lab as a poster in the Microbiology section. Laura caught up with former UIC SROP student Natalia and was the Ambassador to the Chemistry division at the meeting. So many awesome students presented research and explored their opportunities, well done everyone! 

Congrats to Katherine

November 07, 2019

Our collaborative paper with the Mandel lab at the University of Wisconsin-Madison was published today at the Journal of Mass Spectrometry. We describe how we've adapted imaging mass spectrometry for a minimal sample preparation of squidlets! 

Check out the paper here

Congratulations Master Melissa!

November 06, 2019

Melissa successfully defends her Masters thesis entitled 'Proximity-based mass spectrometry: direct detection and characterization of biomolecules.' She had extra support from her family with their signs! 

Welcome to Caleb and Hannah

August 20, 2019

Caleb and Hannah sign on this fall for rotations in the lab! Caleb comes from the University of North Georgia and the USDA and Hannah joins us after a BS/MS from Kansas State University. 

Travel Warrior Status - Spring/Summer

August 06, 2019

Laura has been globe trotting again and making new friends! Her travel included:

MSACL- April 

Cal Poly Pomona - May

Fukushima University Agriculture Science, Japan - May 

MS Society of Japan, Tsukuba - May

Seoul National University - May

Korea Basic Science Institute - May  

ASMS - June 

ISCE - June 

ASM Microbe - June

ASP - July 

NIGMS Equipment Supplement Awarded!

July 31, 2019

Our NIGMS Equipment supplement on 3R01GM125943-02S2  was awarded. This will help towards the purchase of a new UPLC-qTOF mass spectrometer to expand our abilities to identify known unknowns from microbial extracts! STOKED! 

Natural Product Reports review hits the web!

July 31, 2019

Our invited review for the special issue 'New methods for isolation and structure determination of natural products' hits the web. We are very excited have covered different ionization methods for various aspects of natural products discovery, we hope the discussion of the advantages, limitations and examples will be helpful to the broader NP community! 

Laura is a 40 under 40 Chicago Scientist!

July 23, 2019

Laura is one of Halo Cures, Inc 40 under 40 scientists in Chicago! 

From developing hydrogels for faster wound healing to identifying a new biomarker for neuroblastoma, these forty scientists represent the next generation of big shoulder Chicago scientists working to translate innovation into application, from bench to bedside. Like most of science, those who ultimately benefit from their efforts may still be generations away.

Way to go Katherine!

July 16, 2019

Katherine received her NOA today for her NIH NCI F31! Her proposal was scored in the 12th percentile and will support her continued collaboration with the Burdette lab to continue to adapt our imaging mass spectrometry platform to other secondary metastasis models for ovarian cancer as well as identify Factor X! Stayed tuned to watch her progress! 

Alanna presents at the ASP

July 16, 2019

Hopefully you caught Alanna's awesome talk at the Younger Members Symposium at the ASP meeting. She was selected for the David Slatkin Symposium which also came with an award to present her collaborative research with bile acids and Pseudomonas aeruginosa. 

Melissa will be heading to the Bay Area for the summer....

June 10, 2019

Following her poster presentation at the ASMS annual meeting, Melissa will be heading off for a 12 week internship at Genentech with Dr. Sarah Robinson as her co-mentor for the summer. We are sad to see Melissa leave us for the summer but excited for the professional development and industry exposure she will be getting all summer! 

Katherine becomes an ASP Ambassador

June 05, 2019

Well done Katherine for being selected to participate in the inaugural class of ASP Ambassadors. The ASP ambassadors are dynamic leaders who work with their peers to promote networking and collaboration, make connections between ASP and local universities, address the needs of young scientists by utilizing ASP resources, and instill a passion for natural products in the next generation. This initial appointment is for 3 years and will include funds to help promote the ASP at meetings targeted to URM STEM students. 

Our review hits the web!

June 01, 2019

Gordon and Cynthia co-authored a review for an invited submission to FEMS Microbiology Letters. This article accompanies the talk Dr. Sanchez gave at the annual meeting on MS for industrial microbiology. 

Itzel is a literal rock star.

May 03, 2019

Itzel, a L@S Ganas fellow, continues to excel. She was award an American Society of Pharmacognosy (ASP) undergraduate research award which will support her stipend in the 2019-2020 academic year for her capstone thesis. She was awarded an American Society for Microbiology (ASM) summer fellowship, but had to decline to accept a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) at Scripps Institute of Oceanography (SIO) in Paul Jensen's lab. Way to go Itzel, we are so proud of your efforts in and out of the lab! #crushing 

Scialog Proposal Funded!

April 05, 2019

Our Scialog collaborative proposal with the Su Lab (Univeristy of Arizona) was selected for funding by the Research Corporation for Science Advancement!  

Dr Sanchez is currently a Scialog Fellow for the Chemical Machinery of the Cell. This Scialog is based on the conviction that the time is right to bring together chemists and biologists to spark collaborations and develop interdisciplinary projects that will catapult us to a deeper understanding of chemical machinery and reactions in the intact cell. 

Sanchez Lab sweeps at MIKIW 2019

April 13, 2019

Katherine and Alanna present their research orally at MIKIW 2019 in Lawrence, Kansas. 

Alanna was awarded a presenters award for her excellent delivery of her research, but basically they were both winners on behalf of MCP. This would have made Dr. Judy Bolton very happy to see the department represented with class, style, and rigorous science. 

Did someone say papers?

April 03, 2019

We had two papers hit the web this week. Katherine's video protocol for our mammalian co-culture of cells with explants is published at the Journal of Visualized Experiments, the video can be found on our Research Page

Jess and Gordon's python script 'BLANKA' hit the web with the Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry. This was an invited submission for an issue on Emerging Investigators. We are honored to be include among this list.  'The goal of the Emerging Investigators focus is to showcase some of the exciting fundamental and interdisciplinary research that is being performed by a group of researchers who are still establishing their independent academic careers, but have already demonstrated their potential to make important contributions to their respective areas of research, and have the potential to become future leaders within the field. '

Cynthia joins the lab!

March 04, 2019

Welcome to the lab Cynthia! She is joining us from Bill Baker's lab at USF. Look for more updates on her progress in the near future 

Gordon joins the lab with a big win!

February 27, 2019

Gordon Luu joins the lab! He is coming from Taro Amagata's lab at SFSU, in fact we are even related on our Chemistry Tree via Phil Crews 

Additionally, Gordon was awarded a Travel Fellowship to the May Institute for Computation and statistics for mass spectrometry and proteomics. Well done Gordon! 

Congrats to Jess and Alanna!

February 22, 2019

Jess will be recognized at the 47th Annual Chancellor’s Student Service and Leadership Awards Ceremony for her work at the Boys and Girls club and her training of our fantastic undergrads Shilpa and Itzel. Service towards the next generation of biomedical researchers is very important to our lab :) 

Alanna was selected to participate in ASBMB's Hill Day 2019! More pictures and updates to come after her trip to Capital Hill is completed. #ScienceAdvocacy

Way to go Katherine

February 22, 2019

Katherine has received both a Graduate College Student Presenters Award and a Graduate Student Council Travel Award. This helped support her travel and attendance to OurCON in November to present her work with imaging mass spectrometry and ovarian cancer. 

Way to go Jess!

February 01, 2019

Jess was awarded a T32 fellowship in PSci's 'Research Training in Natural Product Complementary and Integrative Medicine'. This is funded by the Office of the Director (OD and the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) of the NIH, the main scope of this grant is to train the next generation of scientists to have the knowledge and skills required for the discovery of new therapeutic agents from natural product sources and the establishment of safety and efficacy of widely used dietary supplements and natural product-derived drugs. Way to go Jess! 

The year of Melissa Galey

January 19, 2019

Melissa is seriously on a roll this year! 

  • She was awarded a MSACL 2019 US Young Investigator Educational Grant and also will be giving a podium talk

  • She was awarded the Al R Langerman Memorial Scholarship at COP Research Day 2019

  • She got a 1st place poster award in the Clinical, Social, and Applied Sciences Category at COP Research Day 2019 

  • Her work in outreach will be recognized at the 47th Annual Chancellor’s Student Service and Leadership Awards  Ceremony

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In Brevia News


Jan - Alanna receives a SACNAS/ACS travel award to the Fall 2018 ACS Natl Meeting in Boston, MA.

         Jess is selected for an Edward Benes Scholarship at Research Day

         Dr Sanchez's proposal is awarded the 2018 Vahlteich Research Award

Feb - Katherine won the Controlled Release Society (CRS) Student Chapter Choice poster award 

         Congrats Alanna for winning Second prize: Horizon Award for Excellence in Research in the Chemistry 

         Melissa is accepted to the May Institute on "Computation and statistics for mass spectrometry and proteomics"             at Northeastern University and receiving a travel fellowship. 

         Alanna receives a UIC Graduate College Student Presenters Award

Mar - Zade  is awarded an Honors College travel grant to attend the Society for Industrial Microbiology and                             Biotechnology (SIMB) annual meeting in Chicago in August 

         Katherine secured a summer internship at Genentech in South San Francisco

Apr - Sindhu was awarded a 1st place poster award in the Business/Computer Science/ Mathematics +                                   Engineering/Physical Sciences category for her poster at the UIC Research Forum. 

         Katherine was honored with a UIC Chancellor's Student Service and Leadership Award

         Katherine's first research publication hits the web at Microbiology. 

         Our collaboration with the Murphy lab hits the web

May - Well done Jess on passing your qualifying exam like a boss today!

          Katherine is awarded a UIC Graduate College Student Presenters Award

          Katherine is awarded a poster award at this year's Perlman Symposium on Antibiotic Discovery and                                Development

          Katherine's undergraduate mentees nominated her for an Undergraduate Mentoring Award and she is awarded            an Honorable Mention 

          Zade graduates from UIC and completes his Capstone Thesis for the honors college

          Well done on your presentation at SMComm today Melissa

          Laura has been selected as a 2018 Scialog Fellow by the Research Corporation for Science Advancement 

Jun -  Well done Melissa for delivering a talk at ASMS in San Diego.

Jul -   The 3rd annual Chicago Mass Spec was another success.

          Our proposal with Rachel Dutton's lab at UCSD was awarded by the NSF!

Aug-  Itzel's poster was awarded a best poster presentation at the COP Summer mini symposium

         Our NIH R01 project in collaboration with the Murphy Lab and Isabel Cruz from Computer Science was awarded

         The SIMB annual meeting was hosted in Chicago. Zade and Jess presented posters, Dr Sanchez gave a talk                 and co-chaired a session with Dr Chris Anderton from PNNL. 

         We have submitted an author summary video to go with Jess's mSystems manuscript

Oct - Our collaboration with the Burdette Lab is published in ACS Central Science.

         Jess received a travel stipend award to the ASMS 2018 Fall Workshop on Metabolomics Informatics in San                     Francisco

         Well done Melissa on getting a Graduate College Student Presenters Award

         Valya's first author paper hits the web today at JASMS

         Way to go Melissa, she is the brand new PhD candidate

Nov - Itzel presented at ABRCMS in Indianapolis, she received a poster award in the Microbiology section

         Melissa was awarded a Provost’s Graduate Research Award by the Graduate College


Feb - Katherine won an Edward Benes Scholarship College of Pharmacy Graduate Student Award

         Melissa Galey officially joined the lab 

         Jess was accepted to the Biotechnology (Pharmacognosy) PhD program

         Congrats Alanna for winning First prize: Takeda Pharmaceuticals Award for Excellence in Research in                             the Chemistry at Research Day.

         Shilpa receives a 2017 ASMS Undergraduate Student Award, an UIC Honors College travel grant, a UIC Honors           College Research Grant! 

         Alanna receives a Chancellor's Student Service Award

Mar - The first Sanchez lab publication appears on the web at Cell Chem

Apr - Alanna has been awarded a UIC  Abraham Lincoln Retention Fellowship Award for the 2017-2018 academic year

May - Our Chicago Biomedical Consortium (CBC) Catalyst Grant with Mark Mandel at Northwestern was funded. 

          The American Society of Pharmacognosy (ASP) has awarded the lab a Research Starter grant.

          Alanna received a travel scholarship to attend the National SACNAS meeting in Salt Lake City in Oct 2017 

          Natalia Rivera joins the lab through UIC's SROP (Summer Research Opportunities Program)

Jun -  Jess, Katherine, Alanna, Valya, Shilpa, and Laura attend ASMS in Indianapolis.

Jul -   Katherine presents at 2nd Annual Chicago Mass Spec Day

          Zade received a Chancellor's Undergraduate Research Award for 2017-2018

Sep - Katherine's abstract was selected for a presentation at the 2nd annual GEMS Symposium

Oct - Alanna received an award for her outstanding research presentation at the annual SACNAS meeting

Nov - CCTS Pilot Grant with the Burdette lab was funded

          Alanna wins an outstanding student poster presentation at ASM Vibrios 2017

          Katherine and Alanna passing their qualifying exams on back to back days!

Dec - Dr Abigail (Abbie) Green-Saxena joins the Sanchez lab.



Feb - Alanna and Katherine officially join the lab and rock their poster presentation at Research Day 2016! 

Mar - Alanna, Katherine, and Jess host 'Become a Natural with Natural Products!' for EYH 2016 Chicago. Dr Sanchez             gives one of the keynote speeches. 

Apr - Alanna, Katherine, and Jess all present posters at 54th annual MIKI. (University of Iowa)

Apr - Shilpa presents her work at the UIC Student Research Forum

May - Dr Sanchez and Alanna attend the 2nd Annual SACNAS Chicago Symposium, Dr Sanchez gives the Keynote                presentation with her talk "Creating Equity in STEM? My Journey in Academia" and Alanna presents her work.

May - Shilpa is selected as a recipient of a 2016 Honors Council Award at UIC!

Jun - Valya, Alanna, and Katherine journey to Billerica, MA for a week long on-site training for MALDI applications.                 #MassSpecPros

Jul - Drs Cologna and Sanchez  co-organized the inaugural 'Chicago Mass Spec Day' in the Molecular Biology                      Research Building (MBRB). The event had 94 attendees with support from both vendors, MCP, and Chemistry.              ASMS and Chicago Mass Spec Discussion Group co-hosted our awesome keynote speaker, Peter Nemes, from            George Washington University. 

Aug - Sofia presents her work at the COP SURF/Riback scholars summer symposium and wins a poster award. 

Sep - Katherine was awarded a travel grant to attend the Women in Science Regional Conference at the University of              Notre Dame.

Nov - Katherine, Alanna, and Jess volunteer to prepare a holiday meal for the Ronald McDonald House.


Jun -   Sanchez lab will be moving to Chicago in August

Aug -  Shilpa and Shreya (undergrads) join the lab

Sep -  Shilpa awarded a Chancellors undergraduate research award (CURA)

Oct -   Laura is awarded a two year NIH K12 Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health(BIRCWH)             scholarship at UIC.