Dr. Joseph A. Loo is a Professor in the Department of Biological Chemistry, David Geffen School of Medicine, and in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and he is the Faculty Director of the UCLA Mass Spectrometry and Proteomics Technology Center. He is also a member of UCLA/DOE Laboratory for Genomics and Proteomics, the UCLA Molecular Biology Institute, and the UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center.
His research interests include the development of bioanalytical mass spectrometry methods for the structural characterization of proteins and their application for proteomics and disease biomarkers. He is also interested in development and application of electrospray ionization mass spectrometry for the study of noncovalently-bound macromolecular complexes and their interactions with other binding partners and ligands. At UCLA, Dr. Loo teaches a course for undergraduate students on Chemical Instrumentation and a graduate level course on Proteomics and Mass Spectrometry.
He is an author of over 180 scientific publications. He has been on the Editorial Boards of Bioconjugate Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry, and Chemical & Engineering News, and currently he serves on the Editorial Advisory Board for Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry. He is an Associate Editor for the Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry. In 2000-2002, he served on the Board of Directors for the American Society for Mass Spectrometry.
Before he joined UCLA, he was Group Leader of the Biological Mass Spectrometry and Proteomics Team at Parke-Davis Pharmaceutical (currently Pfizer Global Research), Ann Arbor, MI. He worked at Warner-Lambert/Parke-Davis/Pfizer for nearly 10 years before moving to UCLA.
He received his BS degree in Chemistry from Clarkson University (Potsdam, NY), and his Ph.D. degree in analytical chemistry from Cornell University in 1988 (Prof. Fred W. McLafferty). He carried out post-doctoral research at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA (Dr. Richard D. Smith).