Dr. Rachel R. Ogorzalek Loo is a Researcher in the Department of Biological Chemistry, David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). She is a member of UCLA/DOE Laboratory for Genomics and Proteomics and an Associate Member of the UCLA Molecular Biology Institute.
Her research interests include the development of bioanalytical mass spectrometry methods for the structural characterization of proteins and the elucidation of ionization mechanisms for mass spectrometry. She is also interested in developing the Virtual 2D Gel method, a matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization (MALDI) MS-based surface scanning method in which proteins are desorbed directly from polyacrylamide gels for identifying and characterizing protein isoforms and for measuring protein expression profiles from complex biological samples.
She is an author of over 85 scientific publications and currently serves as secretary for the American Society of Mass Spectrometry. Rachel has been a member of various working committees with the Association of Biomedical Resource Facilities (ABRF), serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Biomolecular Techniques, and has been on the Features Editorial Board of Analytical Chemistry. Before joining UCLA, she was Director of Mass Spectrometry for the University of Michigan Protein and Carbohydrate Structure Facility, University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, MI), and later moved to Parke-Davis Pharmaceutical (Pfizer Global Research, Ann Arbor, MI) as a Research Associate
She received her BS degree in Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin (Madison, WI), and her Ph.D. degree in physicial chemistry from Cornell University (Prof. Paul Houston). She carried out post-doctoral research at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA (Dr. Richard D. Smith).