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Associate professor within the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and director of our Advanced Mass Spectrometry program, Dr. Francisco Fernandez-Lima began his career with a focus in physics and slowly merged into chemistry and biology.

“Mass spectrometry is a perfect bridge between medicine, biology, chemistry, and physics,” Francisco says.

Francisco has distinguished himself through his ground-breaking research, receiving numerous awards including an Emerging Investigator Award from the Florida Section of the American Chemical Society. In 2015, he was an invited contributor to the “Emerging Investigators” Focus Section of the Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry (JASMA).

Recently, the American Society for Mass Spectrometry’s (ASMS) Diversity and Outreach Working Group featured Dr. Fernandez-Lima in a new interview series called Faces of Mass Spectrometry. The University of Texas at Austin’s health and science writer, Kristin Elise Phillips, had a chance to ask Francisco questions about his career and innovative research. See the interview here.