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Editor-in-Chief: Ziad El Rassi

Impact Factor: 2.744

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2016: 24/76 (Chemistry Analytical); 32/77 (BIOCHEMICAL RESEARCH METHODS)

Online ISSN: 1522-2683

Associated Title(s): Journal of Separation Science

Introducing our new Editorial Board Members

Deputy Editors
Yi Chen

Dr. Yi Chen

Dr. Yi Chen is presently a PI at the Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS); a PI and Head of Division of Analytical and Environmental Molecular Sciences, Beijing National Laboratory of Molecular Sciences; and a Professor and Head of Department of Analytical Chemistry, College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, University of CAS. He obtained his degrees of MS in 1987 and PhD in 1990, and visited German Max-Planck-Institute for Developmental Biology in 1992–1994 and 1996–1997, respectively, and University of California Berkeley, USA, in 2002–2004. He is elected Vice Presidents of 4 Chinese academic societies and a IUPAC fellow. He started to worked on capillary electrophoresis in 1984, surface plasmon resonance imaging in 1997 and mass spectrometry in 2006, including their applications to the analysis of particles (e.g., cells and bacteria) and bioactive compounds (e.g., chiral substances, carbohydrates, proteins, chemical language of insects and phytohormones), with 248 publications, 3 books and 27 patents.

Alejandro Cifuentes

Dr. Alejandro Cifuentes

Dr. Alejandro Cifuentes is a Full Research Professor and head of the Laboratory of Foodomics at the National Research Council of Spain (CSIC) in Madrid. He has been Director of the Institute of Food Science Research and Deputy Director of the Institute of Industrial Fermentations, both belonging to CSIC. Alejandro's activity includes advanced analytical methods development for Foodomics, food quality and safety, as well as isolation and characterization of biologically active natural products. He holds different national and international awards, is member of the Editorial Board of 12 international journals and Editor of ELECTROPHORESIS and TrAC. His h index is 35 and his works have received more than 4000 citations (December 2011). He has defined for the first time in a SCI journal the new discipline of Foodomics.

Carlos Garcia

Dr. Carlos Garcia

Dr. Carlos Garcia received his B.S. in Biochemistry (1996) and Ph.D. in Chemistry (2001) from the National University of Cordoba (Argentina). From 2002 to 2004, he was a postdoctoral fellow at Mississippi State University and Colorado State University under the supervision of Dr. W. Wilson and Dr. Chuck Henry, respectively. In September of 2004 he joined the faculty at The University of Texas at San Antonio as an Assistant Professor of Analytical Chemistry. He was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in September 2010. Currently, Dr. Garcia’s group is focused on the study of interactions of macromolecules with nanostructured surfaces and more specifically, their use as biosensors for microfluidic devices. Dr. Garcia has published more than 50 peer-reviewed articles in top-rated journals, four patents, >100 presentations in scientific meetings, and offered >30 invited research seminars. He has received funding from the San Antonio Area Foundation, South Texas Technology Management, the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, and the Office of Naval Research - Global.

Blanca H. Lapizco-Encinas

Dr. Blanca H. Lapizco- Encinas

Blanca H. Lapizco-Encinas is an associate professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering at the Rochester Institute of Technology. Her current research efforts are focused on the development of microscale electrokinetic techniques for the manipulation of bioparticles, from macromolecules to cells. Her main research objective is to develop electrokinetic-based microdevices that would answer the needs of many different applications, such as: protein purification for biopharmaceuticals, cell assessment for clinical applications, and microorganism manipulation and detection for food safety and environmental monitoring. The research findings obtained by her group have been presented in numerous international conferences. Her awards include the 2008 L’OREAL-UNESCO-AMC award for Women in Science and Induction to the Mexican Academy of Sciences in 2009. She is a reviewer for numerous international Journals and has served as organizer and session chair for several conferences. She is the Vice-President of the American Electrophoresis Society and Deputy Editor for the Journal ELECTROPHORESIS. She received her B.S. and M.S. degrees in Mexico, and a Ph.D. degree from University of Cincinnati. From 2003–2004, she was a post- doctoral researcher at Sandia National Laboratories. From 2005–2012, she held positions at Tennessee Tech. in the US, and Tecnológico de Monterrey and CINVESTAV-Monterray in Mexico.

Hermann Wätzig

Dr. Hermann Wätzig

Dr. Hermann Wätzig is a Professor at the Institute of Medicinal and Pharmaceutical Chemistry of the University of Braunschweig, Germany. His main research interests include capillary and gel electrophoresis, the analysis of proteins and biopolymers in general, metallomics, affinity capillary electrophoresis (ACE) and further ligand binding assays. Hermann Wätzig is Associate Director of CASSS, Chair of the Division Pharmaceutical Analysis/Quality Control of the German Pharmaceutical Society, scientific committee member of BfArM, CE Pharm and ISEAC, Expert of the European Pharmacopoeia and Visiting Professor at Shizuoka University, Japan.

Editorial Board
Rafael Davalos

Dr. Rafael Davalos

Rafael V. Davalos is an Associate Professor in the Virginia Tech – Wake Forest University School of Biomedical Engineering and Sciences. He also holds Adjunct Appointments in the Engineering Science and Mechanics Department, the Wake Forest Comprehensive Cancer Center and at the Wake Forest Institute of Regenerative Medicine. Dr. Davalos received his B.S. from Cornell University and his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. Prior to his career as a faculty member, Davalos was a Principal Member of Technical Staff at Sandia National Laboratories. His research interests are in cellular engineering microsystems, the effects of electric fields on cells and their plasma membrane, tissue scaffolds, microfluidic tissue mimics, and biotransport. Dr. Davalos is the recipient of the 2006 HENAAC award for the Nation's Most Promising Engineer, the NSF CAREER, the College of Engineering Faculty Fellow Award, and the Coulter Foundation's Early Career Award. His invention on the use of irreversible electroporation to treat tumors was listed in NASA Tech Briefs as one of the top 7 technological breakthroughs of '07.

Kevin Dorfman

Dr. Kevin Dorfman

Kevin Dorfman is an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science at the University of Minnesota. His research focuses on understanding the structure and dynamics of DNA across a range of length and time scales, using a combination of modeling and experiments. He has made a number of contributions to the understanding of DNA electrophoresis in microfabricated devices, ranging from the fundamental models of the separation process to new approaches to fabricating such devices. His more recent work focuses on understanding the dynamics of long double-stranded DNA in confined systems, such as nanochannels, and the development of new model that capture the complicated structures of short single-stranded DNA sequences. His work has been recognized by a Packard Fellowship, the NSF CAREER Award, the DARPA Young Faculty Award, the Dreyfus New Faculty Award, and the Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award. Prior to arriving at Minnesota, he worked as an HFSP postdoctoral fellow in the lab of Jean-Louis Viovy at Institut Curie (Paris, France) from 2002–2005 and received his Ph.D. in chemical engineering from MIT in 2002 under the supervision of Howard Brenner.

Amy E. Herr

Dr. Amy E. Herr

Amy E. Herr is an Assistant Professor in Bioengineering at the University of California, Berkeley.Her research focuses on instrumentation innovation to advance quantitation in bioscience and biomedicine. Translational impact of her research program spans from tools for fundamental research (cell signaling) to near-patient disease diagnostics. Her major awards include the NIH New Innovator Award, the NSF CAREER Award, the Eli Lilly & Co. New Investigator Award in analytical chemistry, the Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship in chemistry, the DARPA Young Faculty Award and being named an Outstanding Mentor while at Sandia National Labs. She Chaired and Vice-chaired the Gordon Research Conference (GRC) on the Physics & Chemistry of Microfluidics and has served on the technical program committees for several international and domestic conferences. She received her B.S. degree from Caltech, then M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Stanford University as an NSF Graduate Research Fellow. From 2002–2007, she held positions in Sandia National Laboratories’ Biosystems Research group.

Gyoo Yeol Jung

Dr. Gyoo Yeol Jung

Gyoo Yeol Jung is an Associate Professor in Chemical Engineering Department and School of Interdisciplinary Bioscience and Bioengineering at Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH) in Pohang, Korea. He received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees from Seoul National University in Korea. Upon earning his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering at Seoul National University, he worked as a postdoctoral researcher in Chemical Engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He joined POSTECH in January, 2005 as an assistant professor of Chemical Engineering, and joint appointed with School of Interdisciplinary Bioscience and Bioengineering in January, 2006. His research is focused on a novel genetic analysis method based on capillary electrophoresis for the separation of DNA molecules under the conformation-dependent mode as well as the metabolic engineering and synthetic biology for redesigning the industrially useful microorganisms. He serves a number of editorships of internationally renowned journals. He has been awarded a number of national grants, and grants from industrial companies such as POSCO and SK innovations.

Marek Minarik

Dr. Marek Minarik

Marek Minarik received his Ph.D. in bioanalytical chemistry from the Northeastern University in Boston in 2001 with Barry Karger at the Barnett Institute. The topic of his Ph.D. thesis was development of capillary-array electrophoresis instrumentation for micropreparative bioanalysis. Between 2000 and 2002 he worked in R&D at Molecular-Dynamics (later Amersham Biosciences) in Sunnyvale, CA, developing applications for clinical and forensic DNA testing. Dr. Minarik is the author of over 30 scientific papers and 4 issued patents (3 US, 1 International). His main area of research interest is in development of tools and technologies for genomic analyses with emphasis on clinical applications in the field of complex diseases including solid cancers, cardiovascular and neuropsychiatric disorders. Currently, he is a President and CEO of Genomac company in Prague, Czech Republic that he co-founded in 2001. Genomac is a private genomic research center funded partially from government research grants (domestic and EU). The company manufactures PCR-based kits for mutation detection and companion testing in molecular oncology. Genomac is also a leading provider of DNA testing for medical and forensic genetics as well as direct to customer services such as ancestry DNA testing, etc.

Jesper Østergaard

Dr. Jesper Østergaard

Jesper Østergaard is an Associate Professor in Pharmaceutical and Physical Chemistry at the Department of Pharmacy, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen, Denmark. His main research interests include development of novel methods for physico-chemical characterization of drug substances and delivery systems, drug transport, dissolution and release, as well as molecular interaction studies. Particular focus is directed towards the application of affinity capillary electrophoresis and on the use of capillary- based techniques for profiling of drug substances and drug delivery systems. Dr. Østergaard is a pharmacist graduating in 1999 from the Department of Pharmaceutics and Analytical Chemistry, The Royal Danish School of Pharmacy, Copenhagen (Now part of University of Copenhagen). He obtained his Ph.D. in pharmaceutics/pharmaceutical chemistry working on molecular interaction studies and the design of prodrugs in Copenhagen in 2004. Also in 2004, he became an Assistant Professor, and since 2006 Associate Professor at the Department of Pharmacy, University of Copenhagen.

Feng Qu

Prof. Feng Qu

Prof. Feng Qu received her BA degree of Chemistry from Southwest University in Chongqing in 1985, her MS degree of Environmental Chemistry from Research Center for Eco-Environmental Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences, in 1994, and her PhD degree of Analytical Chemistry from Chemistry and Molecular Engineering College, Peking University, in 1997. From 1997–1998, she was an assistant professor at the Research Center for Eco-Environmental Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences. After postdoctoral fellowships at the Department of Chemistry of the Chinese University in Hong Kong (1998–1999) and the Department of Biological Sciences, Southern Methodist University in Dallas, USA (1999–2000), she became an associate professor at the Research Center for Eco-Environmental Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences (2000–2004). Since November 2004 she is a professor at the School of Life Science, Beijing Institute of Technology. Feng Qu’s research fields are protein and nucleic acid interaction analysis by capillary electrophoresis, aptamers selection methodology based on capillary electrophoresis, cell and microbial analysis, and CE-MS application in biological and medical application.

Jicun Ren

Professor Jicun Ren

Professor Jicun Ren obtained his B.S. degree in chemistry from Anqing Normal College in 1981. He received his Ph.D. degree in analytical chemistry from Wuhan University in 1994. He spent four years as a postdoctoral fellow in the School of Medicine, University of Bergen, Norway, and then joined Shanghai Jiaotong University in 2001 as a full professor. Prof. Jicun Ren’s research interests focus on ultra-sensitive chemical analysis and bioanalytical chemistry, mainly including single molecule/nanoparticle detection (fluorescence correlation spectroscopy and single molecule/nanoparticle imaging), microscale separation (capillary electrophoresis and microchip electrophoresis). He has published more than 120 papers in international journals such as Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., Clin. Chem., Human Mut., Anal. Chem., J. Phys. Chem. (B/C), Small, Chem. Comm., ChemBioChem, ChemPhysChem, Langmuir, Electrophoresis, J. Chromatogr. A. He has also obtained 12 patents (China).

Xiu-Ping Yan

Dr. Xiu-Ping Yan

Xiu-Ping Yan is a Cheung Kong Distinguished Professor at Nankai University, China. He received his M.S. at the Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics (1987), and Ph.D. at the Research Center for Eco-Environmental Sciences (1993), Academy of Sciences of China. He held post-doctoral positions in the Department of Chemistry at Peking University, China (1993–1994), Department of Applied Research at Bodenseewerk Perkin-Elmer GmbH, Germany (1995), Micro- and Trace Analysis Center at the University of Antwerp (UIA), Belgium (1996), and Department of Geological Sciences at the University of Saskatchewan, Canada (1997–1999). He was awarded the NSFC National Distinguished Young Scholars Foundation (2000), and CCS Shu-Quan Liang Prize for Fundamental Research in Analytical Chemistry (2006). He has about 160 publications in international journals and 13 patents. He is also an associate editor for Analytical Methods, editorial (advisory) board member for Talanta, Analytica Chimica Acta, and Cancer Nanotechnology. His main research interests include analytical atomic (mass) spectrometry and its hyphenation with flow injection, chromatography and capillary electrophoresis, green methodologies for sample pretreatment, and advanced functional materials for environmental analysis and bioanalysis.

Xin-Xiang Zhang

Dr. Xin-Xiang Zhang

Dr. Xin-Xiang Zhang is a Professor of Analytical Chemistry at Peking University, China. He graduated from the Department of Technical Physics, Peking University in 1985 with a B.S. Degree and earned a Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry at Wuhan University in 1991 in the area of trace analysis, under the supervision of Prof. J. K. Cheng and Prof. Y. E. Zeng. He spent two years as a postdoctoral fellow (1991–1993) and then joined as an associate professor in the biochemical analysis group headed by Prof. Y. X. Ci at the Department of Chemistry, Peking University (1993). He spent about two years at Tokushima University as a JSPS fellow (1996–1997) and Saitama University as a JST fellow (1997–1998). Most of his research studies in Japan were related to environmental analysis using liquid chromatography and capillary electrophoresis. He became a full professor at Peking University in 2000. He is a member of the Chinese Chemical Society (CCS) and the China Association for Instrumental Analysis (CAIA). He was the director of the Youth Committee of CAIA (1998–2011) which is in charge of the academic exchange among young scientist working in instrumental analysis and testing in China. He was awarded the excellent young chemist award of CCS and CAIA research in 2001. He received the excellent teacher award from Baosteel Education Foundation of China (2003) for his lectures on Instrumental Analysis and Lab in Peking University. His research interests include developing trace elements analysis methods based on liquid chromatography, the combination of capillary electrophoresis with immunoaffinity processes, high sensitive methodology for capillary electrophoresis with different mass spectrometric detection, and high sensitive detection methodology at the single cell level.