Michael Heaven, a graduate student in the lab of Dr. Michael Brenner, has been granted the first of two patents he has submitted for methods developed as part of his graduate work. The patent title is “General Mass Spectrometry Assay Using Continuously Eluting Co-fractionating reporters of mass spectrometry detection efficiency.” Prior to this invention, highly accurate quantitation by mass spectroscopy required use of custom isotopically labeled peptides as internal standards. Michael’s invention replaces these with a universal set of peptide standards that lowers cost and increases throughput and sensitivity. Partial support for this project was obtained by Michael winning a grant of $22,000 in the Alabama Launchpad competition. Receiving a patent is quite an accomplishment for a graduate student!

Michael’s public defense of his dissertation titled “A Biochemical Characterization of Alexander Disease and the Development of a Proteomics Research Tool” will be held on Friday, November 1, 2013 in Shelby 1013 at 2:00 p.m..

Michael has a promising future!