Meet the team
Team Member Biographies
Joe Beckman Ph.D is a University Distinguished Professor at Oregon State University who has used mass spectrometry for two decades to probe the causes of ALS. He has collaborated with Dr. Voinov for nine years and is a co-inventor of e-MSion’s ECD cell technology. He has extensive experience directing large multi-investigator programs and retired from the US Army as a Captain.
Valery Voinov is one of e-MSion’s founders and the principal inventor of its current core technology. For the past almost forty years, he has devoted himself to studying gas-phase interactions between electrons and molecules. As a result of this career-long activity, he has acquired considerable expertise in electron ionization techniques. He started working at The Pacific Institute for Bioorganic Chemistry (PIBOC) in 1979, where he became involved in the instrumental development of a resonance electron capture (REC) mass spectrometer – computer system. Another part of his research at PIBOC concerned the structural investigation of organic substances by REC techniques. After working for two years at the University of Antwerp, where he modified commercially available instruments for operation in the REC mode to study lipids, he moved to Oregon State University in 2002. Working with Doug Barofsky and Joe Beckman for the past years, he has been engaged in the development of a practicable electromagnetostatic electron-capture dissociation (ECD) device. These efforts proved to be exceedingly fruitful – the culmination of which is a new device for performing ECD that can be installed in any type of mass spectrometer.
Jared Shaw Ph.D is passionate about the development of novel instrumentation and methods for top-down proteomics and native mass spectrometry. He graduated from The University of Texas at Austin in 2013 with a Ph.D in Analytical chemistry under supervision from Prof. Jennifer Brodbelt. During his graduate studies, Jared’s efforts were broadly aimed at the development of novel tandem mass spectrometry (MS/MS) methods for proteomics applications. Most notable was his development of 193 nm ultraviolet photodissociation (UVPD) for top-down proteomics. As a postdoctoral researcher at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), Jared became an expert in Fourier transform mass spectrometry (FTMS) while leading development of a 21 tesla Fourier transform ion cyclotron resonance mass spectrometer (FTICR-MS). In 2016, he was promoted to a senior research scientist at PNNL and led efforts to develop and apply novel FTMS instrumentation and methods to top-down proteomics and native mass spectrometry. Through industrial collaborators, Jared was introduced to and began collaborating with the team at e-MSion in 2017. This fruitful collaboration led to advances in de novo antibody structure characterization and novel approaches to the characterization of native protein complexes. Jared joined e-MSion as Chief Scientific Officer in February of 2020.
Nathan Lopez graduated in 1999 from Oregon State University with a B.S. degree in Microbiology and a minor in Chemistry. After graduation, he worked as a technician and eventually lab manager at OSU. In this time he honed a diverse set of valuable skills ranging from molecular genetics to project management to materials science. As Manufacturing Lead at e-MSion, Nathan’s do-it-all approach has been invaluable for solving technical problems related to design, manufacturing, management, and everything in between.
Jim graduated from Santa Clara University and started working as an Accountant and then Controller for a California construction company before joining Hewlett-Packard. In twenty-seven years with Hewlett-Packard Jim worked in several distinctly different business environments including Corporate Offices, an acquisition start-up business, Test and Measurement equipment, semiconductors and printers. Jim moved between functions working in Finance, Marketing, manufacturing and Research and Development. Jim served as the Controller for a multi-site semiconductor manufacturing business and represented Hewlett Packard in both acquisition and joint venture negotiations. Jim was also very involved in Hewlett-Packard’s efforts to promote innovation and new business creation within its varied businesses. After leaving Hewlett Packard Jim continued to provide support for businesses seeking to improve financial and operational performance. A metal fabrication company, a construction company, an advisory role for a new business incubator and as the CFO then General Manager of a mature consumer electronics company.
Jules Moritz has worked in research and development for over 25 years since graduating with a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Oregon State University (OSU.) He began with physical modeling at OSU and then transitioned to thermal ink jet (TIJ) micro-fluidic design using computational fluid dynamics as well as experimental methods to become the senior TIJ design engineer at Hewlett Packard. He then returned to OSU as faculty research assistant for their College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences designing and maintaining oceanographic equipment. After working in MEI, Llc’s R&D department designing semiconductor wet processing equipment and maintaining more oceanographic equipment at Wet Labs, he became the design lead at e-MSion.
Yury Vasilev Ph.D is a physicist whose expertise spans mass spectrometry and photoelectron spectroscopy. He has many years of experience in the design and construction of electron guns with small energy spreads (also known as electron monochromators). He applies quantum chemical calculations and statistical approaches to understand precisely how electron energies affect ion fragmentation pathways.
Blake Hakkila graduated from Oregon State University in 2018, earning his Honors Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry and Biophysics. He wrote his undergraduate thesis on the purification and characterization of temperature-sensitive mutants of otoferlin, a calcium-sensing protein necessary for hearing. He now works as a Development Engineer at e-MSion, Inc., where he currently focuses on product research and development, manufacturing engineering, and software development.
Joseph Meeuwsen joined e-MSion in 2018 while working toward his PhD in Molecular & Cellular Biology at Oregon State University. He used mass spectrometry in his PhD research to study metal-binding proteins in the context of the neurodegenerative disease ALS. During his graduate training, he also earned a Graduate Certificate in College and Undergraduate Teaching and participated in the Lens of the Market program for translating research into commercial ventures. These endeavors positioned him at the interface of mass spectrometry, scientific communication, and technology commercialization. As a Product Specialist at e-MSion, he is involved in research & development, product applications, marketing, documentation and training.
Gary Chou is a mechanical engineer working on component design and handling product lifecycle management. After obtaining his mechanical engineering degree from the University of Southern California, he designed safety-related components for nuclear power plants at Westinghouse Electric and Nuscale Power. In his free time, he enjoys designing custom furniture, skiing, and searching for the perfect bowl of noodle soup.
Monica Curtis graduated from Oregon State University in 2019 earning her bachelor’s degree in bioengineering. She works as a process engineer at e-MSion to coordinate design, research, manufacturing, and documentation. In her free time, she is an active member of the Women’s Lacrosse Team at Oregon State University, where she is the standing Vice President. She is also an e-board member for the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers.