Dr. Garrett received his undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia in Chemistry graduating Summa Cum Laude with Highest Honors (1999). As an undergraduate, he worked in the lab of Dr. I. Jonathan Amster on the characterization of bacterial proteins using MALDI-TOF completing an undergraduate honors thesis entitled “Improved methods for on-probe cleanup of unpurified protein samples for MALDI time-of-flight mass spectrometry”. He was the recipient of a Howard Hughes Medical Institute fellowship for undergraduate research. After a 2 years hiatus working in software consulting and thin-film development, he enrolled in the Ph.D. program at the University of Florida working under the direction of Dr. Richard A. Yost. As a graduate student, he developed the first imaging mass spectrometry-based on ion trap instrumentation through a partnership with Thermo and studied the disposition of phospholipids in brain tissue. His work involved the characterization of phospholipids using tandem mass spectrometry and described the need for tandem mass spectrometry to both separate and identify this complex lipid species directly from tissue. As a graduate student, he received a Grinter Fellowship (2001-2002), a Proctor & Gamble Award for excellence in graduate research (2005), the Baites-Laitnen award (2006), and the Crow-Stasch award for excellence in publication (2007 and 2008). Finally, his publication entitled “Imaging mass spectrometry with a new intermediate-pressure MALDI linear ion trap mass spectrometer” received the best-applied graduate student paper for the Internal Journal of Mass Spectrometry (Int.. J. Mass Spectrom., 2007, 260, 2-3, 166-176).
After graduating in 2006, he accepted a Research Assistant Professorship at the University of Florida in the Department of Medicine where he began research on targeted quantitation for clinical research and diagnostics using mass spectrometry. In 2014, he transitioned to an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pathology, Immunology, and Laboratory Medicine at the University of Florida continuing his work to translate mass spectrometry to clinical areas. As a clinical member of Pathology, he worked on the development of several new clinical assays utilizing mass spectrometry that are currently used in clinical toxicology. He is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Pathology, where he is also the Director of high throughput metabolomics, for the Southeast Center for Integrated Metabolomics and conducts research in the application of metabolomics to disease diagnosis and clinical diagnostics.
Prof. Garrett is the author of over 60 publications and is an Editorial Board member for Clinical Mass Spectrometry and PLOSOne. His current interests are in the application of direct tissue analysis approaches such as MALDI, DESI, and LMJSSP as well as the use of high-resolution mass spectrometry in metabolomics and routine diagnostics. He enjoys the interplay between technological advancement and clinical analysis providing unique opportunities and experiences to develop the future of clinical diagnostics.
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