Joy completed her Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from the University of Florida under the research supervision of Prof. James Winefordner. After 4 years of graduate training in lasers spectroscopy, her research interest shifted to biological applications of mass spectrometry. She has 13 years of combined academic and industry LC-MS experience with an emphasis on analytical measurement and characterization of small molecules and biologics, pharmacokinetics, and proteomics. To this end, her research collaborations have produced 28 publications that include research articles, reviews, and book chapters. Having worked as a Principal Scientist in both the biotech and biopharmaceutical industry, her acquired skills and experience in GLP and cGMP align well with her role as a Research & Development Manager at SECIM where she directs client research projects as well as manages daily laboratory operation. Since joining SECIM in 2016, she has completed over 350 metabolomics and lipidomics client projects. In addition, she has also developed and validated new LC-MS methods for targeted metabolomics projects.
Laurel received her B.S. in Biology from Bradley University, IL, under Dr. Barbara Frase and graduate student Casey Littlefield in her Ethology Laboratory while focused on the effects of high cortisone in red and gray wolves. She joined the Garrett Laboratory in 2016 and is a resident expert in creating sample preparation protocols and extractions for both untargeted and targeted LC-MS analysis. Laurel is currently interested in applying lipidomics and metabolomics to environmental applications to comprehensively identify health-based biomarkers and how they are affected by environmental stressors.