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Professor Chouinard

Dr. Chouinard was born and raised in the small town of Grafton, MA. His interests in chemistry and biology brought him south, where he attended University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Go Tar Heels!) and furthered his passion for analytical chemistry. After briefly working as a project manager for a contract research lab back in Massachusetts, Chris pursued his Ph.D. at the University of Florida. There, Chris worked under world renowned mass spectrometrist Rick Yost, and was responsible for integrating drift tube-ion mobility spectrometry (DTIMS) into the Yost lab. Chris's interests at UF involved IM-MS studies of clinical molecules (steroids, Vitamin D metabolites) and he also received grant funding through the Partnership for Clean Competition to develop novel IM-MS methods for improved identification of anabolic androgenic steroids in athletes.

After graduating from UF, Chris traveled to the opposite corner of the country to engage in a prestigious post-doctoral position at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) in Richland, WA. While working with Dick Smith, another world leader in mass spectrometry, Chris designed and developed a Structures for Lossless Ion Manipulations (SLIM) platform that enabled the first integration of LC into the SLIM IM-MS pipeline for improved analysis in phosphoproteomics.

Chris joined the faculty at Florida Tech in the summer of 2018 and will continue his work in ion mobility-mass spectrometry. Current projects involve improved methods for metabolomics and lipidomics with gas-phase chemistry. 


Group Photos

Group Photo - Spring 2020 - Pictured (l-r):Andrew Link (alum), Stine Olsen, Katie Wilson,  Aurora Burkus-Matesevac, Professor Chouinard, Sam Maddox (alum), Diana Velosa, Kristie Baker (alum), Robbie Fraser Caris, Ryan Lanuto (alum); Not Pictured: Bill Persons, Melanie Matos (alum)



2nd Annual Chouinard Group Christmas Party (2019)!


Fall 2019: Pictured (l-r): Kristie Baker, Aurora Burkus-Matesevac, Melanie Matos, Professor Chouinard, Sam Maddox, Robbie Fraser Caris; Not Pictured: Diana Velosa, Bill Persons, Andrew Link


Ph.D. Students

Aurora Burkus-Matesevac

  • Second-Year Student
  • Joined in 2019
  • Environmental Chemistry; Proteomics

Diana Velosa

  • Second-Year Student
  • Joined in 2019
  • Steroidomics; Thermal Ionization Mass Spectrometry for Isotope Ratio studies

Shon Neal


  • First-Year Student
  • Joined in 2020
  • Thermal Ionization Mass Spectrometry (TIMS) for Isotope Ratio studies

M.S. Students

William Persons

  • Joined in 2019
  • Microplastics in environmental water sources and fish populations

Franklin Thornburg

  • Third-Year Student
  • Joined in 2020
  • Instrument Development; Fundamentals

Dan Buschor

  • First-Year Student
  • Joined in 2020
  • Instrument Development and Electronics

Undergraduate Students

Professor Chouinard with a few of the undergraduate students! Pictured (L-R): Robert Fraser-Caris, Prof. Chouinard, Samuel Maddox (alum), Kristie Baker (alum)


Robert Fraser-Caris

  • Joined in 2018
  • Chemistry Major
  • Working on quantitation of BMAA in enviromental sources


Stine Olsen

  • Joined in 2020
  • Chemistry Major
  • Working on UV-catalyzed reactions of anabolic steroids


Katie Wilson

  • Joined in 2020
  • Chemistry Major
  • Working on native proteomics and collision-induced unfolding (CIU) of protein-ligand noncovalent complexes


Marcus Rivera

  • Joined in 2020
  • Chemical Engineering Major
  • High-throughput steroidomics; Instrument Development


Group Alumni

1. Samuel Maddox (B.S.) - Nova Southeastern, Tampa, FL

2. Kristie Bake (B.S.) - Ohio State University, Columbus, OH

3. Ryan Lanuto - University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

4. Andrew Link (B.S.) - Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne, FL

5. Melanie Matos (B.S.) - Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne, FL