Clinical lab science students will soon graduate with the skills to use mass spectrometry, a cutting edge diagnostic technique

A SCIEX mass spectrometer.
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Mass spectrometry is one of the most accurate analytical techniques used in today’s clinical diagnostic laboratories, and workers who know the process are in high demand. Despite this trend, college students across the country don’t graduate with sufficient working knowledge of how to apply the technology.

To fill this educational gap, William Korzun, Ph.D., associate professor of Clinical Laboratory Sciences in the School of Allied Health Professions; Dayanjan “Shanaka” Wijesinghe, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Pharmacotherapy and Outcomes Science in the School of Pharmacy; and Lorin Bachmann, Ph.D., associate professor of Pathology and co-director of Clinical Chemistry, VCU Health; collaborated to create new coursework that teaches mass spectrometry to students in the Clinical Laboratory Sciences Department in the School of Allied Health Professions. The partnership also received a donation of software used in mass spectrometry from SCIEX — a leader in mass spectrometry sales — to aid in teaching.

The Virginia Commonwealth University program is the first nationally to teach students both the theory behind mass spectrometry and how to use the technology firsthand.

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