Making MS Matter
Sitting Down With… Pieter Dorrestein, Professor, Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, the University of California at San Diego, USA
How do you decide where to focus your attention?
I pursue what I think will have an impact – throughout my career I’ve pivoted numerous times, something uncommon in academia. During my third year as an assistant professor, I moved from top-down MS to work on understanding the functional role of small molecules using microbial imaging MS. People tried to discourage me; yet, it was the resulting microbial paper that set me apart and led to my being recommended for tenure. In 2012, I shifted once again, redirecting my focus towards molecular networking and, more recently, repository-wide MS data analysis. And my team and I certainly haven’t finished; if something impactful arises in the future, we won’t hesitate to change direction again.
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