President & Immediate Past President
Kyle Anderson is a research chemist in Biomolecular Measurement Division at National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). His current research uses LC-MS and H/D exchange to characterize structural dynamics of biotherapeutics and membrane proteins. He received his PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Maryland, College Park with a focus on LC-MS/MS for quantification of proteins, PTMs, and metabolites. Kyle previously served as Secretary and Program Chair of WCDG.
Vice President & Program Chair
Walter Wilson completed his PhD in chemistry in 2014 from the University of Central Florida under the mentorship of Prof. Andres Campiglia. During his time in Campiglia’s lab, his work focused on the development of new analytical extraction methods for PACs in conjunction with liquid chromatography, gas chromatography, and low temperature fluorescence spectroscopy techniques. Dr. Wilson was awarded a two-year appointment as a National Research Council post-doctoral research associate at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) under advisement of Dr. Stephen Wise and Dr. Lane Sander, where he specialized in the development of new liquid and gas chromatographic separation techniques for PACs in complex sample matrices. Currently Dr. Wilson is a research chemist at NIST, where he focuses on the development of new dietary supplements and environmental reference materials.
Claire Chisolm has been working at the U.S. Pharmacopeia (USP) since 2011 in both the R&D and Reference Standards laboratories. Her work at USP has been focused on developing and testing GC and LC methods for analysis of pharmaceuticals, excipients and foods. Prior to starting at USP, she worked on ICP-MS at MRI Global. She completed her Ph.D. at the University of Michigan, working with Prof. Robert Kennedy on developing micro-scale sampling devices for near real-time monitoring of pharmaceutical ingredient synthesis. Before serving as President, Claire enjoyed serving as the WCDG program chair for 2 years and as a Member-at-Large.
Al Del Grosso is a chemist and Team Leader for the Analytical Chemistry Section of the Division of Biological Standards and Quality Control at the US FDA – Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research in Kensington, MD. His professional interests include HPLC, IC, CE, ESI – Mass Spectrometry, GC and GC/MS, Proteomics, Analytical Methods Validation and cGMP compliance issues. Al has served as WCDG Treasurer since 2004.
Board Member (6/01/2018-5/31/2021)
Carolyn Quarles Burdette received her BS in Chemistry from Winthrop University (Rock Hill, SC) in 2007, while playing four years of D1 soccer on the Winthrop Women’s Soccer team. She then went on to earn her PhD in Analytical Chemistry from Clemson University in 2012 (Clemson, SC) under the advisement of Dr. Kenneth R. Marcus. Part of Carolyn’s work at Clemson looked at the determination of active compounds in dietary supplements by LC-glow discharge (GD)-MS techniques. This led to a relationship with NIST and help paved the way for accepting an NIH-ODS postdoc position at NIST in Feb 2013. Carolyn’s work at NIST has focused mainly on the development of methods (LC-MS/MS and LC-tandem UV-FLD-MS/MS) and materials (e.g SRMs) for the determination of fat soluble vitamins and metabolites in foods, dietary supplements, and clinical matrices. Carolyn is also involved in the administration of NIST’s HAMQAP (Health Assessment Measurements Quality Assurance Program) and is a member of JCTLM review teams. Carolyn also enjoys participating in STEM/STEAM outreach, playing soccer, hiking, cartooning, and spending time with her husband and 1yr old daughter.
Board Member (6/01/2018-5/31/2021)
Connie Africano Remoroza is currently working at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. She has an extensive experience in the analysis and molecular characterization of carbohydrates particularly glycomics and glycoproteomics of biological fluids such as human milk and plasma as well as in the development of mass spectral libraries of these materials. She utilizes this expertise to design LC-MS methods for acquiring high quality spectra of complex mixtures of glycans and glycopeptides from the reference materials to assist the quality control and data measurement activities at NIST Standard Reference Data program, specifically the NIST Tandem Mass Library. She obtained her M.S. in Biotechnology and Ph.D. Food Biochemistry in Wageningen University, The Netherlands. Her thesis is about developing chromatograhic methods using HPSEC, HPAEC-PAD and HILIC coupled to mass spectrometry to elucidate the fine structure of pectin from sugar beet, which was funded by the European Commission 7th Framework program. She also worked as a junior scientist at Dupont, The Netherlands that involves the purification, determination of the mode of action of cellulases, xylanases and pectinases and their application to food stabilizers and bioethanol.
Board Member (6/01/2018-5/31/2020)
Ravi Ravichandran has been employed at USP as Principal Scientific Liaison since 2004. In this role he has been supporting the Expert Committees involved in introduction and revision of documentary standards for psychiatric drugs, inhalation products, radioactive drugs, and contrast imaging agents. Ravi has over 35 years of experience in both industry and government. His industrial experience includes several years in diagnostics and pharmaceutical industry where he gained experience in analytical methods development for both raw materials and finished product characterization, methods – technology transfer to manufacturing sites, and QC laboratory management. He has worked in Indian Atomic Energy research program studying the applications of nuclear gamma resonance spectroscopy for the study of corrosion products in nuclear power reactors. Ravi received his undergraduate education in chemistry from Annamalai University in India and his PhD degree in Analytical Chemistry from University of Louisville, Louisville KY. Subsequently, he spent 3 years doing post-doctoral research with Professor L.B. (Buck) Rogers at University of Georgia. Ravi has over 20 publications in peer reviewed journals such as Analytical Chemistry and has presented over dozen papers in national conferences. He serves as peer reviewer for Analytical Chemistry, Talanta, Analytica Chimica Acta, Journal of Electroanalysis, Journal of Chromatography, and JACS. He organized the Impurities Track at 2006 Annual Science Meeting of USP held in Denver, CO, USA. He has also contributed a chapter to a book on Pharmaceutical Applications of Ion Chromatography.Ravi has been very active in American Chemical Society (ACS)- Indiana and Minnesota sections. His work in National Chemistry Week activities earned for the Indiana and Minnesota sections of ACS the coveted Phoenix Award for Excellence in public outreach. In addition he has served as the President of Minnesota Chromatography Forum – a premier society in upper Midwest dedicated to Separation Science. He has been on the Board of WCDG until 2016. In all these organizations, he has contributed significantly to continuing education by organizing and teaching courses in Separation Sciences.
Board Member (6/01/2017-5/31/2020)
Lois Ann Beaver. Upon graduation in 1963 with a BS in Chemistry and Mathematics, from Rosary Hill College, Lois Ann Healy (now Beaver) joined the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in Buffalo, NY as an analytical chemist where she developed a deep interest in separation science that continues to this day. At FDA headquarters she held several positions including overseeing the trace analytical work of FDA field labs, mass spectrometry projects and official method development. An idea conceived while working in the lab led to a dozen patents on a system and apparatus for real-time multi-dimensional chromatography, and the founding of an instrument company called Varex Corp. that functioned for 10 years in Rockville, MD. The last period of her multi-decade FDA career involved international activities in the Office of the Commissioner where she served as liaison with international organizations such as WHO (World Health Organization), OECD, (Office of Economic Cooperation and Development) and APEC, (Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation), served on numerous US delegations, and was a member of the FDA Pharmaceutical Quality Council that conceived and developed quality by design. Lois also led international projects on anti-counterfeiting of medical products and good manufacturing practices in emerging countries and established a pharmaceutical information center in Cairo. She is a member of the Washington Chromatography Discussion Group, the ACS Chemical Society of Washington, and the Chromatography Forum of the Delaware Valley and is on the organizing committees of HPLC 2018 and PREP 2017.
Board Member (6/01/2016-5/31/2019)
Ashraf Khan has been working at U.S. Pharmacopeia since 2012. In his role as a R&D scientist, Ashraf has been involved in monograph modernization using HPLC, UPLC, LC/MS, GC and other techniques. Prior to joining USP, he worked on chromatography, chemical kinetics, heterogeneous catalysis and modern instrumentation at chemical industries serving as a Principal Research Scientist and an East Coast Regional Laboratory Manager. He has worked as an Adjunct Chemistry Faculty at Drexel and Widener Universities in Philadelphia and has published a number of research papers. He was involved in the Catalysis Club of Philadelphia and the International Center for Diffraction Data. Ashraf is a member of the American Chemical Society and the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists.
Ashraf has been the WCDG Program Chair for the last two years, having had brought a number of featured speakers to WCDG from academia, industries, and government organizations. As a Member-at-Large, he would use his knowledge base in chromatography and related techniques, and connection with academia and industries to advance the interests of WCDG.
Board Member (6/01/2016-5/31/2019)
Bob Swart is currently a senior account sales consultant for SCIEX Separations. He uses his technical background to help researchers find solutions for difficult assays, improve data, and increase throughput using capillary electrophoresis, CESI, micro LC, and nano LC technologies. He graduated with a degree in Chemistry and English from Washington and Jefferson College. Upon graduating, he was hired to teach General Chemistry and Organic Chemistry laboratories at W&J. He taught for two years prior to joining Mylan Pharmaceuticals where he developed LC methods for over three years. Bob has been doing technical separation sales for nearly a decade in the area and will continue to contribute to the WCDG.