Meet Our Team of Professionals
Leah Allan Biography
Leah Allan received her BSc (Hon) in Chemistry in 1989 and began her career at McMaster University as a Research Assistant. In 1991 she joined the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology as the Undergraduate Coordinator in Analytical and Physical Chemistry, and in addition, started working part-time at MACS in the Mass Spectrometry Facility. At that time, Leah was trained as the High Resolution Specialist on the Zab-E and R instruments. She continues to record high- and low-resolution data for both internal and external clients on the GCT mass spectrometer and GCMS ion trap instruments two mornings per week. Leah is also one of the co-chairs of the Chemistry Health and Safety Committee. In her spare time, Leah enjoys a good squash game, playing tennis and lounging by the pool.
Bob Berno Biography
Dr. Bob Berno joined MACS in the fall of 2005 as the Manager of the McMaster NMR Facility. Bob leads a team of NMR experts and oversees all aspects of the operation and maintenance of the facility, and he is the Operations Manager for the GMP NMR Laboratory. His educational background spans from ultrahigh resolution gas phase laser-induced fluorescence spectroscopy (MSc, UBC) to characterization of thin film materials (PhD, Windsor) to the study of surfaces and interfaces (Research Associate, Surface Science Western) to NMR spectroscopy (NMR Specialist, Dalhousie University). His expertise in theoretical aspects of spectroscopy, as well as applications of solution- and solid-state NMR spectroscopy is well recognized. When not in the lab, Bob enjoys the outdoors: kayaking and camping with his family in the summer and downhill skiing in the winter.
Jim Britten Biography
James F. Britten, PhD, has been the Manager and Scientific Director of the McMaster Analytical X-ray Diffraction Facility since 1991. He has over thirty years of expertise in single crystal X-ray structure solution, powder diffraction, texture analyses and residual stress analyses. These techniques are applicable to problems in molecular, solid state, thin film, polymer, and metallic systems. With Weiguang Guan of McMaster’s Research and High Performance Computing Support, Jim has developed a software package (MAX3D) for the visualization of 3-dimensional diffraction patterns. He has served as a member of the Executive Council of the American Crystallographic Association and as Chair of the Canadian National Committee for Crystallography. Jim is one of the Montréal Canadiens biggest fans, and spends a lot of time driving through the countryside to get his children to skating practice.
Megan Fair Biography
Megan Fair graduated with a BSc (Hon; Co-op) from McMaster University in 2012, and during that time had co-op or volunteer placements in almost every facility in MACS. She joined MACS in her current position as Quality Assurance Officer in late 2013, and she has had a major role in building the GMP system for the NMR and MS Facilities. Megan also collects data for client samples and assists with instrument maintenance in the NMR Facility. She recently completed a Quality Assurance Level I Program at Mohawk College for Continuing Education (2015). In her leisure time, Megan enjoys curling up with her cat and a good book, playing board games with friends and going to the gym.
Kirk Green Biography
After several years working in enhanced oil recovery research with the Alberta Research Council, Kirk Green returned to the academic world and in 1997 received a PhD under Dr. Carlito Lebrilla at The University of California (Davis). His postdoctoral fellowship was a joint appointment between the University of Delaware and DuPont Central Research and Development, where he applied mass spectrometry to problems in peptide and protein analysis. In 1998 he took up his current position as Manager of the McMaster Regional Centre for Mass Spectrometry, a division of MACS, and Kirk is also the GMP Mass Spectrometry Laboratory Operations Manager. Kirk’s extensive experience translates to versatility for solving a wide variety of mass spectrometry problems. A native Northern Ontarian, Kirk still enjoys the great outdoors. He is also a master of bad puns.
Vicky Jarvis Biography
Victoria Jarvis is a Research Scientist at the McMaster Analytical X-ray Diffraction Facility, with several years of experience characterizing materials using X-ray diffraction. She is a specialist in powder diffraction, Rietveld Analysis, texture and stress analyses, reciprocal space mapping, percent crystallinity, and amorphous quantification. She has built an extensive network of both academic and industrial clients. Victoria received her MASc in Engineering Physics at McMaster University (2013), where she studied nano-composite coating materials for photovoltaic applications with Dr. John Preston. She has also completed the following training programs: Personal Leadership, Experimentation for Improvement, Bruker D8 DISCOVER with XRD2 Applications Training, and Pharmaceutical Training-GMP. In her off-time, Victoria plays softball, baseball and volleyball, she is the proud owner of a pet hedgehog and she experiments with new recipes.
Hilary Jenkins Biography
Hilary Jenkins brings her expertise in molecular structure elucidation using single-crystal X-ray diffraction and solution NMR spectroscopy to the MACS team. Her experience with both of these techniques led to her unique position at MACS as a Research Scientist (NMR and X-ray). She is also a GMP Analyst in the NMR Facility. Hilary received her PhD in inorganic chemistry from The University of Windsor with Dr. Stephen J. Loeb (1994), and after postdoctoral appointments in synthetic organometallic chemistry, she spent one year as the Staff Crystallographer at Western University. Prior to joining MACS in 2008, she held an academic post as Associate Professor (Inorganic Chemistry) at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, NS. In her spare time she writes, teaches yoga, volunteers in the community and spends lots of time with her family and dogs.
Dan Sørensen Biography
Dr. Dan Sørensen is the NMR Application Specialist with expertise in the isolation of small organic molecules (e.g., natural products, drug metabolites, drug impurities) and the use of MS and NMR spectroscopy for structural elucidation. He is also the GMP Quality Manager and led the implementation of the quality management system for the GMP Testing Activity. Prior to joining MACS, Dan was a Senior Research Scientist in charge of the Spectroscopy and Analytical Chemistry Department at the Merck Frosst Centre for Therapeutic Research in Montréal (2004-2010). He studied organic chemistry, specializing in natural products chemistry, at The University of Copenhagen in Denmark (PhD 2002). When he’s not unravelling molecular structures, Dan enjoys time with friends and family, is an avid photographer, and pursues various outdoor activities (hiking, cross-country skiing, kayaking, and scuba diving).
Fan Fei Biography
Fan Fei completed her B.Sc. in Chemistry at McMaster University, and she then joined the research group of the belated Brian McCarry at McMaster University for PhD studies in metabolomics in 2010. She completed her PhD studies with Dawn Bowdish in 2015, where she gained expertise in the field of immunology. Her PhD work focussed on developing analytical platforms for comprehensive metabolomics, using GCMS and LCMS, which she then applied to various in vitro biological applications including gene functions, growth environment, gerontology, toxicity and natural product discovery. She joined MACS in 2015 as a Mass Spectrometry Specialist, and she is also a GMP Analyst in the Mass Spectrometry Facility. In her spare time, Fan likes to get outdoors for a good hike.