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Dr. Mehdi Moini

Associate Professor
Faculty: Associate
Address: Somers Residence Hall
2100 Foxhall Road, NW
Washington, District Of Columbia
Phone: 202-994-3741
[email protected]

In January 2014, Dr. Moini joined the Department of Forensic Sciences at George Washington University as an Associate Professor.  Dr. Moini obtained his Ph.D. from the Department of Chemistry at Michigan State University.  His dissertation was on the application of photoionization mass spectrometry to isomeric identification of organic compounds.  As a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Florida he continued this work utilizing lasers and FTICR MS.  He then joined the Medical Center of GWU as a Research Scientist and worked on the development of new techniques for identification of drugs and their metabolites using GC-MS and LC-MS in conjunction with microwave induced plasma.  Later he worked at the University of Texas and Texas State University as the director of the mass spectrometry and proteomics facility, and as a research professor, respectively.  In addition to directing students towards their BS, MS, and Ph.D. degrees, in Texas Dr. Moini developed several high throughput micro and nano-scale separation techniques for identification of organic and biological compounds and their structural and optical isomers at attomole levels using state-of-the-art mass spectrometry.  Dr. Moini’s research was funded by both industry and federal institutions including Texas Instrument, Beckman-Coulter, and the National Institute of Health.  In 2010, Dr. Moini joined the Smithsonian Institution as a Research Scientist.  With support from the National Science Foundation, Dr. Moini studied the mechanism of deterioration and aging of proteinaceous specimens. He also developed several techniques for dating proteinaceous specimens using microgram quantities.  Dr. Moini’s research at GWU involves nano scale separation in conjunction with mass spectrometry to solve problems related to forensic chemistry and toxicology.  His current NSF funded projects involve quantitation of amino acid racemization for the purposes of dating proteinaceous specimens (bone, silk, parchment, wool, etc.); mechanisms of aging and biological clocks; and the use of proteomics for species identification and for linking the presence of microbes to a disease in forensic and historical specimens.  He is also interested in the development of portable instruments for confirmatory, on-site, and real-time analysis of emerging drugs, their metabolites, and their positional and optical isomers.  Dr. Moini has published more than 60 papers and book chapters, and has several patents.  His most recent patent which is licensed by Beckman-Coulter and involves interfacing nano-scale separations to mass spectrometry is in the final stage of commercialization.