Chelsea finished her PhD in Chemistry at Michigan Technological University (Houghton, MI, USA) in November 2017. Her research focused on reconstituting nucleosomes containing mutations linked to glioblastoma and examining their structure using Atomic Force Microscopy. She became interested in mass spectrometry during a fellowship at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Atlanta, GA, USA) in 2016. Chelsea joined The National Centre of Excellence in Mass Spectrometry Imaging (NiCE-MSI) in January 2018 to work on matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionisation (MALDI) and desorption electrospray ionisation (DESI) mass spectrometry imaging as part of the team leading the CRUK Grand Challenge on multiscale molecular mapping of cancer metabolism.
Chelsea’s current research interests include the application of mass spectrometry imaging to examine biological systems with an aim to identify key points of cellular dysregulation leading to disease. Additionally, she has a burgeoning interest in MALDI sample preparation fundamentals and methodology. She also holds an interest in protein post-translational modifications and their role in genetic regulation as well as protein-protein interactions with hopes to apply MSI techniques to the investigation of these complex systems in the future.