Kenneth is a Higher Research Scientist at the National Centre of Excellence in Mass Spectrometry Imaging (NiCE-MSI), where he works on a number of projects in applied and fundamental MSI research. Additionally he is part of the NPL team leading a CRUK Grand Challenge consortium to map the molecular characteristics of cancer metabolism from sub-cellular to whole organ.
Kenneth graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Chemistry from University of Glasgow in 2010, followed by time spent working as a formulation chemist in composite materials. Kenneth joined NPL in 2013, initially researching nanomaterial characterisation and synthesis, for use in nanotoxicology studies. In 2015 Kenneth joined NiCE-MSI to start a PhD on matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionisation mass spectrometry imaging (MALDI MSI) under Prof Josephine Bunch.
His research focuses on the role of laser parameters, sample composition and matrix physicochemical properties play in desorption and ionisation MALDI MSI. Further research explores novel laser-based desorption and ionisation regimes for MSI applications, with a current focus on applying tuneable wavelength lasers for desorption/ionisation and post-ionisation, and new ion source development.