Joshua J. Coon

Credentials: Bioanalytical chemistry, mass spectrometry and proteomics

Position title: Professor


Phone: (608) 263-1718

4266 Biochemical Sciences
440 Henry Mall, Madison, WI 53706

The Coon Lab Website


• B.S. 1998, Central Michigan University

• Ph.D. 2002, University of Florida

• Postdoctoral Fellow, 2003-2005, University of Virginia

Honors & Awards

2006     Named one of “Tomorrow’s PI’s” by Genome Technology magazine

2007     American Society of Mass Spectrometry Research Award

2007     Beckman Young Investigator

2007     Eli Lilly and Company Young Investigator

2008     NSF CAREER Award

2009     Ken Standing Award, University of Manitoba

2010     Pittsburgh Conference Achievement Award

2010     Philip R. Certain Dean’s Distinguished Faculty Award, UW Madison

2011     Arthur F. Findeis Young Analytical Scientist Award, ACS

2012     Biemann Medal, ASMS

2014     H.I. Romnes Faculty Fellow, UW-Madison

2016     Inaugural NIGMS Maximizing Investigator’s Research Award Winner, NIH

2017     Thomas and Margaret Pyle Chair, Morgridge Institute for Research

2018     F.C. Donders Chair, Utrecht University, The Netherlands

2018     Discovery in Proteomic Sciences Award, Human Proteome Organization

2020     Kellett Mid-Career Award, UW-Madison

2023     Analytical Division Chemical Instrumentation Award, ACS

Research Interests

The sequencing of the human genome marked the beginning of a collective scientific expedition to understand complex organisms. Genes, of course, merely contain the instructions for which proteins will populate the cell. Untangling the multi-faceted networks that regulate complex organisms and their diseases will require innovative technologies to globally monitor many classes of biomolecules, including nucleic acids, proteins, and metabolites. High-throughput technologies for gene and transcript measurement are well-developed and broadly accessible, and, as such, have had a fantastic and transformative impact on modern biology and medicine. For numerous reasons, methods for global analysis of proteins and metabolites – crucial biological effector molecules – are less evolved and markedly less accessible.

The overarching mission of my program is to (1) facilitate expedient, comprehensive analysis of proteins and metabolites by innovating new mass spectrometric technologies and (2) apply these techniques to advance biomedical research.


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