Joshua J. Coon

Credentials: Bioanalytical chemistry, mass spectrometry and proteomics

Position title: Professor


Phone: (608) 263-1718

4422 Genetics Biotechnology Center
425 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

• Ruth L. Kirchstein Individual National Research Service Award, 2003
• Named as one of Tomorrow’s PIs by Genome Technology magazine, 2006
• American Society of Mass Spectrometry Research Award, 2007
• Beckman Young Investigator Award, 2007
• Eli Lilly and Company Young Investigator, 2007
• National Science Foundation Career Award, 2008
• Ken Standing Award, University of Manitoba, 2009
• Philip  R. Certain Dean’s Distinguished Faculty Award, 2010
• Pittsburg Conference Achievement Award, 2010
• Arthur F. Findeis Award for Achievements by a Young Analytical Scientist, American Chemical Society, 2011
• Biemann Medal (ASMS), 2012
• WARF Romnes Faculty Fellowship, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2014
• Thomas and Margaret Pyle Chair at the Morgridge Institute for Research, 2018

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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