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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