Shimadzu Laboratory for Advanced and Applied Analytical Chemistry

The Shimadzu Laboratory for Advanced and Applied Analytical Chemistry is an integrated MS Facility Laboratory housed in UWM’s Kenwood Interdisciplinary Research Complex (approximately 2,000 sq. ft., with room for expansion). The facility was designed specifically for analytical chemistry and MS with the critical systems to support a large suite of instruments. The laboratory provides vibration-suppressed bench space, backup power supply, nitrogen generators, ultra-high purity gas lines, temperature and humidity control, deionized water loop, and a full complement of safety measures. The facility is secured by authorized key-card access and round-the-clock campus surveillance. In addition, the laboratory is equipped to carry out complementary analytical and bioanalytical chemistry procedures, such as MS sample preparation, mobile phase preparation, preparative and analytical liquid chromatography, UV/Vis and FT-IR spectrometry, reagent grade water production, electrophoresis, microscopy, centrifugation, refrigerators/freezers, chemical storage, and tissue culture.


Prof. Shama Mirza is the Director of the Shimadzu Laboratory and an Associate Professor in UWM’s Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. She has extensive experience in various MS technologies for analyzing a wide array of analytes ranging from small molecules like organic compounds and metabolites to large compounds like proteins, peptides and oligonucleotides. She is highly-qualified to manage the diverse range of research applications anticipated for the instrument and provide training to researchers as needed. In the MS facility, she directs projects and programs, evaluates new technologies, develops ideas for new research projects, reviews and approves reports, supervises hiring, training, and goal setting, and offers performance evaluations of staff. Prof. Mirza teaches undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate students by offering courses and workshops including lectures on theoretical aspects of MS and labs with hands-on training on the MS instruments. She also serves as PI, Co-PI and consultant in several national and internationally funded grants.

Dr. Anna Benko is Manager of the MS Facility. She is a full-time staff scientist with a PhD in organic chemistry and 10 years’ experience managing an industrial analytical chemistry laboratory (including new instrument acquisition and validation, method development, tech transfer, work-flow management, and budgeting). Here, she is responsible for day-to-day operations and maintaining high levels of system operability; and includes work-flow management, routine maintenance, troubleshooting, and data acquisition and interpretation. She provides instruction in instrument operation and supports the research of facilities users.