Dr. Mary Lipton

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Dr. Mary Lipton is currently a Staff Scientist at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and Adjunct Professor at Washington State University-Tri-Cities in Richland and Adjunct Professor in the Institute for Biological Chemistry and Washington State University Pullman. She is nationally recognized for her research in microbial proteomics, specifically for developing and applying new mass spectrometry-based technologies for the characterization of environmental microbes and microbial communities.

Research Interests

  • Relative quantitative determination of changes in protein abundance
  • Determination of protein localization and the determination of temporal changes in protein expression patterns
  • These applications have elucidated important biological processes that play integral roles in microbially mediated bioenergy production, bioremediation, and carbon sequestration. Additionally, the comparison of proteomic data across a variety of microorganisms has allowed the determination of proteins that are necessary for life and those that define the lifestyle of a class of microbes. Such insights will have impact on understanding microbial function across the “Tree of Life” as well as in the emerging field of synthetic biology.

Education and Credentials

  • Postdoc., Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, 1993-96
  • Ph.D., Biochemistry, University of South Carolina, 1993
  • B.S., Chemistry, Juniata College, Huntington, PA, 1988

Affiliations and Professional Service

  • Protein Society
  • American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • Radiation Research Society
  • American Chemical Society

Awards and Recognitions

  • University of South Carolina's Distinguished Young Alumnus Award, 2005
  • PNNL Outstanding Performance Award for Funding of the proposal "Environmental Sensing, Metabolic Response, and Regulatory Networks in the Respiratory Versatile Bacterium Shewanella oneidensis MR-1" under DOE-OBER's new Microbial Cell Program
  • PNNL Woman of Achievement, 2001
  • EHI Performance Award, PNNL, 2000
  • EHI Performance Award, PNNL, 1999
  • Outstanding Team Performance Award; PNNL, 1999
  • Radiation Research Student Travel Award, 1995
  • Platform Presentation: International Symposia on Radiation Damage to DNA, 1994
  • Radiation Research Student Travel Award 1994 Travel Award / Invited
  • Lilly Travel Grant Award for the Seventh Symposium of the Protein Society, 1993
  • Bouknight Outstanding Teaching Award, 1992