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Arts & Sciences; Medicine
Public Relations:Josh Brown (802)656-3039
Specialty:analytical chemistry, mass spectrometry, human metabolism, nutrition, stable isotopes, proteomics
Biography:Dwight Matthews is chair of the Department of Chemistry; director of the Mass Spectrometry Facility in the College of Medicine's General Clinical Research Center; and a professor of chemistry and medicine. In his research, Matthews and his team develop new techniques in mass spectrometry to measure stable isotopically labeled compounds in humans in new, more precise, and more sensitive ways. They develop new methods of sample isolation and derivatization and develop kinetic models to understand tracer metabolism in the body. These studies include how amino acids, glucose, and fat metabolism are regulated in humans, how hormones regulate metabolism and metabolic changes with aging and menopause. Matthews has served as a reviewer for a number of trade journals and is a member of the American Chemical Society, American Federation for Medical Research, American Physiological Society, American Society for Clinical Nutrition, American Society for Mass Spectrometry, American Society for Nutritional Sciences, American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition and American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. For more information, visit his webpage at Matthews did his undergraduate work at DePauw University and earned his Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry at Indiana University.