John McLean, PhD

Stevenson Professor of Chemistry
Vanderbilt Institute of Chemical Biology

John A. McLean, PhD, is Stevenson Professor of Chemistry at Vanderbilt University. Dr. McLean completed his PhD at George Washington University in 2001, where he made significant contributions in plasma spectrochemistry in the development of new technologies for the analysis of complex and limited radionuclide and biological samples. Subsequently, he performed postdoctoral research at Forschungszentrum Jülich in Germany and then as a postdoctoral at Texas A&M University with Professor David H. Russell in biological mass spectrometry. Working with Professor Russell from 2001 to 2006, he constructed ion mobility-mass spectrometers capable of broad-scale omics analyses of complex biological samples on the basis of both molecular structure and mass.

In 2006, Dr. McLean was recruited to Vanderbilt University as Assistant Professor of Chemistry through both the Department of Chemistry and the Vanderbilt Institute of Chemical Biology. At Vanderbilt, Dr. McLean and colleagues focus on the conceptualization, design and construction of structural mass spectrometers, specifically targeting complex samples in systems, synthetic and chemical biology as well as nanotechnology. His group applies these strategies to forefront translational research areas in drug discovery, personalized medicine and “human-on-chip” synthetic biology platforms. P

McLean has received a number of awards, including the Agilent Thought Leader Award, Waters Center of Innovation, Excellence in Teaching Award from the student members of the American Chemical Society, a Defense Threat Reduction Agency Research Award, an American Society for Mass Spectrometry Research Award, a Spectroscopy Society of Pittsburgh Award, an R&D 100 Award, and the Bunsen–Kirchhoff Prize from the GDCh (German Chemical Society), among others.