- Who we are
Who we are
Francisco Fernandez-Lima, Ph.D., Director FIU-AMSF, Mass Spectrometry Program, Assistant Professor (Chemistry, Physics)
Dr. Francisco Fernández-Lima is an Assistant Professor (2012-present) in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Florida International University. He received a BS (2001) and MS (2003) in Nuclear Physics at the Institute of Nuclear Sciences and Technology (Havana, Cuba) and a PhD (2006) in Applied Physics at PUC-Rio (Brazil) under the guidance of Dr. Enio F. da Silveira. He performed post-doctoral studies (2007-2010) at Texas A&M University under the supervision of Dr. David H. Russell and Dr. Emile A. Schweikert. He is the recipient of a K99 (2010-2012) and R00 (2012-2016) Pathway to Independence Award by the NIH.
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Cesar E. Ramirez, Ph.D., Associate Director FIU-AMSF
Dr. Cesar E. Ramirez received a BS in Chemistry in 2006 from the Universidad Simon Bolivar in Caracas, Venezuela, where he applied mass spectrometry and atomic spectroscopy to solve challenges in the fields of natural products, toxicology and environmental analysis. Dr. Ramirez then moved to FIU to pursue his PhD in environmental analytical chemistry under the supervision of Dr. Piero Gardinali at the Southeast Environmental Research Center (SERC), developing workflows to detect the occurrence, fate and toxicological response of pollutants such as surfactants used during the response efforts after the Gulf Oil Spill of 2010. After graduation, Dr. Ramirez stayed one more year at SERC using the newly-installed high resolution mass spectrometry capabilities to detect markers of human pollution in usable water bodies. He joined the facility in March 2015 where he develops tailored analytical workflows for users within FIU, local institutions and industrial partners and he applies his hobby which is troubleshoot and fix scientific instruments.
Mario Gomez-Hernandez, Ph.D., Associate Director FIU-AMSF
Dr. Mario Gomez Hernandez received a BS in Chemistry from Texas A&M University-Kingsville in 2003. He also earned a MS in Chemistry from Texas A&M University-Kingsville in 2006. He completed doctoral studies in mass spectrometry and analytical chemistry at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas in 2015 under the supervision of Dr. Renyi Zhang. His doctoral dissertation research included the development and application of novel mass spectrometry technology for the study of the chemical composition, formation, and growth of nucleation and accumulation mode atmospheric aerosols. He joined the facility in September 2015 where he currently serves the analytical needs of FIU faculty, post-doctoral fellows, students, research staff and external customers through state-of-the-art mass spectrometry instrumentation and services.