- Who we are
Who we are
Francisco Fernandez-Lima, Ph.D., Director FIU-AMSF, Mass Spectrometry Program, Professor (Chemistry, Physics)
Dr. Francisco Fernández-Lima is a Full 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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Kevin Jeanne Dit Fouque, Ph.D., Associate Director FIU-AMSF
Dr. Kevin Jeanne Dit Fouque received a BS in Chemistry in 2011 from the Le Havre Normandie University in Le Havre, France. Next, he obtained a MS in Analytical Chemistry and Quality Control in 2013 and pursued a Ph.D. in Chemistry under the supervision of Dr. Carlos Afonso at the Rouen Normandie University in Rouen, France, where he developed mass spectrometry based methodologies to identify and characterize ribosomally and post-translationally modified peptides (RiPPs) from bacteria. After graduation in November 2016, Dr. Jeanne Dit Fouque moved to FIU as a post-doctoral associate and lab manager under the supervision of Dr. Francisco Fernandez-Lima, where his research mostly focused on the development of innovative analytical tools and methods using trapped ion mobility spectrometry based techniques to address biological issues related to the high isomeric/isobaric diversity that could affect the biological activity. Finally, he joined the advanced mass spectrometry facility in October 2021, where he develops tailored analytical workflows for both external and internal FIU users as well as participates in grant writing and provides mass spectrometry expertise and support during FIU researcher grant development.
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Yarixa Cintron-Diaz, Ph.D., Associate Director FIU-AMSF
Dr. Yarixa Cintron-Diaz received a BS in Chemistry from University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus in 2016. After, she worked as a General Chemistry Laboratory Instructor at University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez Campus for 2 years. She started her doctoral studies at FIU in Fall 2018 under the supervision of Dr. Francisco Fernandez-Lima, where she earned an MS in Chemistry in Fall 2020 and Ph. D in Chemistry in Fall 2021. Her doctoral dissertation research focused on the development of multiple workflows for the characterization of biological samples by multi-modal mass spectrometry. She joined the facility in December 2021 where she 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.