Our Team

Vikas Kumar, MS, PhD, Director

Assistant Professor (Courtesy), Department of Genetics, Cell Biology and Anatomy

  • Qualitative and Quantiative Proteomics
  • Data Analysis
  • Redox Proteomics

Vikas is the MSPCF Director. He received his PhD from University of Otago, New Zealand (2011) under Prof Christine Winterbourn, studying cardiac redox proteomics changes. He then did his post-doctoral training through the Cardiovascular Proteomics Center at the Boston University School of Medicine. He has over six years of experience operating a proteomics core and has extensive experience in the field of mass spectrometry-based proteomics. He has designed and executed experiments for global proteomics profiling, quantitative proteomics, and PTMs (phosphorylation, oxidative posttranslational modifications, HNE, acetylation) analysis. Furthermore, he is well versed in many of the available data analysis and pathway analysis software packages. Vikas has developed a novel method to estimate reversible thiol oxidation and its site occupancy using iodo Tandem Mass Tags strategy.

Email: vikas.kumar@unmc.edu

 

Dragana Lagundzin, PhD

Dragana Lagundžin, PhD, Manager

  • Custom Projects
  • Interactome Analysis
  • PTMs
  • TMT Quantitative Proteomics

Dragana is the MSPCF Manager, responsible for the facility and lab management, consultation, custom projects, data generation, and analysis. She graduated from the Faculty of Sciences, University of Novi Sad, Serbia, in 2008, with a BS in chemistry with an emphasis in biochemistry. Dragana earned her PhD in biochemistry from the University of Belgrade, Serbia in 2014, with a focus on mass spectrometry methods for biomarker detection in patients with diabetes mellitus. She was trained at the Eppley Institute for Research in Cancer and Allied Diseases, at UNMC, to manage different proteomics platforms as a post-doctoral associate in the cancer field.

Dragana is responsible for MSPCF website content, proteomics protocols and workflows and MSPCF Newsletter.

Dragana speaks six languages and, in her free time, likes traveling, cooking, and spending time with her family.

Email: dragana.lagundzin@unmc.edu

 

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Rafay Abu, MS, Mass Spectrometry Specialist

  • Qualitative and Quantitative proteomics
  • Data Analysis

Rafay joined the MSPCF in 2020 as a Mass Spectrometry Specialist. He holds a Master’s degree in biochemistry and biological sciences from the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, India. His research and work experience encompasses protein biochemistry and structural biology, including mass spectrometry-based proteomics. At the MSPCF, he is involved in designing and conducting proteomics experiments, maintenance of the laboratory, and performing data analysis.

Rafay is an avid traveler and enjoys exploring forest and natural habitats.

Email: rafay.abu@unmc.edu

 

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Eric Troudt, BS, Research Technologist

  • Qualitative and Quantitative Proteomics

Eric joined the MSPCF in 2018 as a Research Technologist. He graduated with a BS in neuroscience and is currently pursuing an MS in biomedical informatics at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. His roles within the MSPCF include sample management/preparation, data generation, and proteomic analysis.

Eric enjoys outdoor activity in all forms, including running, hiking, and occasional biking. When not outside, he can usually be found reading. 

Email: eric.troudt@unmc.edu

 

 

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Dhananjay Shinde, PhD, Senior Scientist

  • Small molecules/Metabolomics

Dhananjay is the Senior Scientist associated with the Department of Pathology and Microbiology and MSPCF at UNMC. He completed his PhD from Indian Institute of Chemical Technology (IICT) Hyderabad studying the analytical chemistry. He then moved to Inje University college of Medicine to pursue postdoctoral research fellow in the field of DMPK and pharmacogenomics of small molecules such as, metabolomics, lipidomics and peptides. He has more than 5 years of experience in managing the operations in bio-analytical and mass spectrometry core facilities. He has extensive experience in optimizing, validating and executing the non-targeted/ global and targeted-quantitative metabolomics and lipidomics.

In his free time, Dhananjay enjoys good music and reading books.

Email: dhananjay.shinde@unmc.edu