The ANACHEM Award was established in 1953 and is presented annually to an outstanding analytical chemist based on activities in teaching, research, administration or other activity which has advanced the art and science of the field. The Award was presented as a part of the Anachem Conference through 1972. After 1972, the ANACHEM Award has been presented at the national meeting presented by FACSS as a part of a special symposium comprising a group of invited speakers. The ANACHEM award will be presented at the SciX meeting. More details on the award are available from ANACHEM.

2022 ANACHEM Award Recipient

Joseph A. Loo is Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, and Biological Chemistry (David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA) at the University of California, Los Angeles. He is also a member of UCLA/Department of Energy Institute for Genomics and Proteomics and the UCLA Molecular Biology Institute. He received his B.S. in chemistry from Clarkson University and his Ph.D. in analytical chemistry working with Professor Fred McLafferty at Cornell University. He was a Postdoctoral Fellow and Senior Research Scientist at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory with Dr. Richard Smith. Prior to joining UCLA in 2001, Dr. Loo was an Associate Research Fellow at Parke-Davis Pharmaceutical Research/Pfizer.

His group uses and develops new mass spectrometry (MS) and proteomics strategies, including top-down MS (TDMS), native MS, ion mobility MS (IM-MS), and label-free quantification methods, to characterize proteins and protein complexes (and their proteoforms) and for the elucidation of protein biomarkers to aid human health studies. The major current areas of emphasis include elucidating the importance of post-translational modifications, such as lysine acylation, to regulate enzymes and metabolic processes within microbial consortia. Native MS, TDMS, and IM-MS are being used to identify protein-protein and protein-ligand interactions related to neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases. Using high resolution MS with various forms of dissociation methods, Loo’s group has extended TDMS to address larger proteins and protein complexes, including membrane proteins, to aid structural biology studies.

He has published over 340 papers and book chapters. Dr. Loo is currently on the Editorial Boards of several scientific journals, including Mass Spectrometry Reviews and Clinical Proteomics, and he is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry (JASMS). (In July 2022, he will step down from his JASMS position to take a position on the Board of Directors of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry (ASMS) as the Vice-President for Programs.) He has held leadership and advisory positions with scientific organizations, including ASMS and the US Human Proteome Organization (US HUPO), and his research has been supported by the US National Institutes of Health (NIH), the US National Science Foundation (NSF), the US Department of Energy (DOE), and the US Department of Defense (DOD).


Nominations for the future ANACHEM awards should be submitted to the current president of the ANACHEM organizations. Contacts details can be found on the ANACHEM website.

past recipients

2021 Mark E. Meyerhoff

2020 Gary Blanchard

2019 Robert Kennedy

2018 Susan M. Lunte

2017 Jennifer Brodbelt - Interview with Spectroscopy

2016 Paul Cremer - Interview with Spectroscopy

2015 Jonathan V. Sweedler - Interview with Spectroscopy

2014 David E. Clemmer - interview with Spectroscopy

2013 Norman Dovichi

2012 Peter R. Griffiths

2011 Robert B. 'Chip' Cody

2010 Marc D. Porter

2009 E. Neil Lewis

2008 Scott A. McLuckey

2007 Isiah Warner

2006 Richard D. Sacks

2005 Mary J. Wirth

2004 Walter Jennings

2003 Catherine Fenselau

2002 Bruce Chase

2001 Chuck Sweeley

2000 R. Sam Houk

1999 Steve Stein

1998 Lloyd Snyder

1997 Michael Morris

1996 James Jorgenson

1995 George G. Stafford

1994 Joseph A. Caruso

1993 Richard Nyquist

1992 Milos V. Novotny

1991 Ben S. Freiser

1990 Janet Osteryoung

1989 Harry L. Pardue

1988 Walter Slavin

1987 Howard Malmstadt

1986 Henry Freiser

1985 Fred M. McLafferty

1984 Gary Hieftje

1983 Roger Bates

1982 James Shoolery

1981 Walter McCrone

1980 James D. Winefordner

1979 J.J. Kirkland

1978 Jeanette Grasselli

1977 Richard Hahn

1976 John Vandenbelt

1975 David F. Boltz

1974 John Mitchell, Jr.

1973 Rosalyn Yallow

1972 Charles Reilly

1971 Velmer Fassel

1970 Vernon Stenger

1969 Sidney Siggia

1968 Eugene Sawicki

1967 Ralph G. Smith

1966 Harvey Kiehl

1965 John Hague

1964 Lawrence Hallett

1963 A.A. Benedetti-Pichler

1962 Paul K. Winter

1961 I. M. Kolthoff

1960 Harry A. Bright

1959 G. Frederick Smith

1958 Charles Gambrill

1957 Philip J. Elving

1956 William Fredrick

1955 No Awardee

1954 M.G. Mellon

1953 Hobart H. Willard

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