Prof. Boone Prentice

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Boone M. Prentice grew up in Gaithersburg, MD and received his B.S. degree in Chemistry with Honors and Distinction from Longwood University (Farmville, VA) in 2008 with minors in Biology and Mathematics. At Longwood, he conducted electroanalytical research focused on developing biosensors under the supervision of Professor Melissa C. Rhoten. He attended graduate school at Purdue University (West Lafayette, IN) under the mentorship of Professor Scott A. McLuckey and received a Ph.D. in Chemistry in 2013. His Ph.D. research focused on ion trap mass spectrometry (MS) instrumentation development as well as gas-phase ion/ion and ion/molecule reactions involving biopolymers. Boone then worked as a postdoctoral research fellow in Professor Richard Caprioli’s laboratory at Vanderbilt University (Nashville, TN) where he studied matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization imaging mass spectrometry (MALDI IMS) instrumentation and applications. Specifically, he worked on Fourier transform ion cyclotron resonance (FT-ICR) and time-of-flight (TOF) MS systems and applied IMS to the study of diabetes, cancer, drug delivery, and infectious disease. Boone joined the Department of Chemistry at the University of Florida as an Assistant Professor in the fall of 2018. His research focuses on developing next-generation bioanalytical mass spectrometry to better understand the molecular basis of health and disease.

Areas of Interest/Research

Analytical Chemistry / Mass Spectrometry

Education & Positions

2018 – present  University of Florida (Gainesville, FL) – Assistant Professor (Department of Chemistry)
2013 – 2018       Vanderbilt University (Nashville, TN) – Postdoctoral Fellow (Biochemistry)
2008 – 2013       Purdue University (West Lafayette, IN) – Ph.D. in Chemistry (Analytical Chemistry)
2004 – 2008       Longwood University (Farmville, VA) – B.S. in Chemistry (Minors in Biology and Mathematics)


2023              JDRF Innovation Award
2023              Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry Young Investigators in (Bio-)Analytical Chemistry Feature
Eli Lilly and Company Young Investigator Award
2020 – 2025  NIH NIGMS R01 (GM138660)
2017              Journal of Postdoctoral Research Postdoc of the Year Award (Vanderbilt)
2016              Vanderbilt Postdoctoral Association and Shared Resources Postdoc of the Year Award
2016              Journal of Postdoctoral Research Postdoc-of-the-Month Award (March 2016) (Vanderbilt)
2015 – 2016  Ruth L. Kirschstein NRSA Individual Postdoctoral Fellowship (NIH NIDDK F32) (Vanderbilt)
2014              American Society for Mass Spectrometry Postdoctoral Award (Vanderbilt)
2013 – 2015  Training Program in Environmental Toxicology (NIH T32) (Vanderbilt)
2013 – 2014  G. Mellon Award in Analytical Chemistry (Purdue)
2013              Alice Watson Kramer Research Scholar Award (Purdue)
2012 – 2013  Bilsland Dissertation Fellowship (Purdue)
2012              American Chemical Society Division of Analytical Chemistry (DAC) Summer Graduate Fellowship (Purdue)
2008              American Chemical Society Virginia Section Outstanding Achievement in Chemistry (Longwood)
2008              American Chemical Society Regional Outstanding Senior (Longwood)
2008              Longwood Excellence in Undergraduate Research
2005              Alton M. Harvill Jr. Scholarship (Longwood)
2004 – 2008  Longwood University Cormier Citizen Scholar
2004 – 2008  Longwood University Honors Program

Selected Professional Associations and Service

American Society for Mass Spectrometry (ASMS)
American Chemical Society (ACS)
ICBR Proteomics Scientific Advisory Group (UF) (2020 – 2023)
Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Committee (UF) (2018 – present)
Graduate Student Advising Committee (UF) (2019 – present)
Graduate Selections & Recruiting Committee (UF) (2018 – 2020)
Alachua Region Science & Engineering Fair Judge (2019 – present)
Florida Regional Junior Science, Engineering, & Humanities Symposium Judge & Host (2019 – host)
NIH IMST (10) Review Panel (2019)
Gainesville Science Fair Judge (2018 – present)
Guest Lecturer, Quantitative Proteomics (Vanderbilt) (2018)
Guest Lecturer, Quantitative & Chemical Biology Techniques (Vanderbilt) (2018)
Postdoctoral Fellow Liason, Vanderbilt Biochemistry Student Association (2017 – 2018)
Instructor, Advanced Imaging Mass Spectrometry Laboratory Course (Vanderbilt) (2016 – 2018)
Editorial Board, Journal of Postdoctoral Research (2016 – 2018)
Guest Lecturer, Quantitative & Chemical Biology Techniques (Vanderbilt) (2016)
Chair, Vanderbilt Postdoctoral Association Annual Symposium (2016)
Senior Advisor, Vanderbilt Postdoctoral Association (2016 – 2018)
Vice President, Vanderbilt Postdoctoral Association (2015 – 2016)
Secretary/Treasurer, Vanderbilt Postdoctoral Association (2014 – 2015)
Coordinator and Lecturer, Fundamental Mass Spectrometry Lecture Series (Vanderbilt) (2014 – 2018)
Workshop Leader, Advanced Imaging Mass Spectrometry Laboratory Course (Vanderbilt) (2014 – 2018)
Co-Chair, Purdue Analytical Seminar (2011 – 2013)
Purdue Graduate Student Advisory Board (2008 – 2009)
Treasurer, Longwood Student Athlete Advisory Committee (2007 – 2008)
Representative, Longwood Student Athlete Advisory Committee (2004 – 2008)
Alpha Chi Sigma (Longwood)