Chelsey Mertens
Analytical Chemistry Graduate Student


B.S. in Psychology, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (2013)
B.S. in Biochemistry, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (2018)
M.S. in Chemistry, University of Florida (2021)


Chelsey received her B.S. in Psychology in 2013 and her B.S. in Biochemistry in 2018, both from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC).  While a psychology undergraduate, she studied olfactory senses of end stage renal failure patients in collaboration with the Chemistry Department.  When Chelsey returned to obtain a BS in Biochemistry, she studied pyrimidine degradative pathways in Pseudomonas syringae.  After joining the Prentice Lab in fall of 2019, Chelsey began work on identifying Tricarboxylic Acid Cycle metabolites and cardiolipins in septic hearts using mass spectrometry imaging.  She also studied elucidating the MALDI plume environment using short peptides and photo-cleavable species. Chelsey graduated with her M.S. degree in 2021 and is currently a Junior Chemical and Radiological Technician at the Tennessee Valley Authority.


  • Outstanding Teaching Assistant (UTC, 2018)
  • Westbrook Research Scholar (UTC, 2018)
  • Clarence T. Jones Observatory Service Award (UTC, 2018)
  • Marvin L. Anthony Service Award (UTC, 2018-2019)

Teaching Experience

  • TA- General Chemistry Lab (UF, 2019-2020)
  • TA- Analytical Chemistry Lab (UF, 2020-2021)
  • TA- General Chemistry Lab (UTC, 2016-2018)
  • TA- Quantitative Analysis Lab (UTC, 2017-2018)
  • TA- Organic Chemistry Lab (UTC, 2017-2018)
  • TA- Physical Chemistry Lab (UTC, 2018)