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Kevin Tucker

Assistant Professor, Analytical Chemistry
Department of Chemistry
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
College of Arts and Sciences
SLW 3175 (Office)
Edwardsville, Illinois 62026-1652.
Tel: (618) 650-5868 (Office)
Fax: (618) 650-3556

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  • Ph.D., Analytical Chemistry, 2011, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

  • B.A., Chemistry, 2005, Rollins College

Research Interest:

My research focuses on the detection of pharmaceutical and personal care products and other contaminants of emerging concern within local and regional waterways and the surrounding soil systems. These compounds include from drugs including antibiotics and endocrine disruptors, soaps, cosmetics and agricultural products. The environmental effects of many of these compounds and the concentrations at which these effects begin to be observed is currently not well known or regulated. Through environmental investigations and laboratory modeling, our research aims (1) to determine the environmental levels of various compounds and the geographical relationship between those levels, (2) to elucidate the critical concentration level at which biological and ecological effects begin to take effect for various compounds, and (3) to understand the biological effect of the compounds on various model organisms using environmental samples and models. Students in my lab will learn a variety of techniques including solid-phase extraction, mass spectrometry, and environmental sampling.

Teaching Interests:

Selected Publications:

• Kevin R. Tucker, Zhen Li, Stanislav S. Rubakhin, and Jonathan V. Sweedler. “Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry Imaging of Molecular Distributions in Cultured Neurons and Their Processes: Comparative Analysis of Sample Preparation.” Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry, 2012, 23(11), 1931-1938.

• Kevin R. Tucker, Eric J. Lanni, Leonid A. Serebryannyy, Stanislav S. Rubakhin, and Jonathan V. Sweedler. “Stretched Tissue Mounting for MALDI Mass Spectrometry Imaging.” Analytical Chemistry, 2011, 83(23), 9181-9185.

• Kevin R. Tucker, Leonid A. Serebryannyy, Tyler A. Zimmerman, Stanislav S. Rubakhin, and Jonathan V. Sweedler. “The modified-bead stretched sample method: Development and application to MALDI-MS imaging of protein localization in the spinal cord.” Chemical Science, 2011, 2(4), 785 – 795.

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