Dr Stacy Malaker
Dr. Malaker obtained her bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan in Biochemistry and Anthropology-Zoology. During this time, she worked at the Protein Structure Facility, performing peptide synthesis and using mass spectrometry for quality control. She then went on to receive her PhD in Chemistry from the University of Virginia in the laboratory of Professor Donald Hunt. There, her thesis work focused on enrichment and mass spectrometric identification of glycopeptides presented by the MHC class I and II processing pathways. Dr. Malaker has continued to investigate the role of aberrant glycosylation in cancer as an NIH postdoctoral fellow in Professor Carolyn Bertozzi’s laboratory at Stanford University. Here, she is using mass spectrometry and glycobiology to investigate mucinase activity on glycoproteins, with the ultimate goal of characterizing cancer-derived mucins.