Dr. Jennifer S. Brodbelt is the Norman Hackerman Chaired Professor of Chemistry at the University of Texas at Austin. She earned her B.S. degree in chemistry at the University of Virginia and her doctorate in chemistry at Purdue University under the supervision of Prof. Graham Cooks. After a post-doctoral position at the University of California at Santa Barbara with Prof. Mike Bowers, she began her academic career at the University of Texas. Her research interests focus on the development and application of photodissociation mass spectrometry for characterization of the structures and modifications of biological molecules, including peptides, proteins, nucleic acids, oligosaccharides, and lipids. She has served as the Director of Graduate Education in the Department of Chemistry for over 20 years. She serves as an Associate Editor for the Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry and recently completed her service as President of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry.