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Meet the team
Our experts help you get the most from our state–of-the-art tools for proteomic, metabolomic and mass spectrometry imaging.


Professor Stuart Cordwell, Director

Professor Stuart Cordwell

Stuart has been involved in proteomics research throughout his career. He was an author on the manuscript that defined the term ‘proteome’ and established the first laboratory-based undergraduate Proteomics course in Australia.

He has been awarded the Selby Research Award for work on bacterial membrane proteins and a Villum Kann Rasmussen VELUX Professorship for his work on post-translational modification of proteins, and was the President of the Australasian Proteomics Society (2016-2020).

Technical staff

Ben Crossett


Ben began his scientific career at the University of Manchester, gaining a BSc(Hons) in Biochemistry, followed by a PhD at the University of Cambridge. It was while he was a post-doctoral researcher at Imperial College London that he developed his interested in proteomics, applying the methods to investigate novel anti-microbial and vaccine targets in Burkholderia pseudomallei. In 2004, he moved to Sydney to manage Sydney Mass Spectrometry.


As the Associate Director of Sydney Mass Spec he utilises proteomic and metabolomic techniques to study biological systems from species ranging from alpacas to zooxanthellae.

Angela Connolly


Angela has over 20 years’ experience working in the field of proteomics. Before joining Sydney University, Angela worked for several years at the Australian Proteomics Analysis Facility (APAF) as a Senior Mass Spectrometry Analyst, conducting projects for collaborating researchers, commercial customers and internal research groups.


Angela has extensive experience in operating mass spectrometers and HPLC systems. Additionally, she is skilled in data analysis for TMT analysis, shotgun proteomics, PMF and PTM analysis. She is responsible for much of the contract research conducted at Sydney Mass Spec as well as providing technical support to researchers accessing proteomic workflows at Sydney Mass Spec to ensure effective and efficient collaborative outcomes.

David Fuentes


David has 20 years’ experience in mass spectrometry and analytical chemistry. He completed a PhD in soil remediation of metals and has worked in various research institutes as an analytical chemist and mass spectrometry. He gained experience in analytical method development using GC-MS and LC-MS at the National Measurement Institute.  He joined CSIRO as a Geochemist and laboratory manager using High resolution GC-MS for the analysis of oil biomarkers.  During the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, he was called to set up a GC-MS laboratory on board a ship to carry out oil analysis in contaminated surface water. In 2015 he joined the University of Sydney where he managed a metabolomics lab at the Camden campus and developed methods for the analysis of plant metabolites for agricultural applications.


David has extensive instrument experience for LC-MS and other systems and is on hand to share is knowledge in sample collection, method development and validation, data analysis and interpretation. He is responsible of providing technical support to researchers using our facility, especially in the areas of metabolomics and lipidomics.


Jens Altvater


Jens has more than 12 years’ experience in the field of mass spectrometry and biochemistry. Before joining Sydney University, Jens worked as a Research Officer, Application Specialist and Service Technician conducting application development, instrumentation maintenance and customer care as well as managing projects for collaborating researchers, commercial customers and research groups.


Jens has extensive instrument experience for LCMS (HRAM, Q-ToF, QqQ, ICP, UHPLC, MALDI) and GCMS. He has a strong background in method development and validation especially in the areas of proteomics, metabolomics, lipidomics and small molecules. He is happy to share his knowledge in experimental design, data analysis and interpretation. Jens is responsible of providing technical and analytical support to researchers using our facility especially in the areas of proteomics, PMF and PTM analysis.

Jacquie Kufner


Skilled in navigating the University's bureaucracy, Jacquie provides invaluable administrative support to Sydney Mass Spec and will guide users through the on-boarding process and handle any billing inquires.

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