Professor of Chemistry, University of MinnesotaBiography
Prof. Michael Bowser received his B.Sc. in Chemistry from Dalhousie University in 1994. He received his Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of British Columbia in 1998 where, under the guidance of Prof. David Chen, he studied analyte-additive interactions and how they affect capillary electrophoresis separations. Prof. Bowser then moved to the University of Florida to continue his studies as an NSERC Postdoctoral Fellow in Prof. Robert Kennedy's group where he studied high-speed capillary electrophoresis separations and how they could be applied to the online analysis of neurotransmitter dynamics. In 2000, Prof. Bowser accepted a position at the University of Minnesota where is currently a Professor of Chemistry. The focus of the Bowser group is to advance bioanalytical technologies used to study problems of biological and medical importance. Major contributions include: 1) development of microfluidic strategies for isolating aptamers (i.e. CE-SELEX), 2) the design and characterization of microscale free flow electrophoresis devices for high-speed monitoring and microscale purification and 3) introduction of in vitro microdialysis, a technique that allows high-speed measurements of chemical release/uptake in cellular systems. Applications of particular interest include adipocyte signaling in obesity, aptamers that facilitate cell delivery, and high-speed multidimensional separations.