Journal articles made easy: Detecting strep throat using mass spectrometry


This article looks at detecting strep throat bacterium using touch spray mass spectrometry. It will help you understand the research the journal article is based on, and how to read and understand journal articles. The research article was originally published in our Analyst journal. 

The authors

Alan K. Jarmusch

Alan K. Jarmusch

Alan K. Jarmusch received a B.S. in Biochemistry from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Chemistry at Purdue University, mentored by Professor R. Graham Cooks. His current research interest includes the development and application of ambient ionization-mass spectrometry in the fields of medicine and natural products.

Valentino Pirro

Valentina Pirro

Valentina Pirro received her Ph.D. in Science and High Technology from the University of Turin, Italy. She is currently a postdoctoral researcher in Chemistry at Purdue University. Her current research interest includes the application of cutting-edge mass spectrometric techniques (e.g., ambient mass spectrometry, imaging mass spectrometry) in the field of clinical and forensic toxicology.

Kevin Kerian

Kevin S. Kerian 

Kevin S. Kerian received a B.S. in Chemistry and Biochemistry from Western Kentucky University and is currently in the PhD program at Purdue University, studying analytical chemistry under the advisement of Professor R. Graham Cooks. His current research interest pursues advancing translation science through the development and application of ambient ionization-mass spectrometry for molecular diagnostics. 

Graham Cooks

Graham Cooks

Graham Cooks was educated at the University of Natal, South Africa, and at Cambridge University in the UK. Since 1990 he has been Henry Bohn Hass Distinguished Professor of Chemistry at Purdue University. Cooks has been a major contributor to advances in instrumentation and methodology for mass spectrometry.  His interests involve construction of mass spectrometers and their use in fundamental studies and applications.


Journal articles made easy are journal articles from a range of Royal Society of Chemistry journals that have been re-written into a standard, accessible format. They contain links to the associated Chemistry World article, ChemSpider entries, related journal articles, books and Learn Chemistry resources such as videos of techniques, and resources on theory and activities. They should facilitate students understanding of scientific journal articles and how to extract and interpret the information in them.