Ruth is a Chartered Chemist, Chartered Scientist, with a PhD in mass spectrometry (MS). Her interest in MS (particularly hyphenated techniques involving chromatography) started in the pharmaceutical industry, which provided the basis of her PhD and postdoctoral research with Prof Brenton at the Institute of Mass Spectrometry at Swansea, on biomolecule elucidation and instrument development. Following completion of a PG Cert in Higher Education she became an academic in Liquid Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry (LC-MS) specialising in analytical methods, pharmaceutical, environmental and forensic analysis, including quality management systems and professional laboratory practice.

Ruth’s research focuses on pharmaceutical analysis and analytical technologies for medical/chemical analysis, with collaborators in academia, government agencies and industry. Recent research is concerned with environmental medicine and developing MS and sample preparation technologies. She has received grant funding (RCUK/charities) and supervised postgraduate research students. Ruth trains staff and external parties in LC-MS, regularly contributing to the EPSRC National Mass Spectrometry Facility Summer School.

Ruth is a Fellow of The Higher Education Academy and an active member of the British Mass Spectrometry Society, American Society for Mass Spectrometry and Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC). She supports the Analytical Methods Committee of the RSC, generating teaching materials and good practice guides as a member and secretary of the Instrumental Analysis Sub-committee.


Geertje is an Associate Professor in the Institute of Life Science in the College of Medicine. Geertje’s research focuses on the microbiology of natural antibiosis and resistance to antibiotics and metals, microbial adaptation to drought and bioengineering of water repellency of manmade and natural materials. Her research team works in highly interdisciplinary collaborative projects with soil scientists, materials engineers, hydrologists, nanotechnologists and modellers funded by NERC, EPSRC and the Royal Society. Geertje is the lead-organiser of Soapbox Science Swansea, an annual public beach science event showcasing the exciting research of women in STEM subjects, and founder member of SwanSTEMWoMen. Geertje tweets about her and other science interests from @GeertjevanK.



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