Mariam S. ElNaggar, Ph.D


Though I love snail-mail, it is probably for the best that I don't put a paper-mail address here. 
Upon fully gearing back up, maybe there'll be a 

General Science Output

Van Berkel Lab

Williams Lab

Mathies Lab 

OtherFormerLives (LinkedIn)

OtherPictures (Flickr)


 (There are plenty of other places.

Poke around if this is insufficient.) 

Less Scienced Up Homepage
(on hiatus until server migration)


Featured as "Spiffy" on FARK.
(although I'm a she, not a he.)


Interview on CNN.
(this is my voice, on TV.)

Quick article at Woman's Day"Infamous is when you're more than famous! This guy El Guapo is not just famous, he's IN-famous!"

 Sciencey cover art

Research Summary and Pitch

    As an undergraduate, I used FT-ICR Mass Spectrometry to identify and characterize some of the expressed proteins in Mycobacterium tuberculosis, with Professor Fred W. McLafferty at Cornell University, where I received B.A.s in both chemistry and biology with concentrations in biochemistry and molecular and cell biology. 

I got my doctoral degree with Professors Evan R. Williams and Richard A. Mathies in the Department of Chemistry at the University of California, Berkeley. My research used lab-on-chip separations, surface sampling probes, and multidimensional mass spectrometry, focusing on the development and application of integrations of these in order to allow more effective utilization of samples.  This research opened up some new application space in presenting methods to work with real time analysis, highly versatile sampling, and multiplexed data acquisition.  Plus, I worked with human subjects, which was a delight.  "Applied analytical molecular biology in the context of understanding everyday phenomena" is the kind of science that is fun to talk about and I can go on about it for days. I won't, right here, though.

I finished a postdoctoral position in the Mass Spectrometry Surface Sampling and Imaging Center of the Organic and Biological Mass Spectrometry Group of the Chemical Science Division at Oak Ridge National Lab.  It's a neat group and the science is in both applications and basic research, so it was all sorts of exciting.  We developed some things!  You can read about them in journals and poke around the patents!

Due to an interesting technology sublicensing (of a patent portfolio in which I have some intellectual property), I moved along with my work to a senior science position with a company commercializing the work that I started a couple paragraphs ago.  It is a pretty neat thing to have been able to seen an idea through research and development to a marketed device that I can train people to use for real-world application in their labs at hospitals and universities and tissue banks and interesting pharmaceutical and industrial sorts of environments.  I love visiting labs.

I have done many other things involving microfabrication and other electrospray/instrument interfacing work, and have had some successful internships and other experiences in the past I would be happy to discuss. 

I am pretty easy to find, just shoot me an email.  

Targeting your email optimizes your interaction, I assure you.

Science inquiries*:  elnaggar at

Artsy/Misc inquiries: me at

(no longer involved in this, but can forward or comment on matters sorted into miscellaneous inquiries)

*I really like visually communicating science,
so if you're looking for a scientific illustrator,
I have some technical competence in that area.

Chemistry: A European Journal Cover

Less science-y covers from when I used to run a magazine.

I'm fairly math/chemistry/biology/pop oriented.