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Karen W. Phinney

Karen is a Research Chemist and Team Leader, Mass Spectrometric Methods, in the Analytical Chemistry Division at NIST. Her expertise is in chromatographic and electrophoretic separation techniques and their application to quantitative measurements. Her work has included the development of analytical methods for vitamins and other analytes in dietary supplements, and she is currently coordinating the development of several serum-based Standard Reference Materials for analytes of nutritional significance. She is also guiding efforts to develop reference materials for the proteomics and metabolomics communities. She has authored or co-authored more than 30 publications describing these activities.


  • National Research Council Postdoctoral Research Associateship, 1994-1996

Membership and Professional Activities:

  • American Chemical Society
    - President, Illinois – Iowa Section, 1987
    - Executive Committee Member, Subdivision of Chromatography and Separations Chemistry, 2005-2007
  • Washington Chromatography Discussion Group
    - Program Chair, 2000-2001
    - President, 2002
    - Member, Board of Directors, 2004-present
  • Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
    - Editorial Advisory Board, 2006-present
Karen Phinney


Group Leader
Biomolecular Measurement Division
Bioanalytical Science Group

Employment History:

  • Analytical Chemist, Monsanto Company, 1984-1988
  • Teaching Assistant, University of Hawaii – Manoa, 1988-1991
  • Research Assistant, University of Hawaii – Manoa, 1991-1994
  • Research Chemist, NIST, 1994-present


  • Chemistry, B.A., Monmouth College 1984
  • Analytical Chemistry, M.S., University of Hawaii – Manoa 1992
  • Analytical Chemistry, Ph.D., University of Hawaii – Manoa 1994
  • Biotechnology, M.S., Johns Hopkins University 2009

Phone: 301-975-4457
Fax: 301-977-0685