Ryan Sheldon, Ph.D.

Core Director and Research Scientist, Mass Spectrometry Core


Dr. Ryan Sheldon leads Van Andel Institute’s Mass Spectrometry Core, which boasts a top-tier mass spec infrastructure. Dr. Sheldon earned a B.A. in health and fitness and an M.S. in health and kinesiology from Purdue University, followed by a Ph.D. in exercise physiology from University of Missouri. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Biochemistry in the lab of Dr. Eric B. Taylor at University of Iowa before joining VAI in 2019 as a research scientist in the Department of Metabolism and Nutritional Programming. Dr. Sheldon was instrumental in establishing and building VAI’s metabolomics platforms. In 2020, he led the transition of the platform into VAI’s Core Technologies and Services as the Metabolomics and Bioenergetics Core, where he served as core manager. He continued to further expand the Core’s offerings and, in 2022, he led the build-out of the Core’s mass spec capabilities, resulting in a state-of-the-art service portfolio that supports innovative research at VAI and beyond. Now named the Mass Spectrometry Core, this extensive suite of technologies and expertise continues to expand its offerings under Dr. Sheldon’s leadership, with proteomic services slated to go live in 2023.