LSU Professor Kermit Murray Selected Senior Member of National Academy of Inventors

March 12, 2024

Professor Kermit Murray

Roy Paul Daniels Professor of Chemistry Kermit K. Murray has been selected a senior member of the National Academy of Inventors.

This year’s class comprises 124 accomplished academic inventors representing 60 research universities, governmental entities and nonprofit institutes worldwide.

The Senior Member program is an exclusive award created to showcase the innovative ecosystems at NAI member institutions, like LSU, which provide the supportive environment to foster novel discoveries. Senior members are chosen from active faculty, scientists, and administrators with success in patents, licensing, and commercialization who have produced technologies that have the potential for a real impact on the welfare of society.

“It is a great honor to be selected as a senior member of the National Academy of Inventors,” Murray said. “I am thankful to all the wonderful students, colleagues, and collaborators who share my passion for lasers and mass spectrometry and helped make this possible.”

“This year’s class of Senior Members is truly a testament to the outstanding innovation happening at NAI Member Institutions and what happens when the academic space encourages and celebrates invention and commercialization,” said Paul R. Sanberg, President of NAI.

Murray is a leader in the development of instruments for mass spectrometry. He has broken new ground in the sampling, measurement, and imaging of biological samples using lasers. By expanding the capabilities of mass spectrometry itself, Murray has enabled the application of this powerful technique to problems that were previously inaccessible, such as microsampling at cellular precision. And through his dedicated mentorship of students here at LSU, by routinely involving them in the creation of new technologies, he has instilled his enthusiasm for innovation in the next generation of scientists.

He began his LSU career in 2001. His many honors include LSUs Rainmaker Senior Scholar Award and the American Society for Mass Spectrometry Research Award.

Murray holds four U.S. patents in the field of mass spectrometry and is the founder of a startup company, Laser Bioanalytics. He was also instrumental in the commercialization of laser systems now in production by Opotek.

He has published over 140 scholarly articles and serves on the editorial board of Analytica Chim Acta and as editor of a mass spectrometry terminology website. Murray is a Fellow of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) and member of the American Chemical Society, American Society for Mass Spectrometry, International Mass Spectrometry Society, and IUPAC.

Murray and the other senior members will be celebrated at NAI’s annual conference June 16-18 in Raleigh, N.C.


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