Chad R. Borges
Dr. Borges received a B.S. in Chemistry from Walla Walla College (WA) in 1997. He went on to complete a Ph.D. in Analytical Toxicology (2001) at the University of Utah under Prof. Douglas Rollins, the medical director in charge of doping control for the 2002 Olympic Games. Dr. Borges’ dissertation research focused on the role of hair pigments and cellular transport in drug incorporation into hair. He continued his education as a postdoctoral fellow at Michigan State University under pioneering mass spectrometrist J. Throck Watson, where he studied protein mass spectrometry with an emphasis on characterizing protein posttranslational modifications. In 2003, he returned to Utah where he helped establish the Olympic-level certified Sports Medicine Research and Testing Laboratory. Following successful laboratory accreditation he transitioned to The Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University in 2007 where he worked for several years as a research faculty member at The Biodesign Institute with Dr. Randall Nelson before joining the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry (now School of Molecular Sciences) in 2013. His current research focuses on the roles of protein post-translational modifications in human health and disease as well as the development of markers and approaches for ensuring biospecimen integrity.