Our Team

Research associates:

Dr. Elena Kitova (ekitova@ualberta.ca)

  • Ph.D. in Chemistry, Moscow State University, 1994
  • Research associate with Dr. John Klassen

Elena’s  research field is biological mass spectrometry, with focus on non-covalent protein complexes


Dr. Pavel I. Kitov (pkitov@ualberta.ca)

  • M.Sc. in Chemistry, Moscow State University, 1987 (Advisor: Prof. Y. G. Bundel)
  • Ph.D. in Chemistry, Russian Academy of Sciences, 1994 (Advisor: Prof. N. K. Kochetkov)
  • Postdoctoral fellow then research associate with Dr. David Bundle since November, 1994

Pavel’s current research is focused on organic chemistry and data analysis.

Postdoctoral fellows

Dr. Mickey Richards (mickey.richards@ualberta.ca)

  • B.A. (Honors) in Chemistry, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 1996
  • M.Sc. in Chemistry, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1998 (Advisor: Prof. Samuel H. Gellman)
  • Ph.D. in Chemistry, University of Alberta, 2012 (Advisor: Prof. Todd L. Lowary)
  • Postdoctoral fellow in John’s lab since October, 2014

Mickey’s research involves molecular dynamics simulations on proteins, protein-ligand complexes, and protein-lipid complexes, as well as NMR on carbohydrates and proteins.


Dr. Ling Han (ling.han@ualberta.ca)

  • B.Sc., Chemistry, Nanjing University, China, 2007
  • M.Sc., Chemistry, Nanjing University, China, 2010
  • Ph.D., Chemistry, University of Alberta, 2015
  • Postdoctoral Fellow in Klassen group since September 2015

Ling is mainly focusing on investigating the mechanism of protein-glycolipid interactions, and the influence of membrane environments on the               interactions, also he is interested in developing mass spectrometry based methods for small biomolecules (e.g. glycolipids) quantitation


Hong Lin (hlin4@ualberta.ca)

  • B.Sc., Science, Zhejiang University, 2010
  • M.Sc., Mass Spectrometry, Analytical Chemistry, University of Alberta, 2013
  • Mass Spectrometry Technologist in Alberta Glycomics Center since 2015

Graduate students

Jun Li (jli9@ualberta.ca)

  • B.Sc., Chemistry, Zhejiang University, 2013
  • Ph.D. Candidate in Klassen Group since Sepetember 2013

Jun mainly focuses on protein-glycolipid interactions using electrospray ionization mass spectrometry (ESI-MS) and model membranes such as nanodiscs and picodiscs.

Yajie Chen (yajie5@ualberta.ca)

  • B.Sc., Biochemisty and Immunology, Newcastle University, U.K., 2011
  • M.Sc., Biopharmaceutical Regulatory Science, Northeastern University, U.S., 2013
  • Ph.D. Candidate in Klassen group since January 2015

Yajie’s research is focusing on discovering interaction between Human Milk Oligosaccharide (HMO) and various proteins using ESI-MS

Jianing Li (jianing3@ualberta.ca)

  • B.Sc., Chemical Engineering, North China University of Science and Technology.
  • M.Sc., Applied Chemistry, Jilin University, China.
  • Ph.D. Candidate in Klassen group since September 2016

Jianing’s research interest is to study protein-glycolipid interactions using ESI-MS and Nanodisc techniques.

Yilin Wang (yilin1@ualberta.ca)

  • B.Sc., Engineering, South China University of Technology, China, 2016
  • Master Candidate in Klassen group since September 2016



Zhixiong Li (zl10@ualberta.ca)

  • Ph.D. Candidate in Klassen group since January 2017
Zhixiong’s present research is universal proxy protein assay