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


Dr. Heajin Park (heajin@ualberta.ca)

  • B.S., in Pharmacy, Chung0Ang University, South Korea, 2012
  • M.S., in PHarmacy, Chung-Ang University, South Korea, 2014
  • Ph.D., in Pharmacy, Chung-Ang University, South Korea, 2018

Heajin’s research is focused on the analysis of N-glycan using ESI-MS.


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



  • B.A. in Chemistry, Central University of Venezuela, 2010
  • Ph.D. Candidate in Klassen group since May 2018