Dr.McLean is Stevenson Professor of Chemistry, Director of the Center for Innovative Technology, co-Director of the Automated Biosystems Core, and Deputy Director of the Institute for Integrative Biosystems Research and Education at Vanderbilt University.
Dr. McLean completed his PhD at George Washington University in 2001, where he made significant contributions in plasma spectrochemistry in the development of new technologies for the analysis of complex and limited radionuclide and biological samples. Subsequently, he performed postdoctoral research at Forschungszentrum Jülich in Germany and then as a postdoctoral at Texas A&M University with Prof. David H. Russell in biological mass spectrometry. Working with David Russell from 2001-2006, he constructed ion mobility-mass spectrometers capable of broad-scale analyses of complex biological samples, termed 'integrated omics,' on the basis of both molecular structure and mass.
In 2006, Dr. McLean was recruited to Vanderbilt University as Assistant Professor of Chemistry through both the Department of Chemistry and the Vanderbilt Institute of Chemical Biology. At Vanderbilt, Dr. McLean and colleagues focus on the conceptualization, design, and construction of structural mass spectrometers, specifically targeting complex samples in systems, synthetic, and chemical biology as well as nanotechnology.