ASMS 2024: An Interview with Liusheng Huang of the University of California San Francisco


In this interview for ASMS 2024, Liusheng Huang of the University of California San Francisco discusses his upcoming presentation about performing microvolume analysis on antimalarial drugs.

During ASMS 2024, which will take place June 2–6, 2024 in Anaheim, California, many scientists are set to present research on the latest advances in mass spectrometry. Recently, LCGC International sat down with Liusheng Huang of the University of California San Francisco to discuss his presentation, “Microvolume Analysis of Antimalarial Drugs for Pediatric Pharmacokinetic Studies."

Huang is the codirector of the Drug Research Unit (DRU) in the Department of Clinical Pharmacy at the University of California San Francisco. In his own words, "I bring nearly 20 years experience in analytical development and focus on development of novel methods for some of the most critical but understudied drugs in the world, such as drugs for malaria" (1). He received a BS in Medicinal Chemistry from the School of Pharmaceutical Sciences at Beijing Medical University in Beijing, China in 1992. Further, he earned his PhD for Pharmaceutical Sciences from Wayne State University in 2003. His research interests revolve around optimizing novel methods for quantitating drugs as close to the site of pharmacological action as possible, with an overarching goal of treating patients with the best drug regimens.

In this interview, Huang answers the following questions:

  • What can you tell us about the work you’ll be presenting at ASMS?
  • What is the problem that you’re trying to address through your work analyzing antimalarial drugs for pediatric patients?
  • Can you explain what microvolume analysis is and why it’s useful for analyzing antimalarial drugs specifically?
  • Is this approach better for the analyst than other methods currently being examined?
  • What is the next step in your research?
  • Were there any unexpected discoveries that were made during this experiment?
  • What are you most looking forward to at this year’s ASMS conference?


(1) Liusheng Huang, PhD. The Regents of the University of California 2024. (accessed 2024-5-21)

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