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Meet Our New Technical Sales Consultant

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“No one says, at age six, ‘I’m going to be a bioanalytical chemist’” according to Sam Kaplan, the newest member of Pinnacle’s sales team, when asked how he became interested in neuroscience. “I wanted to be an astronaut.” 

As an undergraduate chemistry student, Sam began working in a laboratory on campus—one primarliy focused on neurochemistry. “I knew I wanted to focus on biological aspects of chemistry,” he explained. As I learned more, I found myself drawn to analytical chemistry.”

His colleagues at the lab encouraged him to continue on to graduate school. As his doctoral studies progressed, he began to focus on how neurotransmitter release is affected by such things as neurodegenerative disease and the toxic effects of chemotherapeutics. Sam earned his Ph.D. at the University of Kansas in 2015. Much of his experimental work has employed Fast Scan Cyclic Voltammetry to measure how neurotransmitter release is affected in animal models of disease.

The results of his doctoral research have been well received, recently earning the cover of ACS Chemical Neuroscience.

Kaplan S. V., Limbocker R. A., R. C. Gehringer,. Divis J. L., Osterhaus G. L., Newby M. D., Sofis M. J., Jarmolowicz D. P., Newman B. D., Mathews T. A., and Johnson M. A.. “Impaired Brain Dopamine and Serotonin Release and Uptake in Wistar Rats Following Treatment with Carboplatin,” ACS Chem. Neurosci., 2016, 7 (6), pp 689–699. doi: 10.1021/acschemneuro.5b00029

Sam became familiar with Pinnacle through his work at KU, where his colleagues had worked with Pinnacle scientists on several studies. He joined Pinnacle as a Technical Sales Consultant in May after completing a post-doc at KU, which extended his research into the behavioral realm by examining the effects of chemotherapy on cognition. “I really enjoy using my research experience to help others. Our customers are doing some very interesting work,” he explains, “I really enjoy the flow of knowledge—being able to share what I know, and expanding my general knowledge into more areas, as well.”