Katherine E. Williams, PhD

Katherine E. Williams, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences, UCSF


Phone: (415) 502-7502 (voice)
UCSF Box 0556, San Francisco, CA 94143-0556

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Cancer Center Membership

Associate Member » Breast Oncology


University of Illinois at Chicago, B.S., 1987, Biological Sciences
University of Illinois at Chicago, Ph.D., 1994, Biological Sciences
Argonne National Laboratory, Postdoc, 1997

Professional Experience

  • 1997-2001
    Research Associate, National Bio-Organic, Biomedical MS Resource, University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), CA
  • 2001-2003
    Specialist, Comprehensive Cancer Center, UCSF, CA
  • 2003-2008
    Senior Specialist, Applied Biosystems, CA
  • 2008-present
    Assistant Adjunct Professor, Sandler-Moore Mass Spectrometry Core Facility, Dept. of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences, UCSF, CA

Honors & Awards

  • 1986
    National Science Foundation Fellowship Honorable Mention
  • 1987
    Phi Beta Kappa
  • 1987-1990
    University Graduate Fellowship

Selected Publications

  1. Fagerquist CK, Garbus BR, Williams KE, Bates AH, Harden LA. Covalent attachment and dissociative loss of sinapinic acid to/from cysteine-containing proteins from bacterial cell lysates analyzed by MALDI-TOF-TOF mass spectrometry. J Am Soc Mass Spectrom. 2010 May; 21(5):819-32.
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  2. Bell AW, Deutsch EW, Au CE, Kearney RE, Beavis R, Sechi S, Nilsson T, Bergeron JJ. A HUPO test sample study reveals common problems in mass spectrometry-based proteomics. Nat Methods. 2009 Jun; 6(6):423-30.
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  3. Fagerquist CK, Garbus BR, Williams KE, Bates AH, Boyle S, Harden LA. Web-based software for rapid top-down proteomic identification of protein biomarkers, with implications for bacterial identification. Appl Environ Microbiol. 2009 Jul; 75(13):4341-53.
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  4. Lapolla A, Seraglia R, Molin L, Williams K, Cosma C, Reitano R, Sechi A, Ragazzi E, Traldi P. Low molecular weight proteins in urines from healthy subjects as well as diabetic, nephropathic and diabetic-nephropathic patients: a MALDI study. J Mass Spectrom. 2009 Mar; 44(3):419-25.
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  5. Dong M, Yang LL, Williams K, Fisher SJ, Hall SC, Biggin MD, Jin J, Witkowska HE. A "tagless" strategy for identification of stable protein complexes genome-wide by multidimensional orthogonal chromatographic separation and iTRAQ reagent tracking. J Proteome Res. 2008 May; 7(5):1836-49.
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  6. Huang CM, Torpey JW, Liu YT, Chen YR, Williams KE, Komives EA, Gallo RL. A peptide with a ProGln C terminus in the human saliva peptidome exerts bactericidal activity against Propionibacterium acnes. Antimicrob Agents Chemother. 2008 May; 52(5):1834-6.
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  7. Smith-Beckerman DM, Fung KW, Williams KE, Auersperg N, Godwin AK, Burlingame AL. Proteome changes in ovarian epithelial cells derived from women with BRCA1 mutations and family histories of cancer. Mol Cell Proteomics. 2005 Feb; 4(2):156-68.
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  8. Zhang K, Williams KE, Huang L, Yau P, Siino JS, Bradbury EM, Jones PR, Minch MJ, Burlingame AL. Histone acetylation and deacetylation: identification of acetylation and methylation sites of HeLa histone H4 by mass spectrometry. Mol Cell Proteomics. 2002 Jul; 1(7):500-8.
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  9. Williams K, Chubb C, Huberman E, Giometti CS. Analysis of differential protein expression in normal and neoplastic human breast epithelial cell lines. Electrophoresis. 1998 Feb; 19(2):333-43.
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  10. Giometti CS, Williams K, Tollaksen SL. A two-dimensional electrophoresis database of human breast epithelial cell proteins. Electrophoresis. 1997 Mar-Apr; 18(3-4):573-81.
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  11. Giometti CS, Tollaksen SL, Chubb C, Williams C, Huberman E. Analysis of proteins from human breast epithelial cells using two-dimensional gel electrophoresis. Electrophoresis. 1995 Jul; 16(7):1215-24.
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