Mark E. McComb, PhD
Research Associate Professor
Boston University School of Medicine
Dept of Biochemistry

PhD, University Manitoba
MSc, University Manitoba

Dr. McComb is a Research Associate Professor of Biochemistry at Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM), is the Director of the NHLBI Cardiovascular Proteomics Center (CPC) Core Research Laboratory at BUSM and is a Faculty Member of the BUSM Center for Biomedical Mass Spectrometry (CBMS). Dr. McComb has authored/co-authored more than 50 peer-review publications, reviews and textbook chapters and has over 200 conference proceedings including many as invited speaker. Dr. McComb has served as a panel member on several National committees, has served on several NIH peer review study sections and is an expert reviewer for NIH, NCI and other organizations. Dr. McComb is an active member of the Human Proteome Organization (HUPO) whose mission is to characterize the human proteome. Dr. McComb’s research aims are directed towards the identification and characterization of differentially expressed proteins and differentially observed peptides and post-translational modifications (PTMs) associated with human disease. His laboratory focuses on applying mass spectrometry and proteomics technologies for the identification and characterization of proteins which may be perturbed by disease with the aim to identify patterns of changes in order to gain a global comprehensive understanding of disease progression. Identification of specific proteins and PTMs which change as a function of disease will lead to the development of diagnostic and prognostic biomarkers which will have tremendous clinical utility. Specific biomedical applications of research include cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, systemic amyloidosis, prion diseases, and cardiovascular disease.

Boston University
Whitaker Cardiovascular Institute

2000-2002 Boston University: National Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada Fellowship

Protein biomarkers of pulmonary hypertension in sickle cell disease
01/01/2012 - 12/31/2014 (PI)
NIH/National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute

Radiation Induced Cardiovascular Oxidative Stress: Thiol Modification of Proteins and Novel and Sensitive Biomarkers
10/01/2012 - 09/30/2013 (Subcontract PI)
National Space Biomedical Research Institute NASA


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  1. Azab E, Chandler KB, Uda Y, Sun N, Hussein A, Shuwaikan R, Lu V, Costello CE, McComb ME, Divieti Pajevic P. Osteocytes control myeloid cell proliferation and differentiation through Gsa-dependent and -independent mechanisms. FASEB J. 2020 Jun 18.View Related Profiles. PMID: 32557809
  2. Yura Y, Chong BSH, Johnson RD, Watanabe Y, Tsukahara Y, Ferran B, Murdoch CE, Behring JB, McComb ME, Costello CE, Janssen-Heininger YMW, Cohen RA, Bachschmid MM, Matsui R. Endothelial cell-specific redox gene modulation inhibits angiogenesis but promotes B16F0 tumor growth in mice. FASEB J. 2019 12; 33(12):14147-14158.View Related Profiles. PMID: 31647879
  3. McDonald AJ, Leon DR, Markham KA, Wu B, Heckendorf CF, Schilling K, Showalter HD, Andrews PC, McComb ME, Pushie MJ, Costello CE, Millhauser GL, Harris DA. Altered Domain Structure of the Prion Protein Caused by Cu2+ Binding and Functionally Relevant Mutations: Analysis by Cross-Linking, MS/MS, and NMR. Structure. 2019 06 04; 27(6):907-922.e5.View Related Profiles. PMID: 30956132
  4. Shao D, Yao C, Kim MH, Fry J, Cohen RA, Costello CE, Matsui R, Seta F, McComb ME, Bachschmid MM. Improved mass spectrometry-based activity assay reveals oxidative and metabolic stress as sirtuin-1 regulators. Redox Biol. 2019 04; 22:101150.View Related Profiles. PMID: 30877853
  5. Raghunathan R, Polinski NK, Klein JA, Hogan JD, Shao C, Khatri K, Leon D, McComb ME, Manfredsson FP, Sortwell CE, Zaia J. Glycomic and Proteomic Changes in Aging Brain Nigrostriatal Pathway. Mol Cell Proteomics. 2018 09; 17(9):1778-1787.View Related Profiles. PMID: 29915149; DOI: 10.1074/mcp.RA118.000680;
  6. Saito Â, Souza EE, Costa FC, Meirelles GV, Gonçalves KA, Santos MT, Bressan GC, McComb ME, Costello CE, Whelan SA, Kobarg J. Human Regulatory Protein Ki-1/57 Is a Target of SUMOylation and Affects PML Nuclear Body Formation. J Proteome Res. 2017 Sep 01; 16(9):3147-3157.View Related Profiles. PMID: 28695742
  7. Khatri K, Klein JA, Haserick JR, Leon DR, Costello CE, McComb ME, Zaia J. Microfluidic Capillary Electrophoresis-Mass Spectrometry for Analysis of Monosaccharides, Oligosaccharides, and Glycopeptides. Anal Chem. 2017 06 20; 89(12):6645-6655.View Related Profiles. PMID: 28530388
  8. Ma J, Banerjee P, Whelan SA, Liu T, Wei AC, Ramirez-Correa G, McComb ME, Costello CE, O'Rourke B, Murphy A, Hart GW. Comparative Proteomics Reveals Dysregulated Mitochondrial O-GlcNAcylation in Diabetic Hearts. J Proteome Res. 2016 Jul 01; 15(7):2254-64.View Related Profiles. PMID: 27213235; DOI: 10.1021/acs.jproteome.6b00250;
  9. Zhang Z, Costa FC, Tan EP, Bushue N, DiTacchio L, Costello CE, McComb ME, Whelan SA, Peterson KR, Slawson C. O-Linked N-Acetylglucosamine (O-GlcNAc) Transferase and O-GlcNAcase Interact with Mi2ß Protein at the A?-Globin Promoter. J Biol Chem. 2016 Jul 22; 291(30):15628-40.View Related Profiles. PMID: 27231347; PMCID: PMC4957047; DOI: 10.1074/jbc.M116.721928;
  10. Lucena MC, Carvalho-Cruz P, Donadio JL, Oliveira IA, de Queiroz RM, Marinho-Carvalho MM, Sola-Penna M, de Paula IF, Gondim KC, McComb ME, Costello CE, Whelan SA, Todeschini AR, Dias WB. Epithelial Mesenchymal Transition Induces Aberrant Glycosylation through Hexosamine Biosynthetic Pathway Activation. J Biol Chem. 2016 Jun 17; 291(25):12917-29.View Related Profiles. PMID: 27129262; PMCID: PMC4933211; DOI: 10.1074/jbc.M116.729236;
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