Caitlin Cain


Caitlin graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2019 with B.S. degrees in Chemistry and Forensic Science. While there, she fabricated continuous stationary phase gradients for liquid chromatography and studied the effects of coupling gradients in the mobile and stationary phases on peak parameters under the guidance of Dr. Sarah Rutan and Dr. Maryanne Collinson. Following graduation, she moved to the University of Washington to study multidimensional gas chromatography and chemometrics under Dr. Robert Synovec. Caitlin is currently in her second year.


Mikaliunaite, L.; Sudol, P.E.; Cain, C.N.; Synovec, R.E. Baseline correction method for dynamic pressure gradient modulated comprehensive two-dimensional gas chromatography with flame ionization detection. Journal of chromatography A, 2021, In Press

Cain, C.N.; Sudol, P.E.; Berrier, K.L.; Synovec, R.E. Development of variance-ranked unsupervised sample indexing for gas chromatography mass spectrometry, Talanta, 2021, 122495

Cain, C.N.; Haughn, N.J.; Purcell, H.J.,  Marney, L.C.;  Synovec, R.E.; Thoumsin, C.T.; Jackels, S.C.;  Skogerboe, K.J.; Analytical Determination of the Severity of Potato Taste Defect in Roasted East African Arabica Coffee, Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry, 2021, 69, 2253-2261

Cain, CN
; Schöneich, S; Synovec, RE. Development of an Enhanced Total Ion Current Chromatogram Algorithmn to Improve Untargeted peak Detection, Analytical Chemistry, 2020, 92, 11365-11373

Cain, CN; Forzano, AV; Rutan, SC; Collinson, MM. Experimental- and Simulation-Based Studies on the Effects of Coupling Stationary and Mobile Phase Gradients. Journal of Chromatography A, 2019, 1602, 237-245.

Forzano, AV; Cain, CN; Rutan, SC; Collinson, MM. In-situ Silanization for the Fabrication of Continuous Stationary Phase Gradients on Particle Packed LC Columns. Analytical Methods, 2019, 11, 3648-3656.

Cain, CN; Forzano, AV; Rutan, SC; Collinson, MM. Destructive Stationary Phase Gradients for Reversed- Phase/Hydrophilic Interaction Liquid Chromatography. Journal of Chromatography A, 2018, 1570, 82-90.



Reversed-Phase/Cation Exchange Stationary Phase Gradient for Analysis of Neurotransmitters. Cain, CN; Forzano AV; Rutan, SC; Collinson, MM. The Pittsburgh Conference on Analytical Chemistry and Applied Spectroscopy (PITTCON), Philadelphia, PA. March 19, 2019.


Investigation of Increased Chromatographic Resolution through Mobile Phase Gradients Coupled with Stationary Phase Gradients. Cain, CN; Forzano, AV; Rutan, SC; Collinson, MM. 47th International Symposium on High Performance Liquid Separations and Related Technologies, Washington, DC. July 30, 2018.

Destructive Stationary Phase Gradients for Liquid Chromatography. Cain, CN; Forzano, AV; Rutan, SC; Collinson, MM. Advances in Separations Symposium, 254th American Chemical Society National Meeting, Washington, DC. August 23, 2017.


National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (2019-2024)