​Russell E. Bornschein, Ph.D.

​Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Russell Bornschein, WPU professor.

Who knew Chemistry could be fun? Meet Dr. Bornschein.


“WPU is a quiet oasis of learning in a big city.”


Dr. Bornschein’s is from Ann Arbor, Michigan. His graduate and postdoctoral research focused on method development for protein mass spectrometry. He has also worked on interdisciplinary projects to incorporate online learning objects and other online technologies in the classroom to improve student learning. When not on campus Dr. Bornschein enjoys spending time outdoors with his wife and two daughters, or watching a movie (if it’s raining).


  • BS Chemistry, Denison University
  • Ph.D. Analytical Chemistry, University of Michigan
  • Postdoc, UNC-Chapel Hill

Activities & Honors

  • Rackham Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award, University of Michigan (2013)   
  • Murrill Memorial Fellowship, University of Michigan (2011)
  • ACS Division of Analytical Chemistry Undergraduate Award, Denison University (2009)
  • Mildred Klinger Sanders Award, Denison University (2008)

Research & Publications

  • “Electrospray Ionization-High Pressure Mass Spwctrometry for Peptide and Protein Analysis” Russell E. Bornschein, William M. Gilliland, Jr., J. Michael Ramsey Pittcon 2016, Atlanta, GA.
  • “Ion Mobility-Mass Spectrometry of Charge-Reduced Protein Complexes Reveals General Trends in the Collional Ejection of Compact Subunits” Russell E. Bornschein, Brandon T. Ruotolo Analyst (2015) 140, 7020-1029. DOI: 10.1039/c5an01242b
  • “Ion Mobility-Mass Spectrometry Reveals Highly-Compact Intermediates in the Collision Induced Dissociation of Charge-Reduced Protein Complexes” Russell E. Bornschein, Shuai Niu, Joseph Eschweiler, Brandon T. Ruotolo J. Am. Soc. Mass Spectrom. (2016) 27, 41-49. DOI: 10.1007/s13361-015-1250-7
  • “Ion Mobility-Mass Spectrometry Reveals Previously-Unknown Intermediate Forms in the Collision Induced Dissociation of Protein Complexes” as Promoted Poster Talk Russell E. Bornschein, Shuai Niu, Brandon T. Ruotolo Sanibel Conference – Ion Activation: Fundamentals, Applications, and New Frontiers, Clearwater Beach, FL, 2014
  • “Ion Mobility-Mass Spectrometry Reveals Conformational Changes in Charge Reduced Multiprotein Complexes” Russell E. Bornschein, Suk-Joon Hyung, Brandon T. Ruotolo J. Am. Soc. Mass Spectrom. (2011) 22, 1690-1698. DOI: 10.1007/s13361-011-0204-y