John R. Yates

John R. Yates III is an American chemist and professor of chemical biology at The Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, California. His work is focused on developing tools and in proteomics and he specializes in mass spectrometry. He is best known for the development of the SEQUEST algorithm for automated peptide sequencing[1] and Multidimensional Protein Identification Technology (MudPIT).[2]

John R. Yates
ResidenceUnited States
NationalityUnited States
Alma materUniversity of Maine
University of Virginia
Known forMass Spectrometry
AwardsRalph N. Adams Award in Bioanalytical Chemistry (2015)
ACS Award in Analytical Chemistry (2015)
Scientific career
InstitutionsThe Scripps Research Institute

He received a B.A. (1980) and M.S. (1983) from the University of Maine and a Ph.D. (1987) from the University of Virginia. He won the 1998 Pehr Edman Award and, in 2004, won the Biemann Medal and the Christian B. Anfinsen Award in 2006.[3] He also received the Thomson Medal in 2018.


  1. Eng, Jimmy K.; McCormack, Ashley L.; Yates, John R. (November 1994). "An approach to correlate tandem mass spectral data of peptides with amino acid sequences in a protein database". Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry. 5 (11): 976–989. doi:10.1016/1044-0305(94)80016-2. ISSN 1044-0305. PMID 24226387.
  2. Washburn, Michael P.; Wolters, Dirk; Yates, John R. (March 2001). "Large-scale analysis of the yeast proteome by multidimensional protein identification technology". Nature Biotechnology. 19 (3): 242–247. doi:10.1038/85686. ISSN 1087-0156. PMID 11231557.
  3. McCammon, M.G.; Carol V. Robinson (2005). "Focus for John Yates III, 2004 ASMS Biemann Medal Awardee". Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry. 16 (8): 1205–1206. doi:10.1016/j.jasms.2005.05.005.

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