Erica McJimpseyDr. Erica McJimpsey, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

1 University Circle
519D Currens Hall
Macomb, IL  61455

Work: (309) 298-3271
Fax: (309) 298-2180




Erica McJimpsey completed her Bachelors of Science degree in chemistry at Chicago State University. She obtained her Ph.D. in analytical chemistry from the University of California, Davis (UCD) with emphasis in the characterization of a bio-aerosol mass spectrometer used for the detection of airborne biowarfare agents through research conducted at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL). She was a recipient of the National Research Council (NRC) Postdoctoral Research Associate Fellowship and conducted postdoctoral research at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Erica’s research at NIST focused on identifying the quantitative inter-assay disparities that exist amongst the prostate-specific antigen (PSA) enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays used for the detection of prostate cancer. Subsequently, as a postdoctoral scholar at UCD, she studied the prostate, lung, and breast cancer cell glycome utilizing mass spectrometric instrumentation. Over the course of her academic career, she has been awarded funding through the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Scholarship, Student Employee Graduate Research Fellowship at LLNL, as well as the National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers, and the Proctor and Gamble Company. She is currently an assistant professor in the chemistry department at Western Illinois University. Her research interests include quality assurance analysis of dietary supplements, profiling of the cellular glycome and glycoproteome of both gestational and male breast cancer, identifying the biological –omics related differences contributing to the disproportionately higher prostate cancer incidence and mortality rates in Black American men, as well as characterization of human prostate cancer animal models. She is also a member of the American Chemical Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Office Hours:

Monday and Wednesday 12:30-2:00

Teaching Areas:

  • CHEM 241 sec 01-Chem Calculations- Syllabus
  • CHEM 341 sec 01- Analytical Techniques -Syllabus
  • CHEM 580 sec 01- Seminar-Syllabus