Catherine E. Costello, PhD

William Fairfield Warren Distinguished Professor, Biochemistry

Catherine Costello
(617) 638-6490
670 Albany St Biosquare III


Catherine Costello came to Boston University in 1994. That year she established the Center for Biomedical Mass Spectrometry, which has become an internationally recognized research center. She holds her primary appointment in the MED Biochemistry Department, with secondary appointments in the Department of Physiology & Biophysics and the Department of Chemistry. Her research, which focuses on determining the structures and functions of biologically important polymers, has revolutionized an important area of biochemistry by providing insights into the structures of molecules responsible for human disease. She is the author or co-author of more than 300 scientific papers, serves on a number of editorial boards of major journals, and has received numerous awards and honors, including the 2010 Field and Franklin Award from the American Chemical Society, one of the highest honors in her field.

Other Positions

  • Research Professor, Physiology & Biophysics, Boston University School of Medicine
  • Director, Mass Spectrometry Research, Mass Spectrometry, Boston University School of Medicine
  • Graduate Faculty (Primary Mentor of Grad Students), Boston University School of Medicine, Division of Graduate Medical Sciences


  • Emmanuel College, AB
  • Georgetown University, MS
  • Georgetown University, PhD

Classes Taught

  • BI793


  • Published on 8/24/2015

    Zaarur N, Xu X, Lestienne P, Meriin AB, McComb M, Costello CE, Newnam GP, Ganti R, Romanova NV, Shanmugasundaram M, Silva ST, Bandeiras TM, Matias PM, Lobachev KS, Lednev IK, Chernoff YO, Sherman MY. RuvbL1 and RuvbL2 enhance aggresome formation and disaggregate amyloid fibrils. EMBO J. 2015 Sep 14; 34(18):2363-82.

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  • Published on 7/20/2015

    Lindsey ML, Mayr M, Gomes AV, Delles C, Arrell DK, Murphy AM, Lange RA, Costello CE, Jin YF, Laskowitz DT, Sam F, Terzic A, Van Eyk J, Srinivas PR. Transformative Impact of Proteomics on Cardiovascular Health and Disease: A Scientific Statement From the American Heart Association. Circulation. 2015 Sep 1; 132(9):852-72.

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  • Published on 7/15/2015

    Pianta A, Drouin EE, Crowley JT, Arvikar S, Strle K, Costello CE, Steere AC. Annexin A2 is a target of autoimmune T and B cell responses associated with synovial fibroblast proliferation in patients with antibiotic-refractory Lyme arthritis. Clin Immunol. 2015 Oct; 160(2):336-41.

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  • Published on 7/3/2015

    Baker ES, Burnum-Johnson KE, Ibrahim YM, Orton DJ, Monroe ME, Kelly RT, Moore RJ, Zhang X, Th├ęberge R, Costello CE, Smith RD. Enhancing bottom-up and top-down proteomic measurements with ion mobility separations. Proteomics. 2015 Aug; 15(16):2766-76.

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  • Published on 6/10/2015

    Srinivasan S, Chitalia V, Meyer RD, Hartsough E, Mehta M, Harrold I, Anderson N, Feng H, Smith LE, Jiang Y, Costello CE, Rahimi N. Hypoxia-induced expression of phosducin-like 3 regulates expression of VEGFR-2 and promotes angiogenesis. Angiogenesis. 2015 Oct; 18(4):449-62.

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  • Published on 5/26/2015

    Crowley JT, Drouin EE, Pianta A, Strle K, Wang Q, Costello CE, Steere AC. A Highly Expressed Human Protein, Apolipoprotein B-100, Serves as an Autoantigen in a Subgroup of Patients With Lyme Disease. J Infect Dis. 2015 Dec 1; 212(11):1841-50.

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  • Published on 5/22/2015

    Th├ęberge R, Dikler S, Heckendorf C, Chui DH, Costello CE, McComb ME. MALDI-ISD Mass Spectrometry Analysis of Hemoglobin Variants: a Top-Down Approach to the Characterization of Hemoglobinopathies. J Am Soc Mass Spectrom. 2015 Aug; 26(8):1299-310.

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  • Published on 5/20/2015

    Ji Y, Liu M, Bachschmid MM, Costello CE, Lin C. Surfactant-Induced Artifacts during Proteomic Sample Preparation. Anal Chem. 2015 Jun 2; 87(11):5500-4.

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  • Published on 10/8/2014

    Rahimi N, Costello CE. Emerging roles of post-translational modifications in signal transduction and angiogenesis. Proteomics. 2015 Jan; 15(2-3):300-9.

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  • Published on 8/13/2014

    de Souza EE, Meirelles GV, Godoy BB, Perez AM, Smetana JH, Doxsey SJ, McComb ME, Costello CE, Whelan SA, Kobarg J. Characterization of the human NEK7 interactome suggests catalytic and regulatory properties distinct from those of NEK6. J Proteome Res. 2014 Sep 5; 13(9):4074-90.

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