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


  • Published on 10/11/2016

    Wang Q, Drouin EE, Yao C, Zhang J, Huang Y, Leon DR, Steere AC, Costello CE. Immunogenic HLA-DR-Presented Self-Peptides Identified Directly from Clinical Samples of Synovial Tissue, Synovial Fluid, or Peripheral Blood in Patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis or Lyme Arthritis. J Proteome Res. 2016 Oct 11. PMID: 27726376.

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  • Published on 9/23/2016

    Bandini G, Haserick JR, Motari E, Ouologuem DT, Lourido S, Roos DS, Costello CE, Robbins PW, Samuelson J. O-fucosylated glycoproteins form assemblies in close proximity to the nuclear pore complexes of Toxoplasma gondii. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2016 Oct 11; 113(41):11567-11572. PMID: 27663739.

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  • Published on 9/21/2016

    Struwe WB, Agravat S, Aoki-Kinoshita KF, Campbell MP, Costello CE, Dell A. The minimum information required for a glycomics experiment (MIRAGE) project: sample preparation guidelines for reliable reporting of glycomics datasets. Glycobiology. 2016 Sep; 26(9):907-910. PMID: 27654115.

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  • Published on 6/2/2016

    Ma J, Banerjee P, Whelan SA, Liu T, Wei AC, Ramirez-Correa G, McComb ME, Costello CE, O'Rourke B, Murphy A, Hart GW. Comparative Proteomics Reveals Dysregulated Mitochondrial O-GlcNAcylation in Diabetic Hearts. J Proteome Res. 2016 Jul 1; 15(7):2254-64. PMID: 27213235.

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  • Published on 5/26/2016

    Zhang Z, Costa FC, Tan EP, Bushue N, DiTacchio L, Costello CE, McComb ME, Whelan SA, Peterson KR, Slawson C. O-Linked N-Acetylglucosamine (O-GlcNAc) Transferase and O-GlcNAcase Interact with Mi2ß Protein at the A?-Globin Promoter. J Biol Chem. 2016 Jul 22; 291(30):15628-40. PMID: 27231347.

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  • Published on 4/21/2016

    Premasiri WR, Lee JC, Sauer-Budge A, Théberge R, Costello CE, Ziegler LD. The biochemical origins of the surface-enhanced Raman spectra of bacteria: a metabolomics profiling by SERS. Anal Bioanal Chem. 2016 Jul; 408(17):4631-47. PMID: 27100230.

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  • Published on 4/18/2016

    Lucena MC, Carvalho-Cruz P, Donadio JL, Oliveira IA, de Queiroz RM, Marinho-Carvalho MM, Sola-Penna M, de Paula IF, Gondim KC, McComb ME, Costello CE, Whelan SA, Todeschini AR, Dias WB. Epithelial Mesenchymal Transition Induces Aberrant Glycosylation through Hexosamine Biosynthetic Pathway Activation. J Biol Chem. 2016 Jun 17; 291(25):12917-29. PMID: 27129262.

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  • Published on 3/29/2016

    Chandler KB, Costello CE. Glycomics and glycoproteomics of membrane proteins and cell-surface receptors: Present trends and future opportunities. Electrophoresis. 2016 Jun; 37(11):1407-19. PMID: 26872045.

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  • Published on 3/14/2016

    Pu Y, Ridgeway ME, Glaskin RS, Park MA, Costello CE, Lin C. Separation and Identification of Isomeric Glycans by Selected Accumulation-Trapped Ion Mobility Spectrometry-Electron Activated Dissociation Tandem Mass Spectrometry. Anal Chem. 2016 Apr 5; 88(7):3440-3. PMID: 26959868.

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  • Published on 2/26/2016

    Crowley JT, Strle K, Drouin EE, Pianta A, Arvikar SL, Wang Q, Costello CE, Steere AC. Matrix metalloproteinase-10 is a target of T and B cell responses that correlate with synovial pathology in patients with antibiotic-refractory Lyme arthritis. J Autoimmun. 2016 May; 69:24-37. PMID: 26922382.

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