Lab Members

Paul R. Langlais

  • Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, Division of Endocrinology, University of Arizona College of Medicine
  • Director Quantitative Proteomics Laboratory, Center for Disparities in Diabetes, Obesity & Metabolism, Department of Medicine, Division of Endocrinology, University of Arizona College of Medicine
Principal Investigator

     I was born French Canadian, Montreal to be exact, in 1975. My family moved to San Antonio in '78, so I grew up in the good old Texas public school system while spending my summers as a kid back in Quebec (which I still do when I can). I graduated from Texas Tech University in 1997 and realized that I liked Cell Biology, so I got lucky and ended up as a Research Assistant in an insulin signalling lab that Fall, all of which led me to a PhD in biochemistry from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. I met my boss, Larry Mandarino, when he interviewed me for grad school and we both left UTHSCSA for Arizona State University together in 2005, him as the Chair of Kinesiology (a department that went bye-bye), me as a Post-Doctoral Fellow. Spent too long there before taking an Assistant Professor position at the Mayo Clinic in Arizona in 2012. Realized pretty quickly that Mayo held no future for me, so we all ended up at the University of Arizona College of Medicine in the Fall of 2016, which turned out to be where we should have started in Arizona in the first place. Love the UA, so good to be back at a health science center and an institution that has a passion for basic biomedical research. 

     I started my career as a scientist in an era where radiation was the main approach to study protein phosphorylation (this was '97, the internet had just come out and I don't even know if I had an email address, I don't think so). Luckily for me, I met the right people and got an early introduction to mass spectrometry. As a result, my training incorporated basic molecular biology, traditional signaling techniques, microscopy, and eventually mass spectrometry and proteomics. During this scientific journey, I became self-proficient as an end user capable of running mass spectrometers to study proteins. This led to a lot of collaboration, so much so, that we developed numerous proteomics facilities, all of which cumulated to the creation of the University of Arizona College of Medicine Quantitative Proteomics Laboratory, a resource we have designed to offer UA investigators a chance to use quantitative proteomics to answer their own personal research questions.

     I am fortunate enough to have a very loving family, a power trio, with my wife Leah, and our daughter Sophia. I enjoy spending time with the girls and watching Sophia turn into a beautiful little maniac. I also get my kicks playing music, SH*TLOADS OF GOLF, listening to music, reading, fishing, snorkeling, exercising, being outdoors, watching movies, barbequing, eating cheeseburges and french fries and chocolate, drinking whatever is being offered to me, and laughing at my idiot friends while I too act like a 14-year old moron. I also like winning money from said friends, the holidays with my family, October, and decorating my house during Halloween in a way that scares little kids so much they end up too afraid to grab the candy and I get all the chocolate.

Skylar Batty - 2019 - ????

Undergraduate Thesis Honors Student

Welcome Skylar! Skylar, unlike myself at her age , has an actual vision for her future......SCIENCE! Skylar comes to the Langlais Lab via a circuitous route. Having an interest in medicine entering college, Skylar soon became aware of a whole new world, biomedical research, and was immediately intrigued. So much so that she sought an answer to "what the hell is a lab anyway?". Through a bit of "it's all who you know" Skylar found her way to the Langlais Lab the first semester of her Sophmore year (2019). After a bit of time spent learning the basics of basic research, Skylar switched her major to Molecular & Cellular Biology and decided to perform her Honor's Thesis with the Langlais Lab. Skylar is currently quaratining at home on a fenced in porch in Kansas, but will soon be back to enter the Undergraduate Biology Reseaerch Program (UBRP) with the Langlais Lab for the 2020 summer. Skylar, along with Atley, are the first undergrad Honor's Thesis students to join the Langlais Lab. 

Austin Lipinski - 2019-????

Research Specialist

Austin comes to us straight outta college! Austin is now the go-to person for the proteomics lab we run across the hall. Austin realized in his mid 20s that he should get a degree cause hard labor is hard. He realized he liked science so he got some kind of scientific double major and while doing that met Mack. Once Natalie and James had to move to North Carolina, the Langlais Lab was fortunate to get a lead on Austin through Mack who recommended Austin as a replacement for Natalie. Since showing up in the late Fall of 2019 Austin has had no choice but to get with the program. Let's just see if he can survive the science gauntlet, he's done pretty damn good so far. GOOD LUCK AUSTIN. 

UPDATE! Austin is awesome.

Dehaven McCrary - 2019-????

Masters Student

DeHaven, a fresh young twig of a scientist at the tender age of 21 who graduated college at 20 WHO DOES THAT, has become the VERY FIRST GRADUATE STUDENT TO EVER ROLL THE DICE ON A DEGREE WITH THE LANGLAIS LAB. I'm not exactly sure what DeHaven was thinking but we are really glad to have you aboard. DeHaven comes to us from the midwest, where he had some limited experience in a lab working on cat testicles, so we know he's going to have a BALL in the Langlais Laboratory. DeHaven has been an instant fit and has hit the ground running on the CLASP2 phosphorylation project. DeHaven is also beginning to work on the super secret CLIP2/AGAP3 project as well, which I realize is not a secret if I put it on the internet but no one is going to read this anyway so WELCOME DEHAVEN LET'S DO THIS.

Atley Moberly - 2019 - ????

Undergraduate Thesis Honors Student

Welcome Atley! I'm pretty sure at some point, I'll be working for Atley. Atley, like her contemporary Skylar, is the future of America. Atley comes to the Langlais Lab through a recommendation from a friend who had met me during a Physiology Undergraduate Speed-Dating event aimed at pairing undergraduates with research opportunities. Atley has a GPA of 10.6 I think, and volunteers for about 137 charitable organizations. She is vice-president of something too, i know that. Atley is in a sorority with 900 other over-acheivers as well. Atley would like to pursue a career in medicine and chose the Langlais Lab in the first semester of her Sophmore year (2019) because of her interest in diabetes.  After a bit of time learning the ropes, Atley went all-in and decided to perform her Honor's Thesis with the Langlais Lab. Atley is currently quarantining in the mecca of Mesa, but will soon be back to enter the Undergraduate Biology Research Program (UBRP) with the Langlais Lab for the 2020 summer. Atley, along with Skylar, are the first undergrad Honor's Thesis students to join the Langlais Lab.

Kaelie Zelms - 2021 - ????

Undergraduate Thesis Honors Student

Once I realized Atley was going to leave us to become the President of the United States of America pretty soon, I had the epiphany that she probably knows other highly functional, up-and-coming, academic elites. In typical take-care-of-business Atley form, she simply said "ya, i'm puting out the call". 10 MINUTES LATER WELCOME KAELIE ROSE ZELMS! Kaeaeaelie comes to us from NORTH Scottsdale OK, not South Scottsdale, NORTH Scottsdale, like Kierland, not Taco Bell on McDowell and Hayden. Like Atley, Kaelie is also in the sorority comprised of over-acheivers that make me regret the time I wasted skateboarding when I was in college, although Kaelie is just a Freshman, so she is involved in only 36 extra-cirrucular activites, not 608 like Atley. Kaelie has joined the lab with zero scientific experience, although she passed the scientific vetting process like a pro. Kaelie will only be able to train with Atley for just a few weeks before she heads home for the summer. Once she returns, she will apply to the UBRP program and we will make her work 80 hours a week in the lab to prove her worth. Funny thing is, because of the stupid pandemic, I've never actually met Kaelie, our entire experience has been through the internet. Alright, let's all wish Kaelie good luck during her transformation from booger-pickin' Freshman rookie to Sophmore Like A Boss.