Timothy Cornish holds a Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from The University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill, NC), and was President and Co-founder of C &E Research, Inc. He has extensive experience in the design and fabrication of prototype laser mass spectrometers, specializing in time-of-flight mass spectrometry incorporating laser desorption ion sources. This includes development of novel instrumentation designs incorporating numerous issued patents for his innovative technologies.
He spent 8 years as a Research Faculty Associate at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine building high performance, miniature time-of-flight mass spectrometers for clinical applications, and then moved to Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab. in 1998 in order to develop miniature mass spectrometers for field portable detection of chemical and biological weapons.
In January 2010, he and collaborator Scott Ecelberger formed a start-up scientific consulting firm, C&E Research, Inc., dedicated to further development of miniature and field-portable mass spectrometers, particularly in the area of planetary geochemistry with the Planetary Sciences Group at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.
In October 2017, C&E Research was acquired by Zeteo Tech, as work continues on advancing miniature, field-portable mass spectrometry for wide ranging applications.