AminoAcids.com, formerly known as the Scientific Research Consortium, Inc. (SRC)) (EIN #41-1791152), was founded in November 1993 by Frank N. Konstantinides, as a sole-proprietorship.
Our goal is to assist researchers in the pharmaceutical, food, and academic arenas by offering a research and reference laboratory flexible to their needs within our areas of expertise.
AminoAcids.com was incorporated in the State of Minnesota, on October 1st, 1994. Our facility filed for and received a CLIA registration Certification on February 16th, 1994 and was issued license number 24D0882688 by the US Department of Health and Human Services. Our facility was then inspected by the Minnesota Department of Health on October 31st, 1994 and received its CLIA laboratory Certificate of Compliance at that time.
Our tradition of quality comes from the exceptional staff that is here to meet your research needs. Feel free to meet our staff by reading the following biographies:
President, Lab Director
Frank N. Konstantinides, President, majored in biology and chemistry pre-medicine at Waynesburg College, Waynesburg, PA from 1968-1971. He then elected to finish part of his Senior year at the Buffalo General Hospital, Buffalo, NY in a Medical Technology Internship. Frank then entered a Graduate program in Natural Science, majoring in Pathophysiology. From 1975-1980, he studied at Roswell Park Memorial Institute, New York State at Buffalo and State University of New York at Buffalo. In 1979, he designed and built a nutrition and metabolism laboratory at the Buffalo General Hospital, later moved to the St. Paul-Ramsey Medical Center in Minnesota. Frank is a member of the American Association of Clinical Chemistry (Division of Nutrition, Secretary), American Society of Clinical Nutrition, American College of Nutrition, American Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition, American Institute of Nutrition, American Burn Association, AmericanTrauma Association, Minnesota Chromatography Forum and American Microbiology Association. Since 1979, Frank has specialized in amino acid analysis of physiological and biological samples. Frank founded AminoAcids.com in 1994.
Senior Analytical Scientist
Robert Wilson received his BA in Biology from Concordia College, Moorhead MN. He grew up in Rochester MN. His chromatography experience includes ground water analysis for agricultural pollutants, food, and plastics additives. Prior to coming on board with AminoAcids.com he ran GC and GCMS on plastic materials. Robert built a timber frame home in Wisconsin back in 2001 with the help of the North House Folk School of Grand Marias, MN. Robert likes to spend time off with his family camping and fishing in the north woods. He also enjoys attending football and hockey events whenever possible.
Lipid/Fatty Acid Specialist
Dr. Doug Bibus received his BS from Mankato State University and earned his MS in nutrition and Ph.D in nutritional biochemistry from the University of Minnesota. Dr. Bibus is a community faculty member at the University of Minnesota’s Center for Spirituality and Healing and a researcher in the area of fatty acid biochemistry and nutrition. Dr. Bibus is considered as one of the top omega 3 experts in the world, a distinction that stems from his work at the academic lab (Professor Ralph T. Holman) that invented the omega 3 terminology as well as discovered the metabolism and definitive essentiality of omega 3. Dr Bibus’s research interests include the role of essential fatty acids in human and animal nutrition, the role of omega 3 fatty acids in attenuating the inflammatory response, the application of fatty acids in the treatment of disease and the impact of oxidative stress on performance animals and humans. Dr. Bibus is a member of The American Oil Chemists’ Society, The American Chemical Society, The Society for Critical Care Medicine and The International Society for the Study of Fatty Acids and Lipids. He has been a two-time winner of the American Chemical Society’s Award in Analytical Chemistry. Dr. Bibus is a foundation board member for AOCS and chairman of the health and nutrition division and award committee.
Business and Marketing Director
Jeff Johnson, Business Director, majored in business at Augsburg College and Carlson School of Hospitality/Business Management. Jeff is a former member of the Roseville City Council and keeps involved in his Church as a lead vocalist in the praise and worship combo. Jeff has worked at AminoAcids.com since January 2007.
Quality Assurance Director
Megan Malz, originally from Pequot Lakes, MN, graduated from the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University in 2012 with a Bachelor of Art in Biology and a minor in Studio Art. Megan’s hobbies include sand volleyball, cooking, and drawing. She also enjoys traveling and Mexican cuisine.
Quality Assurance Analyst II
Catherine graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2014 with a Bachelor of Science in Human and Animal Health. She also is a trained EMT and has her black belt in Tae Kwon Do. Catherine loves traveling, reading, music, and spending time with her family, friends, and dog.
Quality Assurance Analyst I
Morgan graduated from North Dakota State University in 2014 with a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology and a minor in Chemistry. She enjoys warm weather, cooking, reading, fishing, and spending time with her dog.
Jane is a 2012 graduate from the University of Minnesota where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry. Jane worked in a biomedical device testing laboratory prior to joining the AminoAcids.com team. In her free time Jane plays electric bass and guitar and enjoys the music/arts scene in the Twin Cities. She loves reading, cooking, swimming, and camping in the summertime.
Meghan attended the College of Saint Benedict with a major in Biology. She studied abroad in London and loves travelling. She is also doing an internship at Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis. Her hobbies include: listening to music and going to concerts, coaching girls lacrosse, watching Netflix and going to Caribou Coffee.
Daniel Gil de Lamadrid is a University of Wisconsin Superior undergrad with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. Before coming on as one of the team members he worked with the Wisconsin DNR and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. On his days off, Daniel enjoys going on hikes, canoeing, and distance running.
Assistant Laboratory Manager
Leslie graduated from the College of Saint Benedict with a Bachelor of Arts in Biochemistry. Prior to becoming part of the AminoAcids.com team, she did chemistry synthesis research on the reductive amination of carboxylic acids of amino acids. In her free time she enjoys swimming, reading, cooking, going to caribou coffee and playing with her puppy.
Elise graduated Iowa State University with a Bachelor of Science in Genetics. Prior to working at Aminoacids.com, she had research experiences studying vaginal microbiome composition and gene expression of melatonin in aphids before working in a seed testing laboratory. She enjoys reading, cooking, and painting.
Brenna graduated from Hamline University in May of 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a minor in Psychology. While at Hamline she was a member of the cross country and track and field teams. Brenna is from Walker, MN and enjoys spending time with her family. She also loves racing for Mill City Running, reading and outdoor activities.