Philip Compton earned his B.S. in Chemistry at the University of Illinois while working for Prof. Neil Kelleher on projects related to instrumentation and epigenetics. In 2006, he began a Ph.D. under the guidance of Prof. Donald Hunt at the University of Virginia. During his graduate career, he innovated the fragmentation technique known as Electron Transfer Dissociation by developing a new ion source and adapting the technique to utilize a new reagent. After graduating in 2009, Phil was hired as the Director of Instrumentation for the PCE and is responsible for the maintenance of the center and core's 11 mass spectrometers and oversees the development of new mass spectrometric instrumentation.