Dr. Mason received joint honors baccalaureate degrees in Marine Zoology and Oceanography and his Ph.D. from the University of Wales, U.K. He subsequently completed a Natural Environmental Research Council Post Doctorate at the University of Reading, U.K. followed by a Medical Research Council Post Doctorate at the University of Sussex, UK.
He joined the Department of Biological Sciences CSULB in 1989 after a brief faculty appointment at Department of Bioengineering at the University College of London. Until recently he served as the Interim Assistant Vice Chancellor for Research Initiatives and Partnerships at the California State University Office of the Chancellor. He previously served as the Associate Vice President for Research and Sponsored Programs and as Associate Dean for Research in the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics at CSULB. He was the founding Director of the Institute for Integrated Research in Materials Environments and Society, an ELAP certified core CSU facility for elemental, isotopic and molecular characterization. Dr. Mason was also the co-founder of the W.M. Keck Center for Education in Proteomics (CEPA) at CSULB, which provides hands on training for research and education in proteomic analysis.
His research in applied ecotoxicology utilizes mass spectroscopy based technologies for studying the role of essential and non-essential metal atoms in cellular toxicity, gene activation and metalloprotein functioning. As a faculty member he was funded continuously largely through grants from the NIH and NSF, was on the editorial panel of two Journals, has published a number of invited book chapters and over 60 peer reviewed articles in scientific journals.