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Alexander Makarov appointed as Professor of High Resolution Mass Spectrometry

Alexander Makarov appointed as Professor of High Resolution Mass Spectrometry

November 2013

The Executive Board of Utrecht University has appointed Dr. Alexander Makarov as Professor by Special Appointment of High Resolution Mass Spectrometry. Makarov is Director of Global Research for Life Sciences Mass Spectrometry at Thermo Fisher Scientific. His appointment is a further strengthening of the close research collaboration between Thermo Fisher Scientific and Prof. Albert Heck, group leader of the Biomolecular Mass Spectrometry and Proteomics group and scientific director NPC, as well as a valuable strengthening in the education of Life Sciences students at the Faculty of Science of Utrecht University.

Physicist Alexander Makarov (1966), is the inventor of the Orbitrap mass analyzer, which changed the field of chemical analysis including proteomics, the analysis of proteins. Understanding protein function, in the context of health and disease research, is nowadays heavily reliant on proteomics. Since its introduction in 2005, Orbitrap-based mass spectrometers quickly conquered the research market and led to many breakthroughs in the field of physical, chemical and life sciences.

Bridge that connects academia and industry
The objective of the new chair is to research new applications to the analysis of large proteins and protein assemblies. This could allow detailed measurements of a range of biologically important species. Makarov also looks forward to working closer with master and PhD students. “I hope that this appointment will become a bridge that connects academia and industry, allowing students as well as industrial scientists to reach across the divide and engage in mutual learning”. Through his appointment, students will get the opportunity to do part of their research at Thermo Fisher Scientific and learn about research in a company environment.

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