Makarov appointed as professor in Utrecht

Makarov appointed as professor in Utrecht

Utrecht University has appointed Dr. Alexander Makarov as Professor of High Resolution Mass Spectrometry at the Department of Chemistry and the Bijvoet Center. 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 the Biomolecular Mass Spectrometry and Proteomics group of Prof. Albert Heck as well as a valuable strengthening in the education of Life Sciences students at the Faculty of Science.

Physicist Alexander Makarov (1966), is the inventor of the Orbitrap mass analyzer, which changed the field of chemical analysis including 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. 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.

In the Bijvoet Center for Biomolecular Research at Utrecht University, pharmacists, chemists and biologists perform research and offer a research training programme on the relation between the structure and function of biomolecules.

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