Shabaz studied Chemistry at UMIST (now The University of Manchester) and obtained his degree in 1999. He then went on to work in the laboratory of Simon Gaskell within the field of biological mass spectrometry albeit the more fundamental side of the topic and defended in early 2003. He then moved to Odense (Denmark) and joined the group of Ole Jensen and worked on technology development for use in studying post-translation modifications. Here, he helped develop a method that allowed quantitative analysis of phosphorylation and its role in cellular signalling, a widely adopted method. In 2005, he moved to the laboratory of Albert Heck and continued working in the field of proteomic technologies. In 2008, he became an Assistant Professor and started his own group. In 2013, he (once again) moved and is now a Senior Research Fellow in the Departments of Chemistry and Biochemistry. He is also a theme leader at the Netherlands Proteomics Centre and maintains a ‘guest’ lecturer status at Utrecht University.
Prof. dr. Albert J. R. Heck (1964) is Head of the Biomolecular Mass Spectrometry & Proteomics group since September 1998.
In March 2007 he received his PhD after which he joined the Biomolecular Mass Spectrometry and Proteomics group of Albert Heck at the University of Utrecht.