Innovative mass spectrometric methods for biomolecules
Research & Development
Bijvoet Center, Utrecht University.
Prof. dr. Albert J. R. Heck is head of the Biomolecular Mass Spectrometry & Proteomics group in Utrecht, the Netherlands (since 1998). He holds the Chair of Biomolecular Mass Spectrometry, a position jointly funded by the Faculties of Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Utrecht.
Albert Heck is scientific director of the Netherlands Proteomics Centre (since 2003) and the Bijvoet Centre for Biomolecular Research (since 2006). He is member of the council of the Human Proteome Organization (HUPO).
He was a member of the council of the Human Proteome Organization (HUPO) and chairman of the HUPO Conference, that was held in Amsterdam in 2008. In 2001, he received the the Golden Medal of the Dutch Royal Chemical Society. In 2004, he received an honoree Utrecht University "ABC" professorship. In 2006, he received the Descartes-Huygens award from the French Academy of Sciences. He has published more than 250 papers in internationally-reviewed journals.
His major interests are in the field of protein mass spectrometry. The general theme of the research in his group is to develop and implement innovative mass spectrometric methods for the more efficient and detailed characterization of proteins and other biomolecules in relation to their biological function. The emphasis is on the structural characterization of proteins and post-translational modifications as well as on the investigation of protein complexes and protein interactions important in e.g. protein folding, protein ligand binding, and the formation of tertiary and quaternary structures.