Professor of chemistry, biochemistry, and molecular biology, George Washington University
Akos Vertes’s research focuses on developing new analytical techniques that can be applied to diverse fields of chemistry, biology, and medicine. His research includes high-throughput and ultrasensitive methods in systems biology, proteomics and metabolomics, new methods for molecular imaging of biological tissues under native conditions, and single cell and subcellular analysis. One of his major accomplishments, a new ionization method called laser ablation electrospray ionization (LAESI), has received several awards. LAESI was named one of the Top 10 Innovations of 2011 by The Scientist magazine and earned a 2012 R&D 100 Award from R&D Magazine. His research has been presented in more than 160 peer-reviewed publications and two books. He is a coinventor on 17 patents and several pending patent applications. He was elected fellow of the National Academy of Inventors and received the 2012 Hillebrand Prize and the Oscar and Shoshana Trachtenberg Prize for Scholarship. He is a doctor of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. Vertes has served as visiting faculty at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and as a visiting professor at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zurich) in Switzerland.