Imperial College London
Professor Zoltan Takats obtained his PhD from Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary. He has worked as a post-doctoral research associate at Purdue University, Indiana, USA. After returning to Hungary, he served as Director of Cell Screen Research Centre and also as Head of Newborn Screening and Metabolic Diagnostic Laboratory at Semmelweis University, Budapest. Professor Takats was awarded the Starting Grant by the European Research Council in 2008 and he subsequently was appointed to a Junior Research Group Leader at Justus Liebig University, Gießen, Germany. He moved to the United Kingdom in 2012 and is currently a Professor of Analytical Chemistry, Director of Mass Spectrometry Research within Division of Computational Systems and Medicine, Deputy Head of Division of Computational Systems and Medicine. He has published over 100 peer-reviewed articles in the fields of analytical chemistry and translational medicine, with more than 3000 independent citations. Some of these were published in Science, Nature, PNAS and Angewandte Chemie International Edition. He is primary inventor of eight analytical methods including Desorption Electrospray Ionization and Rapid Evaporative Ionization Mass Spectrometry, which are commercially available from Prosolia Inc. and Waters Corporation. He is one of the founders of the field termed ‘Ambient Ionization Mass Spectrometry’. He was also the recipient of the prestigious Mattauch-Herzog Award of the German Mass Spectrometry Society and the Hungarian Star Award for Outstanding Innovators.