Prof. dr. Govert Somsen

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faculteit der b├Ętawetenschappen ( biomoleculaire analyse en spectroscopie )

Prof. dr. Govert Somsen studied Analytical Chemistry and Applied Spectroscopy at VU University Amsterdam. He obtained his PhD degree at the VU on the coupling of liquid chromatography with vibrational spectroscopy. In 1996, Somsen was appointed assistant professor at the University of Groningen, where he concentrated on the development and biomedical application of capillary electrophoretic (CE) techniques. He obtained a NWO Vidi-grant in 2005, for his work on new analytical techniques for biopharmaceuticals. In 2010, Somsen became associate professor at Utrecht University where he focused on the integration of CE with mass and optical spectrometry for drug impurity profiling, characterization of therapeutic proteins, and human metabolomics. From 2008 to 2011, Somsen was also reader in Analytical Techniques in the Life Sciences at Avans University for Applied Sciences in Breda.

Somsen was appointed full professor Biomolecular Analysis/Analytical Chemistry at VU University in 2013. His research interests include compositional and conformational characterization of intact biomacromolecules, bioactivity screening of compounds in complex samples, and enantioselective metabolite analysis in biofluids. His group uses advanced sample-preparation and separation techniques in combination with state-of-the-art mass spectrometry, optical spectroscopy and bio-activity detection.

Somsen acquired substantial funding from NWO (ECHO), STW and (bio)pharmaceutical and instrument companies, and is (co)author of more than 120 papers and 6 book chapters. He is in the board of the Section Analytical Chemistry of the Dutch Chemical Society, chairman of the Dutch CE users group, and board member of the Dutch Working Group Separation Methods.