April 26, 2018
Professors Kristina Hakansson and Brandon Ruotolo in the Department of Chemistry in the College of Literature, Science and the Arts are receiving an Agilent Thought Leader Award to help support their research on the structure and function of proteins and protein complexes via mass spectrometry.
The Agilent Thought Leader Award promotes fundamental scientific advances by contributing financial support, products, and expertise to the research of influential thought leaders in the life sciences, diagnostics, and chemical analysis space.
The award provides three years of financial support, along with Agilent instrumentation for ion mobility mass spectrometry, high-performance liquid chromatography, and sample preparation and introduction. The equipment donated by Agilent Technologies represents a significant financial contribution to the department.
The support from this award provides an increased opportunity for collaboration within the department, which will broaden research opportunities for Hakansson, Ruotolo, and their teams.
Ruotolo and Hakansson will be collaborating with several biopharmaceutical industry scientists to help ensure that their research targets challenges in protein characterization currently of high importance, and to provide opportunities for evaluation and optimization of new approaches.
Professor Ruotolo says, “I’m both humbled and honored by this gift from Agilent Technologies. Furthermore, I am very excited to deepen our collaborative relationship with them, as well as with the Hakansson lab. My hope is that Agilent’s generosity today precipitates a long-term partnership between U-M and Agilent Technologies in the area of chemical measurement science, allowing us to push forward and develop exciting new technologies that represent the forefront of this area together.”
Professor Hakansson agrees: “I’m thrilled to receive this opportunity to further push our electron-based structural characterization methods on a new instrument platform and to formalize our existing collaboration with the Ruotolo laboratory. We have complementary expertise in areas of interest to Agilent Technologies, and there is great synergy between our research groups—it will be highly exciting to continue in this direction and to once again be working closely with Agilent—I had a fantastically rewarding experience consulting for them as a graduate student in Sweden.”
Agilent Technologies recognizes exceptional researchers who can advance their fields and make significant impacts on the science affecting academic research and industry applications. Monty Benefiel, vice president and general manager of Agilent’s Mass Spectrometry Division of Agilent, shares, “Partnering with leading researchers in mass spectrometry-based protein characterization will enable Agilent to more rapidly evaluate and commercialize new bioanalytical technologies and solutions. Together, we will advance understanding, technologies, techniques, and solutions in this dynamic space.”
This is the second Agilent Thought Leader Award given to University of Michigan faculty: Dr. Hashim Al-Hashimi received the award in 2013.