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.

Kristina Hakansson receives the Agilent Thought Leader Award from Agilent's Bryan Miller and Jack Wenstrand.

Kristina Hakansson receives the Agilent Thought Leader Award from Agilent’s Bryan Miller and Jack Wenstrand.

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.

Award recipient Brandon Ruotolo with Bryan Miller and Jack Wenstrand.

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.”

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.