Biemann Medal

Award Nominations

Nominations are due November 30. Nomination Form (PDF fill-in form)

The Biemann Medal is awarded to an individual early in his or her career in recognition of significant achievement in basic or applied mass spectrometry. The Biemann Medal was established by contributions from students, postdoctoral associates and friends to honor Professor Klaus Biemann.

  • Nominees must be within the first 15 years of receiving the Ph.D. at the time of nomination. 
  • Eligibility is restricted to members of ASMS.

Nominations are held for three years so long as the date of Ph.D. is still within the eligible range. The award is conferred at the ASMS Annual Conference with the presentation of a $5,000 cash award, the Biemann Medal, and the award lecture.


2016 Recipient:  Kristina “Kicki” Håkansson

Dr. Kristina “Kicki” Håkansson has been awarded the 2016 Biemann Medal for her contributions related to her work to develop and elucidate the mechanisms of electron-based activation methods, including electron capture dissociation, electron detachment dissociation, and electron induced dissociation.  She has applied these electron-based activation methods to identify and characterize biological molecules from a number of classes, including peptides, oligonucleotides, and oligosaccharides.  

The challenges associated with structural characterization of increasingly complex biological molecules has inspired the development of many new activation methods.  Ones involving the attachment or detachment of an electron to an ion have shown great promise and have motivated renewed interest in gas-phase radical ion chemistry, both areas which are hallmarks of the Håkansson group.  Dr. Håkansson has focused on deciphering the mechanisms of electron-activated dissociation and shown the outstanding utility of these methods for analysis of nucleic acids, oligosaccharides, and peptides including ones with labile modifications like phosphorylation. Negative ion electron capture dissociation (discovered in the Håkansson laboratory) in particular has shown excellent performance for characterization of phosphorylated and sulfated peptides ionized in the negative mode.  Her group has also shown that electron-activated dissociation methods are gentle enough to allow preservation of higher order structures of nucleic acids.  

Dr. Håkansson is a professor in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.  


Past Recipients

2015: Michael MacCoss
2014: Lingjun Li
2013: Yinsheng Wang
2012: Joshua J. Coon
2011: Bela Paizs
2010: David C. Muddiman
2009: Neil L. Kelleher
2008: Julia Laskin
2007: Roman A. Zubarev
2006: David Clemmer
2005: Gary J. Van Berkel
2004: John R. Yates
2003: Carol V. Robinson
2002: Ruedi Aebersold
2001: Peter B. Armentrout
2000: Julie A. Leary
1999: Matthias Mann
1998: Robert R. Squires
1997: Scott A. McLuckey