Distinguished Contribution

Award Nominations

Nominations are due November 30.  Award Nomination Form 2015 FILL-IN PDF

2014 Recipient:  Richard M. Caprioli


Dr. Richard M. Caprioli is awarded the 2014 ASMS Award for a Distinguished Contribution in Mass Spectrometry for the development of MALDI Imaging Mass Spectrometry and its application to molecular mapping of tissues in biology and medicine.

Professor Caprioli’s work led to a new paradigm for molecular imaging of tissues, founded on the development of matrix assisted laser desorption ionization (MALDI) imaging mass spectrometry. This is now a burgeoning application of mass spectrometry whereby molecular measurements can be made directly from tissues, adding significantly to the information that can be obtained from these specimens.

This work has made significant contributions to the study of proteins, lipids, metabolites, and pharmaceutical compounds. Since publication of Professor Caprioli’s seminal 1997 paper (Anal. Chem. 69(23), 4751-4760) showing the power of MALDI imaging mass spectrometry for tissue analysis, he has pioneered advancements in sample preparation, instrumentation, and informatics approaches that have considerably advanced the technology and made it accessible to hundreds of laboratories worldwide.

The impact of his work is evident in the numerous commercial platforms that employ this technology. Approximately 2,500 papers have been published to date on the subject of MALDI imaging mass spectrometry. 

Dr. Caprioli is the Stanford Moore Chair in Biochemistry and Director of the Mass Spectrometry Research Center at Vanderbilt University.

Past Recipients


2013: Richard D. Smith
2012: Catherine C. Fenselau
2011: Robert J. Cotter
2010: Marvin L. Vestal
2009  Simon J. Gaskell and Vicki H. Wysocki
2008: Alexander Makarov
2007: Jesse L. (Jack) Beauchamp
2006: R. Graham Cooks
2005: James A. McCloskey
2004: Michael T. Bowers
2003: Fred McLafferty
2002: William Henzel, John Stults, Colin Watanabe
2001: George C. Stafford, Jr.
2000: Boris Aleksandrovich Mamyrin
1999: Melvin Comisarow and Alan G. Marshall
1998: David A. Dahl and Don C. McGilvery
1997: Franz Hillenkamp and Michael Karas
1996: Frank H. Field and Burnaby Munson
1995: Keith R. Jennings
1994: Donald F. Hunt
1993: Christie G. Enke and Richard Yost
1992: John B. Fenn
1991: Michael Barber
1990: Ronald D. Macfarlane