Professor Lars Konermann, Canada Research Chair of Biophysical Protein Mass Spectrometry in the Department of Chemistry and the Department of Biochemistry at The University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario, Canada, has been awarded the 2013 Ken Standing Award, in recognition of his significant contribution to technology development in support of research in the life sciences. The award honors the career of Ken Standing, Professor Emeritus at the University of Manitoba, who was a major figure in the development of time-offlight mass spectrometry for bioanalytical applications. The award was presented at the 7th International Symposium on Enabling Technologies, held April 30th - May 1st, 2013 in Toronto.
Research in the Konermann laboratory is aimed at gaining insights into protein folding mechanisms, and the relationship between protein function and conformational dynamics. These and other areas are being tackled via a range of mass spectrometry-based approaches that include the use of hydrogen exchange and irreversible covalent labeling. Dr. Konermann completed his Ph.D. in the area of plant photosynthesis in 1996 at the Max Planck Institute in Mulheim (Germany), supervised by A. R. Holzwarth. Dr. Konermann was first exposed to the fascinating world of biological mass spectrometry between 1996 and 1998, while working as post-doctoral fellow with D. J. Douglas at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. He was the recipient of the 2003 CSC Fred Beamish Award, the 2011 UWO Florence Bucke Award, and has received several teaching awards. Lars was a member of the NSERC Chemistry Evaluation group (2009-2011), chaired the 2011 Gordon Conference on “Biological Molecules in the Gas Phase and in Solution”, and is a current member of the Editorial Board for the Journal of The American Society for Mass Spectrometry.