Biemann Medal

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.

Nominations are due November 30. Nomination Form (PDF fill-in form). Please scroll down for additional information on eligibility and how to submit a nomination.

Nuno Bandeira, 2021 Recipient

BandeiraDr. Nuno Bandeira is the 2021 recipient of the ASMS Biemann Medal for significant contributions regarding the development of spectral alignment to connect the world’s mass spectrometry data that is leading to the development of a data driven Google-type search engine for mass spectrometry data. Dr. Bandeira realized that similar to the alignment of protein sequences, unidentified MS/MS spectra can be aligned for the identification of modified and unmodified variants of the same peptide. It can also be applied to small molecules to identify drug-related metabolites or analogs.

In order to improve the efficiency of searching these data repositories, Dr. Bandeira created the foundation of a Google search network by precomputing the large-scale network of all available MS/MS data in the MassIVE public mass spectrometry data repository. The master spectral network can now be searched using data instead of text. These molecular networks have been used in hundreds of papers and have been key to understanding mechanisms of metabolic exchange and charting the molecular diversity in human food and habitats, across kingdoms and many microbial species.

Dr. Bandeira is Associate Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of California at San Diego.

Eligibility & How To Submit a Nomination

Eligibility.  Nominees must be within the first 15 years of receiving the Ph.D. in the year nomination is considered. This is a general guideline and exceptions will be considered. Exceptions should be requested in the letter of nomination. Nominee must be current member of ASMS.

How to Submit Nomination. Use this Nomination Form (PDF fill-in form). Nominations are held for three years so long as the date of PhD 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.