Ron Heeren

Titels Prof. dr.
Initials R.M.A.
Main position Universiteitshoogleraar UM
Disciplines Analytical chemistry
  Technology in medicine and health care
  Metrology, scientific instrumentation
Chair Moleculaire Beeldvorming
Domain Natural Sciences and Engineering
Membership Member
Since 2021
Member of Natural Sciences and Engineering
Employed by Universiteit Maastricht
Universiteitssingel 50
6229 ER Maastricht
tel.  043 3881499
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Ron Heeren is a pioneer in mass spectrometry, a technique for identifying isotopes and molecules. Thanks to methods he has developed, it is now possible to take a wide variety of samples and rapidly and precisely analyse and localise them down to the molecular level. Researchers can, for example, use a single hair to determine the chemicals to which a person has been exposed on a given day, view a single cancer cell, or analyse the pigment in an old painting. Heeren’s work is of immense importance to innovative, personalised patient care and molecular pathology. It comes as no surprise that he has nine patents to his name, several of which have already been used in commercial products.