Imaging Mass Spectrometry
The M4I Division of Imaging Mass Spectrometry, under supervision of university professor Ron Heeren, is one of the world leaders in high resolution molecular imaging of biological surfaces. The division targets the development and application of state-of-the-art mass spectrometry based molecular imaging approaches for nanomedicine and biomedical research.
Heeren’s research group is among others well-known for the application of Mass Spectrometry Imaging (MSI) to molecular histology, the study of functional molecules within living tissues. The main research aim for the coming years is to develop and apply mass spectrometry as a diagnostic and prognostic tool for personalized medicine in e.g. oncology, neurology and cardiovascular medicine, three important fields of expertise of Maastricht University.
The Division of Imaging Mass Spectrometry is part of M4I, the largest molecular imaging centre in Europe, and is embedded in the Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences of Maastricht University. The division operates in close collaboration with the M4I Division of Nanoscopy (of Prof. Peter Peters) and the departments of General Surgery and Pathology of Maastricht University Medical Centre.