European Association of Systems Medicine


Prof. Dr. Ron M.A. Heeren


Prof. Dr. Ron M.A. Heeren is distinguished professor or molecular imaging and Limburg Chair at the University of Maastricht where he was appointed in 2014. He is scientific director and founder of M4I, the Maastricht MultiModal Molecular Imaging institute and heads the division of imaging MS. His career in mass spectrometry started in 1992 when he obtained a PhD degree in technical physics at the University of Amsterdam on plasma-surface interactions. After a 3-year postdoctoral period where he developed FTICR-MS  technologies for applications in art and imaging, he was appointed as a research group leader at FOM-AMOLF for macromolecular ion physics and biomolecular imaging mass spectrometry in 1995. In 2001 he was appointed professor at the chemistry faculty of Utrecht University lecturing on the physical aspects of biomolecular mass spectrometry. In the period 1995-2018 he has been developing innovative approaches for high spatial resolution and high throughput molecular imaging mass spectrometry in molecular pathology. He was the research director for emerging technologies within the Netherlands Proteomics Centre from 2008-2013. In 2012 he co-founded Omics2Image B.V., a company focused on bringing innovative ion detector technology to the analytical market. He is the elected treasurer and executive board member of the international mass spectrometry foundation and serves on various editorial boards of peer-reviewed journals. He is and has been active in many professional societies to advance mass spectrometric research, education and professionalization.

His academic research interests are mass spectrometry based personalized medicine, translational molecular imaging research, high-throughput bioinformatics and the development and validation of new mass spectrometry based proteomic imaging techniques for the life sciences. Heeren has authored over 250 publications, holds several patents in mass spectrometry and has mentored numerous students and post-doctoral fellows in the field.