News


    2014

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    Vertes Victories. On August 13, 2014, in a flattering piece entitled “Vertes Victories,” John DiConsiglio, a news writer for the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, discussed my professional career and future plans. A more appropriate title for this article would have been “Vertes Group Victories,” as these achievements reflect the work of many talented associates.

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    Construction of Science and Engineering Hall nears completion. In the first week of August, 2014, we received the relocation schedule to move our laboratories and offices to the SEH building. This ambitious plan allocates 5 days for moving our offices and 38 days, mostly January of 2015, to move my laboratories. You can follow the phases of the above-ground construction through our photo diary.

  • Sylwia Stopka receives a 2014 MSDG Young Investigator Travel Award. On 5-19-2014, the Washington-Baltimore Mass Spectrometry Discussion Group selected Sylwia Stopka, a graduate student in the group, for a travel award. The financial component of the award helped her to attend the 62-nd ASMS Conference on Mass Spectrometry and Allied Topics in Baltimore, MD, where she gave an oral presentation entitled "Metabolic Response to Altered Light Conditions in Genetically Modified Chlamydomonas by LAESI Mass Spectrometry with Ion Mobility Separation."

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    First and second prize in Undergraduate Natural Sciences at GW Research Days. On 4-1-2014, undergraduate students Emmeline Ha and Daniel Foreman swept the Undergraduate Natural Sciences: Cellular/Molecular category at the GW Research Days 2014. Emmeline's first place poster was titled "Revealing the binding properties behind copper(II)’s anti-aggregative effect on human amylin," whereas Dan placed second with his poster "Comparative Metabolic Profiling of Single Plant Cells by Capillary Microsampling and Electrospray Ionization Mass Spectrometry."

  • Inducted members of the National Academy of Inventors on congressional record. On 2-11-2014, the Hon. Kathy Castor, Representative of Florida, read the names of the newly inducted members of the National Academy of Inventors into the Congressional Record. Prof. Vertes was elected as a Fellow in December, 2013.

  • Physics Today article features LAESI and the Vertes Group. On 1-30-2014, David Lindley published an article in Physics Today entitled "Lasers make biological assays easier" that described our work dedicated to the analysis of biological cells and tissues.

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    Vertes Group featured in "Educating Inventors at GW " video. On 1-29-2014, a video entitled "Educating Inventors at GW" appeared on YouTube featuring the Vertes Group. In this video, Dr. Vertes discusses student participation in the development of new technologies and creating intellectual property.

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    DARPA Grant featured in GW Today. On 1-28-2014, GW Today and a GW press release through PR Newswire described a major new award received by a team led by Dr. Vertes from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to rapidly characterize biological and chemical threats. The press release was picked up by multiple major media outlets around the world. On the same day, Protea Biosciences issued a press release through GlobeNewswire that was mirrored by Yahoo Finance, Financial Buzz and other outlets.

    2013

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    Prof. Vertes elected Fellow of the National Academy Inventors. On 12-11-2013, GW Today reported on Dr. Vertes' election as a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors. On 12-18-2013, this was followed by a GW press release through Newswise.

  • Aparna Sajja awarded 2013 Goldwater Scholarship. On 5-3-2013, GW Today reported on Aparna Sajja, an undergraduate student in our group, winning a prestigious Goldwater Scholarship.

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    Protea announces ProteaScope imaging service. On 6-10-2013 in a press release, Protea Biosciences, Inc., announced a new mass spectrometry service, called ProteaScope, based on histology-guided tissue analysis by high performance LAESI mass spectrometry.

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    Hang Li receives a 2013 MSDG Young Investigator Travel Award. On 5-14-2013, the Washington-Baltimore Mass Spectrometry Discussion Group selected Hang Li, a graduate student in the group, for a travel award. The financial component of the award helped her to attend the 61-st ASMS Conference on Mass Spectrometry and Allied Topics in Minneapolis, MN, where she gave an oral presentation entitled "Ambient Molecular Imaging and Quantitative Analysis by Laser Ablation Electrospray Ionization Mass Spectrometry with Ion Mobility Separation."

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    Prof. Vertes receives 2012 Hillebrand Award. Dr. Vertes was awarded the 2012 Hillebrand Award by The Chemical Society of Washington section of the American Chemical Society. The announcement was made in the March 2013 issue of The Capital Chemist, a publication of CSW.

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    Tarek Mansour recieves CSW Award. On 2-13-2013, Tarek Mansour, an undergraduate in the group, received the College Chemistry Achievement Award from The Chemical Society of Washington, the local chapter of the American Chemical Society. Tarek's research focused on exploring metabolic pulse-chase analysis using LAESI mass spectrometry.


    2012

  • John St. Angelo featured in GW Research Profile video. On 8-6-2012, the GW Undergraduate Admissions office published a Research Profile video on undergraduate student John St. Angelo. John's research is focused on single cell analysis by laser desorption ionization from silicon nanopost arrays (NAPA), a technique developed by the Vertes Group.

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    LAESI DP-1000 receives the North American Bioanalytics New Product Innovation Award. On 7-17-2012, the North American Bioanalytics New Product Innovation Award was given by Frost & Sullivan for the LAESI DP-1000 system that was built based on our invention by Protea Biosciences, Inc. The explanation for the award decision stated that the "...pioneering LAESI DP-1000 Direct Ionization System is set to be a key enabling technology for breakthroughs in research, diagnostics and medicine." Frost & Sullivan announced the news through PRNewswire.

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    LAESI DP-1000 receives prestigious 2012 R&D 100 Award. On 6-21-2012, the R&D 100 Magazine announced that the LAESI DP-1000 instrument, built based on our invention, received a 2012 R&D 100 Award, dubbed as the Oscars for Innovation. For the 50-th time, these awards were given by an independent panel to the 100 technologically most innovative products of the past year. This was followed by a 6-21-2012, press release by Protea Biosciences, Inc., through GlobeNewswire.

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    6-7-2012 Jessica Stolee wins Chorafas Foundation Award. "The purpose of the EPFL Dimitris N. Chorafas Foundation award is to distinguish innovative and high level research..." "The Dimitris N. Chorafas Foundation was established in March 1992 in collaboration with the Swiss Academy of Engineering Sciences, Swiss Academy of Humanities and Social Sciences, Swiss Academy of Medical Sciences, and Swiss Academy of Natural Sciences."

  • Bennett Walker and Jessica Stolee receive 2012 MSDG Young Investigator Travel Awards. On 5-13-2012, the Washington-Baltimore Mass Spectrometry Discussion Group selected Bennett Walker and Jessica Stolee, graduate students in the group, for travel awards. The financial component of the awards helped them to attend the 60-th ASMS Conference on Mass Spectrometry and Allied Topics in Vancouver, Canada, where Bennett and Jess gave two oral presentations entitled "Nanophotonic Ion Production for Ultrasensitive Analysis by Mass Spectrometry" and "Toward Single Cell Analysis by Plume Collimation in Laser Ablation Electrospray Ionization Mass Spectrometry," respectively.


  • First Prize in Undergraduate: Natural Sciences & Engineering at GW Research Days. On 3-28-2012, undergraduate student, John St. Angelo, was awarded first prize in the Undergraduate: Natural Sciences & Engineering category at GW's first annual Research Days. He presented a poster titled "Metabolic Analysis of Single Pancreatic Beta-Cells by Laser Desorption Ionization Mass spectrometry on Silicon Nanopost Arrays."

  • PITTCON Bronze Prize

    LAESI DP-1000 receives Editor's Bronze Award at PITTCON. On 3-20-2012, at the International Pittsburgh Conference on Analytical Chemistry and Applied Spectroscopy (PITTCON) the LAESI DP-1000 instrument, based on our technology, received the Editors’ Bronze Award. Among other outlets, it was reported in a 3-20-2012, press release by Protea Biosciences, Inc., through GlobeNewswire.

  • NPR reports on the "Top 10 Innovations 2011" award. On 1-7-2012, Sabri Ben-Achour of National Public Radio (WAMU 88.5) reported on the “Top 10 Innovations 2011" award in a news item titled "GWU Professor's Laser Technology Recognized."

  • GW Today features article on the "Top 10 Innovations 2011" award. On 1-5-2012, in GW Today Laura Donnelly-Smith described the award in an article titled "Top-Tier Research: GW professor’s biochemistry invention recognized as a top 10 innovation of 2011." This article was also in the January, 2012, issue of the GW Science and Engineering Hall newsletter and the Columbian College newsletter, and Untrodden Ground (the official research blog of GW) also reported on this achievement.

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    LAESI named as Top 10 Innovations of 2011. On 1-1-2012, the British life sciences magazine The Scientist announced the winners of its “Top 10 Innovations 2011” contest. The LAESI tissue and cell analysis technology, developed at GW by our group, and the corresponding commercial product, LAESI DP-1000, developed by Protea Biosciences, Inc., are among the top ten. On 1-5-2012, this was followed by a press release by Protea Biosciences, Inc. The press release was picked up by over 100 news outlets around the world.


    2011

  • GW issues press release on LAESI-MS. On 9-13-11, the George Washington University issued a press release titled "George Washington University Research Team Launches New Technology for Commercial Use to Analyze Biomolecules."

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    Protea announces the availability of LAESI mass spectrometry services. On 6-6-11, in a press release, Protea Biosciences, Inc., announced the availability of LAESI mass spectrometry services including 2D and 3D tissue analysis. They also had the first commercial version of the instrument on display at the 59th Meeting of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry in Denver, CO. Within days over 250 media outlets around the world picked up the story.


    2010

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    Jessica Stolee receives 2010-2011 ARCS award. 10-21-2010 Jessica Stolee, a graduate student in the group, received the Carleen Sims Endowment Fellowship from the Achievement Rewards for College Scientists (ARCS) Foundation. Jessica develops new tools for the analysis of single cells and small cell populations. This is her second ARCS Foundation award.

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    Guest co-editing of Appl. Phys. A Special Issue. Boris Luk'yanchuk and Akos Vertes co-edited a Special Issue of the journal Applied Physics A. The October 2010 Special Issue was dedicated to "Laser Ablation: Fundamentals" and contained 37 articles based on presentations at the 10th International Conference on Laser Ablation, 2009, Singapore.

  • Protea press release hits the news. 9-8-2010 Following the press release by Protea Biosciences, Inc., to commercialize our LAESI invention, the news hit the internet. Over 50 web sites reported on the announcement. Beyond the US sites, there were reports in France, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands, Finland and Japan. German, French and Dutch translations were also found. Among the better known sites were: Bloomberg, CNBC, Drug Discovery and Development, Forbes, Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News, MSNBC, Reuters, Spiegel, TD Ameritrade, The Medical News, and Yahoo! Finance.

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    Protea announces LAESI commercialization. 9-8-2010 Protea Biosciences, Inc., announces the commercialization of the laser ablation electrospray ionization (LAESI) technology developed in the Vertes Laboratory. LAESI enables the direct analysis of water containing samples, e.g., aqueous solutions, biological tissues and cells, at atmospheric pressure.


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    2010 Fassel Lecture in Analytical Chemistry. On April 2, 2010, at the Iowa State University, Prof. Akos Vertes delivered the 20th Annual Velmer A. Fassel Lecture in Analytical Chemistry. His talk entitled "Tissue Imaging and Single Cell Analysis by LAESI Mass Spectrometry" discussed the utility of this new method for the direct identification of metabolites and lipids at atmospheric pressure.

  • Bioanalysis reports on mouse brain analysis. 3-17-2010 The March 2010 issue of the British journal "Bioanalysis" published by the Future Science Group reported on our mouse brain analysis work. The project had been carried out in collaboration with colleagues at the Children's National Medical Center in Washington, DC, and the results were reported in the journal Analyst.

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    Jennifer Day receives CSW award. 2-11-2010 Jennifer Day, an undergraduate in the group, received the College Chemistry Achievement Award from The Chemical Society of Washington, the local chapter of the American Chemical Society. Jennifer's research focused on exploring metabolic differences between stem cells and differentiated cells in plants using LAESI mass spectrometry.

  • Biophotonics reports on single cell analysis by LAESI. The January, 2010, issue of Biophotonics magazine reported on our single cell analysis work. The interview focused on the application of laser ablation in single cell analysis, including molecular imaging based on single cells as pixels. The report is available online at: http://photonics.com/Article.aspx?AID=41135.


What's in your wallet?
8-17-2009 WUSA 9 features our lab demonstrating
the presence of cocaine on US currency.


    2008

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    10-16-2008 Bennett Walker receives 2008-2009 ARCS award At a reception at the National Academy of Sciences, the Achievement Rewards for College Scientists (ARCS) Foundation announced this year's awards.

  • 7-1-2008 Analytical Chemistry reports on LAESI imaging "Akos Vertes and his colleagues at George Washington University performed in vivo molecular imaging and depth profiling on the leaves of plants with their own matrixless technique, laser ablation ESI (LAESI)."

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    7-30-2008 Peter Nemes wins Chorafas prize "The Dimitris N. Chorafas Foundation was established in March 1992 in collaboration with the Swiss Academy of Engineering Sciences, Swiss Academy of Humanities and Social Sciences, Swiss Academy of Medical Sciences, and Swiss Academy of Natural Sciences."

  • March, 2008 Biophotonics reports on AP IR-MALDI "Researchers in a number of areas, from agriculture to environmental processes to pharmacology, want to know more about the structure, and biosynthetic pathways of metabolites in plants. Because of the number and diversity of metabolites–there are an estimated 200,000 in the plant kingdom–they have had to develop a range of methods to achieve the selectivity and sensitivity needed for analysis in complex mixtures."

  • 2-9-2008 Mumbai Mirror reports on LAESI "Analyse This"

  • 2-7-2008 Reuters reports on LAESI "A new detector combines a laser with a mass spectrometer to provide on-the-spot analysis that researchers hope will have applications ranging from evaluating a tumor as it is removed to quickly detecting explosives in luggage."

  • 1-15-2008 Our AP IR-MALDI imaging work on the cover "The utility of atmospheric pressure infrared MALDI mass spectrometry (AP IR-MALDI) was assessed for plant metabolomics studies. Tissue sections from plant organs, including flowers, ovaries, aggregate fruits, fruits, leaves, tubers, bulbs, and seeds were studied in both positive and negative ion modes."

    2007

  • 11-15-2007 Base Peak article on LAESI "The proliferation of ambient, open-air ionisation techniques for mass spectrometry continues unabated, with the announcement of a unique method designed especially for the analysis of medical and biological samples containing water. It has been dubbed laser ablation with electrospray ionisation (LAESI) and employs the novel combination of an infrared laser with an electrospray to produce ions from solid or liquid surfaces."

  • October, 2007 Medical Applications of MS published "Mass spectrometry is fast becoming an indispensable field for medical professionals. The mass spectrometric analysis of metabolites and proteins promises to revolutionize medical research and clinical diagnostics. As this technology rapidly enters the medical field, practicing professionals and students need to prepare to take full advantage of its capabilities. Medical Applications of Mass Spectrometry addresses the key issues in the medical applications of mass spectrometry at the level appropriate for the intended readership."

  • 5-17-2007 Bioscience Technology reports on AP IR-MALDI "...to enhance its utility in proteomics, Vertes wants to take imaging mass spectrometry to the next level allowing it to work in vivo. He points to what he sees as three major limitations in current imaging mass spec technology: the requirement for a vacuum, the matrix itself, and the limitations in spatial resolution."

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    5-9-2007 Trachtenberg Prize for Scholarship "The George Washington University and President Stephen Joel Trachtenberg have announced the recipients of the 2007 Oscar and Shoshana Trachtenberg Prizes. University President Stephen Joel Trachtenberg established and endowed these awards in memory of his parents with the primary goal of recognizing GW faculty members for excellence in research, service, and teaching. This year, Akos Vertes, professor of chemistry, receives the research prize."

  • 4-15-2007 Our ES images on the cover "Depending on the spraying conditions and fluid properties, a variety of electrospray regimes exists. Here we explore the changes in ion production that accompany the transitions among the three axial spraying modes, the burst mode, the pulsating Taylor cone mode, and the cone-jet mode."


    2006

  • 10-16-2006 Media breakfast features proteomics at GW "Proteomics, the systemic study of proteins based on the genome, has captured the attention of academia, government and industry alike. According to current estimates, the three billion base pairs in the human genome only code for approximately 30,000 genes. During the life cycle of cells, the information in these genes is translated into proteins, the real actors in cellular processes. The proteins in turn perform the necessary tasks (signaling, regulation, catalysis, etc.) that keep the cells alive."

  • 10-12-2006 Hatchet reports on molecular microscope "Professor Akos Vertes is helping to design a microscope to research proteins."

  • 8-11-2006 Our new paper in PRL: Electrified Dripping Faucet Electrosprays have diverse applications including protein analysis, electrospinning, and nanoencapsulation for drug delivery. We show that a variety of electrospray regimes exhibit fundamental analogy with the nonlinear dynamics of a dripping faucet.

  • Cyber-enabled mass spectrometers. Our laboratory has a history of using the cyber space for remote control and operation of complex instrumentation. In 2000, in an NSF-funded joint project with Prof. Murray Johnston of the University of Delaware (NSF Grant No. 9808166) we established a collaboratory for cyber-enabled teaching and research in laser ionization mass spectrometry. More recently, we used a cyber-enabled electrospray ionization mass spectrometer in a course on Advanced Analytical Chemistry. This material is based in part upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 0415521.

    2005

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    10-6-2005 Meeting the Prime Minister of Hungary. On October 6, 2005, Ferenc Gyurcsany, the Prime Minister of Hungary visited GW and received the President's Medal for his role in European politics. At the ceremony, he was clearly touched by this honor and the magnificent setting the City View Room of The Elliott School of International Affairs provided. At the following reception, I had the opportunity to ask the Prime Minister about how he planned to keep intellectuals and talented white collar workers from leaving Hungary.

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    8-28-2005 Featured in NSF Broader Impact Showcase. Our work on the fundamentals of electrospray ionization was selected to be included in the "Advance Discovery and Understanding While promoting Teaching, Training and Learning" session of the NSF Broader Impacts Showcase. The linked poster was presented at the 230-th ACS National meeting. This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 0415521.

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    5-6-2005 Construction of new laboratory completed. Planning for larger and upgraded laboratory space started in July of 2004. The objective was to consolidate the research projects from two different buildings into a state-of-the-art new space. The construction team broke ground in January of 2005 and we started moving in on May 6, 2005.


    2004

  • Interview in VLAC Annual Report 2004 "Professor Akos Vertes conducted his research at the VLAC for three months, calculating, thinking and writing in the quiet of the premises in the heart of Brussels. Besides the group PLASMANT (Plasma Laser Ablation and Surface Modeling Antwerpen) headed by Prof. Bogaerts, guest researcher Akos Vertes also interacted with the Department of Analytical Chemistry, run by prof. Frank Vanhaecke and prof. Luc Moens at the Universiteit Gent and the research unit 'Clusters, Hybrid Nanosystems and Laser Spectroscopy' of the KU Leuven where he met the senior researchers prof. Roger E. Silverans, prof. Peter Lievens and dr. Erno Vandeweert. He participated in discussions and seminars and he also gave lectures at the three universities."

  • Elsevier/Spectrochimica Acta Award. Professor Vertes and his Belgian co-authors have received the prestigious Elsevier/Spectrochimica Acta Award honoring the most significant article published in this top journal during the year. Their paper "Laser ablation for analytical sampling: what can we learn from modeling?" demonstrates the usefulness of a gas dynamic model for the description of atmospheric pressure laser sampling of solids for chemical analysis.

  • 8-3-2004 $1.5 million grant from W.M. Keck Foundation "Akos Vertes, professor of chemistry and of biochemistry and molecular biology, will serve as the principal investigator for the project. The broad objectives of the GW IPTA are to engage in research in developing new proteomics technology and in using that technology for proteomics research. The IPTA is an interdisciplinary research collaborative among the University's Departments of Chemistry, Biology and Physics at the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences; the Departments of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and of Pharmacology at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences; and the Department of Computer Science at the School of Engineering and Applied Science."

    2003

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    3-26-2003 Fun in the Big Easy at the 225-th ACS Meeting. After the exciting sessions, the group relaxed with some good food and music. He came from Sweden just to play his trumpet and play he did. Flamboyant Bourbon Street revealed itself to students of electrohydrodynamics.

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    3-25-2003 Fundamentals of Electrospray Symposium at the 225-th ACS Meeting in New Orleans. This session featured a Nobel Laureate, John Fenn, and contributions form groups at the forefront of understanding electrospray ionization. Our contributions focused on the "Structure, Morphology and Dynamics of Charged Nanodroplets."

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    3-25-2003 and 6-4-2003 Meeting two of the 2002 Nobel Laureates.
    The 2002 Nobel Prize in Chemistry was awarded to John B. Fenn for the discovery of electrospray ionization, to Koichi Tanaka for the introduction of soft laser desorption ionization methods and to Kurt Wuthrich for 3D solution NMR of biomolecules. Congratulations to all three of them for providing the cornerstones of modern proteomics technology.