An Oregon State University professor is among the top 60 analytical scientists in the world, according to a magazine that should know. This is called the analytical scientist.
Richard van Breemen was featured on the magazine’s 2020 and 2021 Power List. His work in biomedical mass spectrometry earned him a top spot and he was listed in the Top 100 Analytical Scientists Worldwide on the 2021 Power List.
“This is the result of great students and collaborators,” said van Breemen. âIt’s a very rewarding field.
Van Breemen runs a lab at the Linus Pauling Institute and the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences at OSU College of Pharmacy. He has mentored nearly 100 graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, and leads a training scholarship that supports the education of the next generation of experts in natural products for human health.
Simply put, mass spectrometry is a technique used to weigh molecules in a substance. It can be applied to just about anything, and one of van Breemen’s research is herbal drug discovery and reviewing the safety and effectiveness of botanical dietary supplements.
âMass spectrometers are used to answer research questions,â he said. âWhat is in a chemical and how much is there? He can talk about protein structures and sequences, chemical reactions and more.