The Atoms2Anatomy Fund broadly supports the development of Dr. Sebastiaan Van Nuffel’s research group at Maastricht University. The aim of this group is the development and application of imaging mass spectrometry techniques in life sciences research. The imaging mass spectrometry technique that the research group mainly focuses on is Time-of-Flight Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry (ToF-SIMS).
A specific goal is the development of a multi-scale approach to investigate biological models and clinical samples from atoms to anatomy. The development of such technologies and methods should make it possible to visualize the genome, proteome, metabolome and atomic composition of an entire organism in 3D. Such a holistic model will provide fundamental insights into biological processes, disease mechanisms, pharmacology and toxicology, which will ultimately improve the lives of people and society as a whole.
The research group focuses not only on fundamental research, but also on its application through multidisciplinary collaborations with other academics and/or industrial partners. For example, we are currently working with several pathologists to answer such questions as the origin of skin color and how HPV can cause tumors.
“You cannot understand a process by studying only one part of it. You have to consider it in its entirety.”
– Dr. Sebastiaan Van Nuffel
A committee of experts advises and monitors the ambitions of Atoms2Anatomy Fund. The members of this committee are:
- Prof. Dr. Keith Cheng (Distinguished Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and of Pharmacology, Penn State, USA);
- Dr. Rob Vreeken Associate professor, Maastricht MultiModal Molecular Imaging Institute, UM);
- Prof. Dr. Ralf Peeters (Research director of the Data Science and Knowledge Engineering department, UM).
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