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Plenary Speakers


GERT DESMET, Full Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Brussels, BELGIUM

Plenary Lecture on “Technological (r)evolutions in column making: Quo vadis chromatography?

Sunday, June 19 at 5:00pm


Gert Desmet has a Master’s degree and Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), Brussels, Belgium, where he currently is a full professor in chemical engineering. His research mainly focuses on the miniaturization and automation of separation methods, as well as on the investigation and the modeling of flow effects in chromatographic systems. He is a past chair of the Chemistry Panel of the Flemish National Science Fund and currently is the Deputy-director of the Solvay Institute for Chemistry. He currently also is an Associate Editor for the journal "Analytical Chemistry" and holder of an ERC Advanced Grant. In 2008, he received the “Emerging Leader in Chromatography”-award from LC-GC. In 2009, he received the Silver Jubilee Medal of the Chromatographic Society of the UK. In 2019, he received the American Chemical Society Award for Chromatography. He is currently also a member of the permanent scientific committee of the international HPLC and ISC conference series.

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MICHAEL LAEMMERHOFER, Professor, Pharmaceutical (Bio-)Analysis, Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Eberhard-Karls-University of Tuebingen, Tuebingen, GERMANY

Plenary Lecture on “Stationary phase orthogonality and column coupling as pillars for enhanced selectivity in pharmaceutical analysis

Thursday, June 23 at 2:30pm


Michael Lämmerhofer is Full Professor (W3) for Pharmaceutical (Bio-)Analysis at the University of Tübingen, Germany (since 2011). He graduated in Pharmaceutical Sciences in 1992 and earned his Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Chemistry in 1996 at the University of Graz, Austria (Supervisor: Prof. Wolfgang Lindner). Between 1997 and 2011 he was assistant professor and since 2002 associate professor at the University of Vienna, Department of Analytical Chemistry. Between 1999-2000 he spent a year of research as post-doc at the Department of Chemistry of the University of California, Berkeley with Prof. Frantisek Šveč. Since 2007, he is associate editor of Journal of Separation Science. His research interests include the development of functionalized separation materials (chiral stationary phases, mixed-mode phases, chemo- and bioaffinity materials, nanoparticles, monoliths), metabolomics and lipidomics, pharmaceutical analysis (impurity profiling, enantioselective analytics), multidimensional separations and biopharmaceuticals analysis (peptides, oligonucleotides, proteins, plasmids).


CHRISTY LANDES, Professor of Chemistry, Electrical & Computer Engineering, and Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, Rice University, Houston, TX, USA

Plenary Lecture on “Can single analyte imaging enable separations-by-design?

Monday, June 20 at 8:30am


Christy F. Landes is the Kenneth S. Pitzer-Schlumberger Chair Professor of Chemistry at Rice University in Houston, TX and holds appointments in Electrical & Computer Engineering and Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering. She earned her BS from George Mason University in 1998 and completed a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry at the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2003 under the direction of Mostafa El-Sayed. She was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Oregon and an NIH postdoctoral fellow at the University of Texas at Austin, under the direction of Geraldine Richmond and Paul Barbara, respectively, before joining the University of Houston as an assistant professor in 2006. She moved to Rice in 2009. Christy is the Director of the NSF Phase I Center for Converting Flaws to Features. She is active in the American Chemical Society and was elected to be Vice-Chair Elect, Vice-Chair, Chair-Elect and Chair of the Physical Chemistry Division from 2020-2023. She serves as a senior editor of the Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters, was on the Editorial Committee of the Annual Review of Physical Chemistry and the Editorial Advisory Board of ACS Nano.


SUSAN V. OLESIK, Dow Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, USA

Plenary Lecture on "Enhanced fluidity liquid chromatography of large proteins and protein complexes"

Thursday, June 23 at 3:10pm


Susan Olesik received her A.S. from Vincennes University in 1975, B.A. from DePauw University in 1977, and Ph.D. in 1982 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, under the auspices of James W. Taylor in field of analytical mass spectrometry.  She was also a postdoctoral fellow for Milos Novotny at Indiana University from 1982-1984 and for Tomas Baer at University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill from 1984-1986.  She has been a faculty member at The Ohio State University since 1986, being promoted to Associate Professor in 1992 and Professor in 1997.  She continues as the Director of the Ohio House of Science and Engineering (OHSE), a K-16 science outreach center.  Her awards include: ACS 2014 Helen M Free Award for Public Outreach, 2014 ACS Award in Chromatography, 2012 AAAS Fellow, 2010 OSU Building Bridges Excellence Award, 2009 ACS Fellow, 2008 ACS National Award for Encouraging Disadvantaged Students into Careers in the Chemical Sciences; 2008 Stanley C. Israel Regional Award for Advancing Diversity in the Chemical Sciences; 2006 OSU Alumni Association Heinlen Award; 2005 Columbus Technical Council (CTC) Technical Person of the Year; 2004 ACS Columbus Section Award for Outstanding Achievement & Promotion of Chemical Sciences; 2000 AWISCO Woman in Science Award; and a commendation from NASA for contributing a GC Column to Cassini-Huygen’s probe.

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JENNIFER VAN EYK, Ph.D., Advanced Clinical Biosystems Institute, Director, Precision Biomarker Laboratories, Director, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA, USA

Plenary Lecture on “Next phase of precision medicine: application of LC-MS

Sunday, June 19 at 5:45pm


Jennifer Van Eyk has a longstanding record of excellence in applying cutting-edge analytical technologies to address clinically relevant biological hypotheses and in translation into clinical therapies or diagnostics. She is currently director of the Advanced Biosystems Research Institute at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, LA and also holds the inaugural Erika Glazer Endowed Chair in Women’s Heart Health. Dr. Van Eyk is an international leader in the area of clinical proteomics and her lab remains focused on developing technical pipelines for de novo discovery and larger scale quantitative mass spectrometry methods focused on continuous assessments of large healthy cohorts and clinical grade assays focusing on brain and cardiovascular diseases. The Precision Biomarkers Laboratories, an outgrowth of her lab, is comprised of three independent commercial laboratories, aimed at facilitating a move from discovery to clinical assays for personalized biomarkers. Currently, she is part of the Innovation Center, driving single cell phenotyping of patients samples for individualized therapy development.


ADAM T. WOOLLEY, Dean of Graduate Studies and University Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT, USA

Plenary Lecture on “3D printed microfluidics for solid-phase extraction and biomolecule separation

Monday, June 20 at 9:10am


Adam T. Woolley earned his Ph.D. degree in Chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley in 1997, and was a Runyon-Winchell Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard University from 1998-2000. He has been on the faculty in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Brigham Young University since 2000, where he is currently University Professor and Dean of Graduate Studies. Woolley’s research is at the interface between miniaturization and biomolecules; he is developing 3D printed microfluidics for bioanalysis, devising miniaturized assays for disease-linked biomarkers, and developing biotemplated fabrication of nanoelectronic devices.