Breaking Boundaries with Bioanalysis
Sitting Down With… Michael Lämmerhofer, Professor of Pharmaceutical (BIO-) Analysis, Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Tübingen, Germany
You’re a noted proponent of bioanalysis. Tell us more.
It’s an ever-growing field that presents a number of interesting challenges for analytical chemists. Biomolecular networks are extremely complex, dynamically regulated and difficult to understand. Too often we have a narrow focus – just a spotlight on a specific pathway or small set of molecules, but practicing a wider perspective is a major challenge. Rather than use a single technique, a complex array of approaches is required.
The clear link to clinical application makes it a fascinating field; samples are obtained from patients and we derive as much important information from them as possible. This insight can be fundamental to achieving correct diagnosis, and subsequently for delivery of the correct treatment; personalized medicine of this kind can rely on many sets of omics data, making life in this multi-disciplinary field (requiring knowledge of biochemical background and technical analytical chemistry) a serious – but exciting – challenge.
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