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Albert J.R. Heck

Professor of Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Utrecht University

Albert Heck (b. 1964) is Professor of Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Sciences at Utrecht University and scientific director of the Netherlands Proteomics Center. Heck is a leading expert in protein mass spectrometry. His group develops and implements innovative mass spectrometric methods for the more efficient and detailed characterization of proteins in relation to their biological function. In short, Heck applies protein mass spectrometry to problems in proteomics, glycoproteomics and in structural biology.

Albert Heck received multiple awards, such as the KNCV Golden Medal (2001), the Descartes Huygens Award de la Republique Francaise (2007), NGI Distinguished Visiting Scientist (2010-2011), the Life Science Award of the German Mass Spectrometry Society (2010), the HUPO Discovery Award in Proteomic Sciences (2013), the EuPA Pioneer in Proteomics Award (2014) and the American Chemical Society ‘Frank H. Field and Joe L. Franklin Award for Outstanding Achievements in Mass Spectrometry’ (2015).

In 2017, Albert Heck has been awarded with the Spinoza Award, the most important award in the field of Science in the Netherlands. In 2018 Heck received the Sir Hans Krebs Medal, for his achievements in biochemistry from the Federation of European Biochemical Societies (FEBS) and the J.J. Thomson Medal of the International Mass Spectrometry Society.


  • 1998–2021
    Professor, Utrecht University
  • 1996–1998
    Lecturer, Warwick University


Member of the Royal Academy of Science and Arts