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Professor Matthias Wilm


Matthias Wilm

Full Professor Of Bioanalytics
Conway Institute of Biomolecular and Biomedical Research
University College Dublin, Conway Institute of Biomolecular and Biomedical Research, Conway Institute Belfield Dublin 4


Studied mathematics, physics and medicine in Münster (Germany) and finished with a degree in medicine and physics in 1990 Did an MD in radiology in 1991 in Münster and a PhD in physics between 1992 and 1996 at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) in Heidelberg Became group leader at the EMBL in 1998Became Stokes Professor at the UCD-Conway Institute in 2008 Predicted already in 1989 in course of the Diploma project in the physics department in Münster that electrospray could be an ion source for molecules of unlimited size Helped to show how mass spectrometers can be used to identify and sequence peptides in a very sensitive way during the PhD project in Heidelberg Was a major driver to demonstrate that the Tandem Affinity Purification method (TAP) invented by Bertrand Seraphin will make functional proteomics possible Invented the modification of the TAP method to better use it in higher eukaryotic cells (iTAP method) Demonstrated that parallel fragmentation of peptides can be used to screen for many peptide modifications simultaneouslyParticipation in the European research projects PRIMES (Protein interaction machines in oncogenic EGF receptor signalling) to investigate the role of static and dynamic protein networks in the pathogenesis of colorectal cancer (see This research is embedded into the research of the System Biology Ireland institute (see General Interest: Bring mass spectrometry to its full potential in biological research (Details see:


  • Professor
    University College Dublin, Conway Institute, Dublin, Ireland1 Feb 2008 - 1 Jan 2019
  • Group leader
    European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), Gene Expression, Heidelberg, Germany1998 - Jan 2008


  • MD
  • PhD


  • German
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  • English
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  • French
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  • Spanish; Castilian
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  • Italian
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