Director at the Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry, Munich, Germany
Matthias Mann studied physics and mathematics at Göttingen University and obtained his Ph.D. in chemical engineering at Yale, contributing to the Nobel Prize for his supervisor John Fenn for electrospray ionization. Since 2005 he is director at the Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry, Munich and since 2009 also director of the Department of Proteomics, Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Protein Research at the University of Copenhagen. He has obtained numerous prizes and is one of the most cited scientists with an h-factor of 232 and 250,000 total citations (Google Scholar). His work in sample preparation, chromatography, mass spectrometry and computer algorithms has been decisive in making mass spectrometry applicable to molecular biology. Apart from proteomics technology development his team works on fundamental cell and systems biological questions. Today they focus on clinically relevant topics, especially the analysis of the blood plasma proteome and cancer tissues at the single cell level.