Reza Shariatgorji receives the Berzelius Silver Medal

28 June 2022

Reza Shariatgorji, lab manager at the Faculty of Pharmacy

Reza Shariatgorji, lab manager at the Faculty of Pharmacy

Reza Shariatgorji, researcher at the Department of Pharmaceutical Biosciences, is awarded the Berzelius Silver Medal by the Swedish Mass Spectrometry Society for his important contributions to Swedish mass spectrometry.

Reza Shariatgorji, lab manager at Uppsala University's facility for Mass Spectrometry Imaging, received the Berzelius Silver Medal at the Swedish Chemical Society's conference 2022. The medal is presented to early career researchers in recognition of significant achievements that have influenced Swedish basic or applied mass spectrometry.

Graham Cooks and Reza Shariatgorji
Graham Cooks and Reza Shariatgorji

“Sweden is one of the pioneering and leading countries in the field of mass spectrometry, and it is undeniably overwhelming to be recognized as an influential scientist and receive this prestigious prize from the Swedish Mass Spectrometry Society. Personally, I also appreciate the very encouraging feedback that I received from Professor Graham Cooks, one of the most influential scientists of our field and the inventor of several ground breaking innovations," states Reza Shariatgorji.

In 2021, Uppsala University's facility for Mass Spectrometry Imaging was recruited to SciLifeLab Spatial Omics, a new national resource where different technologies generate a wide range of molecular information and the capacity to extract even more detailed knowledge from cell and tissue analyzes.

Facts Mass Spectrometry Imaging

  • Enables analysis and visualisation of endogenous metabolites, neurotransmitters, lipids, peptides and small proteins as well as drugs and their metabolites, in thin biological tissue sections with high molecular specificity.
  • Molecular images are created by ionizing molecules and collecting mass spectra from each position (pixels) on a tissue surface at a selected lateral resolution. Thousands of ions can be detected in each pixel.
  • The distribution of individual molecules on the surface of the tissue section is then extracted and a molecule-specific image is created. The image can be correlated with the original histological image or images produced with other types of imaging methods from the same or consecutive tissue sections.