Dirk Schaumlöffel: Bioimaging of trace elements

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Dirk SchaumlöffelBioimaging of trace elements

Dirk Schaumlöffel has been a research director (research professor) at the CNRS since 2011. His scientific research focuses on essential and toxic trace elements and trace element species in biological organisms and in the environment including the related analytic-chemical developments. One of his main activities includes trace element imaging in biological cells by nano secondary ion mass spectrometry (NanoSIMS).

In 1992, Dirk Schaumlöffel graduated in chemistry (Dipl.-Chem.) from the Philipps-Universität Marburg in Germany where he obtained his doctorate (Dr. rer. nat.) in 1995. After leaving the University of Marburg he continued his academic career as research scientist at the GKSS Research Center in Geesthacht (Germany) while he was also lecturer at the University of Lüneburg (Germany) and guest scientist at CETAC Technologies in Omaha (USA). Moving to Pau in 2001, he held a Marie-Curie Fellowship from the European Commission and a DFG grant (German Research Foundation), and in 2003 he entered the CNRS. From UPPA he obtained his habilitation in analytical chemistry in 2008.

For the investigation of trace elements in biological organisms, Dirk Schaumlöffel develops methods for imaging of chemical elements at the nanometer scale using NanoSIMS and related techniques. This includes correlative imaging with electron microscopy and strategies for sample preparation in close cooperation with the Bordeaux Imaging Center (BIC). Involved in different international projects, he works on important applications in the environmental field (e.g. essential and toxic metals in plant cells or in fish organs) and in biomedicine (e.g. neurotoxic metals involved in neurodegenerative diseases). Furthermore, he is responsible for the NanoSIMS platform at UPPA in frame of the EQUIPEX project MARSS. He published 58 scientific peer reviewed articles with more than 2100 citations (h index = 29), 4 patent applications, 7 book chapters, and 125 scientific talks including more than 40 invited lectures at international conferences. In 2007 he was awarded for his scientific work with the Mattauch-Herzog-Prize of the German Society for Mass Spectrometry.

Dirk Schaumlöffel is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Trace Elements in Medicine and Biology, General Secretary of the Federation of European Societies on Trace Elements and Minerals (FESTEM), and President of the Society for Minerals and Trace Elements (GMS, Germany). Moreover, he acts as invited expert for ten different research funding organizations in Austria, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Slovenia, UK and USA, and as PhD examiner at several universities worldwide.