Akos Vertes is a Professor of Chemistry and a Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the George Washington University in Washington, DC. His research interests encompass the development of new analytical techniques applicable in diverse fields of chemistry, biology, and medicine. Research areas include high throughput and ultrasensitive methods in systems biology, proteomics and metabolomics, new methods for molecular imaging of biological tissues under native conditions, and single cell and subcellular analysis. One of his major accomplishments, a new ionization method called laser ablation electrospray ionization (LAESI), received several awards, including a “Top 10 Innovations of 2011” award from The Scientist magazine, and a “2012 R&D 100 Award” from the R&D Magazine. His research has been presented in over 160 peer-reviewed publications, and in two books. He is a co-inventor on 17 patents and several pending patent applications. He was elected Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors.