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Editor of Journal Chromatography B

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Last update Ancillary Activities: Amsterdam (2018-01-22)

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Govert Somsen is full professor of Biomolecular Analysis/Analytical Chemistry at VU University in Amsterdam since 2013. He obtained his doctorate at VU in 1997, and subsequently was assistant and associate professor at the University of Groningen (1996-2001) and at Utrecht University (2001-2012).


Somsen's current research interests include compositional and conformational characterization of intact biomacromolecules, bioactivity screening of compounds in complex samples, and metabolite analysis with particular attention for compound chirality. His group built an internationally recognized expertise in the hyphenation of capillary electrophoresis with mass spectrometry and optical spectroscopy for the analysis of pharmaceutical proteins. Somsen is (co)author of over 155 peer-reviewed papers and has an H-index of 34 (Nov 2017).


2015   Personal leadership, VU University Amsterdam
2012   Academic leadership, Utrecht University
2004   Senior qualification research, Utrecht University
2003   Basic qualification teaching, Utrecht University
2000   Time management for researchers, University of Groningen
1997   Doctorate, VU University Amsterdam; promotor: Prof dr U.A.Th. Brinkman
Thesis: Solvent-elimination-based coupling of column liquid chromatography and vibrational-spectroscopic detection techniques
1989   Chemistry (MSc), VU University Amsterdam; major: Analytical Chemistry and Applied Spectroscopy; minor: Environmental Chemistry
1986   Chemistry teaching qualification (first degree), VU University Amsterdam
1984   Chemistry (BSc), VU University Amsterdam

Ancillary activities


• Editor of Journal of Chromatography B.
• Board member of the NWO Study group Analytical Chemistry.
• Chairman of the Dutch CE users group (KNCV).
• Member of the board of the Working Group Separation Methods (KNCV).
• Member of the scientific committee of Drug Analysis 2018.

• Guest editor of Journal of Chromatpgraphy A (2017).
• Chairman of the 33rd International Symposium on Microscale Separations and Bioanalysis (MSB 2017).
• Member of the scientific committee of Recent Developments in Pharmaceutical Analysis 2017.
• Member of the organizing committee of the 8th International Symposium on the Separation and Characterization of Natural and Synthetic Macromolecules 2017.
• Member of the scientific committee of the 27th International Symposium on Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis (PBA 2016).
• Co-chair of the global CESI-MS Symposium 2016.


Currently lecturing:

  • Analytical Chemistry and Spectroscopy (BSc Chem).
  • Identification Techniques (BSc FAR).
  • Biopharmaceuticals (BSc FAR).
  • Advanced Separation Science (MSc Chem).
  • (Bio)Molecular Spectroscopy (MSc Chem).
  • Protein Analysis (MSc Chem).

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Research Output 1988 2018

Development of a surface plasmon resonance sensor for coupling to capillary electrophoresis allowing affinity assessment of protein mixture components

Domínguez-Vega, E., Haselberg, R., Iperen, D. V., Kool, J., Somsen, G. W. & de Jong, G. J. 1 Jan 2018 In : Sensors and Actuators B-Chemical. 254, p. 1040-1047 8 p.

Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewArticle

A Novel Platinum(II)-Based Bifunctional ADC Linker Benchmarked Using Zr-89-Desferal and Auristatin F-Conjugated Trastuzumab

Sijbrandi, N. J., Merkul, E., Muns, J. A., Waalboer, D. C. J., Adamzek, K., Bolijn, M., Montserrat, V., Somsen, G. W., Haselberg, R., Steverink, P. J. G. M., Houthoff, H-J. & van Dongen, G. A. M. S. 15 Jan 2017 In : Cancer Research. 77, 2, p. 257-267

Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewArticle

Capillary electrophoresis-tandem mass spectrometry as a highly selective tool for the compositional and site-specific assessment of multiple peptide-deamidation

Dominguez-Vega, E., De Vijlder, T., Romijn, E. P. & Somsen, G. W. 22 Aug 2017 In : Analytica Chimica Acta. 982, p. 122-130

Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewArticle

CE-MS for metabolomics: Developments and applications in the period 2014-2016

Ramautar, R., Somsen, G. W. & de Jong, G. J. Jan 2017 In : Electrophoresis. 38, 1, p. 190-202

Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewArticle

Continuous fraction collection of gas chromatographic separations with parallel mass spectrometric detection applied to cell-based bioactivity analysis

Jonker, W., Zwart, N., Stockl, J. B., de Koning, S., Schaap, J., Lamoree, M. H., Somsen, G. W., Hamers, T. & Kool, J. 1 Jun 2017 In : Talanta. 168, p. 162-167

Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewArticle