Wednesday, March 9, 2022

Spotlight on Michal Holčapek, recipient of the 2022 Herbert J. Dutton Award

We are delighted to announce that Dr. Michal Holčapek is the recipient of the 2022 Herbert J. Dutton Award. This award, sponsored by the AOCS Analytical Division, recognizes an individual who has made significant contributions to the analysis of fats, oils and related products.

About Michal Holčapek

Michal Holčapek

Michal Holčapek obtained his Ph.D. from the Department of Analytical Chemistry at the University of Pardubice. He is a full professor of analytical chemistry at the same university. 

His research focuses on mass spectrometry and its coupling with liquid chromatography and supercritical fluid chromatography, applied mainly to lipidomic analysis and cancer biomarker research. He has won several scientific awards, such as the Power List of 100 most influential people in the analytical sciences (2013, 2015 and 2020 from The Analytical Scientist). He is a co-author of more than 140 papers in peer-reviewed international journals, with an h-index of 42,. He is a contributing editor of Trends in Analytical Chemistry and a member of the editorial advisory boards of Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry and Lipids

He was a coeditor of the Handbook of Advanced Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry Techniques (Academic Press and AOCS Press, 2017) and Extreme Chromatography: Faster, Hotter, Smaller (AOCS, 2011), editor of topical collections in Analytical Chemistry, Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry, and Journal of Chromatography A.

He is the former head of the Czech Mass Spectrometry Section in the I.M.M. Spectroscopic Society and a national representative in the International Mass Spectrometry Foundation (2005–2013). He is the chairman of more than ten international and national conferences, e.g., HPLC 2017 Prague, 3rd European Lipidomic Meeting in 2013. He is one of founding members of the Lipidomics Standards Initiative and vice president for conferences in the International Lipidomics Society.

Can you tell us about your current research?

My group is focused on the right way of lipidomic quantitation in biological samples. Our key applications are early cancer detection based on the lipidomic profiling of human blood for pancreatic cancer and other cancer types as well.

What was your reaction when you learned you had won the award

I was very delighted that my research got such prestigious recognition.

How has AOCS helped develop your career?

AOCS helped me to collaborate with other colleagues working in the same field.

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