Akos Vertes is a Professor of Chemistry 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 single cell and subcellular analysis, high throughput and ultrasensitive methods in systems biology, proteomics and metabolomics, and new methods for molecular imaging of biological tissues. During the past 30 years, his research has been supported by NSF, NIH, DOE, DARPA, ONR, IARPA, the W.M. Keck Foundation, and by industrial partners. He has attracted over $17M in research funding to GWU. 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. A current project in his laboratory, funded by the NSF Plant Genome Research Program, aims to develop an in situ molecular microscope based on the combination of the next generation LAESI ion source and high-performance mass spectrometers (e.g., the unique 21 Tesla FT-ICR mass spectrometer at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory) to study biological nitrogen fixation at single cell resolution. His research has been presented in over 200 peer-reviewed publications (h = 48), and in two books. He is a co-inventor on 19 patents and several pending patent applications. His patents have been licensed and commercialized by industrial partners. He was elected Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors, and received the Distinguished Researcher Award at GWU, the 2012 Hillebrand Prize and the Oscar and Shoshana Trachtenberg Prize for Scholarship. He is a Doctor of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. He served as Visiting Faculty at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, an MTA Distinguished Guest Scientist at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in Hungary, and twice as a Visiting Professor at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zurich) in Switzerland.