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 technologies applicable in diverse areas of chemistry, biology, and medicine. Research areas include developing high throughput methods in systems biology for rapid mechanism of action studies, exploring new methods for molecular imaging of biological tissues under native conditions, and analyzing single cells and subcellular compartments. One of his major accomplishments, a new ambient ionization method called laser ablation electrospray ionization (LAESI), received several awards, for example, 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 of 17 patents and several pending patent applications. He was elected Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors, and received the 2016 Distinguished Researcher Award at GWU, the 2012 Hillebrand Prize, and the 2007 Oscar and Shoshana Trachtenberg Prize for Scholarship. He is a Doctor of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.