Dr. Reiner Westermeier works as a scientific marketing director at gelcompany, a novel company formed from ETC Elektrophorese-Technik, Tübingen, Germany, Fluorotechnics Ltd., Sydney, and The Gelcompany, San Francisco. From 1976 to 1984 Ph.D. student and Post-Doc in the group of Angelika Görg at the Technical University Munich in Weihenstephan, Germany. 1984 to 1990 he was application specialist for electrophoretic separation methods at LKB Instrument GmbH and Pharmacia LKB Biotechnology. In 1991he co-founded ETC Electrophorese-Technik together with Dr. Hanspeter Schickle for the development of new electrophoresis methods, media, and equipment. 1996 to 2008 he continued as global scientific support manager for Proteomics at Pharmacia Biotech, Amersham Biosciences, and GE-Healthcare to give lectures, seminars, and courses on various methodologies used in Proteomics on a global basis. Author of numerous publications, book chapters, and two books ("Electrophoresis in Practice", VCH Weinheim, fourth englishedition 2004 at WILEY-VCH; and together with Tom Naven and Hans-Rudolf Hoepker: “Proteomics in Practice”, WILEY-VCH Weinheim, second edition 2008). The professional interests are methodical developments and improvements, as well as application developments and troubleshooting within the area of separation and evaluation techniques used in Proteomics. Selected publication 1: Friedman DB, Hoving S, Westermeier R. Isoelectric focusing and two-dimensional gel electrophoresis. Methods Enzymol. 2009;463:515-40. Review. PubMed PMID: 19892190. 2: Westermeier R. Frequently made mistakes in electrophoresis. Proteomics. 2007 Sep;7 Suppl 1:60-3. PubMed PMID: 17893853. 3: Westermeier R. Sensitive, quantitative, and fast modifications for Coomassie Blue staining of polyacrylamide gels. Proteomics. 2006 Sep;6 Suppl 2:61-4. PubMed PMID: 17031800. 4: Westermeier R. Preparation of plant samples for 2-d electrophoresis. Proteomics. 2006 Sep;6 Suppl 2:56-60. PubMed PMID: 17031798. 5: Westermeier R. Isoelectric focusing. Methods Mol Biol. 2004;244:225-32. PubMed PMID: 14970560.
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