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
1: Friedman DB, Hoving S, Westermeier R. Isoelectric focusing and two-dimensional
gel electrophoresis. Methods Enzymol. 2009;463:515-40. Review. PubMed PMID:
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
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