Rainer is Professor of Bioanalytical Sciences and Mass Spectrometry in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Reading. His previous positions were at the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research as Assistant Member and Head of the Bioanalytical Chemistry and Mass Spectrometry group while he was also affiliated with UCL, London, where he was Lecturer and later Reader in Biological Mass Spectrometry. He obtained his PhD (Dr. rer. nat.) in Prof. Hillenkamp’s laboratory, the birthplace of MALDI MS, after three years of research at Vanderbilt University with Prof. Haglund at the FEL Center.
Rainer is a passionate and truly interdisciplinary researcher, who started his academic career as a physicist building his own mass spectrometers and later embraced the modern life sciences with a focus on biomedical and cancer research and a special interest in clinical diagnostics, proteomics, metabolomics and systems biology. He is equally interested in the fundamental aspects and development of modern biological mass spectrometry and designed, constructed and implemented Vanderbilt University’s first MALDI MS instrument at the FEL Center in 1993 and built up two major proteomics facilities, the Proteomics Unit within the Wolfson Institute for Biomedical Research at UCL and the BioCentre at the University of Reading.
Rainer has been awarded an Alexander-von-Humboldt Fellowship for Experienced Researchers and is a Chartered Chemist and Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry. He serves on the editorial boards of several journals, including Molecular and Cellular Proteomics, and is currently a member of the management committee of the British Society for Proteome Research and other learned societies.