Thomas Szyperski, Ph.D.

Thomas Szyperski, Ph.D.

Dr. Szyperski studied Biochemistry and Chemistry as a Fellow of the German National Academic Foundation (‘Studienstiftung’) at, respectively, the University of Tübingen and the Technical University of Munich, Germany (Diploma degree in 1988). After a visiting stay at the University of Auckland, New Zealand, where research focused on Quantum Chemistry he moved in 1989 to the ETH Zürich, Switzerland, to obtain his Ph.D. (1992), for which Dr. Szyperski received the ‘Medal of the ETH’, and his Habilitation (1998) in Biological NMR / Biophysics.

In 1998 Dr. Szyperski assumed an Associate Professorship in the Chemistry Department at the State University of New York at Buffalo. He currently serves as a UB Distinguished Professor and the Director of the High-field NMR facility. Since 1999 he is also an Adjunct Senior Researcher of the Hauptman-Woodward Medical Research Institute. Dr. Szyperski received the 2003 ACS Buck-Whitney award, and the 2006 Laukien prize for the development of methodology for rapid acquisition of NMR data with high-dimensional spectral information. Dr. Szyperski’s research focuses on (i) NMR-based structural biology of proteins and their complexes, (ii) the development of advanced solution NMR methodologies (iii) protein engineering, (iv) NMR-based metabolic profiling of bacterial and yeast cells, and (v) NMR/MS-based metabonomics of human serum specimens. He co-authored more than 160 publications and 180 Protein Data Bank entries, and he is an inventor of nine US patents. Dr. Szyperski mentored in his laboratory 16 undergraduate students, 13 graduate students and 23 postdoctoral researchers.