Lars Konermann


Contact Information

Title: Professor
Office & Lab: Rm 2016 BGS
Phone (Office): ext 86313
Phone (Lab): ext 86667

Physical & Analytical Teaching Division

Chemical Biology and Biomaterials

Protein Mass Spectrometry. Biophysical and Bioanalytical Chemistry

Group Website


Ph.D. (Max Planck Institute, Univ. of Düsseldorf, Germany); PDF (University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada)


  • Distinguished University Professor (2023)
  • Faculty Scholar (2019)
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (2018)
  • Ricardo Aroca Award (2018)
  • Distinguished Research Professor (2016)
  • Edward G. Pleva Award for Excellence in Teaching (2015)
  • Outstanding Reviewer Award, J. Am. Soc. Mass Spectrom. (2015)
  • W.A.E. McBryde Medal (2014)
  • Fred Lossing Award (2013)
  • Ken Standing Award (2013)
  • USC Award of Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching (2012)
  • Florence Bucke Science Prize (2011)
  • Faculty of Science Award of Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching (2005)
  • USC Teaching Honour Roll Award of Excellence
  • Canada Research Chair (Tier 2, 2004-2014)
  • Fred Beamish Award (2003)
  • Premier’s Research Excellence Award (2000)


The work in our laboratory bridges the areas of biophysics, biochemistry, and analytical chemistry. One focus is the behavior of proteins in health and disease. We are interested in protein folding mechanisms, protein conformational dynamics, interactions with drugs and other molecules, and the mechanisms of protein aggregation. Much of this work involves the development and use of novel electrospray mass spectrometry (ESI-MS) and ion mobility spectrometry (IMS) techniques. We also employ state-of-the-art molecular dynamics (MD) simulations.

Another branch of our research program explores the mechanisms of electrospray ionization, i.e., the transition of proteins and other biological molecules from solution into the gas phase. This process plays a central role for various experimental techniques that are being used in laboratories around the world. Our endeavours in this area involve both experimental and computational (MD) investigations. Of particular interest is the behavior of charged droplets in the electrospray plume. One of the key questions that we try to answer is to what extent biological macromolecules retain solution-like structures and interactions during their journey from solution into the vacuum of the mass spectrometer. Answering this question provides fundamental insights into biomolecular interactions, as well as the role of water in biology.

My Research Group Homepage


  • 2374 - Thermodynamics
  • 2384 - Microscopic Phenomena
  • 4494/9494 - Biophysical Chemistry
  • 9504 - Protein Folding
  • 9544 - Mass Spectrometry