MetaboNews March: Emma Schymanski

Professor Emma Schymanski is head of the Environmental Cheminformatics group at the Luxembourg Centre for Systems Biomedicine, University of Luxembourg, and special advisor to the rector for Open Science and Research Data Management.

As a proponent of FAIR and open science, she actively participates in, oversees, and coordinates various European and global initiatives aimed at enhancing the sharing of data, information, and insights among researchers to drive advancements in this domain. These initiatives associated with exposomics and metabolomics research include PubChemLite for Exposomics, the PubChem PFAS Tree, MetFrag, NORMAN Suspect List Exchange (NORMAN-SLE), MassBank, and many more

Her research combines cheminformatics and computational (high resolution) mass spectrometry approaches to elucidate the unknowns in complex samples, primarily with non-target screening, and relate these to environmental causes of disease. Within Luxembourg, the biomedical focus is remarkably active, with metabolomics research being a key priority and prominent across the research institutes

“I had an interesting conversation the other day (thanks to Thomas Backhaus– Professor for Ecotoxicology, University of Gothenburg) that explored whether we need more and more new approaches – or rather to improve our knowledge base with what we already have”

Emma Schymanski

Read the full version of March 2024 Issue here

Exposomics is an emerging area of study that investigates the long-term effects of environmental exposures on human health, recognizing that our well-being is shaped not only by genetic factors but also by our surroundings. This encompasses various aspects such as air quality, diet, and exposure to everyday chemicals.

Exposomics is rapidly expanding and holds significant significance in understanding human health. The application of these technologies in toxicology can help develop models for mixed toxins, examine interactions between chemical toxicants and stressors, and assemble information into adverse outcome pathways (AOPs) for emerging and known toxins. Read the recent article to understand the intricate relationship between environmental factors and human health, Exploring the World of Exposomics: Understanding Environmental Impacts on Health.

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