MetaboNews March Issue: Sastia Putri

International Women’s Day

This March, in honour of International Women’s Day, we want to celebrate the countless women making contributions to scientific fields, particularly in metabolomics.There are many we could name, including Sastia Putri (profiled below), Dajana Vuckovic, who has just won the 2023 Fred Beamish Award from the Canadian Society for Chemistry, and Caroline Johnson, who recently received the 2023 WomiX Mentorship Award.

At TMIC, we’re working to support women’s contributions to metabolomics by intentionally recruiting women to our governance and science advisory committees, working to design professional development programming that addresses the particular challenges of women in academic science, and having our senior staff participate in EDI-focused leadership training.


Metabolomics-driven strain improvement workflow.
Source: Iman MN, Herawati E, Fukusaki E, Putri SP. Metabolomics-driven strain improvement: A mini review.
Front Mol Biosci. 2022 Nov 9;9:1057709. doi: 10.3389/fmolb.2022.1057709

The team had a MetaboInterview with this young and active woman in science, Dr. Sastia Putri from Osaka University. Her research on using metabolomics for microbial strain improvement has been quite fruitful. She works closely with metabolic engineers and emphasizes the importance of metabolomics as a tool in metabolic engineering and synthetic biology.

“It was very exciting when we were able to improve microbial strains for the production of useful chemicals using metabolomics for the first time and when I tried to combine metabolomics with other scientific disciplines like nutritional epidemiology.”

– Sastia Putri

Sastia is now attempting to connect food metabolomics with nutritional epidemiology in order to uncover hidden health benefits in food. She also touched on the present metabolomic research trend in Japan, as well as some initiatives in developing metabolomics capabilities in Indonesia. Check out the rest of the interview here!

The 19th Annual Conference of the Metabolomics Society

The conference’s themes cover recent technology advances in metabolomics, computational metabolomics, statistic and bioinformatics, metabolomic applications in health and disease, as well as metabolomic studies of plants, food, environment, and microbes. The organizer also announced the addition of 12 pre-conference workshops to the three parallel scientific sessions and other engaging evening social events.

Career Night

The Metabolomics Society also plans to host its third Career Night during the conference in Niagara Falls. The event will be divided into two parts through a job fair and interactive round-table discussions. If interested, you can register here for free, on a first-come, first-served basis until the event is filled.

The 4th Annual Canadian Metabolomics Conference (CanMetCon) 2023

Some updates on the conference:

More information is available at

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