The Young Researchers of the MANA Conference 2022 are featured in a mini-series of MetaboInterviews in the November issue of MetaboNews. They presented their metabolomics research at the 4th Annual Metabolomics Association of North America Conference 2022 as either oral or poster presentations. We are pleased with the opportunity to talk with the Early Career Awards recipients regarding their research interests and recent works. On the final day of the conference, they also gave a lecture as awardees.
MANA Early Career Award is a competitive award for the most accomplished Early Career Members, whose work has exhibited exceptional novelty or has pushed the boundaries of metabolomics, or whose early career efforts, after obtaining a Ph.D., MD, or MD-PhD, have resulted in sustained, substantial, and noteworthy contributions to the field.
Dr. Tao Huan
Dr. Tao Huan was presented with the Early Career Rising Star Award, in recognition of his efforts in the development of analytical and bioinformatics tools for improving data acquisition and analysis of LC-MS-based metabolomics. He gave a lecture titled “Addressing Big Data Challenges in Untargeted Metabolomics” after receiving his award. Tao is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry at the University of British Columbia. He received his Ph.D. training in Analytical Chemistry from the University of Alberta under the supervision of Dr. Liang Li.
Dr. Sadjad Fakouri Baygi
Dr. Sadjad Fakouri Baygi earned the Mark P. Styczynski Early Career Award for his accomplishments in the design, development, and support of new algorithms for processing untargeted high-resolution mass spectrometry data in the metabolomics and exposomics fields. His awardee talk was “New computational workflows to generate comprehensive, diverse and inclusive metabolomic datasets”. Sadjad is now an NIH T32 postdoctoral fellow at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai, New York. His research was conducted under the mentorship of Dr. Dinesh Barupal.
[NIH – National Institute of Health, T32 is The Institutional Research Training Grant program].
Sara had her poster presentation during the MANA 2022 conference with the title, “Total chemical space of pregnant and breastfeeding women from Antioquia-Colombia: an observational study on choline-derived metabolites”. She is now pursuing a Master of Science in Biosciences at Universidad EAFIT under the fellowship of Minciencias. Before heading to MANA, Sara just finished her 3-month internship as a visiting student at the Dr. Philip Britz-McKibbin laboratory at McMaster University under the Research Hotel Program.
Check out the Research Hotel Program. It is a training for visiting scientists, students, and PDFs to learn more about metabolomics under the supervision of TMIC’s expert staff and scientists. This program is free of charge, only that the visitors are expected to arrange for their accommodation and cover the costs of their living/travel expenses while visiting.
Parker worked with Gert Wohlgemuth and Dr. Oliver Fiehn to deliver “A database query interface spanning 160,000 metabolomic datasets in GC-TOF mass spectrometry” during the MANA 2022. [GC-TOF mass spectrometry: Gas Chromatography-time of Flight Mass Spectrometry]. He is a Ph.D. student in Chemistry from Fiehn Lab &West Coast Metabolomics Center, University of California, Davis.
Oluwatosin Racheal Kuteyi
Oluwatosin presented her poster, “Stability of oxylipins stored on biocompatible solid-phase micro-extraction (SPME) device.” She is a Ph.D. candidate at Concordia University in Quebec, Canada, where she is supervised by Dr. Dajana Vuckovic. As a research scientist, her goal is to be able to identify and provide scientific innovation that can improve the metabolomic field, especially biochemical and clinical studies.