FFH Metabolomics News | August 2017

FFH Graduate Student Awards. The Foods for Health team is pleased to announce awards to three graduate students for the 2017-18 academic year. Each award of $16,253 will provide 50% support (stipend, benefits and three credit hours of tuition). Recipients will each work on a collaborative project that uses metabolomics to address a relevant problem in the food-nutrition-health axis, with mentoring by two or more affiliates in the FFH initiative. The support is expected to result in presentation of discoveries at a national meeting, one or more first authored manuscript(s), and provide data towards a proposal that the co-advisors submit to a federal agency or industrial sponsor. The awardees are:

  • Bernice Agana, Ohio State Biochemistry Program (OSBP); Project: Combined proteomics and metabolomics profiling of LKB1 mutant NSCLCs cells to characterize the deregulation of metabolism and pathways contributing to tumorigenesis; Mentors: Vicki Wysocki, Ken Riedl, Morgan Cichon
  • Pengfei Bai, Plant Pathology; Project: Metabolome-based genome-wide association study of innate immunity in rice; Faculty Mentors: Guo-Liang Wang, Joshua Blakeslee
  • Cheng Wang, Chemistry; Project: Identification of unknown and known metabolites by SUMMIT MS/NMR: Application to bile; Faculty Mentors: John Gunn, Ewy Mathé, Rafael Brüschweiler

FFH Team Award. FFH is pleased to announce an award of $2,000 to Dr. Joshua Blakeslee, Associate Professor, Dept. of Horticulture and Crop Science, and Dr. Emmanuel Hatzakis, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Food Science and Technology, for their proposal to develop and implement a Comprehensive Metabolomics Certification Course, covering the practical and theoretical aspects of both targeted and untargeted metabolomics. This course will be made up of a series of instructional modules, that could be taken either as a whole or offered individually, focused on instructing participants in the extraction/preparation, separation, and analysis of plant, food, and animal metabolites.

New FFH Faculty. Three new Foods for Health Discovery Theme faculty began appointments this month. Please join us in welcoming:

  • Jessica Cooperstone, PhD, Assistant Professor, Departments of Horticulture and Crop Science and Food Science and Technology. Dr. Cooperstone received her B.S. in Food Science from Cornell University and her Ph.D. at The Ohio State University in Food Science & Technology, where she also was a Postdoctoral Researcher and Research Scientist. Through an interdisciplinary approach, she is interested in elucidating bioactive compounds from plants (with a focus on tomatoes) and understanding this bioactivity in vivo using pre-clinical and human models. She employs targeted and untargeted metabolomics techniques on plants, foods and biological samples. Better understanding what and how compounds from plants can affect health will allow breeding and management of crops to optimize levels of these bioactives to improve health outcomes.  Email
  • Rishi Jain, MD, MS, Assistant Professor, Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Medical Oncology. Dr. Jain completed internal medicine training at Montefiore Medical Center-Albert Einstein College of Medicine in Bronx, NY and fellowship in hematology and oncology at Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia, PA. He received his MD from the University of Toledo Medical School and MS in Human Nutrition from Columbia University. Specializing in the treatment of gastrointestinal malignancies with a focus on colorectal cancer, his research will focus on using metabolomic technologies for the prevention, detection and treatment of gastrointestinal cancers.
  • Matthias Klein, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Food Science and Technology. Dr. Klein completed postdoctoral training at the University of Calgary, Ludwig Maximilian University, Germany, and University of Regensburg, Germany, bringing strong technical and analytical expertise in metabolomics, bioinformatics, statistics, and microbiome analysis. His research interests include finding metabolic patterns related to diseases to identify disease progression mechanisms and to elucidate biomarkers relevant for diagnostic applications. He received his PhD in Biology from University of Regensburg.  Email

FFH Affiliates in the News.  Increasing visibility of Ohio State research helps to enhance reputation and drives citation count, funding opportunities, student applications, and alumni giving. Advance notice of upcoming publications helps us to maximize opportunities for promotion.

  • Research investigating the effects of tomato consumption on skin cancer development in mice, conducted by Ohio State researchers Jessica Cooperstone, Kathleen Tober, Ken Riedl, Matt Teegarden, Morgan Cichon, David Francis, Steven Schwartz, and Tanya Oberyszen, received press in the Food Network, HuffPostWOSU, and Medical News Today, stemming from their publication in Scientific Reports.

Recent Publications. The following metabolomics research involves Ohio State researchers: 

Upcoming Seminars

The OSUN Fall 2017 Seminar Series is hosted by The Ohio State University Ph.D. Program in Nutrition (OSUN), an interdisciplinary program established in 1996 among the Colleges of Education and Human Ecology; Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences; Medicine; and Veterinary Medicine. OSUN seminars are held on Fridays at 11:30am in Ag Admin 246. Upcoming seminars presented by FFH affiliates include:

  • Dr. Zobeida Cruz-Monserrate, Assistant Professor, Department of Internal Medicine, will present Understanding the Mechanisms of Obesity-Induced Pancreas Cancer on Friday, September 1 at 11:30am in Ag Admin 246.
  • Dr. Kristin Stanford, Assistant Professor, Department of Physiology and Cell Biology, will present An Exercise Induced Increase in Milk 3'-Sialyllactose Promotes Offspring Metabolic Health on Friday, September 8 at 11:30am in Ag Admin 246.

The Department of Food Science and Technology is offering a new seminar series for the 2017-18 academic year. Seminars will be held on Wednesdays at 4:00pm in Parker 118 (download schedule). Upcoming seminars presented by FFH affiliates include:

  • Dr. Jiyoung Lee, Associate Professor, College of Public Health. Cyanotoxin in Food and Human Health Risks. Wednesday, September 13 at 4:00pm in Parker 118.
  • Dr. Ouliana Ziouzenkova, Associate Professor, Dept. of Human Sciences. NutriNanoMedicine: Better than Nature? Wednesday, September 20 at 4:00pm in Parker 118.

Educational Opportunities

  • 2nd Gateway NMR Conference. CCIC NMR at The Ohio State University will host the 2nd Gateway NMR Conference in Columbus, Ohio on Saturday, November 4th, 2017. The conference brings together NMR practitioners to share their latest research, get to know each other, share news and know-how and initiate potential collaborations. All NMR researchers from academia, national labs, and industry are invited attend. More
  • FREE online course from the University of Birmingham. "Metabolomics: Understanding Metabolism in the 21st Century" will provide an introduction to metabolomics and describe the current challenges in analyzing the complement of metabolites in a biological system. The course is targeted towards final year undergraduate students from biology / chemical disciplines and medical students, but will also provide a valuable introduction to the metabolomics field for MSc and PhD students, and scientists at any stage in their careers. Course begins October 2. More
  • Mayo Clinic Metabolomics Symposium. Mayo Clinic will host a Metabolomics Symposium October 12-13, 2017 on the Rochester, Minn., campus. The event will feature presentations on the practice and theory of metabolomics applications, the latest research in metabolomics and networking opportunities. The workshop is open to beginning and established researchers, students and postdoctoral fellows. Scholarships for scholars and junior faculty are available. More

Funding Opportunities

FFH Research Team Grants. An RFP is now open for grants to support multi-college teams of researchers in the development of ideas to further a common research interest advancing the Foods for Health mission. A maximum of $10,000 is available to support up to five research teams in 2017-18, with a $2,000 maximum budget to support the development of each new collaboration. Examples of use of funds include, but are not limited to: team meetings, hosting seminar speakers, conducting a workshop or mini-symposium, and/or hiring a facilitator. Creative ideas are welcome! Download RFP 

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For more metabolomics events and opportunities, check out MetaboNews, a monthly newsletter published in partnership with The Metabolomics Innovation Centre and the International Metabolomics Society.  View August issue 

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