FFH Metabolomics News | July 2017

Postdoctoral Fellowship Awards. The Foods for Health team is pleased to announce three FFH Postdoctoral Fellowships have been awarded for the 2017-18 academic year. Each postdoctoral researcher will receive $32,205 to support 50% of stipend and benefits to work on a transdisciplinary, collaborative project that uses metabolomics to address a relevant problem in the food-nutrition-health axis. The awardees are:

  • Husheem Michael, PhD, OARDC Food Animal Health Program; Probiotic Escherichia coli 1917: Impacts on ‘Omics’ (metabolomics, metagenomics) and human rotavirus infection. Faculty Mentors: Dr. Linda Saif (OARDC Food Animal Health Program), Dr. Vicki Wysocki (Chemistry and Biochemistry)
  • Jalal Siddiqui, PhD, Department of Biomedical Informatics; Integration, via linear modeling, of metabolomics and microbiome data from a mouse model of lifetime obesity and colon cancer. Faculty Mentors: Dr. Ewy Mathe (Biomedical Informatics), Dr. Rachel Kopec (Human Sciences), Dr. Emmanuel Hatzakis (Food Science & Technology), Dr. Susan Olivo-Marston (College of Public Health, Div of Epidemiology)
  • Bo Zhang, PhD, Dept. of Chemistry and Biochemistry; Role of omega-3 fatty acids on bioaccessibility, cell uptake, and metabolism of carotenoids. Faculty Mentors: Dr. Rafael Bruschweiler (Chemistry and Biochemistry); Dr. Rachel Kopec (Human Sciences)

Introduction to Metabolomics Tutorial Now Available Online. Modules presented by Ohio State metabolomics researchers at the Inaugural Conference on Food and Nutritional Metabolomics on May 17, 2017 have been recorded and are available to view online at no cost to participants. Modules are available at go.osu.edu/tutorial (registration is required). Five independent modules include:

  • Lecture 1: Welcome and overview
  • Lecture 2: Study design and analytical approaches for metabolomics
  • Lecture 3: Processing and statistical analysis of data
  • Lecture 4: Compound identification in LC-MS based metabolomics
  • Lecture 5: The future of metabolomics

Graduate Student Fellowship Applications Due July 31. The Foods for Health Discovery Theme will provide 50% support ($16,440) for up to two doctoral candidates for the 2017-2018 academic year. Recipients will participate in a collaborative project that includes metabolomics/foodomics to address a problem in the food-nutrition-health axis. The proposed project should represent collaboration between two or more FFH affiliates. Preference will be given for projects that include one of the following: 1) integration of metabolomics with other omic technologies; 2) combined MS and NMR approaches for metabolomics analyses; and, 3) the influence of food and diet on the microbiome and production of microbial metabolites. Applications are due by 5pm, Monday July 31st, 2017. Learn more

Upcoming Events:

  • International Grand Rounds. Using micronutrients for the treatment of mental illness: A shift in the scientific paradigm. Julia J. Rucklidge, Professor, University of Canterbury --Christchurch, New Zealand, Thursday, July 27, 2017, 4:00-5:00pm, Auditorium of the Davis Heart Lung Research Institute - Room 170. For additional information, please contact Dr. Mary Fristad, Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Health, Psychology and Nutrition, at mary.fristad@osumc.edu
  • Seminar. Kale, spinach, rosehip products and apples: Overview on recent investigations on bioactives. Volker Böhm, PhD, Lecturer and researcher, Friedrich-Schiller University, Jena, Germany. August 2, 2017, 2pm, 311 Parker Food Science Bldg.
  • CAFFRE/MCC Berry Research Retreat and Symposium. Save the Date for Friday, September 22, 2017, 8:00am-4:00pm, Nationwide 4-H Center. Contact

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

Educational Opportunities

  • 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-FIC Team Awards. An RFP is open for proposals to support multi-college teams of researchers in the development of ideas to further a common research interest (e.g. team meetings, hosting visiting colleagues, sponsoring a workshop, hiring a facilitator). It is anticipated that these activities will lead to new collaborative proposals for grants advancing FFH and FIC missions, such as those listed above. Download RFP

Spotlight on: Josh Blakeslee, PhD

Dr. Joshua Blakeslee is an Associate Professor in the Dept. of Horticulture and Crop Science and head of the OARDC Metabolite Analysis Cluster (OMAC). His research is focused on understanding the biochemical physiology underlying plant adaptive responses to the environment. Research in the Blakeslee laboratory uses a combination of metabolomics, protein biochemistry, and physiological (both cellular and organismal) assays in plant, animal, and microbial systems to investigate the role of lipid signaling, phytohormone metabolism and transport, and secondary product metabolism in regulating cellular responses to both abiotic (salt, drought) and biotic (pathogen) stresses. The Blakeslee Laboratory is also home to the OMAC, which provides analytical biochemical services (i.e., metabolomic analyses, protein isolation, heterologous protein expression, enzymatic assays, etc.) for both on- and off-campus clients. Dr. Blakeslee received his B.S. in biology from Moravian College, Bethlehem, PA, in 1999 and his Ph.D. in Horticulture at Purdue University in 2005. After completing post-doctoral training at Purdue University and Brown University, he joined the Horticulture and Crop Science department in 2011.

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