Metabolomics News | November 2017

Growing bioinformatics capabilities in metabolomics at Ohio State. Given the 'Big Data' nature of metabolomics research, collaboration is needed to foster continued growth of metabolomics capabilities at Ohio State. As part of Data Analytics Month at Ohio State, Foods for Health (FFH) hosted a roundtable event on October 27, bringing together 25 faculty and staff, representing 12 departments/units and 7 colleges, to discuss ideas about what is needed to grow bioinformatics capabilities in metabolomics. Moderated by Ewy Mathé, Assistant Professor in Dept. of Biomedical Informatics and affiliate of both TDAI and FFH, the group explored needs for collaboration around three main topics: 1) Integration of data for multi-omics research, 2) Integration of big data sets for NMR and mass spectrometry analysis, and 3) Data visualization. If you are interested in joining a collaborative effort in one or more of these topics, please send an email to  

New FFH facultyAmanda Hummon has accepted appointment as Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. Dr. Hummon will bring expertise in bioanalytical spectroscopy, proteomics, and metabolomics. Her research is focused on dissecting the deregulated pathways that are contributing to the cancer phenotype, identifying the aberrantly expressed genes and their products, and deciphering their effect on downstream targets. Dr. Hummon received her PhD in Chemistry at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, completed postdoctoral training at the National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health, and is currently Associate Professor of Chemistry at University of Notre Dame. Her husband, Zach Schultz, also accepted to join the faculty, hired through the Materials and Manufacturing for Sustainability Discovery Theme, and will also bring metabolomics expertise with innovative research that is developing metabolomics methodology using Raman spectroscopy. They will arrive in January.

FFH Faculty search. The College of Medicine at The Ohio State University invites applications for a tenure track position in the field of biomedical metabolomics at the associate professor or professor level. The ideal candidate will have experience and interests in the discipline of metabolomics and application of innovative technologies to understanding the mechanisms underlying disordered metabolism at the whole body/tissue/cell levels. Expertise on the exploration of the molecular and subcellular mechanisms underlying the pathogenesis and outcome of tissue damage in conditions such as metabolic syndrome, insulin resistance, obesity, hypertension, and neuropathy is desired. Please share with any colleagues who may be interested. Position description

FFH-funded metabolomics research presented at Seed Grant Showcase. Innovative research supported by seed grant funding from three Discovery Theme programs--Foods for Health, Initiative for Food and Agricultural Tranformation (InFACT), and Sustainable and Resilient Economy (SRE)--was presented in a Seed Grant Showcase on November 15, with reception and open networking, held at the Thompson Library, 11th Floor Reading Room. Approximately 100 individuals participated in the event. View program

Morgan Cichon wins poster prize at MOVISS Metabolomic Bio and Data Meeting. FFH Research Scientist Morgan Cichon attended this small, problem-driven meeting held in September in Vorau, Austria, where researchers from around the world focused on addressing and solving challenges within the metabolomics field. The meeting was divided into four sessions – From Samples to Peaks (experimental design and data acquisition), From Peaks to Numbers (data processing), From Numbers to Pictures (statistical analysis), and From Pictures to Understanding (data interpretation). Invited speakers for the meeting included, Karl Burgess, Oscar Yanes, Steffen Neuman, Beata Walczak, Age Smilde, and Nicola Zamboni. The diverse backgrounds of participants, as well as the remote location and small size of the meeting, fostered thoughtful and productive discussions regarding metabolomics data and ideas for advancing the field. Dr. Cichon won the poster prize for her work, Addressing stability of urine and plasma in large-scale LC-MS metabolomics experiments.  More

FFH Discovery Theme Seed Grant RFP. The FFH Seed Grant Competition is a university-wide initiative with a primary goal of advancing the use of metabolomics-based technology in food and nutrition research for the improvement of health. Successful proposals will focus on food and nutritional metabolomics, are innovative, collaborative, create value, result in presentations at professional meetings and peer-reviewed publications, and catalyze the submission of competitive extramural grants. Up to 5 proposals will be awarded with a maximum of $25,000 per award for direct costs during a 12-month project period. Proposals are due January 8, 2018. Download RFP

FFH Research Team Grants. An RFP is 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 
  • Dr. Jessica Lasky-Su, Associate Professor, Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women's Hospital, will present The Translational Utility of Metabolomics in the Integrative Omics Era on Friday, December 1 at 11:00am in James L035. 
  • Dr. Earl Harrison, Dean's Distinguished Professor of Human Nutrition, Dept. of Human Sciences, The Ohio State University, will present Apocarotenoids: Emerging Insights Into Their Metabolism and Function on Friday, December 1 at Ag Admin 246. OSUN Seminars

  • Webinar: Addressing Sample Stability Concerns in Large-Scale LC-MS Metabolomics Studies. FFH Research Scientist Morgan Cichon will present on Thursday, December 14 at 11:00am as part of the Agilent-sponsored Emerging Omics Webinar Series. The webinar stems from her work presented at the MOVISS Metabolomic Bio and Data Meeting, which won the poster prize. More
  • Webinar: Precision Metabolomics™: Current State and Future Plans. This interactive webinar will be presented by Metabolon on Monday, December 4, 2017 at 11:30am. The webinar will offer an overview of Precision Metabolomics™, an approach to metabolomics with a goal to comprehensively and reproducibly map metabolism, and metabolic changes induced by disease or treatment, with sufficient precision to produce actionable information at the level of the individual. Register
Other Educational Opportunities 
  • Metabolomics and Lipidomics Workshop. Waters Corporation will present a workshop on December 5 at Ohio State's Biomedical Research Tower from 9am-12pm. Topics will include Metabolomics and Lipidomics Sample Treatment and Column Selection, and Untargeted and Targeted Metabolomics Approaches to Indentify Radiation Induced Markers for Biodosimetry. More
  • Metabolomics in Life Sciences online course.  “Metabolomics in Life Sciences” is being offered through edX by Osaka University. The 4 week online course begins January 9, requires 2-3 hours of effort per week, and is free ($49 for verified certificate). More 
  • Big Data Training at Purdue University. A new online course in big data training for biomedical researchers will begin January 8, 2018 and end with a weekend workshop at Purdue University in April 2018. The online course is supported by the NIH "Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K)" program and was built to meet the needs of busy biomedical researchers who need entry-level training in big data science. The cost of tuition for the online course is covered for accepted applicants; travel scholarships are available for the workshop that concludes the course. More

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