Metabolomics News | January 2018

FFH Faculty Hiring. Please share  information with qualified colleagues who may be interested in the following open positions: 
  • Faculty Director. A search is underway for a faculty director for the Foods for Health initiative to lead the integration of food, nutrition, and metabolomics for health at the nation’s largest and most comprehensive land grant university. The director will develop and lead a strategy that inspires new and existing collaborations, advocates for new faculty positions and facilitates successful recruitment.  Position description
  • Biomedical Metabolomics. 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.  Position description 
  • Nutritional Metabolomics for Health. The Human Nutrition Program in the Department of Human Sciences seeks applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor. Applicants must demonstrate expertise in metabolomics approaches in their scholarly program. Research topics of interest include (1) using chemometrics and other computational tools to mine as well as integrate data from multi-omic analyses (e.g. metabolomics, genomics, proteomics) to address nutrition-related problems, (2) characterizing metabolic signatures predictive of disease risk and successful interventions focusing on diet and nutrition, (3) understanding metabolic mechanisms mediating health impacts of diet on the host microbiome, and (4) the application of metabolomics to define optimal nutrient requirements or dietary patterns during specific phases of the lifecycle. Position description
FFH-Funded Research. Thirty-two individuals representing 18 academic and core units across 5 colleges participated as PI and/or Co-PI in proposals submitted in response to the Spring 2018 FFH Seed Grant RFP. Reviews of proposals are underway and announcement of awards will be made by March 9, 2018.  A total of up to $125,000 will be awarded to a maximum of five teams, adding to the sixteen research projects with multi-disciplinary collaboration currently funded by Foods for Health (2016-17 Seed grants;  Postdoctoral researchGraduate student research). 

Ohio Mass Spectrometry and Metabolomics Symposium. Plenary session chairs have received commitments from speakers for the 2nd Annual Ohio Mass Spectrometry and Metabolomics Symposium, to be held at the Blackwell Inn at The Ohio State University on May 16-17, 2018. Registration will open in February (updates posted at 
  • NMR and/or MS-based Metabolomics (Chair: Rafael Brüschweiler): Keynote -- Robert Powers (U. Nebraska); Invited speakers  -- Morgan Cichon (OSU), Emmanuel Hatzakis (OSU) and Jiangjiang "Chris" Zhu (Miami U)
  • Food and Nutritional Metabolomics (Chair: Josh Blakeslee): Keynote -- Colin Kay (NCSU); Invited speakers -- Rich Bruno (OSU), Jessica Cooperstone (OSU), Verena Kreichbaumer (Oxford Brookes University)
  • Advances in Mass Spectrometry (Chair: Amanda Hummon): Keynote -- Jonathan Sweedler (University of Illinois Urbana Champaign); Invited speakers -- Hao Chen, (Ohio University), Katelyn Ludwig (OSU), Arpad Somagyi (OSU)
  • Multi-omics for Health (Chair: Ewy Mathé): Keynote -- Debashis Ghosh (Colorado School of Public Health); Invited speakers -- Michael Bailey (OSU), Jalal Siddiqui (OSU)

Metabolomics Seminars
  • J. Mark Brown, PhD, Associate Staff Scientist, Cleveland Clinic; Selective Targeting of Gut Microbial Enzymology for the Treatment of Obesity and Insulin Resistance; Friday, January 19, 252 Campbell Hall.  OSUN Seminar
  • *Jessica Cooperstone, PhD, Assistant Professor, Depts. of Horticulture and Crop Science/Food Science; Using Metabolomics to Better Understand Secondary Plant Metabolites and their Health Benefits; Friday, January 26, 252 Campbell Hall. OSUN Seminar
  • *Rishi Jain, MD, Assistant Professor, Div. of Medical Oncology; Multidisciplinary Approaches to Manage Nutrition in Oncology; Friday, February 9 at 11:30am, 252 Campbell Hall. OSUN Seminar
  • *Matthias Klein, PhD, Dept. of Food Science and TechnologyMetabolomics for Human Health Research; Monday, February 12 (CAFFRE meeting from 12-2pm lunch provided, RSVP).
  • *Amanda Hummon, PhD, Associate Professor, Dept. of Chemistry, Examining the Effects of Nutrient Restriction and Vitamin D Supplementation on the Proteome of Colorectal Cancer; Friday, February 23 at 11:30am in 252 Campbell Hall. OSUN Seminar
  • Laura Reed, PhD Associate Professor, Dept. Biological Sciences, University of Alabama, Disentangling the Gene-by-environment Interaction Architecture of Metabolic Disease through the Lens of Evolutionary Genetics and Metabolomics; Friday, March 30 at 11:30am, 252 Campbell Hall. OSUN Seminar
*indicates new Foods for Health Discovery Theme Faculty

Recent Publications
Funding Opportunities
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 
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