The organizers of Metabolomics 2018 are pleased to announce the confirmed keynote speakers below.
Prof Ute Roessner has obtained her PhD in Plant Biochemistry at the Max-Planck-Institute for Molecular Plant Physiology in Germany, where she developed novel GC-MS based methods to analyse metabolites in plants. With the combination of small molecule analytics and sophisticated bioinformatics and statistics the field of metabolomics was born which today is an important tool in biological sciences, systems biology and biomarker discovery. In 2003 she moved to Australia where she established a GC-MS and LC-MS based metabolomics platform as part of the Australian Centre for Plant Functional Genomics (www.acpfg.com.au). Between 2011 and 2014 she led the ACPFG node at the School of BioSciences, The University of Melbourne. Also, in 2007 Ute became the Head of Analytics of a government funded national metabolomics fee-for-service facility Metabolomics Australia (MA, www.metabolomics.com.au) and now leads the MA node at the School of BioSciences, The University of Melbourne. In 2013 she was awarded a prestigious ARC Future Fellowship which aims to identify novel mechanisms of salinity tolerance in barley by spatial analysis of metabolites and lipids using Imaging Mass Spectrometry.
Hannele Ruohola-Baker is a Professor of Biochemistry and Associate Director of the Institute for Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine at the University of Washington in Seattle. Her research focuses on the molecular biology of stem cells and on the use of Drosophila as model organisms for human diseases. Her laboratory studies the molecules and cellular properties that are required for stem cell states and their differentiation capacity, both in normal and pathological situations. She has shown that microRNAs and HIF pathways play key roles in regulating adult and embryonic stem cell self-renewal in model organisms as well as in hESC and iPSC. The laboratory presently works on three questions: 1) what are the metabolic determinants of stem cells, 2) what are the key microRNAs that induce cardiomyocyte maturation and 3) what is the molecular mechanism of stem cell protection against apoptosis.
Gary Siuzdak is Professor and Director of the Scripps Center for Metabolomics at The Scripps Research Institute. He is an affiliate scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab and has served as Vice President of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry. His research includes developing novel technologies for metabolomics, imaging and system biology. He has over 300 peer-reviewed publications and two books including the "The Expanding Role of Mass Spectrometry in Biotechnology”.
Age K. Smilde is full professor of Biosystems Data Analysis at the Swammerdam Institute for Life Sciences at the University of Amsterdam and as of June 1, 2013 he holds a part-time position as professor at the Department of Food Science at the University of Copenhagen. He has published more than 250 peer-reviewed papers of which more than 70 about metabolomics data analysis. He has been the Editor-Europe of the Journal of Chemometrics during the period 1994-2002. He is a co-founder of the Netherlands Metabolomics Centre; a large Public/Private Consortium devoted to all aspects of metabolomics His research interest is data fusion and multiset methods. For more information: see www.bdagroup.nl.
Masaru Tomita is a Professor and the Director General of the Institute for Advanced Biosciences, Keio University. He received M.S and Ph.D in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University (1985), and two other doctoral degrees in electronic engineering and molecular biology from Kyoto University (1994) and Keio University (1998). His pioneering work includes "E-CELL computer simulation" (Bioinformatics 1999), "Large scale multi-omics biology of e.coli" (Science 2007), and "Saliva test for detecting cancer" (Metabolomics 2009). Dr. Tomita is a recipient of Presidential Young Investigators Award from National Science Foundation of USA (1988), Minister for Science and Technology Policy Award（2004）, Reuters Highly-Cited Researcher（2015）, Audi Innovation Award（2016）and various other awards. He is a co-founder of the Metabolomics Society, and hosted the 1st and 10th meetings in 2005 and 2014, and was elected as a Lifetime Honorary Fellow of the Metabolomics Society in 2017.