Keynote Speakers

The organizers of Metabolomics 2018 are pleased to announce the confirmed keynote speakers below.

Mary Lidstrom

Mary Lidstrom is the Vice Provost for Research, a Professor in Chemical Engineering and Microbiology and holds the Frank Jungers Chair of Engineering at the University of Washington.

She has served as Vice Provost for Research since 2005. She received a B.S. in Microbiology from Oregon State University, and a M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Bacteriology from the University of Wisconsin. Dr. Lidstrom conducted postdoctoral work as a Leverhulme Fellow in Microbiology at the University of Sheffield, and has held academic appointments in the Center for Great Lakes Studies in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and in Environmental Engineering Science at the California Institute of Technology.

Research in Dr. Lidstrom's laboratory is focused on molecular and metabolic manipulations of bacteria that grow on one-carbon compounds. She is especially interested in research of both laboratory cultures and environmental communities of these bacteria, with applications to greenhouse gas emissions and sustainable energy.

Professor Lidstrom has a long history of carrying out interdisciplinary education and research at the engineering/biology interface, and has been honored by the National Science Foundation, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Academy of Microbiology, and the American Society for Microbiology for her outstanding achievements. She also oversees the UW Genomics Outreach to Minorities program, co-leads the UW Global Innovation Exchange program, and sits on the external board for Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. She is a member of the National Academy of Sciences.


Mary Lidstrom
University of Washington
USA

Ute Roessner

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.


Ute Roessner
University of Melbourne
Australia

Gary Siuzdak

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”.


Gary Siuzdak
The Scripps Research Institute
USA

Age Smilde

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.


Age Smilde
University of Amsterdam
Netherlands

Masaru Tomita

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.


Masaru Tomita
Keio University
Japan