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2019 Central region candidates 

Candidates are listed alphabetically by last name.

Ruth Birner-Gr├╝enberger

Professor, Medical University of Graz, Austria

The research focus of my laboratory is on functional proteomics of enzyme function and regulation with special focus on lipid metabolism in health and disease. We integrate proteomics and metabolomics (including lipidomics) to investigate the role of fatty acid and lipid metabolism in cancer and lipid associated diseases. In addition, we use activity-based proteomics to discover novel biocatalysts of microbials for biotechnological applications.

I have have been the president of the Austrian Proteomics and Metabolomics Association since 2015 and have served on the HUPO General Council over the last two years.

Emma Lundberg

Associate Professor, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden

In the interface between bioimaging, proteomics and artificial intelligence my research aims to define the spatiotemporal organization of the human proteome at a cellular and subcellular level, with the goal to understand how variations and deviations in protein expression patterns can contribute to cellular function and disease. I have been active in the HUPO community in various positions for the past 7 years and would love to continue playing an active role in the HUPO council. Through my involvement in large mapping efforts like the Human Protein Atlas and the international Cell Atlas, I believe that I can contribute towards making HUPO more involve in such emerging global efforts.

Charles Pineau

Research Director Inserm, Protim - Inserm U185, Irset, France

I submit my nomination for election to the HUPO Council. Members of HUPO have built a robust foundation for proteomics and the quest of the human proteome. The expanding membership yet represents a diverse community of scientists. Recognition of the society is growing and I think this fundamental building blocks require more investment. HUPO has now started to focus, among other exciting goals, on promoting its activities among scientists and catching the interest of the general public and sponsors.

I am honored to be considered for a position on the HUPO Council. I was member of the Council in 2015-2016 and now serve on four committees. I am a Research Director at the French National Institute of Health and Biomedical Research (Inserm) with a joint appointment as Head of a national Proteomics facility. For more than 35 years, my research interests addressed various aspects of male reproduction. A major emphasis of my laboratory is to decipher the testicular proteome and characterize those proteins playing a key role in spermatogenesis.

With my experience as past president of the French proteomics society, and as a member of the Council, I shall work to bridge the diverse scientific communities within our discipline. With the Education & Training Committee I propose to push forward the initiative of sparking teenager’s interest for the HPP. Together with the members of the Website & Social Media sub-committee, I shall work to increase the visibility of HUPO towards the public and decision-makers. I have recently accepted to become chair of the Marketing committee.

In my job I love the opportunities to integrate values and knowledge from many different disciplines and to learn from colleagues. I shall bring the same enthusiasm and experience to the HUPO council and its meetings as a member.

Jochen Schwenk

Associate Professor, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden

Over the last years, I have represented the Human Antibody Initiative in the HPP executive committee and served as chair of the Human Plasma Proteome Project. I’ve also been active at many of HUPO’s annual meetings, either as speaker or chair.

My duties have given me insights into the HUPO organization, and I embrace the vision to build a proteomics community as well as to bring forward the HPP. To take the next steps, I believe that we need to continue with bringing in engagements from different fields, technologies and perspectives. As an organization, we need to continue to prioritize diversity and keep our doors open for others to feel invited to the HUPO network. HUPO already excellently acknowledges early career excellence and life-time achievements, but it will also be good to support the broad group of mid-career scientist, who will become the next-generation leaders in proteomics.

It will also be exciting to see how proteomics will contribute to a better clinical care. Indeed, the recent advances in plasma proteomics using mass spectrometry and affinity proteomics have again increased the attention to clinical utility of blood protein analysis. We can witness how technology development and new approaches on data analysis and integration can address the unmet clinical needs beyond other types of omics.

As a member of the HUPO council, I will contribute with my knowledge and perspectives on proteomics, the insights from working on trans-disciplinary efforts, and on strategies using affinity proteomics. My vision is to make HUPO an open and strong organization with experts from inside and outside of the community.

Bernd Wollscheid

Professor, ETH Zurich, Switzerland

As the current president of the Swiss Proteomics Society, section of Life Science Switzerland (LS2), I would like to join the HUPO Council in order to directly support HUPO's efforts to foster quantitative proteomic technology development and to engage the life science community. Deciphering biological complexity requires communication and the integration of different fields of expertise. During my career I was fortunate enough to cross boundaries several times and learn new codes, from Chemistry to Molecular Immunology to Systems Biology. Communication across boundaries and learning to integrate new codes will be critical to solve tomorrow's biomedical challenges. The HUPO organization is geared up to translate the code of life. I would like to continue to contribute to this goal through initiatives enabling the translation of the code of proteomics to the life sciences.

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