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2019 Diversity Candidates

Each regional (Central, Eastern, Western) organization has been asked to nominate two (2) candidates to be considered for 'diversity' positions on the HUPO Council. 'Diversity' candidates are nominated by the national/regional proteomics societies with the understanding that the selections should increase the diversity of the Council from each region (examples: less represented countries as defined by HUPO membership fees, gender balance, young scientists, agricultural and micro-organism proteomic, industry).

This year the Central, Eastern and Western regions have submitted two diversity candidates each so there are six diversity candidates: two from the Central region, two from the Eastern region, and two from the Western region.


Candidates are listed alphabetically by last name.

Central Region - Diversity Candidates

Svetlana Murzina

Institute of Biology of the Karelian Research Centre of the Russian Academy of Sciences (IB KarRC RAS)

My areas of interest are environmental and aquatic sciences, ecophysiology and ecobiochemistry of aquatic organisms including aquaculture objects in the Arctic and sub-Arctic regions in the Era of climate change. Being a resident of Karelia, “Land of Lakes and Forest”, I have my top priority in daily life and research to environmental care and use. As biochemists, I am specialized on study the function and role of lipids and fatty acids in marine and freshwater ecosystems and organisms. As it is known, the lipids and proteins are associated to each other tightly in many ways. As Diversity Candidate, I would like to try expand understanding of these essential biochemical molecules and their connections. At my current position, as Head of Environmental Biochemistry Laboratory, I have taken an active role to unite and develop complex analysis and approach to study the relationship (adaptations) in a system “organism-environment” at biochemical and molecular-genetic level. I am experienced both Participant and Leader of many international and national scientific projects and programmes. I have great experience as Leader and member of Committees of the international, national and regional congresses, symposiums and conferences. Special attention in my activity is paid to support and implementation of the international conferences and schools, and social activities for Young Career Researchers. Nowadays, under my supervision I have two master students and one PhD student. I was awarded by the Medal of the Russian Academy of Sciences for the research “Ecological and biochemical adaptations of lipids in certain species of commercial fish and their food objects in the Arctic and sub-Arctic” and Academician V. Sokolov Honor Award in field of biological sciences. Up-to-date development and extraordinary connections among different disciplines in -omics sciences including proteomics inspires me to have a try to bring it in field of environmental science and ecology.

George Tsangaris

Proteomics Research Unit, Biomedical Research Foundation of the Academy of Athens

I have been actively involved in the field proteomics since 2002, when I joined the Roche Centre for Medical Genomics (Basel, Swiss). In 2003, I joined the Proteomics Research Unit of the Biomedical Research Foundation of the Academy of Athens as a Professor Level Research Scientist. My recent work has contributed to the extensive application of proteomics in: a) the study of human reproduction and the non-invasive prenatal diagnosis of pregnancy complications, b) the molecular study of the childhood cancer (brain tumors, hematological malignancies etc), c) neuroproteomics and recently d) on food and nutritional proteomics. I have published more than 120 reserach papers and I hold 11 proteomics-related international patents. I am a founding member of the Hellenic Proteomics Society, elected treasurer (2005-2009), and president from 2009, untill today. I am member of the editorial board of four proteomics-related journals and reviewer of many others. From 2016 I am member at large of the HUPO Food and Nutrition initiative. I have contributed in the organization of many international proteomics meetings. In order to disseminate proteomics in North Eastern Europe and Middle Asia, I have organized many national and international educational workshops involving laboratory practice. My election in the HUPO council will enhance the promotion of proteomics in the region of smaller proteomics communities like as Balkan countries and I will further promote the interactions between HUPO and EUPA.

Eastern Region - Diversity Candidates

Norie Araki 

Associate Professor, Chair person of the Department, Japan

I have been a HUPO member for 10 years. Before the participation of HUPO, I was involved in the establishment of Japanese HUPO (JHUPO) in 2002 and the Japanese Proteomics Society (JPrOS) in 2010. Since 2002, I have been a council member of the JHUPO/JPrOS more than 14 years, contributing to the development of proteomics in the cancer research field. In 2013, I worked as an organizing committee of the HUPO 12th Annual World Congress held in Yokohama Japan. Taking this advantage of this experience, in 2015, I organized the 13th annual meeting of JHUPO/JPrOS 2015, Kumamoto, Japan. We had a great success having more than 500 participants with 6 foreign guest speakers including HUPO councils from Europe, USA, and Asia Oceania. The meeting theme was “Overview of the global biological systems by the integrated proteomics”, and relating to this topic in this meeting, we had the kickoff session/workshop on the integrated proteome database project supported by the Japanese government. Since then, we have been developing a database, “The Japan Proteome Standard Repository/Database” (jPOST), which has become a core proteome repository/database in the world, affiliated with ProteomeXchange Consortium (Ishihama-Y et.al. Nucl.Acids.Res.2017, 2019). Also, our jPOST/JPrOS team is involved in HPP on Ch.X/3 (J.Proteome.Res.2013) contributing to the worldwide missing protein project. Now, our group is focusing on the integrated functional proteogenomics for neural tumor/cancers and their stem cells, as well as many genetic disease models (Mol.Cell.Proteomics.2019, Nat.Commun.2018, Sci.Rep.2018, Nat.Med.under revision etc.). Our original integration tools (PCT/JP2011/58366, Mol.Cell.Proteomics, 2013, 2009, Nucl.Acids.Res 2015) may contribute to the future subjects in HUPO. Based on those experiences, I would like to contribute HUPO activities, and to involve myself in the expansion of proteomics into global sciences. Publications:177(Japanese55), Patents:14, JHUPO/JPrOS Award in 2016.

Ho Jeong Kwon

Professor/Director, Yonsei University, Republic of Korea

It has been my great privilege and pleasure to work for HUPO as one of team members of this exciting international academic society to foster science and technology through proteomics. I have learned a lot of valuable activities of academy society through my fortunate involvement of HUPO activities as a council member (05-08,15-17) and a secretary general of HUPO Seoul congress 2007 with great collaboration of HUPO, AOHUPO, and KHUPO colleagues and friends.

My activities and services for HUPO has been doing at AOHUPO (Vice president, 14-present: Organization Chair of The 20th AOHUPO Anniversary Celebration Committee of AOHUPO 2020 Busan Meeting, 2019-present: secretary general, 13-14) and KHUPO (President, 10-11 and Council 05-present) for fine management with high quality of scientific, educational, industrial, research funding and policy planning activities for HUPO community.

Scientifically, I have been studying particularly focused on chemical proteomics using mass spectrometry methods, LC-MS/MS and imaging MS, resulted in identifying new bioactive small molecules and their target proteins that have been reported over 180 reputed peer review journals with over 50 patents having H index 45, total citation 13641 (Google scholar index) currently.

To foster and share proteomics research, I have organized and given keynote presentations at a number of HUPO congresses and have served as a chair of chemical proteomics initiative at AOHUPO.

Based on my long experiences and clear visions of HUPO societies of HUPO, AOHUPO, and KHUPO, I will service and do my best for HUPO community with harmonized and passionate mind and commitment.

Western Region - Diversity Candidates

Giuseppe Palmisano

Assistant Professor, tenure-track, Department of Parasitology, University of São Paulo, Brazil

I shall put all efforts and bring my short national and international experience (Italy, Denmark and Brazil) to promote HUPO Mission and Goals. My preferred one is to disclose proteomics around the world and encourage young and recent docs and post-docs to work in the field as well as to associate them to HUPO.

To further research on human diseases and on the Human Proteome Project is another strong believe that I´ll pursue.

Si Wu

Associate Professor, University of Oklahoma, USA

I started my research in proteomics as a graduate student in Dr. James Bruce’s group. Between 2006 and 2008, I conducted my postdoctoral research on top-down proteomics at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) with Drs. Pasa-Tolic Ljiljiana and Richard Smith. Later, I worked as a research scientist at Battelle Toxicology Northwest (2008-2010) and a senior scientist at PNNL (2010-2014). In 2015, I joined the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Oklahoma as an assistant professor. I have more than 17 years of experience in developing advanced top-down and bottom-up proteomics techniques to understand protein dynamics and functions in different biological systems. I am particularly interested in solving real clinical and biological questions through integrating technologies in life sciences, biology, separation science, MS instrumentation, and bioinformatics.

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