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2020 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 region decided to elect their five slots in the general election and have not appointed two diversity candidates. The Eastern and Western regions have submitted two diversity candidates each so there are four diversity candidates: two from the Eastern region and two from the Western region.


Candidates are listed alphabetically by last name.

Eastern Region - Diversity Candidates

Guo Tiannan

Associate Professor, Westlake University, China

I am currently leading a proteomic big data research team in Westlake University, Hangzhou, China. My research is focused on generating proteomic big data for addressing clinical questions. If I am a HUPO council member, I will first of all contribute to promoting the communication between China and the rest of the world. I could also contribute to promoting the mutual understanding between the proteomics community and the clinical community. In addition, I am interested in education of proteomics technologies. We have organized a few courses of data-independent acquisition mass spectrometry in China and will continue to do so. Educating the public with proteomics achievements is also my interest. I have written essays introducing proteomics to the Chinese public via social media and high school students, which could be further extended to more channels and more audience to enhance the international visibility of human proteome research.

Teck Yew Low

Associate Professor, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysi, Malaysia

I am currently an Associate Professor leading a proteomics group in the National University of Malaysia (UKM). I came back to Malaysia in August 2017 upon accepting an offer by UKM and also to spend time with my family. Before that, I spent more than 20 years overseas in the UK, Singapore, Denmark and the Netherlands. Malaysia and on the whole South East Asia (except Singapore) are not very well-represented in the international proteome research map. I plan to engage actively with local societies and academicians to alert them about the exciting research that are being undertaken by all HUPO members and encourage them to collaborate or co-apply grants. I will also motivate them to join HUPO so as to enlarge the HUPO family. Besides, I will be interested in initiating some outreach program for Malaysian or SEA scientists to impart and exchange skills in mass spectrometry and computational proteomics. It would be also interesting to bring seminars, workshops, conferences or even congress to this part of the world.

Western Region - Diversity Candidates

Sergio Encarnación-Guevara

Head of Proteomics laboratory, Center for Genomic Sciences-University of México. 

Sergio Encarnación-Guevara is Professor of Functional Genomics at the Center for Genomic Sciences of the University of Mexico and the principal investigator of the laboratory of proteomics. He received his PhD from the University of Mexico, and post-doctoral training in the Department of Molecular Genetics in Harvard Medical School. After a short time working in Frederick Neidhardt’s laboratory at the University of Michigan (pioneer in proteomics), he established the first proteomics laboratory in México and published the first works in proteomics by a Mexican group. In 2005, he was founder and vice-president of the Mexican Proteomics Society, with the aim to strengthen and promote the field in his country. His first achievement was to organize the earliest two Mexican Symposiums of Proteomics, in parallel with courses on Mass Spectrometry applied to Proteomics. Recently, he was Vice-Chair of the 6th Symposium of the Mexican Proteomic Society (2015) and Chair of the organizing committees of the 8th Symposium of the Mexican Proteomic Society, the 2nd Ibero -American Symposium on Mass Spectrometry and the 3rd PanAmerican-Human Proteome Organization (Pan-HuPO) meeting, held in 2019. Currently, he is President of the Mexican Genomics Society, President of the Mexican Proteomics Society, leader of the Chromosome 19 Mexican team (C-HPP), member of the HUPO Awards Central Committee (since 2018), and Chair of the Organizing Committee of the next HUPO-2022 congress to be held in Cancún, Mexico. He has published numerous papers, book chapters and conference proceedings. Major research interests are cancer proteomics, focusing on the secretome, tumoral dynamics, quantitative proteomics, protein phosphorylation, and the stoichiometry of ubiquitination and acetylation.

Jennifer Geddes-McAlister

Assistant Professor, University of Guelph, Canada

I was appointed Assistant Professor in the Molecular and Cellular Biology Department at the University of Guelph in July 2018. My lab explores the interplay between host and pathogen in a diverse array of biological systems using quantitative proteomics to uncover novel anti-virulence strategies to combat infection. Since beginning my position, I have contributed 14 publications and accepted manuscripts (with three additional manuscripts currently in review), including twelve as corresponding author, seven invited submissions, and two journal covers. To date, my lab has recruited two PhD students, six MSc students, and 10 undergraduate students. This research is supported by funding through NSERC Discovery, New Frontiers Research Fund, NSERC Collaborative Research and Development, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs, and industry partners, including Grain Farmers of Ontario, SeCan, and PlantForm Inc. In addition, I was recently awarded a Banting Research Foundation Discovery award. I am a Board member for the Canadian National Proteomics Network and Associate Director of the University of Guelph Mass Spectrometry Facility. I completed my NSERC-funded PhD in a leading fungal pathogenesis lab (Dr. Jim Kronstad, U. British Columbia), where I developed skills in studying fungal virulence, manipulating fungal pathogens, and profiling protein-level changes upon signaling pathway regulation. I received an Alexander von Humboldt post-doctoral fellowship and an NSERC post-doctoral fellowship to train at the Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry in Germany with Prof. Dr. Matthias Mann, a world-leader in mass spectrometry-based proteomics where I further developed expertise in quantitative proteomics of host-pathogen interactions and applications in drug discovery. I greatly appreciate the nomination as a Western Region Diversity candidate for HUPO Council and I am excited to contribute to ongoing and new initiatives that drive the applications of proteomics and our scientific understanding forward.

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