Early Career Researcher (ECR) Competition

HUPO 2018 - ECR Competition: “Proteomics Highlight of the Year”

The ECR Manuscript Competition was initiated at HUPO 2015 in Vancouver and has been successfully repeated at HUPO 2016 in Taiwan and HUPO 2017 in Dublin. This competition has been a perfect occasion to make early-career researchers more visible to the proteomics community. It serves as a platform to highlight the important contributions that post-doctoral fellows, young clinicians and junior faculty members make in the field of proteomics.

HUPO 2018 ECR Competition Winners:

HUPO is pleased to announce the three winners of the 2018 Early Career Researcher (ECR) Competition. The announcement was made during the Awards Ceremony at HUPO 2018 in Orlando, Florida where each winner presented their work. Congratulations to the three first place winners on their outstanding presentations! 

Ruth Hüttenhain (Tied for first place winner)

Dr. Hüttenhain received her PhD from ETH Zurich, Switzerland, where she developed high-throughput and large scale targeted mass spectrometric approaches and applied them to the verification of plasma-based cancer biomarkers. During her postdoc at UCSF, Dr. Hüttenhain extended her expertise in quantitative mass spectrometry to study dynamics of protein interaction networks. She pioneered a novel approach based on proximity labeling and quantitative mass spectrometry that simultaneously captures the precise temporal remodeling and spatial organization of protein networks. Recently, Dr. Hüttenhain became an Assistant Professor in the Department of Cellular Molecular Pharmacology at UCSF where she continues to work on protein interaction networks with a specific focus on protein networks underlying psychiatric diseases.

Presentation title: An approach to spatiotemporally resolve protein interaction networks in living cells; HPP session Partnering with pathology towards precision medicine.

Mathieu Lavallée-Adam (Tied for first place winner)

Mathieu Lavallée-Adam is an Assistant Professor at the University of Ottawa in the Department of Biochemistry, Microbiology and Immunology and is affiliated to the Ottawa Institute of Systems Biology. He obtained a B.Sc. in Computer Science and a Ph.D. in Computer Science, Bioinformatics option, from McGill University under the supervision of Dr. Mathieu Blanchette and Dr. Benoit Coulombe. He then performed his postdoctoral research in Dr. John R. Yates III’s laboratory in the Department of Chemical Physiology at The Scripps Research Institute. His research focuses on the development of statistical and machine learning algorithms for the analysis of mass spectrometry-based proteomics data and protein-protein interaction networks. Dr. Lavallée-Adam is also a recipient of the John Charles Polanyi Prize in Chemistry, awarded by the Government of Ontario, and of the Canadian Vanier scholarship recognizing his research and involvement in the community.

Presentation title: Functional 5′ UTR motif discovery with LESMoN: Local Enrichment of Sequence Motifs in biological Networks; Session Computational Advances.

Ilaria Piazza (Tied for first place winner)

Ilaria Piazza received her doctorate from the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) in Heidelberg, Germany where she first learnt about structural and chromatin proteomics in the laboratory of Martin Beck. Ilaria then accepted a postdoctoral research associate position in the group of Paola Picotti at ETH Zurich where she focused on the application of chemoproteomic methods in complex biological systems. Using these technologies, she dissected how small molecules compounds can coordinate the regulation and activity of proteome networks and drafted a global map of a protein-metabolite interactome. Ilaria is continuing her scientific research defining structural proteomic signatures that mark specific cellular functional states. With this approach, she aims to identify structural biomarkers to fingerprint healthy conditions and human diseases.

Presentation title: A map of protein-metabolite interactions reveals principles of chemical communication.

Past ECR Manuscript Competition Finalists:

HUPO 2017 in Dublin, Ireland

  • Ronald Holewinski (Winner)
  • Teresa García-Berrocoso (Winner)
  • Zhiduan Su

HUPO 2016 in Taipei, Taiwan

  • Cheng-Kang Chiang (Winner)
  • Hannes Röst
  • Stefan J. Kempf

HUPO 2015 in Vancouver, Canada

  • Olga Schubert (Winner)
  • Justyna Fert-Bober
  • Burcu Ayoglu




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