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SPEAKERS

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Plenary Speakers

University of Oxford
United Kingdom

Academia Sinica
Taiwan

Radboud University
Netherlands​

DISTINGUISHED KeyNOTE Speaker

Executive Research Fellow, Shimadzu Corporation
Japan

KeyNOTE Speakers

Life Sciences, Pharma, Health and Disease

University of California San Diego
USA

Tsinghua University
China

Keio University
Japan

University of Copenhagen
Denmark

Vanderbilt University
USA

University of Alberta
Canada

National University of Singapore
Singapore

Fundamentals, Instrumentation and Methods

Syft Technologies Limited 
New Zealand

Freie Universität Berlin
Germany

Nankai University
China

Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions
USA

Rosalind Franklin Institute
University of Oxford
United Kingdom

Kyoto University
Japan

Tsinghua University
China

Environmental, Earth, Space, Forensics & Cultural

Smithsonian Museum Conservation Institute
USA

University of Queensland
Australia

Vancouver Island University
Canada

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
USA

Food, polymers & Materials

University of Nebraska-Lincoln
USA

Shenzhen University
China

University of Queensland
Australia

Vancouver Island University
Canada

University of Nebraska-Lincoln
USA

PROFESSOR DAME CAROL ROBINSON

University of Oxford
United Kingdom

Carol Robinson is the Dr. Lee’s Professor of Chemistry at the University of Oxford and is the first Director of Oxford’s Kavli Institute for Nanoscience Discovery. She is recognised for establishing mass spectrometry as a viable technology to study the structure and function of proteins. Carol graduated from the Royal Society of Chemistry in 1979 and completed her PhD at Cambridge University. After a career break of eight years to bring up her children, she became Professor of Mass Spectrometry at Cambridge, returning to Oxford in 2009 to take up her current position. Her work has attracted numerous awards including the 2022 Benjamin Franklin Medal in Chemistry, the 2022 Louis Jeantet Prize for Medicine and most recently the ASMS John B. Fenn Award for a Distinguished Contribution in Mass Spectrometry. Carol is the former President of the Royal Society of Chemistry, a Foreign Associate of the National Academy of Sciences USA and an International Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She was awarded a DBE in 2013 for services to science and industry.

YU-JU CHEN Ph.D

Academia Sinica
Taiwan

Yu-Ju Chen obtained her B.S. in Chemistry from National Taiwan University (1992) and Ph.D. degree at Iowa State University. After postdoctoral research work at the Ames Laboratory, Department of Energy, USA and National Tsing Hua University, she joined the Institute of Chemistry of Academia Sinica in 1999, served as the Director (2013-2021) and is currently a Distinguished Research Fellow. She also holds con-current adjunct professorships at few universities. With great passion to reveal disease network, Yu-Ju is one of the pioneering scientists in establishing mass spectrometry-based proteomics in Taiwan. In particular, she is interested in applying these tools for in-depth exploration of the proteome network in biology and diseases. She also contributes to academia services, serving as Associate Editor of “Analytical Chemistry” (since 2020), the most renown journal in analytical science. She has been the President of the Taiwan Proteomics Society (2009-2011), President of Taiwan Society for Mass Spectrometry (2011-2013), Vice President (2017-2019) of AOHUPO. She is the current President of Human Proteome Organization (HUPO, 2021-2022)-largest international society in proteomics, and Vice President (President-elect) of The Chemical Society located in Taipei (2021-2022). She is leading the Taiwan Cancer Moonshot project under the collaboration framework of the International Cancer Proteogenome Consortium (ICPC) led by National Cancer Institute, USA. The first study has revealed the pathogenesis and progression of non-smoking lung cancer patients in Taiwan (Cell, Cover Story). Her technology was also translated into a start-up company for cancer diagnosis (2018, JUN ZHI Biomedical Co., Ltd).
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PROFESSOR JANA ROITHOVÁ

Radboud University
Netherlands

Jana Roithová graduated from Charles University in the Czech Republic (1998). Her Ph.D. thesis focused on reaction dynamics (2003), and she learned mass spectrometry techniques with Prof. Schwarz (Berlin). From 2007 to 2018, she was a lecturer and then a professor at Charles University. Since 2018, she has held a chair in spectroscopy and catalysis at Radboud University in the Netherlands. She develops techniques to study reaction mechanisms, focusing on reactive intermediates in metal-catalyzed reactions. Her research interests span from reaction mechanisms of organometallic reactions and mechanisms of small molecule activation to new reactivity concepts and reaction design. She is a member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences and received several prizes, e.g., the Ignaz L Lieben Award from the Austrian Academy of Sciences or the Rudolf Lukeš prize from the Czech Chemical Society.

KOICHI TANAKA

Executive Research Fellow, Shimadzu Corporation
Japan ​

Koichi Tanaka is an Executive Research Fellow at Shimadzu Corporation in Japan. He completed his Bachelor’s degree in engineering at Tohoku University in 1983, prior to joining the Central Research Laboratory in Shimadzu Corporation. In 1985, he developed the technique known as soft laser desorption for the ionisation and mass spectrometric analysis of large biomolecules, particularly proteins. For this work he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2002. Also in 2002, he received the Japanese Order of Cultural Merit Award. His continuing research interests focus on the development of novel mass spectrometry instrumentation and methods for the analysis of protein and carbohydrate structures, and their applications toward the early detection of protein-related diseases.

PROFESSOR LISA JONES

University of California San Diego
USA

Professor Lisa M. Jones is the Chancellor’s Associate Endowed Chair of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of California San Diego. She received her PhD in Chemistry from Georgia State University. She received postdoctoral training in structural virology at the University of Alabama-Birmingham and in MS-based protein footprinting at Washington University in St. Louis. Her research is focused on extending the protein footprinting method fast photochemical oxidation of proteins (FPOP) coupled with mass spectrometry into complex model systems. Her lab has extended the method for in-cell analysis to provide structural information across the proteome. She has further developed the method for in vivo analysis in C. elegans, an animal model for human disease. Her lab aims to understand the biological causes of health disparities in cancer and other diseases. She also has a passion for increasing diversity in STEM and participates in several outreach initiatives to achieve this.

PROFESSOR YU XIA

Tsinghua University
China

Dr. Yu Xia earned her B.S. (1999) in Chemistry from Lanzhou University, China, M.S. (2002) from Shanghai Institute of Material Medical, CASs, China, and Ph.D. (2006) under the supervision of Professor Scott A. McLuckey from Purdue University, USA.  After postdoctoral training with Professor Graham R. Cooks at Purdue, Dr. Xia took positions as Assistant and Associate Professor at the Department of Chemistry, Purdue University (2009-2017). She joined Tsinghua University as a Professor of the Department of Chemistry in 2016.  Dr. Xia utilizes radical chemistry as a unique approach to achieve enhanced bioanalysis via mass spectrometry.  Her recent research emphasizes on developing lipidomic tools capable of resolving structural isomers. Her work has resulted in over 120 peer-reviewed publications and book chapters. She currently serves as the Associate Editor for the Journal of Mass Spectrometry and the Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion of the International Lipidomics Society.

PROFESSOR MAKOTO ARITA

Keio University
Japan

Dr. Makoto Arita received his Ph.D. from the Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Tokyo in 1997. Currently he is a Dean of the Faculty of Pharmacy and a Professor of Physiological Chemistry and Metabolism at Keio University, and a Team Leader of RIKEN Center for Integrative Medical Sciences. Dr. Arita has experience leading multidisciplinary research teams as a principal investigator for “Biology of LipoQuality” a program project supported by JSPS Grant-in-aid for Scientific Research on Innovative Areas (FY2015-2020). He serves as an Executive Editor for the Progress in Lipid Research. Now he is leading JST-ERATO Lipidome Atlas Project (FY2021-2026) to pioneer the spatiotemporal biology of lipid diversity through a creation of the Lipidome Atlas, and to discover unknown molecules associated with important biological processes. Also, he is a Core Director of the Keio University World Premier International Research Center Initiative (WPI-Bio2Q) (FY2022-2032) to integrate human biology, microbiome research, and quantum computing to explore the foundations of healthy longevity.

PROFESSOR JESPER VELGAARD OLSEN

University of Copenhagen
Denmark

Jesper Olsen studied analytical chemistry at University of Southern Denmark in the laboratory of Roman Zubarev. After this, he worked two years at MDS Proteomics as staff scientist before joining the laboratory of Matthias Mann as PhD student. He spent 4 years as a post-doctoral fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Biochemistry in Munich. In 2009, Jesper was recruited to head a research group at the newly established Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Protein Research (CPR) at University of Copenhagen (UCPH). In 2012, he was promoted to vice director of CPR and in 2014 full professor at UCPH.

Jesper has made seminal contributions to the field of proteomics and high-resolution mass spectrometry, and pioneering quantitative phosphoproteomics technology and its application to study cell-signaling networks to answer outstanding questions in biology. His group is developing proteomics technologies and their work on offline peptide chromatographic fractionation in combination with fast online LC-MS/MS has enabled comprehensive analysis of human proteomes. Most recently, his group has worked on narrow-window DIA on the Orbitrap Astral mass spectrometer for high-throughput analysis of human proteomes with single cell resolution.

PROFESSOR RENÃ A. S. ROBINSON

Vanderbilt University
USA

Dr. Renã A. S. Robinson, Professor of Chemistry at Vanderbilt University and inaugural Dorothy J. Wingfield Phillips Chair, received her B.S. in Chemistry with concentration in Business from the University of Louisville and Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from Indiana University under the mentorship of Professor David Clemmer. She developed proteomics methods to study aging in Drosophila (fruit flies) and continued working in aging as a Lyman T. Johnson Postdoctoral Fellow with Professor D. Allan Butterfield at the University of Kentucky. During this fellowship she began to focus on neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease and received a UNCF/Merck Postdoctoral Fellowship. In 2009 she accepted a position as Assistant Professor of Chemistry at the University of Pittsburgh and in 2007 moved to Vanderbilt University as Associate Professor of Chemistry and the Dorothy J. Wingfield Phillips Chancellor’s Faculty Fellow. Renã is currently a Professor of Chemistry, Principal Investigator of RASR Laboratory, Faculty Head of House of Murray House, and actively supports the Vanderbilt Memory & Alzheimer’s Center, the Vanderbilt Institute for Chemical Biology and the Vanderbilt Brain Institute. She has a nationally and internationally recognized research program and is a leader in the field of proteomics for her work in aging, Alzheimer’s disease, and applications relevant to human health. Her laboratory is especially focused on advancing proteomics and lipidomics technologies to promote health equity in Alzheimer’s disease. Renã serves as the Immediate Past President of NOBCChE (National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers) where she was the 14th President from 2021- 2023 and led the organization through tremendous growth in membership, programming, funding, and overall outreach of URMs in STEM. She is currently the faculty advisor for the Nashville Student and Professional Chapter of NOBCChE, Co-Director for the Faculty ACCESS Program, and Board Member-at-Large for the US Human Proteome Organization.

PROFESSOR DAVID WISHART

University of Alberta
Canada

Dr. David Wishart (PhD Yale, 1991) is a Distinguished University Professor in the Departments of Biological Sciences and Computing Science at the University of Alberta. He also holds adjunct appointments with the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences and with the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine.  He has been with the University of Alberta since 1995. Dr. Wishart’s research interests are very wide ranging, covering metabolomics, analytical chemistry, drug chemistry, natural product chemistry, molecular biology, protein chemistry and neuroscience. He has developed a number of widely techniques based on NMR spectroscopy, mass spectrometry, liquid chromatography and gas chromatography to characterize the structures of both small and large molecules.  As part of this effort, Dr. Wishart has led the “Human Metabolome Project” (HMP), a multi-university, multi-investigator project that is cataloguing all the known chemicals in human tissues and biofluids. Using a variety of analytical chemistry techniques along with text mining and machine learning, Dr. Wishart and his colleagues have identified or found evidence for more than 250,000 metabolites in the human body. This information has been archived on a freely accessible web-resource called the Human Metabolome Database (HMDB). Dr. Wishart has also been using machine learning and artificial intelligence to help create other useful chemistry databases, such as DrugBank, FooDB and ContaminantDB and software tools (such as MetaboAnalyst, CFM-ID and BioTransformer) to help with the characterization and identification of metabolites, drugs, pesticides and natural products.  Over the course of his career Dr. Wishart has published more than 500 research papers in high profile journals on a wide variety of subject areas.

Apart from his past researching photodissociation, food allergens, and explosives, Dr. Newsome’s current research interests center on the development of mass spectrometry methods for conservation and cultural heritage applications. He most often employs ambient MS, GCMS, and other techniques for small molecule analysis. He particularly enjoys instrument design and modification to accommodate the study of materials and objects with exceptional characteristics such as large physical size, cultural sensitivity, or unavailability for destructive sampling. He has over twenty-five publications and a patent.

Dr. Newsome co-founded the ASMS Ambient Sampling and Ionization interest group, is secretary for the Washington-Baltimore Mass Spectrometry Discussion Group, is a member of the American Chemical Society, and participates in the IPERION HS consortium.

DR ANNE K. BENDT

National University of Singapore
Singapore

Dr Anne K Bendt is Principal Investigator and Deputy Director at SLING, the Singapore Lipidomics Incubator, an internationally renowned R&D program in lipid research and technology development, anchored at the National University of Singapore. She focusses on the translation of mass spectrometry-based technologies into clinical applications, primarily for lipids and small molecules.
Anne is further passionate about training and education, and has made substantial contributions to SLING’s various workshops and ‘ic lipid’ training courses. Internationally, Anne is co-instructor of ‘Lipidomics 101’, a short course for clinical lipidomics.
With clinical translation close to her heart, Anne serves on the ‘Metabolomics’ working group within the International Federation of Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine (IFCC). She further serves on the steering committee of ‘Clinical Lipidomics’ within the International Lipidomics Society (ILS) and as Associate Editor for ‘Journal of Mass Spectrometry and Advances in the Clinical Lab’ (JMSACL). Early 2019 Anne co-founded the global initiative ‘Females in Mass Spectrometry’ (FeMS), serving as Chair on the Board.

DR VAUGHAN LANGFORD

Syft Technologies Limited
New Zealand

Vaughan completed BSc(Hons) and PhD degrees in Chemistry at the University of Canterbury in 1993 and 1997, respectively. PhD research in optical spectroscopy under Dr. Bryce Williamson led to postdoctoral fellowships in laser spectroscopy with Prof. Andreas Hauser at the University of Geneva and optical spectroscopy at the University of Western Australia with Drs Terry Quickenden and Alan McKinley.

On returning to New Zealand, Vaughan received a NZ Foundation for Research, Science and Technology postdoctoral fellowship with Prof. Murray McEwan at the University of Canterbury and transitioned into mass spectrometry in late 2002. As Syft Technologies Ltd (Syft) was spun out of Murray McEwan’s lab to commercialise selected ion flow tube mass spectrometry (SIFT-MS) at a very similar time, he was effectively seconded to Syft for the three-year fellowship tenure, then became a full-time employee. He is currently Principal Scientist at Syft.

Vaughan’s focus throughout his tenure at the University of Canterbury and Syft has been on leveraging the power of gas-phase ion-molecule reaction chemistry for trace analysis of volatile organic compounds (VOCs). This extends from investigating and publishing fundamental ion-molecule reactions to developing analytical solutions for Syft’s diverse customer base. Vaughan has co-authored 36 peer-reviewed research and review articles on SIFT-MS and 12 on optical spectroscopy.

PROFESSOR DR KEVIN PAGEL

Freie Universität Berlin
Germany

Prof. Dr. Kevin Pagel is Full Professor for Bioorganic Chemistry at the Department of Biology, Chemistry, Pharmacy of Freie Universität Berlin and guest researcher at the Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society. Research in the Pagel group is focused on the structural analysis of biological macromolecules, in particular glycans and glycoconjugates, using liquid chromatography, ion mobility-mass spectrometry and gas-phase IR spectroscopy. He received an ERC Consolidator Grant (2020) and is recipient of the DGMS Mattauch Herzog Award (2016), the ASMS Ron Hites Award (2016), the Award of the GDCh Division of Analytical Chemistry (2017) and the DRS Award for Excellent Supervision (2023).

PROFESSOR XINXING ZHANG

Nankai University
China

Professor Zhang Xinxing graduated from Fudan University in 2009 and obtained his PhD from Johns Hopkins University in 2015. He finished postdoc studies at Caltech in 2018 and was promoted to a full professor of Nankai University in 2018. His research interests include mass spectrometry, design and fabrication of various ion sources, air-water interface chemistry, atmospheric chemistry, as well as the chemistry involved in triboelectricfication. He has authored over 100 papers, and received the Distinguished Young Scholar Grant of NSFC in 2023.. For more information, please visit: www.zxx-lab.com

 

PROFESSOR KRISTINE GLUNDE

Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions
USA

Dr. Glunde is Professor of Radiology, Oncology and Biological Chemistry at the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions (JHMI), and the founding Director of the Applied Imaging Mass Spectrometry (AIMS) Core. Her research program focuses on cancer biology and molecular imaging of cancer. The Glunde lab combines molecular biology and cancer biology approaches with multi-scale molecular imaging to investigate and visualize molecular events that drive cancer growth, invasion, and metastasis. Since joining the faculty in 2003, Dr. Glunde has been involved in numerous research studies on cancer metabolism and molecular imaging of cancer as Principal Investigator and Co-Investigator. She has mentored more than 55 students, post-doctoral fellows, and junior faculty and published over 115 publications in the field of cancer metabolism and molecular imaging of cancer. Since 2019, Dr. Glunde also serves as the founding director of the JHMI AIMS Core, making available highly multiplexed, high throughput mass spectrometry tissue imaging technologies to faculty at Johns Hopkins and outside institutions. She has built a quickly expanding mass spectrometry imaging program at Johns Hopkins, where her team interacts with a diverse group of over 65 users, spanning multiple departments at Johns Hopkins and several institutions on the East Coast and nationwide.

PROFESSOR SHABAZ MOHAMMED

Rosalind Franklin Institute
University of Oxford
United Kingdom

Shabaz studied Chemistry at UMIST (now The University of Manchester) and obtained his degree in 1999. He then went on to work in the laboratory of Simon Gaskell within the field of biological mass spectrometry albeit the more fundamental side of the topic and defended in early 2003. He then moved to Odense (Denmark) and joined the group of Ole Jensen and worked on technology development for use in studying post-translation modifications. Here, he helped develop a method that allowed quantitative analysis of phosphorylation and its role in cellular signalling, a widely adopted method. In 2005, he moved to the laboratory of Albert Heck and continued working in the field of proteomic technologies. In 2008, he became an Assistant Professor and started his own group. In 2013, he (once again) moved and is now an Associate Professor of Proteomics in the Departments of Chemistry and Biochemistry. In 2020, he was seconded to the Rosalind Franklin Institute where he will be Head of the Mechanistic Proteomics research programme.

PROFESSOR YASUSHI ISHIHAMA

Kyoto University
Japan

Yasushi Ishihama is a professor of Molecular Systems Bioanalysis, Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Kyoto University since 2010. He has been working in the field of proteomics for more than 20 years. He has made contributions to this field especially by developing the basic technologies as well as by applying these tools to biology such as a first plant tyrosine phosphoproteome study and a first large-scale study on phosphorylation stoichiometry in human cells. His group also established so-called ‘one-shot’ proteomics by ultrahigh resolution monolithic silica columns to uncover proteome on a microarray scale. He has published over 240 papers, cited over 29000 times. He received the Research Award from the Mass Spectrometry Society of Japan (2011), the Award of Japanese Proteomics Society (2013), the Award of the Society for Chromatographic Sciences (2018), the Shigeru Terabe Award (2020) and the Award of the Japan Society of Analytical Chemistry (2021). He is a current president of Mass Spectrometry Society of Japan, a vice president of Asia-Oceania Human Proteome Organization (AOHUPO), a past president of Japanese Proteomics Society, and a past vice president of the Japan Society for Analytical Chemistry.

PROFESSOR JIN-MING LIN

Tsinghua University
China

Dr. Jin-Ming Lin is a professor at the Department of Chemistry, Tsinghua University. From 1992 to 2002, he studied and worked at Showa University and Tokyo Metropolitan University, Japan. In 2001, he was selected into the “Hundred Talents Program” of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and received funding from the National Science Foundation for Outstanding Young Scholars, and in the same year, he was appointed as the professor at the Research Center for Eco-Environmental Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences. In 2004, he was appointed as a professor at the Department of Chemistry, Tsinghua University. In 2008, he was selected as ChangJiang Scholar Professor of the Ministry of Education, China. He is a fellow of the Chinese Chemical Society and a fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry. His main research interesting: 1) Microfluidic chip combined with mass spectrometry for cell analysis; 2) Research on rapid detection methods of foodborne pathogenic bacteria; 3) Research on the preparation method of air negative ions and its mechanism on promoting health. He has published more than 500 research papers, applied for and authorized more than 50 invention patents, and won more than 30 academic awards. He is currently the deputy director of the Committee of Analytical Chemistry of the Chinese Chemical Society, the president of the Microfluidic System Branch of the Chinese Biophysical Society, the executive director of the Chinese Association of Analysis and Testing, the vice chairman of the Micro-nano Fluidics Technology Branch in Chinese Micro and Nanotechnology Society, the contributing editor of Trends in Analytical Chemistry, Associate Editors of J. Pharm. Anal., Chinese Chemical Letters.

DR G. ASHER NEWSOME

Smithsonian Museum Conservation Institute
USA

Asher Newsome received a B.S. Chem from the University of Georgia in 2005 and a Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2009 with Professor Gary Glish. He was a postdoctoral fellow at the US FDA Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition with Dr. John Callahan and Dr. Peter Scholl and a contractor to US Naval Research Laboratory. Dr. Newsome is currently a Physical Scientist with the Smithsonian Museum Conservation Institute in Suitland, MD, USA.

Apart from his past researching photodissociation, food allergens, and explosives, Dr. Newsome’s current research interests center on the development of mass spectrometry methods for conservation and cultural heritage applications. He most often employs ambient MS, GCMS, and other techniques for small molecule analysis. He particularly enjoys instrument design and modification to accommodate the study of materials and objects with exceptional characteristics such as large physical size, cultural sensitivity, or unavailability for destructive sampling. He has over twenty-five publications and a patent.

Dr. Newsome co-founded the ASMS Ambient Sampling and Ionization interest group, is secretary for the Washington-Baltimore Mass Spectrometry Discussion Group, is a member of the American Chemical Society, and participates in the IPERION HS consortium.

PROFESSOR KEVIN THOMAS​

University of Queensland
Australia

Professor Kevin Thomas is Director of the Queensland Alliance for Environmental Health Sciences (QAEHS). Kevin is an environmental health scientist with a particular interest in understanding the environmental exposures associated with contaminants of emerging concern (CECs) with the goal of protecting environmental and human health. Kevin also leads the Minderoo Centre- Plastics and Human Health at UQ and is Deputy-Director of the Australian Research Council Industrial Transformation Training Centre for Hyphenated Analytical Separation Technologies (HyTech). His current research is focused on understanding human exposure to plastics pollution and developing mass spectrometric analytical methods for characterizing plastics and other CECs, assessing community-wide health status through analysing wastewater (wastewater-based epidemiology) and establishing alternative approaches to exposure monitoring. Author of over 300 peer-reviewed papers and Associate Editor for the journal Science of the Total Environment, Kevin is a strong collaborative researcher having founded the international SCORE network on sewer biomarker analysis for community health assessment (see www.score-network.eu) and together with colleagues has recently launched InSpectra– A platform for identifying emerging chemical threats.

PROFESSOR CHRIS GILL

Vancouver Island University
Canada

Chris is a Chemistry Professor at Vancouver Island University (Nanaimo, BC) as well as co-director of the Applied Environmental Research Laboratories (AERL). He maintains an active international collaboration network, including the tenure of visiting professorships during sabbaticals in Germany and Italy. He has been awarded the Distinguished Researcher Award at VIU, a Distinguished Chemistry Alumni Award at the University of British Columbia. The AERL conducts pure & applied research, with a central theme the development of direct, online mass spectrometry methods for measurements in complex samples. This has lead to numerous advances for direct environmental, industrial and clinical/bioanalytical measurements. The AERL’s development of mobilized direct mass spectrometry platforms for geospatially resolved, quantitative environmental measurements as well as numerous hyphenated methodologies has transformed capacity for in field chemical determinations. Chris’ current research interests continue to involve the development of direct mass spectrometry instrumentation and their applications for direct, real-time chemical measurements. This includes high precision systems and approaches for improved environmental monitoring, clinical diagnostics, forensic testing, and the development and implementation of rapid, on-site drug testing strategies for use in the opioid overdose crisis.

PROFESSOR ROGER SUMMONS

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
USA

Roger Summons is Schlumberger Professor of Geobiology Emeritus in the Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is a biogeochemist who studies molecular and isotopic fossils to illuminate the history of life on the Earth. Summons attended the University of New South Wales at the Wollongong University College, now the University of Wollongong, where he was awarded B.Sc. (1969) and Ph.D. (1972) degrees in chemistry. After postdoctoral work in the Genetics Department at Stanford University, he held positions at the Australian National University and Geoscience Australia before joining MIT as Professor of Geobiology in 2001. For ten years he led the MIT ‘Foundations of Complex Life’ team of the NASA Astrobiology Institute. In 2003, he received the Alfred Treibs Medal of the Geochemical Society, and in 2008 he was awarded the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Research Award. He is a fellow of the Australian Academy of Science, the American Geophysical Union, The Royal Society of London, the American Academy of Microbiology and is a member of the National Academy of Sciences.

DR MELANIE DOWNS

University of Nebraska-Lincoln
USA

Melanie Downs is an Associate Professor affiliated with the Food Allergy Research & Resource Program in the Department of Food Science and Technology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Her research primarily focuses on the proteomics of allergenic foods, including the identification, characterization, and detection of food allergens using mass spectrometry. To this end, Dr. Downs’s research program employs MS methods to investigate how food processing operations impact allergen proteins. In addition, Dr. Downs has led the development of targeted MS methods for the quantification of food allergen proteins in complex, processed food matrices. Dr. Downs also has expertise in the development and evaluation of immunoassay methods for food allergen analysis and the assessment of food allergen controls. In addition to research, Dr. Downs also works with the food industry on a number of aspects of food allergen management, including development of allergen control programs, validation of allergen preventive controls, and application of food allergen detection methods.

PROFESSOR XIAOPENG LI

Shenzhen University
China

Prof. Xiaopeng Li is Tencent Founders Professor at Shenzhen University, China. He received a B.S. degree in chemistry in 2004 from Zhengzhou University, then a Ph.D. in chemistry from Cleveland State University in 2008. He then was a Postdoctoral Fellow at University of Akron. In 2012, he started his independent career as Assistant Professor at Texas State University, then moved to University of South Florida in 2016, and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2019. In 2020, Dr. Li returned to China and joined Shenzhen University. His major research interests include mass spectrometry and supramolecular chemistry. Dr. Li has authored or coauthored over 250 research publications. Dr. Li is well recognized as a cutting-edge practitioner of advanced mass spectrometric techniques through collaborations with more than 100 research labs in the world, and received broad recognition in the field of supramolecular chemistry and mass spectrometry. Dr. Li was awarded 2019 Cram Lehn Pedersen Prize in Supramolecular Chemistry from the Royal Society of Chemistry. The other awards and achievements include Cottrell Scholar Award (2015), CAPA Distinguished Junior Faculty Award (2017), Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (2017), the National Science Fund for Distinguished Young Scholars (2021), and Chinese Chemical Society Lectureship Award for Creative Young Supramolecular Chemists (2021).