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2022 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 Eastern region submitted one diversity candidate so their remaining four slots will be filled by the general election. The Eastern and Western regions each submitted two diversity candidates so their remaining three slots will be filled by the general election.

Candidates are listed alphabetically by last name.

Eastern Region - Diversity Candidates

Chantragan Phiphobmongkol

Research Scientist II, Chulabhorn Research Institute, Thailand

As an active scientist in the field of proteomics, I have worked and elucidated the intricate nature of protein and enzyme changes in human diseases such as cancer, genetic abnormalities and inborn errors of metabolism as well as various plant proteomics in its potential as novel anticancer biomarkers and treatment. Protein has captivated my interest and continue to enrich my career not only as a senior scientist in the Laboratory of Biochemistry at Chulabhorn Research Institute (CRI) in Thailand but also as an educator for many undergraduate and graduate students as well as young and upcoming scientists in Thailand.

Our team at the Laboratory of Biochemistry was the first in Thailand to establish proteomics-based research over 25 years ago and the excitement of looking at separated proteins in 2-dimensional gel electrophoresis is still as enjoyable decades later. We strive to collaborate with scientists in various disciplines in both academic and private sectors to continue to cultivate exciting research questions and publish in leading high-quality scientific journals. Our collaborations have resulted in strong network of rising, talented young scientists as well as many established senior scientists in Thailand.

My role as executive committee member in the Protein Society of Thailand (PST) for 17 years have given me strong management background and this has recently been recognized since my promotion to president in 2021. The PST network has connections with many notable organizations including but not limited to HUPO, Asia Oceania Human Proteome Organization (AOHUPO), Asia Pacific Protein Association (APPA), The Protein Society and The Association of Biomolecular Resources Facilities (ABRF). I hope my future role as HUPO council member will strengthen and further promote the involvement of Thai proteomic scientists in HUPO and the international platform.

Western Region - Diversity Candidates

Luis Manuel Teran

Head of Department & Professor of Allery Clinical Immunology, Instituto Nacional de Enfermedades Respiratorias,  Mexico

Luis M Teran is a Professor of Allergy and Clinical Immunology at the National Institute of Respiratory Diseases and the National Autonomous University of Mexico. After completing his medical training in Mexico he undertook postgraduate studies at the University of San Diego California and the University of Southampton, UK. Subsequently, he held an Alexander von Humboldt Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Kiel, Germany. During his early carrier, he undertook bronchoscopy studies in asthma patients which allowed identify key proteins including IL-5 and several cytokines. Interestingly, a neutralizing monoclonal to IL-5 (mepolizumab) was developed to treat severe asthma patients successfully. From 2004 to 2012 he was a frequent visitor to the European Molecular Biology Laboratory where he expanded his studies on proteomics. His current research focuses on identifying novel allergen proteins with the goal of developing therapeutic interventions for allergic diseases.  

José Ángel Huerta Ocampo

Ph.D., CONACYT-CIAD, A.C., Mexico

José Ángel Huerta-Ocampo obtained the degree in Chemist-Pharmacobiologist in 2003 by the Nayarit Autonomous University. From 2004-2006 worked in a private clinical laboratory as head of the Molecular Biology Department where carried out molecular diagnosis of viruses (HCV, HPV and HIV) and bacteria (M. tuberculosis and C. trachomatis) by polymerase chain reaction. From 2006-2012 obtained the MSc. and PhD. in Molecular Biology at the Institute for Scientific and Technological Research of San Luis Potosí (Central México) studying the response to abiotic stress in amaranth using proteomic tools.

In 2011 completed an academic stay at the Leibniz Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research, Gatersleben, Sachsen Anhalt. Germany (Applied Biochemistry group- Dr. Hans Peter Mock). From 2012-2014 made a postdoctoral stay at the Laboratory of Proteomics and Molecular Biomedicine, at the Institute for Scientific and Technological Research of San Luis Potosí. Working in industry-related projects for meat authentication using proteomic tools, and for the analysis of effect of amaranth consumption on the serum proteome of diabetic patients.

Dr. Huerta -Ocampo currently works at the Department of Food Sciences, Research Center for Food and Development A.C. in Sonora, Mexico. Applying Proteomics as a tool for food and health research. He is currently focused on the proteomic analysis of the stress response in probiotics and plants as well as identification of insecticidal and allergenic proteins in plants. He is the current President of the Mexican Proteomics Society (2022-2023).

Central Region - Diversity Candidates

Marie Chion

Postdoctoral Researcher, PhD, MAP5, Université Paris Cité, France

Proteomics and I have some history. I started my involvement into the proteomics community in 2020 by becoming the president of the Youth Club of the French Proteomics Society. Inspired by the emulation of international collaborations, I have also decided the Young Proteomics Club of the European Proteomics Association (EuPA) as a core member and French representative. In 2021, I became a member of the EuPA Conferences and Communication Committee. Hence, I had the opportunity to organise scientific events, bringing researchers from various backgrounds – junior/senior, academic/industrial, national/international – together and promoting a better knowledge-sharing between all of us.

As a researcher, I develop statistical methodologies for quantitative proteomics data analysis. Therefore, I truly believe in an interdisciplinary environment (chemistry, life sciences, statistics, informatics), both in our labs and in our community.

As a HUPO Council member, I am eager to push my involvement into the proteomics community further by fostering international and interdisciplinary collaborations and by contributing to scientific awareness of HUPO members.

Christian Moritz

Researcher, PhD, University Hospital Saint-Étienne, France

Since I was a student, I have felt connected to the proteomics community, staring in 2008 as an active member of the German Society of Proteome Research. Since 2015 I am organizing the career session during their bi-annually Proteomic Forum and since 2021, I am in their administrative board.

I joined the Young Proteomics Investigators Club (YPIC) of the European Proteome Association (EuPA) in 2019 and I am actively contributing to the organization of educational and career events for early career researchers.

In 2021, I joined the Early Career Researchers (ECR) initiative of HUPO and contributed to events during HUPO2021.

As I love organizing events and contributing to lively scientific associations, and as proteomics is one of my main domains since my first student projects in 2007, I feel suited for a position in the HUPO council.

My current research is in clinical proteomics, where I am analyzing the sub-proteome being targeted by patients' autoantibodies (autoantigenome).

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