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2022 Central region candidates 

Candidates are listed alphabetically by last name.

Byron Baron

Doctor, University of Malta, Malta

Over these past 12 years HUPO has been a key component of my proteomics research. I have met a number of important researchers for my research who have become more than friends. Malta is probably one of the few countries that does not have a local mass spectrometry facility and thus relies on collaborations in order to perform all sorts of different research. Such collaborations do not only benefit the research question at hand but also the outlook and character of the researchers involved. I thus also encourage my students to network with HUPO members to initiate exchanges both with established PIs and other Ph.D. students or post docs.

Performing research in a small country always comes with a number of limitations. Through such limitations researchers from these countries come up with innovative and ingenious ways of tackling research questions. This can be extremely beneficial in international research teams.

Since most of the HUPO committee is composed of researchers from countries well-established in proteomics research, it would be a unique opportunity to include someone from a region where protein research opportunities and technologies are less available. I hope to bring to the HUPO council the perspective of struggling researchers who have great ideas and drive to do proteomic research but are held back due to limited resources and networks.

I'd like to work on bringing such researchers into the fold and encourage them to participate in HUPO and research led by HUPO members. This will benefit the community as a whole through a greater pool of opinions and ideas on how to tackle the current challenges in the field.

Éva Csősz 

Associate Professor, Proteomics Core Facility, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Debrecen, Hungary

I am an Associate Professor at the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Debrecen, Hungary. I teach Proteomics and Biochemistry at the University of Debrecen in Hungary and at Babes-Bolyai University in Romania. I am the leader of the Proteomics Core Facility at the University of Debrecen and of the Biomarker research group involving students and researchers from different countries. At the same time, I am the founder president of the Proteomics Division of the Hungarian Biochemical Society and the co-president of the Genomics, Proteomics, and Bioinformatics Working group of the Debrecen Regional Committee of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. In these various capacities, I’ve been able to experience the significance of the translation of proteomics results into biologically relevant information. Through my studies in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and through the long years of communication with researchers from both academia and industry as a core facility leader, I recognized the importance of proteomics for the broader life sciences, and conversely, the importance of the broader life sciences for the proteomics community.

As an elected Executive Committee member of the European Proteomics Association and coordinator of the Conferences and Communication Committee, I am heavily involved in increasing the visibility of proteomics in Europe and the interactions between the National Societies.

In HUPO Council, my mission will be to apply my experience on a larger scale, to increase the visibility of proteomics among life scientists, and foster communication among the research groups worldwide.

As a mother of two daughters, I know how important is to maintain a healthy balance between the family and scientific life. In HUPO Council, I will also help the efforts of mothers to achieve a scientific carrier, while taking care of the next generation.

Jeovanis Gil Valdés

Researcher, Department of Translational Medicine, Lund University, Sweden

Jeovanis's research spans clinical proteomics, PTM analysis, and other omics. Throughout his career, he went from developing proteomics methods and PTM analysis to delving into the biology and molecular mechanisms of different systems. Currently, his group is focused on generating knowledge at different molecular levels of the mechanisms responsible for the presentation, tumorigenesis, progression, recurrence, and inter- intra- tumor heterogeneity of Melanoma disease. He actively works on the integration of multiomics, clinical and histopathological data at single cell/clone resolution as a cornerstone in the development of precision medicine.

Tim Van Den Bossche

Postdoctoral Researcher, Ghent University, Belgium

Hi everyone, I am Tim Van Den Bossche, a first-year postdoctoral researcher in metaproteomics bioinformatics. Besides my research, I’ve always had a fond interest in being actively involved in organizations: from bringing up new ideas during meetings and (co-)organizing events in the short term, to draft its long-term strategy, closely aligned with its mission and vision. Since I was a Bachelor student, I’ve been actively involved in councils and commissions at Ghent University, up and including to the Board of Governors currently.

Besides my policy work at the university, I’m one of co-founders and administrators in EuPA’s Metaproteomics Initiative, a scientific community by and for metaproteomics researchers. In this community, we promote dissemination of metaproteomics fundamentals, advancements, and applications through collaborative networking in microbiome research. As one of the co-founders, I helped drafting up our mission & vison statement, and our proposal to become an official EuPA Initiative, among others. Currently, as one of the administrators, I am responsible for the organization of the internal meetings and its agenda, steering the Executive Board, and keeping the good momentum of this Initiative.

Having gained already some policy experience as Early Career Researcher, I hope that, as HUPO Council Member, I can contribute to shape the future of HUPO.

Bernd Wollscheid

Professor - Molecular Health, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology | ETH Zürich, Switzerland

As former president of the Swiss Proteomics Society, and active member of the executive committee of the proteomics section of Life Science Switzerland (LS2), I would like to continue to serve and help shaping HUPO.

Deciphering biological complexity requires communication and the integration of different fields of expertise. During my career I was fortunate enough to cross boundaries several times and learn new codes, from Chemistry to Molecular Immunology to Systems Biology and Molecular Health. Communication across boundaries and learning to integrate new codes (and communities) will be critical for HUPO to successfully contribute to solving tomorrow's biomedical challenges.

The HUPO organization is geared up to translate the code of life - I would like to contribute to this goal through initiatives catalyzing dynamic interactions at the interface of different disciplines!

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