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2022 eastern region candidates 

Candidates are listed alphabetically by last name.

Fuchu He

Professor and Director, Member of Chinese Academy of Sciences, National Center for Protein Sciences(Beijing), Beijing Proteome Research Center, China

As previous council member of HUPO, president of AOHUPO and CNHUPO, I have devoted myself over the past two decades to the development and application of proteomics in biomedical research and beyond, and to the efforts of introducing proteomics to scientists in other disciplines and to the general public.

In 2001, I have been involved in the HUPO since its very beginning and helped to kick start the initiative of HPP lunched by HUPO. Later as the inaugural chair of Human Liver Proteome Project (HLPP), I initiated HLPP that was remarkably applauded by international scientific entities including Nature and Science. Then I founded CNHUPO and Beijing Proteome Research Center, which was chosen as the HLPP headquarters. Notably, the roadmap of HLPP had been well-accepted by the later HUPO initiatives.

As the founder of CNHUPO, I have been the major force behind proteomics sciences in China and also the world. I initiated a series of the Chinese Human Proteome Programs, including the CNHPP, successfully organized 13 international and national proteomics conferences and over 30 training courses. Under my leadership, many proteomicsorientated research institutes were established in China. In recognition of my contribution to the HUPO and proteomic sciences, I have been awarded with the “Memorial Investigation Award” in 2004, the “Distinguished Service Award” in 2011, and “Distinguished Achievement in Proteomic Sciences” in 2020.

As an achieved scientist in the field of proteomics and an enthusiastic supporter of HUPO, if elected, I will promote proteomics associated initiatives to be well supported and funded worldwide in the future. With my valuable experience and resources, I believe all the HUPO activities and HPP initiatives in future will be well supported and funded in China. I remain resolute and confident in advocating for the development of proteomics research and proteomics driven precision medicine.

Ho Jeong Kwon

Professor/Director, Yonsei University, Republic of Korea


It has been my great privilege and pleasure to work for HUPO as one of team members of this exciting international academic society to foster science and technology through proteomics. I have learned a lot of valuable activities of academy society through my fortunate involvement of HUPO activities as a council member (05-08,15-17. 20-present) and a secretary general of HUPO Seoul congress 2007 with harmonious collaboration of HUPO, AOHUPO, and KHUPO colleagues and friends.

My activities and services for HUPO has been closely linked with AOHUPO (President; 20-present, Vice president; 14-present: Organization Chair of The 20th AOHUPO Anniversary Celebration Committee of AOHUPO 2020 Busan Meeting; 2019-2021, secretary general; 13-14) and KHUPO (President, 10-11 and Council 05-present) for fine management with high quality of scientific, educational, industrial, research funding and policy planning activities for HUPO community.

-Scientifically, I have been studying particularly focused on chemical and clinical proteomics using mass spectrometry methods, LC-MS/MS and imaging MS, resulted in identifying "Small molecules-Target proteins-Phenotypes" links that have been reported over 220 reputed peer review journals with over 55 patents having H index 54 and total citation 21,935 (Google scholar index) currently.

-To foster and share proteomics research, I have organized and given keynote presentations at a number of HUPO congresses (17,18,19, 20, 21), AOHUPO OES (21, 22), Australian Lorne Proteomics Symposium (17, 22) and have served as a chair of chemical proteomics initiative at AOHUPO and a member of Cancer Moonshot Program.

Based on my long experiences and clear visions of HUPO societies of HUPO, AOHUPO, and KHUPO, I will service and do my best for the growth of HUPO community with harmonized and passionate mind and commitment.

Nicolle Packer

Distinguished Professor, Macquarie University, Australia

We now know that sugars attached to proteins on every cell (glycans) are intricately involved in bacterial and viral infection, the immune responses (both innate and acquired), all cancers, lung disease, brain function, fertilisation, cardiovascular disease and a multitude of other cellular mechanisms in human and all other species. My objective is to increase the scientific research activity in this field so that beneficial improvements to our biological understanding, and ultimately treatment, of health and disease can be achieved. To implement my objective, I have spent the last almost 40 years or so (with some time out to rear three children) applying my knowledge and leadership skills to achieve this implementation.

In 2019 I was elected to the Human Proteome Organisation (HUPO) Council as an Australasian representative and in 2021 was awarded the HUPO Distinguished Achievement in Proteomic Sciences Award that recognizes a scientist for distinguished scientific achievements in the field of proteomic science. In 2016 I was Chair of the first HUPO Human Glycoproteomics Initiative (HGI) of B/D HPP and co-organized the first glycoproteomics interlaboratory informatics study in 2018, the results of which were published in Nature Methods. In 2022 I am serving as the Chair of the Biology and Disease Human Proteome Project (B/D HPP) and am on the organizing committee of HUPO2022 in Mexico.

I would like to continue on the HUPO Council for another term so that the activities I have initiated in bringing glycomics to proteomics can be cemented and expanded in order to facilitate the application of glycoproteomics analysis and discovery in the many relevant research areas of the wider proteomics community.

Tony Purcell

Principal Research Fellow and Professor, Monash University, Australia

My doctoral training was in protein and peptide separation and the sensitive detection and characterization of peptides. In 1994, as a postdoc I began a fascination with immune recognition and the key role peptides play in modulating health and disease. After further postdoctoral studies I was awarded a CR Roper Fellowship in 2003 and began an independent research career in which I have applied cutting edge mass spectrometry to key questions in immunology. In 2005 I moved to the Bio21 Institute as the Grimwade Research Fellow at University of Melbourne. In 2008 I was awarded an NHMRC Senior Research Fellowship and in 2009 appointed as a Reader. In July 2012 I was recruited back to Monash as a Professor and Head of Quantitative Proteomics.

I am currently Deputy Head of the Department of Biochemistry at Monash University and Vice-President of the Australasian Proteomics Society. I am passionate about career development and mentoring early career researchers - especially in proteomics which is often complicated by the requirement for access to high end instrumentation and thus limited opportunities for ECRs. I have been active in HUPO since 2010 regularly attending meetings and contributing to initiatives including the Human Immunopeptidome Project and the Human Proteome Project (currently on the SAB).

My laboratory focuses on how the diverse array of peptides presented to the immune system, the immunopeptidome, is influenced by infection, inflammation and the environment. We have made important contributions to understanding the role of antigen presentation, including characterizing peptide epitopes involved in T cell recognition in autoimmunity, allergy, cancer and infectious diseases. I have been instrumental in bringing quantitative tools to immunological studies, in particular the use of multiple reaction monitoring to calculate epitope cell surface expression. My lab was one of the first to adopt new data independent acquisition techniques and apply it to quantitate antigen presentation at the protein and peptide epitope level as well as to understand complex host-pathogen interactions. The application of this technology in the clinic represents an new and exciting direction that falls under the umbrella of HUPO activities and interests.

Morten Thaysen-Anderson

A/Prof, Group Leader, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia

Associate Professor Morten Thaysen-Andersen heads the Analytical Glycoimmunology Group at Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia. His research programme explores how complex carbohydrates (glycans) affect the function of key proteins and peptides in the innate immune system including in inflammation, host-pathogen interactions and cancer. His team develops and applies cutting-edge mass spectrometry-based glycomics and glycoproteomics technologies to map the complexity and dynamics of the immensely heterogenous human glycoproteome, and draws on methods in protein and carbohydrate chemistry and molecular immunology to investigate the structure-function relationship of glycoproteins of particular interest in innate immune processes of relevance to human health and disease.

Having served on the Australia Proteomics Society’s executive committee for five years (2016-21) involving, amongst other achievements, hosting the successful 18th HUPO World Congress in Adelaide 2019 and being a principal force driving the establishment of the Australian Glycoscience Society (Glyco@Oz) in 2021 with ~130 network members, Morten is very well connected across Australasia and internationally. As an experienced scientist, supervisor, mentor, teacher, reviewer, editor, board member and conference organiser, Morten has made profound contributions to the emerging research areas of glycoproteomics and glycoscience. Morten’s interdisciplinary research programme draws on a wide network of national and international collaborators not least colleagues in Europe (where he received his PhD training), in the Americas (where he spent time during his postdoctoral studies) and elsewhere. Further demonstrating his extensive network, Morten is also the Australian representative of the International Glycoconjugate Organization since 2018 and is the co-founder and current Chair of the HUPO Human Glycoproteomics Initiative (HGI), founded 2017, under the B/D-Human Proteome Project.

Morten’s profile makes him ideally positioned to serve on the HUPO Council. If elected, he will make use of his networks and experience in multi-omics research to ensure that HUPO increasingly forms bridges to related disciplines within the life sciences.

Jing Yang

Professor, National Center for Protein Sciences Beijing, China

Dr. Jing Yang's group (www.yangresearchlab.com) is interested in advancing chemical proteomic technologies to answer fundamental questions in redox biology. His group has recently co-developed several “clickable” probes for chemoselective labeling of distinct types of cysteine redox forms. In combination with state-of-the-art chemoproteomics, these probes allow to greatly expand the landscape of the cysteine redoxome in various biological systems, as well as the substrate spectrums of many functionally important enzymatic reducing systems. These studies therefore not only generate many great tools/resources for the field of redox biology, but also provides a great opportunity to study cysteine-mediated redox networks in a range of biological processes and adaptive responses in physiology and pathophysiology, resulting in publications in many leading journals such as Nat Chem, Nat Chem biol, Nat Commun, Nat Protoc, Cell Host Microbe, PNAS, MCP, JPR, and so on. He was selected as one of JPR (J Proteome Res)’s 40 Under 40 in 2021 and joined the Editorial Advisory Board of JPR in 2022. He is currently the Chair of 3rd ECR Council of CNHUPO.

Qian Zhao

Assistant Professor, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong SAR, China

Dr. Qian Zhao is the major proteomics researcher in Hong Kong. Ever since her training in Netherlands and USA on mass spectrometry-based proteomics, she has been focusing on proteomics and chemical proteomics for more than 12 years. In the community of proteomics, Dr. Zhao has been serving as an editorial board member or an active reviewer of multiple journals including Analytical Chemistry, Molecular & Cellular Proteomics, Journal of Proteome Research, etc.

Currently, Dr. Zhao is an assistant professor, also the principle investigator of the proteomics research group in Hong Kong Polytechnic University. She is devoted to promote proteomics and HUPO activities in Hong Kong. If elected, Dr. Zhao hope to organize the local proteomics society, symposiums, and HUPO members’ visits to enhance the communication between HUPO and local proteomics researchers in Hong Kong. Even if not elected, Dr. Zhao will also be happy to serve in HUPO as other roles that can contribute to HUPO and proteomics community.




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