I got my PhD in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry from University College London, UK. I started working in the field of metabolomics in University of Cambridge, overtime moving from lab experimental settings towards data analysis and data handling. In the past, I have worked as scientific investigator at the Medical Research Council, Cambridge UK. In 2012, I joined EMBL-EBI and currently work as the Scientific Coordinator. At EMBL-EBI we host the MetaboLights (http://www.ebi.ac.uk/metabolights/), the first general purpose repository for metabolomics data. For me, open access data sharing is of paramount importance to the metabolomics community growth, enabling us to move a step closer to the result reproducibility, a key objective for any scientific field. Here metabolomics standards can play a vital role (http://www.metabolomics-msi.org) having the opportunity to manage and coordinate a large EU infrastructure project on metabolomics data standards, COSMOS (Coordination of Standards in Metabolomics - http://cosmos-fp7.eu/) , it has re-ignited standards effort within community leaders, in a more bottom-up approach. Such efforts combined with data sharing in MetaboLights, I believe would benefit the community substantially. Professionally, I’m member of the Cambridge Systems Biology Centre, Cambridge Neuroscience and Cambridge Cancer Centre. I’m the main organizer of the “EMBO Practical Course on Metabolomics Bioinformatics for Life Scientists 2012 - 2016" giving me the opportunity to work with group of talented and excellent instructors/tutors in metabolomics that share the same passion for metabolomics data handling. I’m also associate Editor for Frontiers Metabolomics Journal.
My role as the chair of data standards task group would be to work with leaders in this area, both from metabolomics and proteomics communities as well as industry, to establish and promote community wide agreed standards, in a more practical approach rather that just statements, focusing on data standards formats first.
Working together with Jan Stanstrup, we hope to merge and revitalise the metabolomics forum, and bring society activities to public domain discussions, for better engagement with society members and general metabolomics community. Please join us and share your thoughts and expertise with us.