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The Australian and New Zealand Society for Mass Spectrometry (ANZSMS) will hold their 28th biennial Conference 21 November – 25 November, 2021 virtually.
The ANZSMS brings together a broad spectrum of scientists who work with mass spectrometry. The aim of the Society is to promote mass spectrometry by providing contact with local and international leaders in all areas, and provide a forum, through its meetings, for the presentation of research in mass spectrometry and its related disciplines. ANZSMS strongly supports early career researchers, gender diversity and equal opportunity in mass spectrometry.
ANZSMS28 is the premier conference for mass spectrometry in the Australia & New Zealand region and the latest in a series of conferences dating back to 1971.
Participants of ANZSMS28 will discuss contemporary aspects of mass spectrometry relating to chemistry, biology, earth science, archaeology, environmental science, forensics, physics and the latest advancements in mass spectrometry technology and techniques. The program will also include panel discussion forums for early career researchers and mass spectrometry careers in academia and industry. The Australian Core MS Facilities Annual Meeting will be held as a satellite meeting. This is an event not to be missed!
ANZSMS28 is switching from hybrid to virtual-only. Due to the recent deterioration of the COVID-19 situation in Australia and New Zealand – the ANZSMS executive committee and ANZSMS28 organising committee have been left with no option but to cancel the in-person element of the conference and make ANZSMS28 a virtual-only event. We are excited to confirm that ANZSMS28 will use the highly reputable cloud-based OnAir virtual conference portal from EventsAIR to provide the best possible experience to all participants.
Registration prices have been reduced substantially to reflect the lower costs of the virtual event and promote strong online participation, support students and encourage people to join ANZSMS.
Adam Carroll, ANZSMS28 Committee Chair
ANZSMS28 will showcase an innovative and educational program including the following themes:
Metabolomics and Lipidomics
Native MS/Structural Biology
Clinical and Diagnostic
Mass Spectral Imaging
Ion Chemistry and Spectroscopy
Advances in Instrumentation & Methods
Environmental and Forensic
Dr. Birgit Schilling works at the Buck Institute for Research on Aging in the San Francisco Bay Area since 2000, where she has her own lab as Associate Professor and is Director of the Mass Spectrometry Technology Center. Dr Schilling is interested in translational research and any research that may aim towards therapeutic interventions to improve human aging or disease. Dr. Schilling’s uses modern proteomics technologies, such as data-independent acquisitions to investigate basic mechanisms of aging, as well as using this knowledge to develop biomarkers of aging and disease. Additional key projects in the lab investigate the dynamic role of post-translational modifications (PTMs) during signaling and specifically in the context of metabolic diseases, neurodegenerative diseases, cancer and aging. Combination of data-independent acquisitions with PTM research has allowed to gain better understanding for modification site localization and PTM crosstalk.
Prof. Michal Sharon received a B.Sc. in chemistry from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Her Ph.D. studies at the Weizmann Institute of Science focused on studying the three-dimensional structure of proteins by NMR. At 2003 she became a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Cambridge, UK in the lab of Prof. Carol Robinson. During this period, she developed approaches to analyse large protein complexes by mass spectrometry. Since 2007 she runs her independent research group at the Biomolecular Sciences department in the Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel. She focuses on studying the structure function relationship of large protein complexes involved in the protein degradation pathway. Her research combines the application of native mass spectrometry approaches together with biochemical and cell biology methods. Her grants and awards include two successive ERC Starting grants, the ICRF Research Career Development Award and the Acceleration grant, the Minerva foundation and the Israel Science Foundation Legacy Brain Drain and Bikura grants. She recently received the Mass Spectrometry in the Life Sciences Award, of the European Mass Spectrometry Conference. She has given more than 100 invited lectures across the world and has taken an active part in organizing and lecturing in numerous international conferences and workshops. Prof. Sharon is married to Alon and they have three children, Ori, Naama and Ronnie.
Dr. Jennifer S. Brodbelt is the Rowland Pettit Centennial Professor of Chemistry at the University of Texas at Austin and is also serving as Chairperson. She earned her B.S. degree in chemistry at the University of Virginia and her doctorate in chemistry at Purdue University under the supervision of Prof. Graham Cooks. After a post-doctoral position at the University of California at Santa Barbara with Prof. Mike Bowers, she began her academic career at the University of Texas. Her research interests focus on the development and application of photodissociation mass spectrometry for characterization of the structures and modifications of biological molecules, including peptides, proteins, nucleic acids, oligosaccharides, and lipids. She served as the Director of Graduate Education in the Department of Chemistry for over 20 years and recently became Chairperson in 2019. She serves as an Associate Editor for the Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry, and she served as President of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry from 2014-2016.
Shane Ellis completed his Undergraduate studies (B.Nanotechnology) and PhD in the field of ambient ionisation mass spectrometry and lipidomics the University of Wollongong, Australia. In 2012 he began a post-doctoral positional at the FOM-Institute AMOLF where he worked on the development of innovative active-pixel detectors for charged particle detection with applications in imaging mass spectrometry and ion mobility spectrometry. From 2014-2019 he was an Assistant Professor within the M4I Institute (Maastricht University, The Netherlands), where he led the Instrumentation and Application Development Group. His research develops and applies state-of-the-art mass spectrometry imaging methods to reveal localised biochemical processes within complex tissues and how they altered with disease. His group has developed a variety of innovative methods that significantly enhance the sensitivity and spatial resolution of MSI experiments and enabled precise and comprehensive structural identification of the many molecules detected by MSI. His research has been supported by numerous Dutch and European grants. In 2020 he returned to Australia as an ARC Future Fellow and began a new mass spectrometry imaging group within Molecular Horizons, where he continues to develop mass spectrometry imaging technologies further and apply them to challenging biological and chemical problems.
Received his PhD in 2001 from LaTrobe University and then spent two years as a post doctoral researcher at the University of California – San Diego with Prof. Kim Prather. Upon returning to Australia in 2003, George got a 1 year contract to work with Prof. Richard O’Hair at the University of Melbourne but, that lasted 12 years! During his time at Melbourne, he received an ARC Australia Research Fellowship for 5 years (2010-2015). In 2015, George decided to “jump ship” and founded Accurate Mass Scientific as a business that supports the ever growing mass spectrometry mass spectrometry field in both industry and academia.
Professor Margaret Sheil AO was appointed Vice-Chancellor and President of QUT in February 2018, having previously been Provost at The University of Melbourne (2012-2017) and Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Research Council (2007-2012).
Professor Sheil has been an academic in chemistry and held a number of senior roles at the University of Wollongong, including as Dean of Science and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research). She is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science (AAS), the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering (ATSE), the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI), and the Australian and New Zealand Society for Mass Spectrometry (ANZSMS).
Professor Sheil is Chair of the Board of the Queensland Museum Network, Deputy Chair of the Board of Universities Australia, the lead Vice-Chancellor for Research and Innovation for Universities Australia, and a member of the Australian Space Agency Advisory Group. She was a Director of the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) from 2015-2019, and the Advisory Board for Coursera from 2013-2016. She was a member of the Prime Minister’s Science, Innovation and Engineering Council, the National Research Infrastructure Council, and the Cooperative Research Centres Committee from 2007-2012.
In 2017 Professor Sheil was made an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for her distinguished service to science and higher education as an academic and administrator, through significant contributions to the national research landscape, and to performance standards. Professor Sheil holds a Bachelor of Science and a PhD in Physical Chemistry from The University of New South Wales and was presented with the Science and Technology Alumni Award from UNSW in 2016.
Professor Kimberly A. Prather is the Distinguished Chair in Atmospheric Chemistry and Distinguished Professor at Scripps Institution of Oceanography and the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at University of California, San Diego. Over the course of her career, Professor Prather has authored over 220 publications in a wide range of prestigious scientific journals. Professor Prather invented a technique known as aerosol time- of flight mass spectrometry (ATOFMS) that allows one to directly measure for the first time the atmospheric evolution of aerosol particles. This instrument is being used in atmospheric field studies and flown through clouds worldwide to determine the major sources of atmospheric aerosols which are impacting human health, air quality, and climate. An area of focus of her research involves understanding how aerosols impact climate, with a major emphasis on their role in modifying climate, air quality, and human health. Her group has been investigating the sources of airborne viruses such as SARS-CoV-2 and the impacts on human health. She is the founding Director of the NSF Center for Aerosol Impacts on Chemistry of the Environment (CAICE), an NSF Center for Chemical Innovation. CAICE has transferred the full complexity of the ocean-atmosphere system into the laboratory to investigate how phytoplankton, bacteria, and viruses in the ocean influence atmospheric chemistry, clouds, and climate. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Professor Prather has been extremely active in science communication related to the airborne transmission of SARS-CoV-2. She has been a major spokesperson conducting thousands of media interviews that have led to the implementation of measures to protect against the spread of this airborne virus and end this pandemic. She has been involved as an expert helping develop a safe plan for re-opening San Diego Unified School district and the UC San Diego Return to Learn program. She has received numerous accolades for her work and is an elected member of three prestigious academies: American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2010), National Academy of Engineering (2019) and National Academy of Sciences (2020). Some of her other recent awards include the 2020 American Chemical Society Frank H. Field & Joe L. Franklin Award for Outstanding Achievement in Mass Spectrometry, 2018 Chancellor’s Associates Excellence Award in Research in Science and Engineering, 2015 Haagen-Smit Clean Air Award, the 2010 American Chemical Society Award for Creative Advances in Environmental Science & Technology. She is an elected fellow of the American Geophysical Union and the Association for the Advancement of Arts and Sciences.
Michelle Colgrave is a Professor of Food and Agricultural Proteomics at CSIRO and holds a joint appointment in the School of Science at Edith Cowan University. Prof Colgrave uses proteomics, the study of proteins using mass spectrometry (MS), to identify, characterise and quantify key proteins and peptides that will benefit Australia’s food and agriculture industries and improve human health. Michelle is leading CSIRO’s Future Protein Mission and is a Chief Investigator on the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence in Innovations in Peptide and Protein Science.
Dr Gus Grey is a senior research fellow in the Department of Physiology, University of Auckland, academic director of the Biomedical Imaging Research Unit and principal coordinator of the University’s Mass Spectrometry Hub. He completed his PhD in Auckland before pursuing post-doctoral research in the United States. While in the US he learnt MALDI imaging mass spectrometry at MUSC and Vanderbilt University. He returned to New Zealand at the end of 2009 and acquired MALDI imaging equipment which he now utilises in his own research. His lab aims to use this spatially-resolved technique to understand the basis of ocular lens tissue transparency, the biomolecular changes that take place in cataract formation, and use this knowledge to develop novel therapies to delay or prevent the onset of lens cataract. He also collaborates locally with other researchers to apply MALDI imaging to further understand the pathological processes involved in a variety of diseases such as neurodegeneration, cancer, and even fruit development.
Professor Maria Fuller is a clinical scientist specialising in biochemical genetics at SA Pathology leading the National Referral Laboratory that provides a diagnostic service for inherited metabolic disorders. Her laboratory is committed to improving the efficiency of diagnosis of these rare diseases by employing multiplexed biomarker mass spectrometry platforms that enable characterisation of the specific types and sub-types of disease. Her laboratory’s research interests centre on understanding the cascade of events that lead to pathology, with particular focus on the brain, and new approaches for the treatment and diagnosis of inherited neurodegenerative metabolic disorders. Her laboratory has contributed over 100 articles and book chapters to the scientific and medical literature. In addition, Maria holds an academic title within the Adelaide Medical School at the University of Adelaide and is a research leader with the Robinson Research Institute. Maria enjoys supervising post-graduate and genetics placement students and has been awarded the 2022 AACB Roman Lecture in recognition of her teaching and mentoring role.
Gavin E. Reid (Ph.D., 2000) is the Professor of Bioanalytical Chemistry in the School of Chemistry and a Professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Pharmacology, and Member of the Bio21 Molecular Science and Biotechnology Institute, at The University of Melbourne, Australia (2014 – ). Over the past 35 years, he has held a variety of technical and academic appointments in Australia and the USA, including the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research in Melbourne (1987-1998 and 2002-2004), Purdue University (2000-2002), and Michigan State University (2004-2014). Research in the Reid laboratory is broadly directed toward the development of fundamental and applied analytical biochemistry, mass spectrometry and associated strategies for biomolecular and chemical analysis, including for quantitative lipidome and proteome analysis, and in illicit drug monitoring. In recognition of his research achievements, Gavin was awarded the 2021 Morrison Medal and the 2011 Bowie Medal from the Australian and New Zealand Society for Mass Spectrometry (ANZSMS), an American Society for Mass Spectrometry Research Award in 2007, and a National Science Foundation CAREER award in 2006. He is currently an Associate Editor for the Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry and is on the Editorial Advisory Boards for the Journal of Lipid Research, the Journal of Proteome Research, and the European Journal of Mass Spectrometry. He was President of the Australian and New Zealand Society for Mass Spectrometry (ANZSMS) from 2016-2020, Treasurer of the Australasian Proteomics Society from 2015-2017, and served from 2012-2014 on the Board of Directors of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry. In 2024, he will serve as Chair of the 25th International Mass Spectrometry Conference, to be held in Melbourne, Australia.
Professor, plant biology
Science Ambassador of the Angers Region (2021)
Connect Talent Award (2019)
IUF Junior Fellow (2011-2014)
ARC Future Fellow (FT14, 2014-2019)
Editor of Plant, Cell and Environment (IF 7.2)
Bronze medal of the CNRS (2010)
Endeavour Post-doctoral Laureate (2005)
PhD Thesis (plant ecophysiology), University of Paris-Sud, 2004
Habilitation to supervise research works (HDR), 2007
Assistant Professor, University of Paris-Sud, 2005-2008
Head Professor, University of Paris-Sud, 2008-2014
Head Professor (lab leader), Australian National University, 2015-2020; Academic chair of the Joint Mass Spectrometry Facility (ANU) 2019-2020
Head Professor (lab leader), University of Angers and Chair of the joint isotope facility PLI (Plateforme ligérienne d’isotopie – Isotope facility of the Loire valley) (from 5th March 2021)
Sarah E Hancock is a Research Fellow in the School of Medical Sciences at UNSW Sydney, Australia. Her research focuses on using metabolomics and lipidomics to study cell metabolism in disease and ageing, including understanding the molecular mechanisms of chemotherapy resistance in pancreatic cancer, NAD+ biology in health and ageing, and the role of ceramides in insulin resistance and obesity. Other research interests include developing mass spectrometry-based methods for single-cell analysis
Heather has worked in separation sciences for the past 25 years, having received her BSc (Hons) in Organic Chemistry from LaTrobe University. Since joining Waters Australia in 2015, Heather has been involved in a number of roles including Business Development (MS) as well as providing support as the Mass Spectrometry Specialist. Prior to joining Waters, Heather was managing the Proteomics Facility and supporting the research teams at the Ludwig and WEHI for a number of years. Heather also has experience in the private industry including working for contract laboratories in the fields of food safety, peptide and small molecule synthesis, both managing, developing and implementing LCMS techniques. In her spare time, when she’s not talking about mass spectrometry, Heather loves to dabble in some kitchen chemistry and spend time with family whitewater rafting.
Dr Adam Carroll (Conference Chair)
Australian National University
Associate Professor Todd Mitchell
Dr Celine Kelso
Mr Joseph Boileau
Mr Hyun Eui Lee
Dr Matthew Taylor
Dr Rosangela Devilla
Ms Anitha Jeyasingham