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Bereman Lecture: Facundo Fernandez (Georgia Tech)
In this lecture, Professor Facundo Fernandez of the Georgia Institute of Technology will focus on the detection, screening and treatment of complex diseases including prostate cancer, ovarian cancer and cystic fibrosis using advanced metabolomics measurement platforms. The roots of metabolomics were established in ancient Chinese urine charts that linked measurable changes in the sight and smell of urine to different medical conditions. Modern metabolomics is still a significant analytical challenge given the vast chemical diversity of the metabolome (lipids, sugars, amino acids) over a wide dynamic concentration range (12 orders of magnitude), which implies that no single analytical method can adequately profile all metabolites in a single experiment.
This seminar is free and open to the public. The lecture series honors the important contributions to scientific research of Michael Bereman, an assistant professor of biological sciences, by bringing important voices in science to NC State’s campus.
About the Speaker
Facundo M. Fernandez was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He received his MSc in Chemistry from the College of Exact and Natural Sciences, Buenos Aires University in 1995 and his PhD in Analytical Chemistry from the same University, in 1999. In August 2000, he joined the research group of Prof. Richard N. Zare in the Department of Chemistry at Stanford University. His work focused on several aspects of Hadamard transform time-of-flight mass spectrometry with an emphasis on coupling this technique to capillary-format separation methods. In 2002, he joined the group of Prof. Vicki Wysocki in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Arizona, to develop novel tandem mass spectrometers for proteomics. In 2004 he joined the School of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the Georgia Institute of Technology where he currently holds the position of Vasser-Woolley endowed Professor in Bioanalytical Chemistry. He is the author of over 155 peer-reviewed publications and numerous invited presentations at international conferences. He has received several awards, including the NSF CAREER award, the CETL/BP Teaching award, the Ron A. Hites best paper award from the American Society for Mass Spectrometry, and the Beynon award from Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry, among others. He serves on the editorial board of the Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry and The Analyst. His current research interests include the field of metabolomics, mass spectrometry imaging and the development of new ionization methods and ion mobility instrumentation for probing composition and structure in complex molecular mixtures.
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