Dr Oliver Jones from the School of Applied Sciences has been elected co-president of Proteomics and Metabolomics Victoria.
Proteomics and Metabolomics Victoria (PMV) provides a platform for specialists to discuss and share ideas, present new data, and devise strategies to foster effective growth of the disciplines.
Proteomics is the large-scale study of proteins and metabolomics is the analysis of naturally occurring molecules (metabolites) that are involved in and created by biochemical processes in the body, including sugars, fats and carbohydrates.
Dr Jones takes over as the metabolomics president from Associate Professor Ute Roessner of the University of Melbourne. He is joined by new proteomics president Dr Rohan Steel (Racing Analytical), treasurer Professor Tony Purcell (Monash University), education officer Dr Daniel Dias (University of Melbourne), industry officer Dr Pat Sacchetta (Waters) and secretary Sri Ramarathinam (Monash University).
The team aim to start their new tenure by revamping the PMV website to make it more user-friendly and relevant to the protein and metabolite communities.
Dr Jones' appointment at PMV will build on his role as vice president and founder member of the Australian and New Zealand Metabolomics Network where he writes a weekly newsletter to subscribers from around the world.
"Metabolomics and its related techniques can be used to study a wide range of areas, including biomedical research, toxicological and physiological science,“ said Dr Jones.
"Metabolic profiles are context dependent and change in response to health or environmental circumstances, which could be a key to help us to understand the biochemical responses of organisms, and therefore the impact of climate change, disease, food restriction, infection and parasite load.“
Dr Oliver Jones’ particular interest in this area is focused on how complex mixtures of environmental pollutants affect metabolism and whether this might lead to better ways of detecting pollution exposure in future.
His appointment at PMV will ensure that research into this fascinating area of human science is kept in the spotlight.