Reza Salek

Project Manager (COSMOS), MetaboLights Senior Scientific Database Curator: Cheminformatics and metabolism

Reza Salek was awarded his PhD in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry from University College London, UK. Currently, he is managing and coordinating a large EU infrastructure project on metabolomics standards COSMOS (Coordination of Standards in Metabolomics) as well MetaboLights, the first open-access, general-purpose metabolomics repository curation efforts. COSMOS aims to set and promote community standards that will make it easier to disseminate metabolomics data through life science e-infrastructures. In the past Reza Salek has worked as scientific investigator at the Medical Research Council HNR unit in the Lipid Signalling group. Reza Salek is also a research visitor and former research associate at the University of Cambridge, Biochemistry Department. In addition, he is member of the Cambridge Systems Biology Centre, Cambridge Neuroscience and Cambridge Cancer Centre. In the past he has been involved in large national and international consortiums and metabolomics projects on breast cancer biomarker discovery based on integrated NMR and mass spectrometry metabolomics (MetaCancer-, animal models and clinical trials on Type 2 diabetes (GSK) and animal models of neurological disorders (Babraham Institute) during his work at Cambridge University, gaining insight working both within academic and industrial environments. Reza is also the main organizer of the “EMBO Practical Course on Metabolomics Bioinformatics for Life Scientists” for 2013
 and 2014.

Laura Emery

Scientific Training Officer - Training

Laura completed her undergraduate degree in Genetics (BSc first class hons) at the University of Nottingham. After dabbling in experimental work on a summer placement at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, she found joy in using computer-based analyses to explore biological questions. Laura completed her PhD in Evolutionary Genetics at the University of Edinburgh’s Institute of Evolutionary Biology. There she used a bioinformatics approach to investigate patterns of codon usage in Archaea while under the supervision of Prof Paul Sharp FRS.

She also worked as a postdoc at the University of Manchester, where she explored molecular co-evolution among interacting proteins. Having obtained qualified teacher status (QTS), Laura joined EMBL-EBI as a Scientific Training Officer in 2012 and is responsible for the development and delivery of training courses.

Richard Grandison

Scientific Training Officer - eLearning

Richard is the Scientific Training Officer (eLearning) for the Training Team at EMBL-EBI. He is responsible for monitoring and maintaining EMBL-EBI’s Train online eLearning portal and developing new online training courses in collaboration with subject-matter experts.

Richard has a BSc in Zoology and a PhD in the biology of ageing from University College London. Before joining the team, he worked at the Royal Society of Chemistry to develop eLearning resources and websites for chemistry students and teachers. Richard has also worked as an online editor for Faculty of 1000 and as a medical writer.