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- www.metacancer-fp7.eu/), 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.