Mission Statement

To empower the next generation of scientists in the field of metabolomics in North America by supporting opportunities for mentorship, networking, training, and career development opportunities.


  • Provide professional and career development for MANA early-career members, including training, mentorship, and networking opportunities
  • Establish a community within the MANA early-career metabolomics network to encourage the exchange of metabolomics resources
  • Strengthen the metabolomics connections between industry, government, and academia
  • Promote metabolomics events/activities within North America


Anyone who has completed their most recent degree within the last 10 years is considered an Early Career Member within MANA!

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Early Career Member Council



Kehau Hagiwara, Ph.D.

Research Chemist
National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
Charleston, SC, USA

Area of Expertise: Metabolomics, Microbial metabolomics, NMR Spectroscopy, Harmonization, Structure elucidation, Natural products chemistry


Vice Chair

Yuan Li, Ph.D.

LC-MS Lab Manager
Nutrition Research Institute
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC, USA

Area of Expertise: Metabolomics, Lipidomics, Obesity and diabetes research, Pregnancy complications, Natural products and traditional herbal medicine

Financial Officer

Brianna Garcia

Ph.D. Candidate/
Graduate Research Assistant

University of Georgia
Athens, GA, USA

Area of Expertise: UHPLC-Mass spectrometry, FT-ICR-MS, C. elegans, Compound identification, Method development

Administrative Officer

Candice Ulmer, Ph.D.

Clinical Research Chemist
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Atlanta, GA, USA

Area of Expertise: Lipidomics, Metabolomics, Mass spectrometry, Standardization, Harmonization

Council Member

Christina Jones, Ph.D.

Research Chemist/Metabolomics Technical Project Leader
National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
Gaithersburg, MD, USA

Area of Expertise: Mass spectrometry, Metabolomics, Lipidomics, Omics QA/QC, Harmonization, Standardization

Council Member

Franklin Leach, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
University of Georgia
Athens, GA, USA

Area of Expertise: FT-mass spectrometry, Instrumentation, Ion activation approaches, Complex mixture analysis, MS imaging

Council Member

Fariba Tayyari, Ph.D.

Research Assistant Professor
University of Iowa
Iowa City, IA, USA

Area of Expertise: Metabolomics, NMR spectroscopy, Mass spectrometry, Quality assurance and quality control

Council Member

Arpana Vaniya, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Scholar/
Academic Coordinator

University of California, Davis - NIH West Coast Metabolomics Center (WCMC)
Davis, CA, USA

Area of Expertise: LC-MS, Metabolomics, Compound identification, Mass spectral reference libraries, Professional development in areas related to metabolomics


Council Member

Oana Zeleznik, Ph.D.

Instructor in Medicine/
Associate Epidemiologist

Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women's Hospital
Boston, MA, USA

Area of Expertise: Metabolomics in epidemiological studies, Metabolomics as risk factors/biomarkers for ovarian and breast cancer, Integration of metabolomics with other omics data