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


Arpana Vaniya, Ph.D.

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

Areas of Expertise: LC-MS, Metabolomics, Compound Identification, Mass Spectral Reference Libraries, Professional Development in areas related to metabolomics, and Education in metabolomics


Yuan Li, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Nutrition Research Institute
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC, USA

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

Financial Officer

Brianna Garcia

Postdoctoral Fellow
Department of Marine Chemistry & Geochemistry
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute
Woods Hole, MA, USA

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

Administrative Officer

Candice Ulmer, Ph.D.

Chemistry Branch Chief
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)
Athens, GA, USA

Areas of Expertise: Lipidomics, Metabolomics, Mass spectrometry, Standardization, and Harmonization

Council Member

David Crizer, Ph.D.

Division of the National Toxicology Program/National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)
Durham, NC, USA

Areas of Expertise: Mass spectrometry, Metabolomics in toxicology, environmental health applications, and Integration of metabolomics and transcriptomics data

Council Member

Fariba Tayyari, Ph.D.

Lab Manager
Northwestern University
Evanston, IL, USA

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

Council Member

Brian C. DeFelice, Ph.D.

CZ Biohub
San Francisco, CA, USA

Areas of Expertise: Gut-microbiome, infectious disease, pharmacology, unknown annotation, computation

Council Member

Gonçalo Jorge Gouveia

Postdoctoral Fellow
Institute for Bioscience and Biotechnology Research
NIST & University of Maryland
Gaithersburg, MD, USA

Areas of Expertise: NMR & LC-MS, Metabolomics, QA/QC, Reference Materials, Sample preparation, Experimental Design, Metabolite ID, Forensic Drugs/Toxicology, Model Organisms


Council Member

Raquel Cumeras, Ph.D.

Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellow
Institut d’Investigació Sanitària Pere Virgili
Reus, Catalonia, Spain

Areas of Expertise: Clinical applications, Metabolomics, Volatilomics, MS, NMR, QA/QC, Ion mobility spectrometry, MEMS, Data learning, Meta-analysis, Ethics, ML, Scientific dissemination

Previous ECM Council Members or Previous Positions:

  • Kehau Hagiwara, Ph.D. (Chair) (Oct-2019 to Jul-2021)
  • Arpana Vaniya, Ph.D. (Council Member) (May-2020 to Nov-2021)
  • Christina M. Jones, Ph.D. (Council Member) (Oct-2019 to Oct-2021)
  • Oana Zeleznik, Ph.D. (Council Member) (Oct-2019 to Oct-2021)
  • Franklin Earl Leach III, Ph.D. (Council Member) (Oct-2019 to Oct-2020)
  • Biswapriya Misra, Ph.D. (Council Member) (Oct-2019 to Mar-2020)