What is your research about?
My current research involves the use of Capillary
Electrophoresis-Mass Spectrometry (CE-MS) as an analytical
technique to perform metabolomics. Metabolomics is a
recently emerging field within the “omics” subdisciplines
(i.e. proteomics, genomics) that involves the study of
metabolites within biological systems. This is typically
achieved through modulating metabolite responses in
analyzing an array of biological specimen. My research
focuses on the analysis of mammalian tissue such as
skeletal muscle; this is otherwise known as tissue-based
What is the goal of your research?
The ultimate goal of my research is to use metabolomics as
a systematic approach to elucidate unknown biochemical
mechanisms in response to environmental stressors (i.e.
exercise, dietary interventions) that currently remain
unknown or are poorly understood.
Why does your research matter?
Our bodies are composed of thousands of metabolites that
serve important roles to maintain homeostasis. Dynamic
changes in metabolites often reflect our body’s response to
external stressors; for instance, excess amounts of a
certain metabolite may be indicative of a specific
metabolic disorder. Evidently, metabolites are small yet
informative molecules that can be used to gain further
insights into biochemical mechanisms that play crucial
roles in certain metabolic outcomes that affect human
health such as the manifestation of certain diseases. By
elucidating these fundamental mechanisms, it can better
shape our understanding in various areas such as medicine,
toxicology and cell biology.
What do you enjoy most about your research?
What excites me the most about metabolomics is that this
new, exciting field is applicable and crucial in various
areas of research from drug development to food safety to
clinical diagnostics. There are many questions in these
areas that have remain to be answered. In a holistic
manner, metabolomics with other “omics” approaches can help
enhance our understanding in these areas and answer many
questions that remain unknown. Knowing that metabolomics
research can contribute to not only one, but multiple areas
of research, in answering these underlying but fundamental
questions excites me each and everyday.