DRC Member, Eric Taylor to lead new FOEDRC Metabolomics Facility

As you know, establishing a metabolomics resource to serve the needs of diabetes researchers affiliated with the Diabetes Center has been an important goal for the FOEDRC.  The DRC is pleased to announce that Dr. Eric Taylor, PhD, will lead this initiative and has been named Director of the Fraternal Order of the Eagles Diabetes Research Center (FOEDRC) Metabolomics Core Facility. This facility will expand existing metabolomics capabilities at the University of Iowa, which till now has been offered through the High Resolution Mass Spectrometry (HRMS) Facility located in the Department of Chemistry.

We believe that Dr. Taylor, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biochemistry is uniquely qualified to direct our facility. His deep, multidisciplinary understanding of metabolism and outstanding track record of publications and extramural funding has enabled him to articulate a vision that will lead our new core facility to success.  Eric’s interest in mitochondrial metabolism and the characterization of novel mitochondrial carrier proteins has led his laboratory to regularly utilize metabolomics-based approaches, including both broad metabolite profiling and stable-isotope tracing. With the imminent acquisition of new instrumentation, we anticipate offering profiling and tracer metabolomics analysis to our research community. Dr. Lynn Teesch who oversees the HRMS Facility will provide support for Dr. Taylor in his new role and we anticipate recruiting additional analytical support staff in the near future. More information will be forthcoming as we get the facility up and running.  We expect it will contribute to high impact publications, success in obtaining individual and program-level grants, and attracting strong collaborations from outside the University.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017