Agilent Technologies has announced that the recipient of the 2022 Darlene Solomon Award is Federica Fiorini, Ph.D., a research associate studying metabolomics at the Institute of Biology and Pathology at the Grenoble Alpes University Hospital (CHU Grenoble Alpes) in France. 

Federica’s research was financed by the European Marine Biological Research Infrastructure Cluster (EMBRIC) project, funded by Horizon 2020 (under grant agreement number 654008). With no prior experience in mass spectrometry, she was trained in metabolomics of marine resources through EMBRIC work packages (WPs) 6, 7 and 10. “We are pleased that the training in our project was able to help a young scientist learn new skills and flourish in her career,” said EMBRC Executive Director, Nicolas Pade.

The award was presented at the iSLS10–10th International Singapore Lipid Symposium held 8-10 March 2022 at the National University of Singapore.

“I am extremely honored and excited to be receiving such an important award,” said Dr. Federica Fiorini. “Mass spectrometry-based metabolomics has the enormous potential of enabling the deciphering of global and dynamic responses to biological events. I am eager to further contribute to this field.”

“This will be also an incredible occasion to exchange ideas with female scientists and leaders, and to receive career guidance and inspiration.”

“The world looks to science to solve some of the toughest challenges, and this year’s Darlene Solomon Award finalists truly inspired us with the wonderful work they are doing," said Sudharshana Seshadri, vice president and general manager of Agilent’s Mass Spectrometry Division. “As a company we are committed to supporting and developing women scientists in the field of life sciences and mass spectrometry, and we congratulate this year’s winner, Dr. Federica Fiorini. We will eagerly follow your research and wish you the very best for your future.”

The award is co-sponsored by FeMS (Females in Mass Spectrometry) and Agilent Technologies. It was created for early-career female scientists to promote mass spectrometry research and provide financial support to attend various mass spectrometry conferences sponsored by Agilent or FeMS or both. Ideal candidates for the award include junior scientists who are poised to benefit from access to cutting-edge research in lipidomics, systems biology and clinical research, and are looking to gain more exposure to industry-leading technologies in this space.

As the 2022 awardee, Fiorini will be able to travel to mass spectrometry conferences, as well as spend time at the state-of-the-art Agilent Global Solutions Development Center in Singapore, working alongside senior Agilent scientists to gain hands-on practical experience with Agilent products and workflows serving the life sciences and applied market space. She will also have the opportunity to engage with key female leaders within Agilent for coaching and career advice.

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