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


Interim Chair

Yuan Li, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
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, and 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, and Harmonization

Council Member

Christina Jones, Ph.D.

Advanced Manufacturing Program Officer
National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
Gaithersburg, MD, USA


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

Council Member

David Crizer, Ph.D.

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

Area 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



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

Council Member

Arpana Vaniya, Ph.D.

Academic Coordinator
University of California, Davis - 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, and Education in 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, and Integration of metabolomics with other omics data