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2020 EAS Young Investigator Award

Dajana Vuckovic is an Associate Professor and Concordia University Research Chair in Clinical Metabolomics, Biomarkers and Preventative Health in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Concordia University. She is also the Director of Concordia’s Centre for Biological Applications of Mass Spectrometry. She received Honours BSc in Chemistry from the University of Toronto in 2002, followed by three years as an R&D analytical chemist in the pharmaceutical industry. She completed PhD in analytical chemistry in 2010 at the University of Waterloo under the supervision of Prof. Janusz Pawliszyn, where she was the first to introduce in vivo solid-phase microextraction for metabolomics of blood. After postdoctoral training in chemical and quantitative proteomics with Prof. Andrew Emili at the Donnelly Centre of the University of Toronto, she joined Concordia University in 2012.

The Vuckovic group develops new analytical methods and devices to improve metabolite coverage and data quality in metabolomics and lipidomics. This includes improving the detection of low-abundance and unstable metabolites, with the over-reaching goal of discovering and validating biomarkers to facilitate personalized medicine. Her current research interests include sequential-extraction methods, new extraction materials, in vivo solid-phase microextraction, hormone peptide assays, metabolite identification using high-resolution mass spectrometry, as well as the fundamentals of electrospray ionization.

She has published 43 peer-reviewed papers, 11 book chapters and has delivered 33 invited talks to date. Dajana is the recipient of the 2019 Young Investigator Award by the Canadian Society of Mass Spectrometry, 2019 CNC-IUPAC Travel Award by Canadian National Committee for the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry, 2018 Dean’s Excellence in Scholarship Award and 2014 Petro Canada Young Innovator Award. Her research was highlighted in the 2018 Chemical Communications Emerging Investigator issue, placing her among the top early-career investigators. Dajana serves on the editorial board of Bioanalysis and is an active member of the international Metabolomics Quality Assurance and Quality Control Consortium (mQACC), whose objective is to establish and disseminate best practices and standard reference materials for untargeted metabolomics.