Analyst Emerging Investigator Series

Launched in 2018, Analyst is now running an Emerging Investigator Series, featuring the best work in analytical chemistry being carried out by early career researchers. This series is ongoing, with accepted manuscripts being published in the next available issue of the journal and assembled in a high profile online collection.

 

We are committed to supporting up-and-coming scientists in the early stages of their independent careers and our Emerging Investigator Series provides a platform for early career researchers to showcase their best work to a broad audience. The ongoing series allows flexibility for contributors to participate in the venture without the restriction of submission deadlines, and will benefit the analytical chemistry community through continued exposure to the exciting work being done by its early-career members. Authors benefit from increased visibility, with individual mentions in the journal content alerts and individual feature interviews on the journal blog. Published articles in the series will be made free to access for a limited period.

 

Series Editors

The series has three international Series Editors with a broad range of expertise, representing the analytical chemistry community.

  

Laura Lechuga

Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Spain

Ryan Bailey

University of Michigan, USA

 

 Jaebum Choo

Hanyang University, South Korea

 

 

Who can be considered?

Scientists who are within five years of obtaining their first independent position can apply to have their research highlighted in the Emerging Investigators Series. Appropriate consideration will be given to career breaks and alternative career paths. The series will only feature primary research articles, highlighting the author’s research contribution to the field.

Applications in the form of a CV will be reviewed by the Editorial Office and the Emerging Investigator Series Editors. The selection criteria for the Emerging Investigators Series will be based on the following:

  • Fit of research programme to Analyst scope
  • Quality of publications, profile within institute and/or community

Articles submitted to the journal for the Series will undergo the usual peer-review process, and no guarantees of publication can be given to successful applicants.

 

Interested in applying?

Contact us: analyst-rsc@rsc.org

 

Follow @analystrsc on Twitter to keep up to date with the latest papers in the series.

 

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Analyst Emerging Investigator Lectureship 2018 Winner

We are delighted to announce that Professor Wei Min has been selected by the Analyst Editorial Board as the winner of the 2018 Analyst Emerging Investigator Lectureship! This Lectureship was launched to be a platform for an early career analytical scientist to raise the profile of the analytical sciences to the wider scientific community and general public.

Dr Wei Min graduated from Peking University with a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry in 2003. He received his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 2008, studying single-molecule biophysics with Professor Sunney Xie. After continuing his postdoctoral work in Professor Xie’s group, Dr Min joined the faculty of the Department of Chemistry at Columbia University in 2010. He was promoted to Full Professor there in 2017. He is also affiliated with the Kavli Institute for Brain Science and NeuroTechnology Center at Columbia University.

Dr Min’s current research interests focus on developing novel optical spectroscopy and microscopy technology to address biomedical problems. In particular, his group has made important contributions to the development of stimulated Raman scattering (SRS) microscopy and its broad application in biomedical imaging including bioorthogonal chemical imaging of small molecules and super-multiplex vibrational imaging.

Dr Min’s work has been recognized by a number of honours, including: Coblentz Award of Molecular Spectroscopy (2017); the ACS Early Career Award in Experimental Physical Chemistry (2017); Buck-Whitney Award of American Chemical Society (2015); Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award (2015); George Fraenkel Fund Award (2014); Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship (2013); NIH Director’s New Innovator Award (2012); and Faculty Finalist of Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists of the New York Academy of Sciences (2012).

The award will be presented to Dr Min at SciX 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia in October 2018, where Dr Min will be delivering his plenary lecture.

Once again, we would like to extend our warmest congratulations to Dr Min on this well-deserved award.

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Next-wave Advances in Single Cell Analyses – Themed Issue in Progress!

Analyst is planning a themed issue to highlight next-wave advances in single cell analyses.

The emphasis of this themed issue is on emerging analytical advances in metabolomic, lipidomic, proteomic, and glycomic approaches, as well as high-dimensional approaches that unify multiple aspects of single-cell biology and medicine. We recognize that single-cell genomics and transcriptomics have received wide attention, due to the maturing impact of these established approaches. Here, we aim to highlight the next generation of important analytical approaches and implications.

Guest Editors

This collection will be co-guest edited by Analyst Associate Editor Takehiko Kitamori (University of Tokyo, Japan), Amy Herr (University of California, Berkeley, USA), Ulf Landegren (Uppsala University, Sweden) and Masood Kamali-Moghaddam (Uppsala University, Sweden).

 

Takehiko Kitamori Amy Herr Ulf Landegren Masood Kamali-Moghaddam

Contribute to this collection

We welcome submissions of original research and review articles. Articles will be added to the collection as they are accepted and the resulting issue will benefit from extensive promotion.

Read the growing collection of articles at rsc.li/advances-in-single-cell-analyses

About Analyst

Guided by Editor-in-Chief Duncan Graham and an international team of associate editors and editorial board membersAnalyst publishes analytical and bioanalytical research that reports premier fundamental discoveries and inventions, and the applications of those discoveries, unconfined by traditional discipline barriers.

 

Ready to contribute?

Email analyst-rsc@rsc.org or submit online at www. mc.manuscriptcentral.com/an

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SCIX 2018

Are you going to be at SciX 2018?

Analyst is proud to announce that Dr Wei Min (Columbia University, USA) is the winner of the 2018 Analyst Emerging Investigator Lectureship. Dr Min will be giving an award plenary on the topic of Seeing molecular vibrations: chemical imaging for biomedicine at 8:30 am on Monday 22 October.

We are also sponsoring a symposium in honour of Dr Wei Min (18AWD11) at 9:15 am, Monday 22 October, with a wonderful lineup of speakers including:

Richard Zare, Stanford University, USA
Duncan Graham, University of Strathclyde, UK
Juergen Popp, Leibniz Institute of Photonic Technology, Germany
Katsumasa Fujita, Osaka University, Japan
Lingyan Shi, Columbia University, USA

Two Board members of our sister journal Analytical Methods will be receiving prestigious awards at SciX 2018 and if you will be around, I encourage you to please do attend their plenary lectures and their award sessions.

• Michael Roper, Analytical Methods Associate Editor will be receiving the 2018 AES Electrophoresis Mid Career Award and will be giving a plenary lecture at 8.30am on Wednesday 24 October.

• Sue Lunte, former Editor-in-Chief of Analytical Methods and current Advisory Board member, will be receiving the 2018 Anachem Award and will be giving a plenary lecture at 8:00am on Thursday 25 October.

Look out for our Royal Society of Chemistry booth, number 904, during the conference. Executive Editor Jeanne Andres (Analyst, Analytical Methods, JAAS) and Deputy Editor Rebecca Brodie (JAAS) will be attending the conference and look forward to meeting you at SciX 2018.

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Emerging Investigator Series – Peng Miao

We are delighted to introduce our latest Analyst Emerging Investigator, Peng Miao!

Dr Peng Miao received his BS and MS degrees from School of Life Sciences at Nanjing University in 2008 and 2011. Afterwards, he received his PhD degree from University of Chinese Academy of Sciences in Biophysics. In 2017, he became a Professor at Suzhou Institute of Biomedical Engineering and Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). He has published over 100 peer-reviewed papers with an H-index of 21 (Web of Science), authored 15 patents and 2 books. He has received numerous awards and honours, including Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC), Top 1% of Highly Cited Authors (RSC), CAS President’s Award (Chinese Academy of Sciences), and Science and Technology Award (China Association for Instrumental Analysis). His current research is focused on DNA nanotechnology based bioanalytical chemistry

 

Read Peng Miao’s Emerging Investigator Series paper “Ultrasensitive electrochemical detection of miRNA based on DNA strand displacement polymerization and Ca2+-dependent DNAzyme cleavage” and find out more about him in the interview below:

 

Your recent Emerging Investigator Series paper focuses on an ultrasensitive electrochemical biosensor for miRNA evaluation. How has your research evolved from your first article to this most recent article?
My first article is about the fabrication of an electrochemical biosensor for the detection of glutathione, which is amplified by DNA modified gold nanoparticles (Biosensors and Bioelectronics, 2009, 3347). Later, I was encouraged to develop more efficient signal amplification strategies aided by bottom-up or top-down DNA assembly. After nearly ten years’ efforts, I have developed a series of ultrasensitive biosensors for the detection of different biomolecules including the most recent article, in which strand displacement polymerization and DNAzyme cleavage cycles are involved for dual amplified detection of miRNA.

What aspect of your work are you most excited about at the moment?
DNA is nature’s choice for storing and transmitting genetic information, which is also an excellent nanoscale material to construct bio-architectures for analytical purposes. Taking advantages of the properties like predictable Watson-Crick base pairing and addressability, bottom-up and top-down design principles can be achieved to sensitively identify targets or study molecular interactions, which are really exciting.

In your opinion, what are the most promising applications of this miRNA detection method?
This paper reported an ultrasensitive electrochemical miRNA sensing method with cascade signal amplification. It is capable of monitoring miRNA levels in cells without sample enrichment in a highly selective manner. Therefore, this method could find potential practical applications in miRNA related biological researches. It could also be used as a candidate to replace qRT-PCR for clinical diagnosis.

What do you find most challenging about your research?
The most challenge is to accurately control multiple DNA assembly events at the nano-bio interface.

How do you spend your spare time?
Playing badminton and electronic sports.

Which profession would you choose if you were not a scientist?
Maybe a programmer.

Can you share one piece of career-related advice or wisdom with other early career scientists?
In the early career, scientists should scrupulously choose their research areas and their research work should not be decentralized.

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GRC Bioanalytical Sensors 2018

The GRC Bioanalytical Sensors conference took place between 24th – 29th June 2018 in Newport, RI, USA. The conference was chaired by Robin L. McCarley and Analyst’s Editor-in-Chief, Duncan Graham, and Vice Chaired by Susan Daniel and Analyst’s Associate Editor Jean-Francois Masson.

The 2018 GRC Conference considered measurement science and engineering challenges that examine food and water safety, point-of-use healthcare, forensics, visualisation of living systems, and innovative ideas to sensing and creating measurements. The conference focused on many other interesting research areas, including future measurement challenges facing the pharmaceutical industry and healthcare systems.

The conference was attended by Maria Southall, Deputy Editor of Analyst, Analytical Methods and Lab on a Chip. On behalf of the Royal Society of Chemistry, Analyst and Analytical Methods were delighted to award two Young Investigators with cash prizes for outstanding poster prizes. Two other young investigators and poster winners were awarded by the ACS. The Young Investigators, as captured in the image below, were also invited to provide short talks during the conference.

Above: Caitlin Anderson, University of Washington, USA, with Conference vice chair and Analyst Associate Editor JF Masson

Above: Maggie Malone-Polovny, University of North Carolina, USA, with Conference vice chair and Analyst Associate Editor JF Masson

Congratulations to the poster winners on this outstanding achievement. The conference was a huge success!

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Professor Laura Lechuga: New Analyst Associate Editor

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Laura Lechuga as Associate Editor to the Analyst Editorial Board. Laura will start as an Analyst Associate Editor on the 1st July 2018.

 


Laura Lechuga is the CSIC Research Professor at the Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Spain. She is the leader of the ICN2 Nanobiosensors and Bioanalytical Applications Group, which focusses on the technological development of nanophotonic biosensors, their integration into portable lab-on-a-chip platforms and their application in clinical and environmental diagnostics.

Professor Lechuga gained her PhD in chemistry in 1992 from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Between 2012 and 2015 she was an adjunct professor at the University of Norway within their department of Physics and Technology at the Artic. She has also been a distinguished visiting professor at the School of Electrical and Computer Sciences of the Universidade Estadual de Campinas (Brazil) since 2013.


We welcome Professor Lechuga and her expertise to the Analyst Editorial Board as an Associate Editor. Submit your articles to Professor Lechuga from the 1st of July 2018!


You can keep up to date with the latest developments from Analyst by signing up for free table of contents alerts and monthly e-newsletters.

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Emerging Investigator Series – Yi-Lun Ying

We are delighted to introduce our first Analyst Emerging Investigator, Yi-Lun Ying!

Dr Yi-Lun Ying is the Associate Professor of Analytical Chemistry in the School of Chemistry and Molecular Engineering at East China University of Science and Technology (ECUST). Her B. Sc in Fine Chemistry and Ph. D in Analytical Chemistry are all from the ECUST. After a doctoral exchange studying in the University of Birmingham, Dr Ying carried out her postdoctoral research on nanopores and nanoelectrodes at ECUST. Since 2016, she started her independent work as an associate professor to focus on the nanospectroelectrochemistry for revealing the heterogeneous structure-activity relationship of the single molecules at ECUST. She has co-authored over 50 peer-reviewed publications, including Nature Nanotechnology (1), Journal of American Chemistry Society (1), Angewandte Chemie International Edition (2), CHEM (1), Chemical Science (3), Chemical Communications (11), Analytical Chemistry (8), Analyst (2) and 6 patents. The total citations of her publications exceed 860 with an H index of 16 (SCI Web of Science). She has given more than 15 oral presentations, including six invited lectures, and has served as Editor Board Member for Scientific Reports. As an active and emerging investigator in analytical chemistry, Dr Ying has received six awards and honours, including the L’Oreal-UNESCO International Rising Talents (2016) and Shanghai “Chen Guang” project (2018).

Read Yi-Lun’s Emerging Investigator series paper “A thumb-size electrochemical system for portable sensors” and find out more about her in the interview below:

 

Your recent Emerging Investigator Series paper focuses on a miniaturised, low-cost electrochemistry instrument sensor. How has your research evolved from your first article to this most recent article?
My first scientific publication is about the α-hemolysin nanopore analysis of single oligonucleotide in 2010. In the nanopore measurements, the ionic current directly converts the single molecule behaviours into the electric signals, which mainly requires the high performance electrochemical instrument and software for big data recording and analysis of the ionic current. Therefore, I was encouraged to develop our own amplifier, A/D convertor and software for the high resolution electrochemical measurements. After nearly ten years efforts, our group has designed not only high temporal-spatial resolution instrumentations for nanopore analysis, but also further applied the low-noise amplifier in achieving the thumb-size electrochemical system for portable sensors as presented in this most recent article.

What aspect of your work are you most excited about at the moment?
The performance of an electrochemical sensor is mainly determined by its interface, the instrumentation and analysis algorithm. To address the goal towards sensitivity, specificity, and rapidness of sensing, our group miniaturizes the sensing interface at nanoscale together with developing high-performance sensing instrumentation. These improvements exhibit strong ability for revealing the hidden heterogenous properties of the single analyte at a high throughput. This is really exciting me that strong analytical tools make you deeply understand and “see” the beauty of molecular world. At this moment, we are using our developed electrochemical sensing system to study the function-structure relationship of a redox enzyme.

In your opinion, what is the biggest advantage of this technology and how will it impact environmental monitoring?
Our paper presented a thumb-size, low cost and versatile instrument system with high accuracy and time resolution for portable electrochemical use. Based on sensors of screen printed electrode, the instrument system could be used in electro-chemical applications such as analysis of chemicals and quantitative determination of heavy metals in water. Due to the ultra-small size and low cost (< $15), this instrument system is probably the smallest and cheapest electrochemical instrument system as far as we know. It could be further used in wearable sensors for body fluid analysis, point-of-care diagnostics in local clinic, on-site environment monitoring and tools for experimental education.

What do you find most challenging about your research?
The most challenge is to bring the knowledge of chemistry, electronics, physics, big data analysis together for the comprehensive study in electrochemical analysis.

How do you spend your spare time?
Playing with my 3-year-old daughter

Which profession would you choose if you were not a scientist?
Maybe a graphic designer

Can you share one piece of career-related advice or wisdom with other early career scientists?
I always believe that a collection of small steps will undoubtedly cover great distances

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Gordon F. Kirkbright Bursary Award, 2019

The Gordon F. Kirkbright bursary award is a prestigious annual award that assists a promising early career scientist of any nation to attend a recognised scientific meeting or visit a place of learning. (We define early career as being either a student, or an employee in a non-tenured academic post or in industry, within 7 years of award of PhD excluding career breaks).

The fund for this bursary was established in 1985 as a memorial to Professor Gordon Kirkbright in recognition of his contributions to analytical spectroscopy and to science in general. Although the fund is administered by the Association of British Spectroscopists (ABS) Trust, the award is not restricted to spectroscopists, but is open to all involved with or utilising analytical science-based techniques.

Applications are invited for the 2019 Gordon Kirkbright Bursary.

An Application Form can be downloaded from:

http://www.abstrust.org/kirkirkbright-bursary-award-application-form

or for further information visit:

http://www.abstrust.org/, or contact abstrustuk@gmail.com

The closing date for entries is 30 November 2018.

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Outstanding Reviewers for Analyst in 2017

We would like to highlight the Outstanding Reviewers for Analyst in 2017, as selected by the editorial team, for their significant contribution to the journal. The reviewers have been chosen based on the number, timeliness and quality of the reports completed over the last 12 months.

We would like to say a big thank you to those individuals listed here as well as to all of the reviewers that have supported the journal. Each Outstanding Reviewer will receive a certificate to give recognition for their significant contribution.

 

Dr. Lingxin Chen, Chinese Academy of Sciences, ORCID: 0000-0002-3764-3515

Dr. Jaebum Choo, Hanyang University, ORCID: 0000-0003-3864-6459

Dr. Shijia Ding, Chongqing Medical University, ORCID: 0000-0002-9183-1656

Dr. Hugh Byrne, Dublin Institute of Technology, ORCID: 0000-0002-1735-8610

Prof. Dr. YiTao Long, East China University of Science and Technology, ORCID: 0000-0003-2571-7457

Dr. Ruo Yuan, Southwest University, ORCID: 0000-0003-3664-6236

Dr. Kazuma Mawatari, The University of Tokyo, ORCID: 0000-0001-7232-5531

Dr. Meining Zhang, Renmin Univerisity, ORCID: 0000-0002-7061-6025

Professor Hideaki Hisamoto, Osaka Prefecture University, ORCID: 0000-0003-1067-4116

Dr. Juewen Liu, University of Waterloo, ORCID: 0000-0001-5918-9336

 

We would also like to thank the Analyst board and the analytical chemistry community for their continued support of the journal, as authors, reviewers and readers.

If you would like to become a reviewer for our journal, just email us with details of your research interests and an up-to-date CV or résumé. You can find more details in our author and reviewer resource centre

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Professor Jaebum Choo: New Analyst Associate Editor

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Jaebum Choo as Associate Editor to the Analyst Editorial Board.


Jaebum Choo is a Professor in the Department of Bionano Technology at Hanyang University. He obtained his PhD in Molecular Spectroscopy at Texas A&M University in 1994 and then, in 1995,  joined as a faculty member of Hanyang University. Jaebum has been the Director of “Center for Integrated Human Sensing System” (ERC supported by National Research Foundation of Korea, 2009-2013)and a President of Korean Biochip Society in 2015.

He is currently a BK21+ Director of Bionano Fusion Technology Program supported by National Research Foundation of Korea. His main research areas are SERS, biosensors, micro-devices and molecular spectroscopy. His current research programs are centered on the development of highly sensitive optical nano-sensor systems for rapid and sensitive in vitro diagnostics. He has given more than 130 invited lectures in the USA, Europe and Asia, and has published over 240 research papers in peer-reviewed journals and 5 book chapters. Professor Choo was appointed as a Baik Nam Distinguished Professor in 2015 due to his excellent academic achievements.


We welcome Professor Jaebum Choo and his expertise to the Analyst Editorial Board as an Associate Editor. Submit your article to Professor Jaebum Choo today!


Read some of Professor Choo’s latest research published in Analyst:

Analysis of ribonuclease activity in sub-nanoliter droplets by label-free fluorescence measurements

Choi, J.-W., Vasamsetti, B.M.K., Kim, K.-W., Seo, S.H., Lee, D.-H., Chang, S.-I., Choo, J., Kim, H.Y.

Raman spectrum identification based on the correlation score using the weighted segmental hit quality index

Park, J.-K., Park, A., Yang, S.K., Baek, S.-J., Hwang, J., Choo, J.

You can keep up to date with the latest developments from Analyst by signing up for free table of contents alerts and monthly e-newsletters.

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