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2023 Darlene Solomon Award

The Institute’s Dr Kathryn Wolhuter presented with Darlene Solomon Award

24 March 2023

The Institute’s Senior Postdoctoral Researcher Dr Kathryn Wolhuter has been recognised for her contribution to heart research by Agilent Technologies and Females in Mass Spectrometry (FeMS).

Dr Kathryn Wolhuter in the Institute's Innovation Centre

Dr Wolhuter received the 2023 Darlene Solomon Award - which recognises and supports promising female scientists working in mass spectrometry - at the 11th International Singapore Lipid Symposium (iSLS11) held from March 21 to 23 at the National University of Singapore.

A member of the Institute’s Vascular Biology Laboratory, Dr Wolhuter was recognised for creating a multi-omics pipeline to uncover the function of critical genes in cardiovascular disease and understand how subtle gene changes alter global signaling pathways which contribute to disease.

“I am honored to receive the Darlene Solomon Award from Agilent and FeMS, which has enabled me to attend the iSLS11 in Singapore and exchange ideas with female leaders in the field,” Dr Wolhuter says.

“This award will further my ambition of promoting women within mass spectrometry by gaining exposure at an international level.”

Dr Wolhuter’s genetic research is made possible through the use of the Agilent mass spectrometer in the Institute’s Innovation Centre.

Dr Wolhuter using the Institute's Agilent mass spectrometer

“Utilising Agilent mass spectrometers has advanced the lipidomics, metabolomics, and proteomics aspects of my work and driven my research forward,” Dr Wolhuter says.

As the 2023 awardee, Dr Wolhuter will travel to mass spectrometry conferences, and visit the Agilent Global Solutions Development Center in Singapore, to work alongside senior Agilent scientists and gain hands-on practical experience with Agilent products and workflows.

“Increasing investment into life science research has intensified mass spectrometry research globally and enabled the realisation of many amazing discoveries,” Sudharshana Seshadri, vice president and general manager of Agilent’s Liquid Chromatography, Mass Spectrometry, and Automation Divisions says.

“Agilent congratulates and is pleased to support Dr Wolhuter with the Darlene Solomon Award and cultivate an environment where talented female scientists can flourish and inspire others.”

The award is co-sponsored by FeMS 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

FeMS is an international community-led initiative to create a network of support for women in the field of mass spectrometry. FeMS goal is to bring together, encourage, empower, and facilitate visibility of women in mass spectrometry - and to create connectivity between all members of the mass spectrometry community.

In 2022, Professor Jason Kovacic was presented with the Agilent Thought Leader Award for his world-leading research into the vascular diseases, fibromuscular dysplasia (FMD) and spontaneous coronary artery dissection (SCAD).

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