Darlene Solomon Award

Co-sponsored by FeMS and Agilent.

FeMS is delighted to announce that the awardee of the Agilent Darlene Solomon Award – Federica Fiorini. Thank you to all of the wonderful award applicants!

Thank you for the generous support from Agilent!

Federica Fiorini is an associate researcher in metabolomics, bioinformatics and nanomaterials chemistry at the Institut de Biologie et Pathologie, CHU Grenoble Alpes. The award was presented at a virtual ceremony during the International Singapore Lipid Symposium (iSLS).

  • Awardee Profile: Junior scientist in early career role including post-doctoral fellow
  • Region: Global
  • Award Details:
    • Provide grant money for an early career, female scientist in the field of mass spectrometry to attend a mass spec conference that is co-sponsored by Agilent and/or FeMS.
    • For 2022, the awardee will get the chance to attend the International Singapore Lipid Symposium (iSLS) for lipidomic focused workshops in March 2022*
    • The scientist will also get an opportunity to spend time at the Agilent Global Solutions Development Center in Singapore, at the state-of-the-art facility alongside a senior Agilent scientist to gain hands-on experience with Agilent’s products and workflows serving life sciences and applied market space. In addition, the awardee will get an opportunity to engage with key female leaders within Agilent to gain coaching and career advice.
    • This award is designed as an opportunity for junior scientists who can benefit from cutting-edge research in the fields of lipidomics, systems biology, or clinical research and looking to gain more exposure to the industry-leading technologies in this space.
  • Award amount: up to $5,000 USD.

*Note: Attendance at conference and timing of travel will be dependent on Singapore’s local regulations addressing the COVID pandemic. If travel cannot be made during this time, grant money can be utilized to select appropriate conference or milestone for travel at a later date.

Key Requirements/Eligibility to Enter Applications

  1. Scientists in early career roles such as post-docs, currently studying in the relevant field
  2. Must have valid passport to obtain visa and make travel arrangements for travel to Singapore
  3. Be willing to participate in agreed upon PR activities e.g.: Agilent interviews on the experience

Nomination Process

  1. Only self-nominations are accepted
  2. Applicants should submit a personal statement describing how they expect to use mass spectrometry in their career, and how this experience will help them develop in their career (250-word limit)
  3. One reference letter should be submitted
  4. Statements should be submitted to femalesinms@gmail.com by February 7th 2022

Agilent Award Committee: Jennifer Gushue, Tiffany Payne, Naomi Goumillout, Sudharshana Seshadri

FeMS Award Committee: Anne Bendt, David Bradley

About Darlene Solomon, Ph.D

Darlene Solomon is senior vice president and chief technology officer for Agilent Technologies. Her responsibilities include Agilent Research Laboratories which focuses on high impact, longer range research in support of Agilent’s sustained business growth, and Agilent’s programs in university relations, external research and venture investment. In her leadership role, she works closely with Agilent’s businesses to define the company’s technology strategy and R&D priorities. She earned her bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Stanford University and a doctorate in bioinorganic chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and she completed Stanford University’s Executive Development Program.

About Agilent


Agilent is a global leader in life sciences, diagnostics, and applied chemical markets. Now in its 20th year as an independent company delivering insight and innovation toward improving the quality of life, Agilent instruments, software, services, solutions, and people provide trusted answers to customers’ most challenging questions. The company generated revenue of $5.16 billion in fiscal 2019 and employs 16,300 people worldwide. More information about Agilent is available at www.agilent.com.

About FeMS

Females in Mass Spectrometry (FeMS) is a community-led initiative to create a network of support for women in the field of mass spectrometry. Our 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.
We strive to engage our entire community: women in mass spectrometry and their supporters – to hear and learn from all perspectives. As a global initiative FeMS supports all related events where women working the MS field gather. More information and resources can be found at https://femalesinms.com/.

Past Recipients

Noemi Jiménez-Rojo

Noemi Jiménez-Rojo is a postdoctoral fellow studying membrane biology, lipid diversity, and function at the University of Geneva. The award was presented at a virtual ceremony during the International Singapore Lipid Symposium (iSLS).

Many thanks to the FeMS Awards Committee and to the Darlene Solomon Award Committee 2021:

  • David Bradley, Agilent
  • Marta Sans Escofet, MD Anderson Cancer Center
  • Yu Xia, Tsinghua University