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  • Metabolomics Australia
    Providing customised service for small molecule analysis for life science researchers.
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  • Metabolomics Australia
    Providing customised service for small molecule analysis for life science researchers.
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  • Metabolomics Australia
    Providing customised service for small molecule analysis for life science researchers.
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  • Metabolomics Australia
    Providing customised service for small molecule analysis for life science researchers.
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Metabolomics is defined as the non-targeted detection and quantification of small molecules in biological materials.
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At Metabolomics Australia (MA), our core objective is to provide customised service for small molecule analysis for life science researchers from academia to industry. We offer high throughput metabolomics through a consortium of Australian universities and research institutes

  • We do this through access to world class expertise, analytical technologies and bioinformatics.
  • Our breadth extends to a variety of domains including biotechnology, environmental science, agriculture, food and beverage science, biomedical science and diagnostics.
  • We can provide specific detection and quantification services and cater to complex investigations and systems wide analyses.
  • We can provide access to infrastructure and expertise through a research hotel concept.
  • We are committed to state-of-the-art services, keeping pace with emerging trends, developing new techniques and employing advanced bioinformatics for data analysis and interpretation services.

 

Contact us if you are interested in a conversation about your project, want to know more about metabolomics or interested in a representative giving a seminar.

Book A Tour Or A Meeting. Contact Zofia Felton MA Business Manager on zfelton@unimelb.edu.au.

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What is Metabolomics?

Metabolomics is defined as the non-targeted detection and quantification of small molecules (metabolites) in biological materials (e.g. plasma/urine/tissue/plant/ microbial extracts). The resulting metabolite profiles reflect the actual cellular condition and provide useful indicators (biomarkers) of  abnormalities/health, consequences of genetic engineering and adaptations to test compounds (e.g. drugs) or environmental factors, as well as a means of discovering new biomolecules (bioprospecting) and monitoring food quality.

 

Metabolomics requires reliable sampling and precise capture of  thousands of metabolites from the biological sample of interest. The utilisation of a variety of complementary analytical platforms is crucial for identifying and quantifying the large numbers of chemically diverse primary and secondary metabolites typically found in biological samples.

 

Finally, it requires  appropriate informatics for data extraction, mining and interpretation of the obtained information. The most commonly used platforms for the detection and measurement of metabolites involves the use of gas chromatography (GC), liquid chromatography (LC), or capillary electrophoresis (CE)  coupled with mass spectrometry (MS).

 

Compounds may also be measured directly without chromatographic separation by, for example, fourier- transform ion cyclotron resonance mass spectrometry (FT-ICR-MS) and nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy (NMR).