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Academic Leadership

Each node of Metabolomics Australia (MA) is embedded in a leading academic or research institution and when you engage us we utilise the knowledge and resources behind these institutions when tackling your research questions.


Platform Convenor and Node Leader



The University of Melbourne

Prof. Malcolm McConville

NHMRC Principle Research Fellow


Malcolm oversees the MA platforms. He brings specific expertise to the platform in the metabolism and biochemistry of microbial pathogens.

Node Leaders


South Australia

The Australian Wine Research Institute

Dr. Markus Herderich

Group Manager – Research


Markus leads the South Australian node of MA at the Australian Wine Research Institute and the consortium and node benefit from his specific expertise in aroma and wine chemistry, analytical chemistry and natural product chemistry, and metabolomics.

Western Australia

The University of Western Australia

Research Assistant Prof. Michael Clarke

Principal Scientist

Centre for Microscopy, Characterisation and Analysis (CMCA)


Mike, the node leader for the UWA node of MA has expertise in clinical biochemistry and method development using mass spectrometry. His main interests include vitamin D and steroid metabolism and analysis in mammalian systems.


The University of Queensland

Dr. Esteban Marcellin

Group Leader

Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology


Esteban leads the Queensland node of MA at the Australian Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology which main focus is in Industrial Biotechnology. Esteban has expertise in deploying systems biology platforms for the biological production of fuels, chemicals and biopharmaceuticals with industrial applications.