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Metabolomics Australia

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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.


Melbourne Node

Prof. Tony Bacic, FAA

Director, Plant Cell Biology Research Centre, School of BioSciences, University of Melbourne
Deputy Director, ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Cell Walls, University of Melbourne

Tony is the MA Platform Convenor and has led the consortium from its establishment in 2007 to being a mature platform alongside its sister platforms of genomics and proteomics. The group benefits from his vision for metabolomics and his extensive expertise in plant biochemistry.

Assoc. Prof. Ute Roessner - ARC Future Fellow

Head of Analytics, BioSciences node leader Metabolomics Australia
President, the Metabolomics Society

Ute oversees the University of Melbourne Bioscience MA facility and the development of analytical tools. She brings to the consortium her specific expertise in plant metabolomics and as President of the International Metabolomics Society and provides valuable insight into the field.

Prof. Malcolm McConville - NHMRC Principle Research Fellow

Head of Analytics, Bio21 Node Leader Metabolomics Australia.
Head of Bioinformatics, Bio21 Node Leader Metabolomics Australia.
Acting Director, Bio21 Molecular Science and Biotechnology Institute (Bio21 Institute).

Malcolm oversees the University of Melbourne Bio21 MA facility and the development of bioinformatic tools for the platform. He brings specific expertise to the platform in the metabolism and biochemistry of microbial pathogens.

Other nodes


Dr. Markus Herderich

Group Manager – Research
The Australian Wine Research Institute

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.

Prof. Robert Trengove

Director Separation Science & Advanced Instrumentation
Separation Science & Metabolomics Laboratory

Robert leads the Western Australian node of MA. There are 2 nodes in the state and Rob is located at Murdoch University. The consortium and node benefit from his depth of knowledge of metabolomics across various research fields.

Asst. Prof. Michael Clarke

Principal Scientist
UWA Centre for Metabolomics

Michael is located at the University of Western Australia and leads the sites MA group. Mike 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.

Prof. Lars Nielsen

Chair of Biological Engineering
Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (AIBN)

Lars leads the Queensland node of MA at the Australian Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology. He brings to the consortium a wealth of knowledge in metabolic modelling and flux analysis.