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Metabolomics Australia

Providing customised service for small molecule analysis for life science researchers.


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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


Prof. Malcolm McConville - NHMRC Principle Research Fellow

Platform Convenor, Metabolomics Australia

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

Head of Nodes


Prof. Ute Roessner - ARC Future Fellow

Head of Node, Metabolomics Australia, The University of Melbourne
Past President, the Metabolomics Society

Ute oversees the University of Melbourne MA facility. 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.

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.


Dr. Esteban Marcellin

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. 


Technical Leads


Dr. Saravanan Dayalan

Head of Bioinformatics, Metabolomics Australia

Saravanan leads bioinformatics activities across all MA nodes. He oversees the development and deployment of bioinformatics tools and software systems across the MA nodes. His interestes are in large-scale scientific softwares, scientific data management and biostatistics. 


Dr. Joel Gummer

Head of Analytics, Metabolomics Australia

Dr Joel Gummer is a Research Fellow and Analytical Lead for Metabolomics Australia, the Separation Science and Metabolomics Research group (Murdoch University) and the Australian National Phenome Centre. Joel specialises in developing novel mass spectrometry (MS)-based methodologies and workflows for the analysis of small molecule metabolites and peptides, to advance the research interests of his collaborators in wide-ranging application across conservation biology, agriculture and human and veterinary medicine. He currently provides the only MS-based analysis for hepcidin quantitation in Australia, which has contributed key data to numerous clinical studies. Joel was recently appointed an Affiliate Academic of the Lee Kong Chian School of medicine at the Nanyang Technological University of Singapore (NTU) to lead an initiative in enhancing research engagement and skill transfer in metabolomics and lipidomics between Murdoch University (Western Australia) and NTU; and between Singapore and Australia more broadly.