Metabolomics Australia

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Metabolomics Australia helps life sciences researchers study small molecules, or metabolites, within living organisms.

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Metabolomics Australia offers mass spectrometry technologies for studying the metabolome (the interactions of small molecules, or metabolites, within a biological system). This enables researchers to detect and quantify metabolites in biological materials (like plasma, tissue, plant or microbial extracts) to understand an organism’s physiological state. We work with researchers from a wide range of areas including biomedicine, agri-biotech and the environment.

Our team of researchers offer a range of consultative, analytical and bioinformatic services in small molecules, including:

  • Advice on experimental design and implementation throughout a project’s life-cycle
  • Expertise in targeted and untargeted detection of a wide range of metabolites using advanced mass spectrometry technology, such as high resolution accurate mass spectrometry
  • Access to large metabolite databases and standards
  • Provision of dynamic metabolic flux analysis
  • Support on data analysis, informatics and data interpretation
  • Assistance with preparing grant applications and publications.

We commonly work with researchers across our workflows encompassing:

  • Sample extraction
  • Data collection, quality control and analysis
  • Bioinformatics support
  • Pathway analysis
  • Skills training.

For example, we worked with the Cooperative Research Centre for Alertness, Safety and Productivity to identify biological molecules associated with sleep loss.

Case study


  • 2 x LC-IDX-Orbitrap-MS – Liquid chromatography tribrid orbitrap-quadrupole-linear ion trap mass spectrometer
  • 1 x GC-Q-MS – Gas chromatography single quadrupole mass spectrometer
  • 5 x GC-QQQ-MS - Gas chromatography triple quadrupole mass spectrometer
  • 2 x LC-QQQ-MS - Liquid chromatography triple quadrupole mass spectrometer
  • 1 x LC-QTOF-MS - Liquid chromatography quadrupole time of flight mass spectrometer
  • 1 x LC-Triple-TOF-MS - Liquid chromatography (triple) quadrupole time of flight mass spectrometer
  • MALDI-FTMS - Matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization fourier transform mass spectrometer

User information

The platform is open to all researchers from academia to industry on a fee-for-service basis.

Other platforms

Our platform works on a broad range of biological material and our researchers at any time use complementary platforms to enable and broaden the depth of their research.

The platform can be used in conjunction with the

How we work

The University of Melbourne hosts the Victorian node of Metabolomics Australia and is the hub of the national Metabolomics Australia platform.

This platform is supported by BioPlatforms Australia whose activities receive grant funding from the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS).

The University of Melbourne node of Metabolomics Australia is part of a larger network of omics capabilities under BioPlatforms Australia which also encompasses genomics, proteomics and informatics.

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Contact us and book

Zofia Felton, Business Manager or Dedreia Tull, Facility Manager or

Phone: +61 3 8344 4099 or +61 3 8344 2488

Book online using iLab

You can book this resource or platform using the iLab booking system. You will need to create an account before logging in. Access user guides and videos to help you set up an account and navigate the iLab system:

iLab booking system

If you're familiar with iLab and already have a login, visit the Metabolomics Australia iLab Core.

More information on this platform can be found on the Research Gateway, which is available to all University of Melbourne academic and honorary staff, graduate researchers and professional staff. To access the Research Gateway, login with your University of Melbourne username and password.