Metabolomics Australia


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Overview of Services

At Metabolomics Australia (MA) we combine high-throughput analytical technologies for the detection and quantification of metabolites in biological systems with the application of bioinformatics tools for data analysis, mining and interpretation.

We conduct targeted and/or non-targeted studies of small molecules (metabolites). The resulting profiles can reflect the actual cellular condition and provide useful indicators (biomarkers) of abnormalities/health within the biological system. Metabolomics requires robust experimental design with reliable sampling to capture the steady state levels of thousands of metabolites. We use complementary analytical and informatics platforms to detect the response of metabolites to environmental and genetic stimuli.

We operate in a collaborative manner and work with you around your biological question. With our expertise in metabolomics and your knowledge of the biology we work on the best strategy for development of a research plan.

Sample Types:

Metabolomics Australia has extensive experience with handling and analysing multiple sample types including biofluids (plasma, serum, urine), tissue (muscle, liver, brain, kidney), cells (adherent and suspension), plant tissue (leaf, root, stem, seed), fecal matter and others.

Metabolomic Applications:

  • Metabolite profiling and targeted methodology.
  • Stable isotope/flux analysis (13C, Deuterium, etc.).
  • Polar metabolites analysis including of central carbon metabolism, organic acids, TCA intermediates, fatty acids, sterols, amino acids, sugars, sugar phosphates/alcohols.
  • Targeted lipid analysis.
  • Metabolomics Imaging Mass Spectrometry.

Getting started

  1. Register (one time registration).
    Click on the Register button in the top right corner. (Skip this step if you already have an iLab account.)
  2. Request a Service/Consultation

More details HERE.

When you initiate a request on the Request Services tab, we ask you to answer some questions and we will organise a meeting to discuss the best experimental approach.

We are a fee-based capability and are mindful of budgets and apply subsidies where possible.


MA at the University of Melbourne is the hub of a national metabolomics consortium under the National Infrastructure Collaborative Infrastructure Scheme (NCRIS) and funded through BioPlatforms Australia.




Malcolm is the MA UoM Node Leader and Platform Convenor for the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Scheme (NCRIS) Metabolomics Australia network.

Professor Malcolm McConville
MA Platform Convenor


Hours of Operation and Location 

Hours Staffed Location

Monday - Friday
9:00AM - 5:00PM          

Bio21 Institute / 30 Flemington Road / Parkville, Victoria 3010

Links and Resources

  1. Metabolomics Australia website
  2. Bio21 Molecular Science & Biotechnology Institute
  3. BioPlatforms Australia Pty


Name Role Phone Email Location
Dave De Souza
Facility Manager
Bio21 Institute, University of Melbourne
Kirsty Turner
Business Manager
Bio21 Institute, University of Melbourne

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