Understanding metabolic processes

We’re using state-of-the-art instrumentation and advanced analysis techniques to learn more about cellular processes in a broad range of biological systems.

The Challenge

Generating high-quality cellular data

Metabolomics, the study of metabolites in cells, tissues and organisms is a rapidly expanding field with a range of biotechnological and biochemical applications. Instrumentation is being designed specifically to achieve the best resolution possible for small molecule fingerprinting.

The challenges lie in generating high-quality data through rigorous sample processing protocols, finely tuned analytical methods achieving good separation and detection of analytes, and being able to examine the metabolome (the complete set of small molecule chemicals found in a biological sample) as the link between the genome and phenotype in biological systems.

Our Response

A world-class analytical facility

We have built a world-class facility to address the complex challenges of metabolomic and proteomic (protein) analyses. The facility is perfectly suited to tackle problems in a hugely diverse range of areas, including agriculture, environmental contamination, next generation tuberculosis treatment strategies, molecular indicators of honeybee colony health and insect pest mitigation.

We are developing an increasingly deeper understanding of the small molecule and protein fingerprints of biological system, and how they relate to other cell processes. This holistic approach is known as ‘system biology’.

We have joined forces with the Australian National University to form the National Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Precinct (NAESP), which will bring together researchers in metabolomics, proteomics, bioinformatics, genetics and agriculture, to provide transformational solutions for food security, natural resource management and the bioeconomy.


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