Welcome to the website of Ute Roessner’s lab group at the School of BioSciences, University of Melbourne.

Our main research interest is the development and application of metabolomics technologies to study metabolism and physiology of biological systems. Metabolomics, defined as the comprehensive and quantitative analysis of all metabolites in a biological system, is a multidisciplinary approach combining analytical biochemistry, biology and bioinformatics. In particular, we are interested in understanding how cereal crops adapt and tolerate harsh environmental situations such as water deficiency or salinity. For instance, we compare the metabolic responses of wheat or barley cultivars differing in their tolerance levels to drought or salt stress aiming to identify the tolerance mechanisms.

As part of Ute Roessner’s ARC Future Fellowship, we are studying novel salinity tolerance mechanisms by spatial and temporal analysis of lipids in barley (Hordeum vulgare).

At Metabolomics Australia, we use state-of-the-art mass spectrometry technologies aiming to offer metabolomics services to Australian researchers and industry partners which includes method development for the analysis of metabolites of interest, experimental design, application of the appropriate sample preparation right through to data analysis, data mining and statistical analysis. We have provided metabolomics services to hundreds of collaborators and clients from a diverse range of research areas. Projects run in this group are addressing questions in plant, microbial, mammalian research as well for biomedical and agricultural applications.

In all groups  we welcome hons/Msc and PhD students willing to be part of the developments and applications of the fairly young scientific area of metabolomics.