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West Coast Metabolomics Center

Welcome to the West Coast Metabolomics Center website. This is your place for any metabolomic needs. Send your samples to us for core services: untargeted metabolomics, nmr, bioinformatics. We also offer advanced services: glycans, lipid metabolism, primary metabolism, oxylipins, genomic integration, steroids, and imaging. We also do community outreach by offering courses in metabolomics and give a yearly grant for a pilot and feasibility project.
  • slider5.pngCherry Lab
    The Cherry research laboratory uses animals for metabolic imaging. It will extend the existing fee-for-service capabilities of the imaging service center towards image-guided metabolomics, including MS-based imaging.

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  • West Coast Metabolomics CenterCentral Service Lab
    The Metabolomics Central Service Lab is housed
    in the Genome Center and directed by Prof. Oliver
    Fiehn. Using mass spectrometry, this facility provides fee-for-service analyses for a range of small molecules.

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  • slider4Lebrilla Lab
    The Lebrilla research laboratory uses high resolution mass spectrometry to detail glycan profiles in cells, tissues and body fluids. The laboratory extends the range of involvement of glycans as biomarkers and
    in mechanistic studies.

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  • Newman lab_slider1Newman Lab
    The Newman research laboratory is the expert laboratory in the biology of oxylipins, fatty acids, eicosanoids and lipoproteins. It is part of the USDA Western Human Nutrition Research Center. The laboratory is open for pilot collaborative projects in nutritional research.

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  • Gaikwad lab_slider1.jpgGaikwad Lab
    The Gaikwad research laboratory is part of the department of nutrition.This laboratory specializes in services for steroid measurements, including extending the breadth and depth of steroid coverage and biological implications.

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  • beliveau+axton cFiehn Lab
    The Fiehn research laboratory is housed in the Genome Center. Researchers develop and
    implement new methods in compound identification, quantification of complex lipids, devise new
    algorithms and metabolomic databases and engage in biochemical interpretation of results.

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Welcome to the West Coast Metabolomics Center at UC Davis.

The West Coast Metabolomics Center is a NIH Regional Resource Core designed to expand the availability of metabolomics services to investigators in many diverse fields while simultaneously advancing the state-of-the art in metabolomics research.

The West Coast Metabolomics Center offers fee-based services to biomedical, preclinical and clinical researchers through its Central Service Core laboratories, while advancing the state of metabolomics research through its Advanced Services laboratories. The Center provides educational courses and workshops to inform biologists and clinicians on the wealth and power of metabolomics for translational science, and offers an annual Pilot and Feasibility projects program. The Center also makes Tools and Downloads available for researchers.


What is Metabolomics?

Metabolomics is the study of metabolism, specifically the science of identifying and quantifying the biochemical byproducts of metabolism, called cellular metabolites. This is done using advanced technologies such as mass spectrometry combined with sophisticated statistical methods for data interpretation.


Better understanding of metabolism  will help researchers fight major diseases in the United States, from diabetes to cancer and cardiovascular diseases.

One of the “omics” approaches (along with genomics, transcriptomics and proteomics) metabolomics researchers look at the biochemical changes that take place in an organism’s cells during metabolism, identifying thousands of different molecules produced in cells. By quantifying the changes taking place inside cells or body fluids at specific times and under specific environmental conditions, metabolomics offers new insight into cellular biology and a new path of research into complex diseases and their treatment.

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