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Swedish Metabolomics Centre

The Swedish Metabolomics Centre (SMC) in Umeå, Sweden, is a national infrastructure that provides service for all Swedish universities and research institutes. It is a state-of-the-art facility which is specialized in the use of mass spectrometry based methods for the analysis of metabolites in different biological systems. Dedicated staff offer analysis of samples for a wide range of different research fields, from clinical to plant research. SMC is also a part of the Swedish Science for Life Laboratory SciLifeLab (

At the facility, large mass spectra libraries have been developed for both chemical standards and spectra from different samples. The libraries (GC/MS; LC/MS; LC/MS-MS) are continuously updated and will be publicly available in the future. So far, more than 65 000 samples have been analyzed in the facility, ranging from plant to plasma and cerebrospinal fluid samples. The facility has also developed targeted approaches for analyzing specific compounds like amines and amino acids, lipids and plant hormones.

The Swedish Metabolomics Centre is part of the interdisciplinary Chemical Biological Research Centre (KBC) and has close collaboration with chemometrics at the Computational Life Science Cluster (CLiC) in multivariate statistical analysis of metabolomics data and design of experiments (DOE) and strategies in planning of metabolomics experiments.

Metabolomics has become widely used as a diagnostic tool and identification of specific disease markers for cancer, neurology and diabetes and this has generated a number of interdisciplinary research collaborations. A new and very promising area is Infection Metabolomics for infectious disease diagnostics and rapid identification of causative bacteria and antibiotic resistance traits.

This infrastructure is funded by the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation, Erling-Perssons Family Foundation, Kempe foundations, the UPSC Berzelii Centre (Vinnova/VR), The Laboratory for Molecular Infection Medicine Sweden (MIMS), Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), Umeå University (UmU).

Access to the facility
The Metabolomics facility at Umeå Plant Science Centre is open for the Swedish universities.

Annika Johansson, PhD

Facility Manager, Swedish Metabolomics Centre
KBC, Umeå University and SLU
901 87 Umeå 
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+46 (0)90 786 8607

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