Metabolomics Courses at the University of Birmingham

The University of Birmingham have a limited amount of bursary funding available in 2018 for PhD students, PDRA’s and Fellows students funded by NERC, which would make these courses free for you, including course registration fees, travel and accommodation costs.

For more information, please visit: https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/facilities/metabolomics-training-centre/trainee-information.aspx

Introduction to Metabolomics for the Microbiologist

19-21 September 2018

Overview

This three-day course introduces how untargeted metabolomics can be applied to study microbial systems in academic and industrial research. The course provides an overview of the metabolomics pipeline, experimental design, sample preparation and data acquisition. The course is led by experts in the field of metabolomics and will include lectures, hands-on laboratory sessions in sample preparation and data acquisition and computer workshops focused on data processing and data analysis.

Topics covered

  • Introduction to metabolomics, both targeted and untargeted approaches
  • Experimental design and the importance of quality control samples in untargeted metabolomics
  • Analytical strategies applied in metabolomics with a focus on mass spectrometry
  • Hands-on laboratory sessions focused on sample preparation and to include metabolic quenching and extraction procedures, intracellular and exometabolome samples, and polar and non-polar extraction methods
  • Hands-on laboratory sessions focused on sample analysis for untargeted metabolomics studies using an Acquity UPLC coupled to a Xevo QToF mass spectrometer
  • Hands-on workshop focused on data processing and data analysis
  • An introduction to metabolite identification
  • Question and answer session with the experts

Level

The course is aimed at individuals with minimal experience of applying metabolomics in their research and no or limited experience of using a liquid chromatography – mass spectrometer. The attendees will leave the course understanding and being able to apply the metabolomics pipeline in their research.

  

Introduction to Metabolomics for the Environmental Scientist

27-28 September 2018

Overview

This 2-day NERC-funded Advanced Training Short Course provides environmental scientists with an overview of the metabolomics pipeline. The course is intended for environmental scientist with little or no previous experience of metabolomics and who are interested to discover how this relatively new and powerful approach could be integrated into their research. Experts working in the NERC Metabolomics facility NBAF-B will teach the course.

Topics covered          

  • Introduction to environmental metabolomics with case studies
  • Experimental design and quality control
  • Sample collection and preparation
  • Overview of analytical laboratory techniques (mass spectrometry and NMR spectroscopy)
  • Short practical demonstrations and a tour of the metabolomics facilities
  • Overview of data processing and statistics for metabolomics
  • Introduction to metabolite identification
  • Q&A session with an opportunity for course leads to provide advice on your own metabolomics studies

Level

The course is suitable for individuals with no previous experience of metabolomics.

For our full course list, please visit birmingham.ac.uk/bmtc

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