Introduction to plant metabolomics

6 -7 March 2014

in collaboration with CUSO doctoral program in Sciences pharmaceutiques



  • Professor Jean-Luc Wolfender, laboratoire de phytochimie et produits naturels bioactifs, Université de Genève
  • Professor Serge Rudaz, laboratoire de chimie analytique pharmaceutique, Université de Genève
  • Dr Julien Boccard, laboratoire de chimie analytique pharmaceutique, Université de Genève
  • Dr Gaëtan Glauser, Swiss Plant Science Web - Chemical Analytical Service (CAS), Université de Neuchâtel


This short course intends to provide a general overview of the analytical tools as well as the data mining mandatory in plant metabolomics. Examples of different strategies in modern plant biology will be presented as well as practical aspects in MS and data treatment.


On a first day, the analytical tools, including separative and non separative approaches such as NMR, MS and various mode of chromatography will be presented:

  • 1. Introduction on metabolomics
  • 2. Sample preparation
  • 3. Non-separative analytical methods : spectral and detection techniques, including NMR, IR, MS , MS low high resolution analyser, NMR principle, type of data
  • 4. Separative Techniques : GC, CE and LC including Rapid Analysis in LC
  • 5. Hyphenation to separation techniques (MS)

Day two is dedicated to Knowledge discovery and biomarker ID:

  • 6. Consideration in MS Data Acquisition (Lab visit)
  • 7. Consideration in Data analysis (including PCA demo on Excel)
  • 8. Hyphenation and identification aspect (MS and NMR)
  • 9. General strategy and examples in plant Metabolomics and systems biology

General information

Dates :  6-7 March 214

Schedule : 8.55 - 17.00

Location : University of Neuchâtel, Faculté des sciences, UniMail, building C (Animalerie), room C001

ECTS : 1.0 ECTS (Research tools)

Evaluation : Full attendance and active participation

Information : Please contact Prof. Jean-Luc Wolfender or the doctoral program coordinator Dr Christiane Bobillier

Travel expenses :

  • For participants of the Interuniversity doctoral program in organismal biology: see reimbursement conditions.
  • For participants of the CUSO doctoral program in Sciences pharmaceutiques, see CUSO Sciences pharmaceutiques web site.

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  • This course is free and open to all Ph.D. students, however priority is given to "Interuniversity doctoral program in organismal biology" and "CUSO doctoral program in Sciences pharmaceutiques" participants until 30 January 2014.
  • Postdocs are welcome depending on availability.
  • Basic knowledge in chromatography, spectroscopic methods and statistics would be preferable.

Minimum number of participants: 15, maximum: 24.

Registration through the web only: course full .

Please note the cancellation policy (CHF 30).

Deadline: 1 March 2014