Swedish Metabolomics Centre (SMC) in Umeå (SLU; UmU) was launched 2013 via an infrastructure grant from Knut & Alice Wallenberg Foundation. The original infrastructure included collaboration with Chalmers for setting up metabolic modelling. The aim of the centre has from the beginning been to support researchers at Swedish Universities with mass spectrometry based small molecule, lipid, and metabolomics analysis in all types of biological tissues and fluids. Since 2016 SMC, including Chalmers, is a part of SciLifeLab and since 2021 in the frame of SciLifeLab, SMC and Chalmers Mass Spectrometry Infrastructure (CMSI) in Gothenburg has initiated closer interactions. The metabolomics unit at CMSI has a focus on large-scale metabolomics projects and computational metabolomics. The two metabolomics units at SciLifeLab strives to be a leading knowledge centre in metabolomics and small molecule analysis, both nationally and internationally.
The Swedish Metabolomics Centre helps researchers to answer their questions by providing tailor-made metabolite and lipid analyses. SMC offers all analytical steps from sample preparation to data processing, for both untargeted and targeted analysis of low molecular weight compounds.
We offer four different products:
There is always a meeting between SMC and the customer, either in person or over Zoom. In the meeting we explain our services, discuss your project and together with you we choose which of our services that will be the best fit for your project.
Metabolites are essential components in all living organisms. It is well known that disorders in metabolite patterns cause metabolic diseases that can have dramatic effects on the survival of the organism. Therefore, measuring metabolites is essential in today’s clinical chemistry. In addition to using metabolite profiles for screening of metabolic disorders (clinical chemistry applications), targeted or untargeted profiling of metabolites or lipids are necessary to understand fundamental biological processes. Perturbations in metabolite patterns have been associated with metabolic diseases and other conditions that can have a dramatic effect on the organism. As metabolites can be considered as “end-points” and closer to the phenotype than other omics data, e.g. transcript or protein data, the metabolite data provides biochemical information that can be linked to particular phenotypes. These links can then be used to connect to gene-, protein- or other meta-data in explorations of targeted biological processes, or to identify biomarkers of both health conditions and environmental exposures.
Mass spectrometers dedicated for metabolomic analyses
Mass spectrometers available at Chalmers
Swedish Metabolomics Centre
Department of Plant Physiology
907 36 Umeå
Swedish Metabolomics Centre
Linnaeus väg 6
901 87 Umeå