Metabolomics Service Center


Metabolomics is the analysis of all metabolites in blood, tissue and organelles. The Metabolomics Service Center at Boston Medical Center is an analytical facility specializing in mass spectrometry techniques, and offers a menu of analyses of known metabolites involved in carbohydrate, lipid, amino acid, energy and redox pathways. Our goal is to provide investigators with the expertise and equipment to perform metabolite profiling that facilitates the analysis of major metabolic pathways in humans, animals and in vitro systems. The Metabolomics Service Center primarily serves Boston University investigators, but will gladly accommodate requests from industry and non-BU investigators as well.


The mission of the Metabolomics Service Center to perform assays and assist in the interpretation of the results. Assay modules will be developed soon for quantitative measurement of:
- Glutathione (Available by the end of Feb, 2013)
- glutathione disulfide (Available by the end of Feb, 2013)
- Tryptophan metabolic pathway (Available by the end of Feb, 2013)
- Metabolites in the pathway of glycolysis cycle
- Metabolites in the pathway of tricarboxylic acid cycle
- Nucleotides triphosphate, diphosphate and monophosphate
- Cholesterol ester fatty acid composition
- Acylcarnitines
- Amino acids

Other metabolite assay modules will be developed and validated in response to the emerging needs of Boston University investigators.


API 4000 Triple Quadrupole Mass Spectrometry,
Gas chromatography Mass Spectrometry
Agilent 1200 LC systems


Biosquare III
670 Albany St, 2nd floor. Room 231
Boston MA 02118


Anqi Zhang, Ph.D
617 414-2948

For information and consulting:
Any time per email and/or phone