Metabolomics Unit

The goal of the Metabolomics Unit is to support researchers in all the steps involved in targeted and non-targeted metabolomics studies. We assist researchers in the experimental design of the study, sample treatment, sample acquisition and data analysis.

The unit provides the following services:

  • Design and planning metabolomics studies
  • Metabolite extraction from any type of biological sample.
  • Sample acquisition using LC-MS in an external institute (i.e. UniMS at iBET). 
  • Raw data processing using XCMS and MZmine.
  • Statistical analysis using R, SIMCA and SPSS.
  • Metabolite identification from MS/MS data using metabolomics libraries.

The service is accessible to iNOVA4Health projects upon consultation. Other projects may be considered, though priority will be given to iNOVA4Health projects. 

  • Costs. LC-MS acquisition fees will be defined with our collaborator partners and covered by the project PI. Additional costs will be applied for non-iNOVA4Health research projects.
  • Consultation:
    • Each project will be pre-assessed based on an initial meeting with Judit Morello for feasibility and assurances of financial responsibility.
    • Groups requesting the service must provide a short statement outlining how the project aligns with the iNOVA4Health project.
    • All requests for new metabolomics projects are discussed between Judit Morello, Paulo Pereira (iNOVA4Health coordinator @NMS) and Sofia Pereira (Metabolomics Unit Scientific Coordinator) prior to confirming acceptance.
    • After acceptance, a proposal with specific outcomes, budget and timeline will be prepared.

Contact Judit Morello,, providing as much detail as possible of your study and anticipated support needs.

Scientific Coordinator

Sofia de Azeredo Pereira

Facility Manager

Judit Morello