Welcome to the Metabolomics Laboratory


The Metabolomics Laboratory, led by Dr Silas Villas-Boas, is part of the Centre for Microbial Innovation, based in the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Auckland.

Metabolomics at Auckland University

The Metabolomics Laboratory carries out research on microbial physiology with focus on metabolic mechanisms in living cells.

Through a multi-disciplinary approach involving aspects of microbiology, biochemistry, chemistry and engineering, the group aims to develop new,cutting edge technologies used to gain insight into the mechanisms governing complex metabolic pathways relevant in industrial fermentationprocesses, human disease development and in food processes.


» Learn about our research areas, including microbial-derived pigments and bioactivemolecules, fungal morphogenesis, and metabolomics of wine.


» Browse our research publications.


» Download our bioinformatic tools.


» Meet the research team.

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From The Lab To Industry...


SF7489 Biological Fungicide

Starting life as a food colouring candidate, this novel metabolite from a unique strain of Epiccocum purpurascens has excellent efficacy against a broad range of phytopathogenic filamentous fungi, and potential pharmaceutical uses. More >>>

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