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Admission requirements

Advice: Participants should have basic knowledge of Systems Biology, Natural Products or a similar course.


Metabolomics has become an important metabolic profiling tool in life sciences, including studies of metabolic profiling, functional genomics, uncovering biological and physiological phenomenon in chemistry, and interaction between organisms. This course will cover basic natural product chemistry, analytical platforms for metabolomics (NMR, Chromatography, Mass Spectrometry), data interpretation with Multivariate Data Analysis, and example of application of metabolomics to life science. There are three parts of the course: 1) theoretical with the lectures given by international lecturers, 2) practice to learn a workflow of metabolomics and data mining, 3) warp-up: identification of metabolites by spectroscopic data.

Course objectives

At the end of the course students are able to:
1) Describe and explain the concept of metabolomics and compared with that of conventional metabolic studies.
2) Recognize the source of natural products and their characteristics in metabolome.
3) Understand the role of metabolomics in systems biology.
4) Understand the basic of analytical platforms used in metabolomics.
5) Describe the basic of data processing for statistics and multivariate data analysis.
6) Understand the basic of multivariate data analysis in metabolomics.
7) Describe and explain general separation and isolation steps in metabolomics.
8) Describe the integration of analytical data for metabolomics.
9) Recognize primary and secondary metabolites of natural products.
10) Recognize chemical characteristics of primary metabolites.


Course structure: 1 week for theory, 1 week for practice, 1 week for wrap-up course for structure elucidation, 1 week for self-study, exam.

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Mode of instruction

Lectures, practice, reading of articles

Assessment method

Written examination (date will be decided during the course)
The final grade is based on:

  • Written exam, to cover all the lectures: 70%

  • Attendance: 30%

Minimum grade:
Courses require a minimum, unrounded 5.5 grade to complete.

If a course has 2 or more written partial exams, the minimum grade only applies to the weighted average of the exams.
For partial grades from components other than exams (e.g. practicals, seminars, writing assignments), the bottom grade does apply to the individual components.

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Reading list

Basic reading list will be provided 3 months before the course.


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Coordinator: Dr. Y. H. Choi


Maximum capacity: 30 students.
Your registration is not complete if you have not registered for all course components available in MyStudymap (exam, lecture, etc.).

This course is a part of an international workshop (Metabolomics Workshop) organized by Y.H. Choi and R. Verpoorte since 2008. The participants will join together with international participants. For the lectures of metabolomics, 8-10 international guest lecturers will be invited. There is limitation of place for the students of Leiden University (ca. 30 places are available). The course will take place in Sylvius building.