Program Snapshot

The goal of the Common Fund’s Metabolomics program is to inform basic, translational, and clinical research. Metabolomics is the scientific study of the chemical reactions that occur in organisms, cells, or tissues. Each reaction produces small chemicals called metabolites, which play critical roles in keeping our cells healthy and functioning properly. As these different chemical reactions and the metabolites they produce are unique to every individual, by improving metabolomics methods and making them more accessible to different researchers it may allow for more personalized diagnosis of disease and treatment methods moving forward.

In order to catalyze science around the role of metabolomics in human health, the Metabolomics program supports research to:

  • Establish a long standing national public repository for metabolomic data
  • Overcome technical hurdles in analyzing and interpreting metabolomics data, including the ability to determine metabolite identities
  • Develop best practices and guidelines with help from the national and international metabolomics communities to promote accuracy, reproducibility, and re-analysis of metabolomics data

The data repository for the Metabolomics program already hosts over 1000 data sets for researchers to explore. The Metabolomics workbench also contains experimental protocols, data analysis tools, and other resources to help support metabolomics research.

Learn more about the Metabolomics Community

This page last reviewed on October 4, 2019