Welcome to the MATRIX: Metabolomics Advanced Training and International Exchange Program


Metabolomics Advanced Training and International Exchange Program (MATRIX) is a collaborative training program supported by Collaborative Research and Training Experience (CREATE) from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC). MATRIX provides leading-edge training in metabolomics, an exciting and rapidly expanding area of research.

Participating Laboratories

MATRIX is an interdisciplinary program, bringing together a core team of experts based at the University of Ottawa, Université de Montréal, and McGill University, in collaboration with our international and academic partners.

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Program Outline

MATRIX is aimed at training the next great MSc and PhD students, by providing a unique wet-to-dry bench immersion in all aspects of metabolomics.

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Program Requirements

MATRIX is training the next generation of leaders for customized career paths in the field of metabolomics, bioenergetics and bioinformatics, in preparation for industrial and academic applications. See how you can join us.

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Since 1993

What is Metabolomics?

Metabolomics is the simultaneous measurement of an as-yet unquantified number of individual metabolites, using a combination of biochemistry, mass spectrometry (MS), nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) and computer science (data processing, statistics, and network mapping).

Why train with MATRIX?

1) Metabolism has a MAJOR and underappreciated influence on biological functions, including growth and differentiation, epigenetics, bioenergetics and cell death.

2) NOT ALL of the important metabolic pathways have been discovered.

3) The range of metabolites that can be unambiguously defined is NOT restricted to those that can be easily assayed by simpler approaches.

4) Like all `omics’ fields, metabolomics comes with a truly unique set of theoretical and practical challenges.

5) The national and global market for metabolomics researchers is rapidly expanding.


We would like to celebrate our MATRIX colleague @yan_burelle on the news of his CIHR grant into mitophagy and production of mitochondrial-derived vesicles in protecting organs from mitochondrial dysfunction. 🎉

Nine of our MATRIX scholars are busy enjoying the #mana2020 metabolomics talks planned over the next three days. Thanks @MetabolomicsANA!

Happy to see the excellent work of Dr. David Patten, published today in BBA:MCR! He and collaborators show that mitochondrial fusion drives GSH synthesis. Clues to the understanding of variable sensitivity to mitochondrial dynamics in different cell types! https://authors.elsevier.com/sd/article/S0167-4889(20)30212-3

Just finished with the last day of the online MATRIX Commercialization Workshop presented by Catherine Geci (@start_up_garage) and Sean Geddes of the @uOttawaISS. Congratulations to the Forge your Impact winners: Xunxun Shi, @emiroth_ and Bruna Falavinha!

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