NorthenLab: Exometabolomics linking genomes with environments to understand how webs of microbes sustain biomes
cladogram_2_border_edit
ecofab_ports_plant_resized
XBD201211-01743-13
binary_pump
incubator_plants
gcms_resized
acoustic_printer_resized
lcms_jgi_1_resized
DSC_4720
DSC_4706
DSC_4633
DSC_4601
instrument_repair_resized_1

The Northen Metabolomics Lab utilizes mass spectrometry technologies to measure metabolite changes in ecosystems. Primarily we are interested in understanding community structure and function within soil environments and linking both predictions and measurements to genomics data.

In ecosystems, metabolites are the currency that mediate metabolic interactions between different species. By measuring the exchange of metabolites, we are better able to understand interactions within microbial consortia, between plants and microbes, and within biological soil crusts containing cyanobacteria. Central to these efforts are the development of mass spectrometry approaches to study these processes including exoenzyme activity profiling, LCMS based exometabolomics, and mass spectrometry imaging. Together these allow us to comprehensively characterize metabolic activities, dynamics, and localization within complex systems to predict responses and design interventions.

For current opportunities at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, please visit LBL Careers.