Postdoctoral Fellow Position focused on NMR of Natural Products

The University of Missouri and the Sumner Metabolomics Research lab seek a Postdoctoral Research Fellow with experience in NMR analyses of plant/microbial natural products.  The ideal candidate will have substantial hands-on, operational knowledge of NMR technologies, the ability to independently shim/tune/acquire 1D/2D NMR data, and the ability to elucidate structures of natural products using both 1D/2D NMR spectra and mass spectrometry.  The successful candidate will have a PhD (Chemistry, biochemistry, plant science, biology) by the start of the appointment with post baccalaureate hands-on NMR experience. Candidates will be evaluated on having strong written and verbal communication skills as well as publications related to natural products NMR analyses. The successful candidate will focus on data generation and data deposition as part of a Natural Product Magnetic Resonance Database ( recently funded by NIH NCCIH.  The is a collaborative project with Drs. John Cort (PNNL, PI), David Wishart (Univ. Alberta), Roger Linington (Simon Fraser Univ.), Ryan Renslow (PNNL) and Lloyd W. Sumner (MU).  The successful candidate will also further develop and apply UHPLC-MS-SPE-NMR to the analyses of plant primary and specialized metabolites.

This position is eligible for University benefits.  The University offers a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental and vision plans, retirement, and educational fee discounts.  For additional information on University benefits, please visit the Faculty & Staff Benefits website at

Columbia, Mo., is known as an ideal college town, combining small-town comforts, community spirit and low cost of living with big-city culture, activities and resources.  Home to nationally renowned public schools and other colleges and educational centers, Columbia is packed with restaurants and entertainment venues and hosts more than a dozen annual cultural festivals.

Diversity Commitment

The University of Missouri is fully committed to achieving the goal of a diverse and inclusive academic community of faculty, staff and students. We seek individuals who are committed to this goal and our core campus values of respect, responsibility, discovery and excellence.

Please submit CV and statement of interest when applying at the University of Missouri website, Job ID is 44201. The University of Missouri is an equal opportunity/access/affirmative action/pro-disabled and veteran employer.

Clayton Kranawetter awarded a Wayne L. Ryan Graduate Fellowship


Clayton Kranawetter was awarded a Wayne L. Ryan Graduate Fellowship on Aug. 21, 2020.  The Ryan Foundation graciously established and gifted the University of Missouri with the Wayne L. Ryan Graduate Fellowship Program in honor of the late Dr. Wayne L. Ryan, PhD.   The Wayne L. Ryan Graduate Fellowships are competitive and are awarded to PhD candidates (post-comprehensive exam), who have shown themselves to exhibit the highest dedication and excellence in their scientific pursuits towards achieving a PhD related to Biochemistry from the University of Missouri.  This award includes stipend, tuition, and medical insurance per year for up to 2 years.

Cancer metabolism seminars presented by Drs. Teresa Fan and Andrew Lane 01Nov2019

Friday, 01Nov.2019

11:30 – 12:30                Andrew Lane presentation to the MU Metabolism & Metabolomics Discussion Group.  “New Methods in Stable Isotope Resolved Metabolomics for Preclinical Studies”.  Univ. of Missouri, Bond LSC Rm 572.

1:00 – 1:50                  Teresa Fan Seminar: “Mapping human tumor metabolism in vivo & in preclinical models using Stable Isotope –Resolved Metabolomics (SIRM)” Univ. of Missouri, Monsanto Auditorium.

Free Lipidomics Seminar, August 16, 2018, 11:30am – 1:00pm, MU Bond Life Sciences Center, Rm 572

Thursday, August 16, 2018
Bond Life Sciences Center
Room 572
1201 Rollins Street
Columbia, MO 65201
Seminar: 11:30am – 1:00pm


*Lunch included if you register

This lipidomics seminar will provide a general overview on the types of approaches and chromatography for lipidomics. The seminar will include LC-MS applications for lipidomics, including for the analysis of sphingolipids.

Registeration is required and can be done online at
For additional information or questions regarding the seminar please

PDF: Waters Lipidomics Seminar_August 16

Free Seminar: Waters UPLC Care and Feeding Seminar, July 31, 2018, 9:00am-12:00pm

Tuesday, July 31, 2018
University of Missouri – Columbia
Bond Life Sciences Center
Room 572
1201 Rollins Street
Columbia, MO 65201
Seminar: 9:00am-12:00pm

Please join our lab and Waters for a free learning event.

In 2004, separation science was revolutionized with the introduction of Waters’ Ultra-Performance Liquid Chromatography [UPLC Technology]. Significant advances in instrumentation and column technology were made to achieve dramatic increases in resolution, speed and sensitivity in liquid chromatography. Whether the separation goal is to achieve ultra-fast analysis, increase throughput while maintaining resolution, improving resolution while decreasing analysis time or achieve ultra-high resolution, the flexibility of the ACQUITY UPLC Systems enable method requirements to be met.  Join us for a technology seminar designed to provide new, existing and potential UPLC users the
ability to understand how UPLC Technology works, and best practices for successful operation and maintenance.

Register online at
For additional information or questions regarding the seminar please
UCH Midwest Mary Framsted ACQUITY UPLC Care July 31 2018 FINAL

Prof. David Wishart visits the University of Missouri and Sumner lab

Prof. David Wishart from the University of Alberta, Canada visited the University of Missouri and Sumner lab as a Department Biochemistry Seminar Series speaker November 10, 2017.  He also provided an overview of the Human Metabolome Database and Tutorial on their software tool MetaboAnalyst on November 11, 2017.


Metabolomics for Precision Medicine

David S. Wishart, Professor, Depts. of Biological Sciences and Computing Science, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, Canada

Simply stated, precision medicine is about providing the right diagnosis to the right patient and then giving the right drug at the right dose at the right time. In order to get all these things “right” it is essential to have precise methods to accurately diagnose and monitor patients. One of the best routes for doing this is by looking at the chemicals (or metabolites) found in patients using advanced analytical technologies such as mass spectrometry and NMR spectroscopy. In particular, metabolomics offers a remarkably quick and inexpensive route to measure an individual’s “molecular phenotype”. In this presentation I will provide a brief history of precision medicine and describe how metabolomics has become integral to the long-term vision for precision health. I will also provide some specific examples illustrating how metabolomics is already being used for a variety of precision medicine applications ranging from cancer screening to the prediction of diabetes. I will conclude this presentation by providing some examples of how metabolomics can be integrated with other “omics” techniques to provide even more precise medical information.

56th Annual Phytochemistry Society of North America Meeting, to be held August 5-9, 2017 in Columbia, MO

Dear Colleagues,

We eagerly invite you to attend and participate in the 56th Annual Phytochemistry Society of North America Meeting (PSNA 2017), to be held August 5-9, 2017 at the University of Missouri-Columbia, MO, USA.

The 2017 PSNA meeting organizing committee has planned an outstanding agenda for this year’s meeting! Details can be found in the attached flyer and online at

Registration ( and abstract submission ( are open and substantial discounts are provided for students. We encourage you to attend and present. A substantial number of oral presentations will be selected from the abstracts, but the ABSTRACT DUE date is this FRIDAY, JULY 14th, 2017.

The University of Missouri is beautiful historic campus steeped in agricultural research. Located roughly mid-way between Kansas City and St. Louis, and near the resurgent Missouri River wine country, there are plenty of things to see and do in Missouri. Make your plans to attend today!