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.

JOB OPENING-Undergraduate Research Assistant

Undergraduate Research Assistant- Bioanalytical & Bioorganic Chemistry

The laboratory of Lloyd W. Sumner (Department of Biochemistry/MU Metabolomics Center) seeks to hire immediately one or two part-time (10 h/week) undergraduate research assistants to support the development of a NCCIH-funded Natural Products-Magnetic Resonance Database (NP-MRD).  The incumbent will perform NMR literature data curation, support acquisition of raw NMR data, and upload raw NMR data of natural products into the NP-MRD. Based on quality performance, the positions may be extended to 20-30 hrs/week over the summer. Interested candidates are encouraged to visit the NP-MRD website for more details about the project.

Job Description and Specific Responsibilities:

  • Search scientific literature (Google Scholar/PubMed) to locate publications with high quality NMR data of natural products
  • Curate NMR chemical shifts and associated metadata into NP-MRD database
  • Collaborate with data curation working groups from other institutions to facilitate efficient data curation
  • Assist postdoctoral research fellow Dr. Raj Ghosh in raw NMR data acquisition using a 600 MHz NMR with 1.7 mm cryoprobe.


  • Junior or senior undergraduate student (Biochemistry/Chemistry major) with knowledge of bioorganic chemistry/bioanalytical chemistry
  • Must have taken a minimum of organic chemistry
  • Experience with NMR and/or an advanced instrumental analysis class (preferred)
  • Proficient in computational tools for data organization and data upload
  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to adapt/learn new computational tools
  • Ability to work in a collaborative environment

Additional Details:

The Sumner lab is a leading research laboratory in bioanalytical chemistry and metabolomics. Ongoing research activities in the lab can be found in the Sumner lab website:

Interested candidates are encouraged to contact:

Prof. Lloyd W. Sumner (email:

Congratulations to Saurav Sarma for Ten Years of Service!

Saurav Sarma was recognized for his long term service to the University of Missouri-Columbia. Saurav began his career at Mizzou working at the International Institute of Nano and Molecular Medicine. After six years at the Nanomed Center, Saurav joined the Metabolomics Center in 2017 and has been working with us ever since. Congratulations Saurav for this exciting milestone!

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