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Admission requirements

Participants should have basic knowledge of Systems Biology, Natural Products or a similar course. Please contact the coordinator of the course before registration, whether you meet this requirement.


Coordinator: Dr. Y. H. Choi


Metabolomics has become an important metabolic profiling tool in life sciences, including studies of plant interaction with its environment and studies on the activity of medicinal plants. This course will cover basic phytochemistry, analytical platforms for metabolomics (NMR, Chromatography, Mass Spectrometry), data interpretation with Multivariate Data Analysis, and example of application of metabolomics to life science.

Learning goals

Course objectives:
This course aims at providing broad knowledge on the metabolomics. Participants are expected to learn about basic biosynthesis of natural products, analytical chemistry of natural products using chromatography and spectroscopy, and data mining with a series of multivariate data analysis.

Final qualifications:
Participants understand the goal of metabolomics in life science, basic concept of analytical platforms (chromatography, Mass spectrometry, and NMR) currently used for metabolomics. Also, they will understand the basics of multivariate data analysis to interpret analytical data.


From 13 April 2015 to 2 May 2015, see Blackboard for detailed timetable.
1 week for theory, 1 week for practice, 1 week for assignments by self-study, 1 week for presentations.

Mode of instruction

Lectures, practice, reading of articles

Assessment method

Written examination and presentation


Blackboard is used for communication and for course material

Reading list

Basic reading list will be provided 3 months before the course


Registration deadline: Before 28 February 2015

via Usis and enroll in Blackboard

Exchange and Study Abroad students, please see the Prospective students website for more information on how to apply.


This course is a part of an international workshop (Metabolomics Workshop) organized by Young Hae Choi and Robert Verpoorte since 2008. The participants will join together with international students and international guest lecturers. For each subtopic of lectures, 7-9 international guest lecturers will be invited. There is limitation of place for the students of Leiden University (ca. 10 places are available). The course will take place in Pieterskerkhof 6, Leiden (for lectures in the first week) and practice will be Sylvius building.