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The Merlion Metabolomics Symposium 2019 is a two-day event (21-22  November, 2019) that aims to promote metabolomics in the ASEAN and Pan-Pacific region. This is a follow-up event from the Merlion Metabolomics Symposium 2015, which brought eminent invited speakers from France metabolomics network, Australia, China, India, Italy, Ireland, Japan and UK. This year, as part of the recently formed Asian-Oceania Metabolomics Forum, we welcome metabolomics enthusiasts and practitioners from Asian-Oceania Region to join in the Symposium, together with our community members from other parts of the world.

To promote the science and technology of metabolomics and its applications, especially among the early-career scientists, and with thanks to the contributing partners in Singapore, we are fully subsidising the costs of registration, attendance, selected meals and refreshments for all the qualifying submitted abstracts and for our invited speakers. Despite this no-frills event, we look forward to providing a highly enriching and unique opportunity to researchers, academicians and industry participants for active learning via interaction, participation and networking. The format includes a series of thematic sessions, panel discussions, lightning talks for young researchers and site-visits.

Participants can look forward to three engaging thematic sessions on Environment/Food, Plant and Microbial Metabolomics, a session on technical advances in the field, as well as a sharing session by pioneering experts of each field, sharing their research journeys and experiences.

Through this symposium, the organisers hope to encourage technical exchanges and catalyze the development of research collaborations in metabolomics and its related fields, especially in the Asia-Oceania region.

KeyNote Speakers


Robert D. Hall
Wageningen Plant Research

Professor Dr. Robert D Hall gained a PhD in plant biotechnology and enzymology (Edinburgh, 1984) and has subsequently completed  ca 35 years research experience, including 25 years in project / group management. He moved to The Netherlands in 1987 where he currently works at Wageningen Plant Research as Deputy Business Unit Manager Bioscience (www.pri.wur.nl/uk/). He also holds a Special Professorship in Plant Metabolomics at Wageningen University. He is co-founder of the Netherlands Metabolomics Centre (www.metabolomicscentre.nl) and is currently Chair of the Supervisory Board. He (co)organised the first ever international metabolomics conference in Wageningen in 2002 and the international Metabolomics Society conferences in Amsterdam (2010) and The Hague (2019). He was on the Board of the international Metabolomics Society from 2008-2014 and was its elected President (2010-2012). He was awarded an Honorary Lifetime Fellowship of the Society in 2015. In 2018, he was awarded the Nils Foss Prize for Excellence in Food Science. He is scientific advisor / member of a number of (inter)national research committees coordinating research strategy and funding both in Europe and N. America.  His primary research activities are now centred on developing metabolomics technologies for application in plants for both science and industry (www.metabolomics.nl). He is on the Editorial Boards of Frontiers in Metabolomics, and the journal Metabolomics. He has completed over 200 publications of which ca. 75% are in peer-reviewed journals and he has edited 3 books including 2 on Plant metabolomics.


Zhentian Lei
University of Missouri-Columbia

Dr. Zhentian Lei obtained his PhD in Chemistry with over 17 years of experience in MS-based metabolomics. He is the Assistant Director of the University of Missouri Metabolomics Center (2016-Present) (https://biochem.missouri.edu/faculty/faculty-members/leiz/index.php). He is involved in the development of UPLC-MS, GC-MS and UPLC-MS-SPE (Solid Phase Extraction)-NMR (Nuclear Magnetic Resonance) platform for metabolic profiling of complex samples, and metabolomics data processing software and mass spectral library for data processing and compound identification. He has been involved in various large-scale metabolomics projects in biological, medical and veterinary science domains. He is specifically interested in the technology development of MS-based metabolomics and its application in biological research. He serves as a Member of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry (2003-Present), Metabolomics Association of North America (2018-Present), American Chemical Society (1998-2002) and Phytochemical Society of North America (2017). He is on the Editorial boards Molecules, the Analytical Chemistry section (2019). He served as a chair for the Symposium on  “Industrial Phytochemistry”, University of Missouri, Columbia (2017). He has more than 60 publications in peer-reviewed journals of international repute

Important Dates

30th September 2019 - Registration and Abstract Submission deadline

18th October 2019 - Notification for abstract acceptance

Registration Guide

Non-NUS (academic/industry)

Step 1: Click on the "Click here to Register" button on the registration page.
Step 2: Click on New public user signup
Step 3: Fill in the mandatory fields. Click on Create account when done.
Step 4: Once an account has been created, you will be redirected to the registration page.
Step 5: Fill in the mandatory fields to submit your abstract.
Step 6: Click on submit to complete registration

NUS staff/student

Step 1: Click on the "Click here to Register" button in the registration page.
Step 2: Log in using your NUSNET ID credentials
Step 3: Fill in the mandatory fields to submit your abstract.
Step 4 Click on submit to complete registration.

Should you require any information, please do not hesitate to contact the symposium secretariat at eriv98@nus.edu.sg

Conference Venue

The Ngee Ann Kongsi Auditorium, Education Resource Centre - NUS.
Address: 8 College Ave West, Level 2 Education Resource Centre, Singapore 138608



NUS Environmental Rearch Institute

National University of Singapore Environmental Research Institute, NERI for short, is a leading interdisciplinary centre for research, education and innovation in environmental sciences and engineering. NERI aims to be the University point-of-contact for government agencies, institutions and industry and brings together NUS faculty members and expertise to develop sustainable solutions to address diverse and complex issues relating to water, food security, energy and the environment. Working through NUS research and enterprise ecosystem, NERI initiates and collaborates to undertake R&D projects to develop innovative technologies and applications, and provides training and education for environmental professionals.




The Singapore Centre for Environmental Life Sciences Engineering (SCELSE) is a unique interdisciplinary Research Centre of Excellence (RCE), funded by National Research Foundation, Singapore Ministry of Education, Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and National University of Singapore (NUS). Hosted by NTU in partnership with NUS, SCELSE links new insights from the life sciences with expertise from the emerging technologies in engineering and natural sciences to understand, harness and control microbial biofilm communities.



NUS Synthetic Biology for Clinical and Technological Innovation (SynCTI) operates as a highly interdisciplinary research core that amalgamates leading Principal Investigators from Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, the Faculty of Science and the Faculty of Engineering. Through research collaborations with renowned international institutes and private industries, SynCTI strives to create new knowledge and develop foundational technologies in synthetic biology and groom future generations of highly skilled researchers endowed with basic science and translational research capabilities.


Singapore Phenome Centre

The Singapore Phenome Centre, officially launched in 2015, is a unique Interdisciplinary Research Platform established to enhance research capability and explore new synergy for the newly formed NTU Integrated Medical, Biological and Environmental Life Science (NIMBELS) cluster of NTU. Our mission is to conduct research on metabolic phenotyping and develop advanced metabonomics techniques, deliver high-quality data to scientific communities, including industries at both the national level and international levels.

Industry Partners

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Organizing Commitee

A/Prof Sanjay Swarup

Dr Pavagadhi Shruti
Dr Sunil Adav
Ms Angel Zheng
Mr Tengku Asyraf


For enquiries, please email symposium secretariat at eriv98@nus.edu.sg