Zhentian Lei

Zhentian Lei


Assistant Research Professor

Biochemistry - CAFNR

Assistant Director

MU Metabolomics Center

Research at a glance

Area(s) of Expertise

Research Summary

Metabolomics, Biological mass spectrometry, Bioanalytical chemistry, LC-UV-MS-SPE-NMR

My research interests center on metabolomics and its application in biological and biochemical research. Specifically, I am interested in developing mass spectrometry (MS)-based metabolomics protocol and technology, and applying the techniques in profiling changes of metabolism in animals, plants and microbes in response to genetic and/or environmental disturbances.

Metabolomics is the systematic identification and quantification of the cellular metabolites (or small-molecules) using advanced technologies combined with multivariate statistical methods for data interpretation. These advanced technologies include high resolution mass spectrometry coupled to gas chromatograph (GC-MS) or ultrahigh performance liquid chromatograph (UPLC-MS), LC-MS-SPE (solid phase extraction)-NMR (nuclear magnetic resonance).

Educational background

  • Ph.D. Wood Chemistry and Biochemistry, Virginia Tech
  • B.S. Forest Products Chemistry, Nanjing Forestry University, Nanjing, China