DR Berin Boughton

DR Berin Boughton


  • Bio-Analytical Mass Spectrometry (LC-MS, Quantitation, Profiling, MALDI)
  • Imaging Mass Spectrometry (Spatial distribution of metabolites)
  • Metabolomics (Metabolite Profiling, LC-MS, Metabolite Imaging, Metabolite Identification)
  • Organic Chemistry (Synthesis, Inhibitors, Identification)
  • Organometallic Chemistry (Organometallic Complexes, Mass Spectrometry)



  • Berin Boughton obtained his BSc (Hons)(Chemistry and Pharmacology) and PhD (Chemistry) from the University of Melbourne. He was appointed as Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at Metabolomics Australia in 2009, later in 2012 Research Fellow and Senior Research Fellow in 2017. He is current Deputy Head of Analytics for Metabolomics Australia, LC-MS Team Leader and MALDI Mass Spectrometry Imaging Lead. Since 2013 he has led the implementation and development of MALDI FT-ICR Imaging Mass Spectrometry at the University.

    His research interests are focused upon Bio-Analytical Chemistry in the fields of Metabolomics and Spatial Metabolomics, including the mapping of plant secondary metabolites and defense molecules, eco-metabolomics, host-parasite interactions including investigating life stages of the malaria parasite within the mosquito vector and impacts of parasitism on the Florida Scrub Jay, design and synthesis of new MALDI matrices and ultra-high mass resolution Fourier Transform ion cyclotron resonance mass spectrometry.

    Review Editor – Frontiers in Chemistry, Frontiers in Plant Science - 2015
    Guest Editor - JASMS, PLoS One, Metabolomics, International Journal of Mass Spectrometry, Phytochemistry and others.
    Australian and New Zealand Society for Mass Spectrometry, Board Member - 2015
    Conference Chair - Lorne Metabolomics Symposium 2019, Satellite meeting to Lorne Proteomics 2019.


Member of

  • Australian Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Member 2015 -
  • Australian and New Zealand Society for Mass Spectrometry. Executive Committee Member 2015 -
  • American Society for Mass Spectrometry. Member, American Society for Mass Spectrometry 2011 -
  • Metabolomics Society. Member, Metabolomics Society 2010 -
  • Royal Australian Chemical Institute. Member, Royal Australian Chemical Institute 2006 -


Selected publications


Additional Grant Information

  • Doherty Collaboration Grant Scheme - 2018 Norman Besicher Medical Research Foundation Grant - Dr Holdsworth-Carson and Dr Girling - 2018 School of BioSciences Small Equipment Grant 2016
    EHSE Faculty Project Grant - Charles Darwin University 2016
    John William Spencer Trust Industry Research Collaboration Grant 2016
    Vanderbilt Partnership Grant - 2011
    Vanderbilt International Mobility Grant - 2010   


Education and training

  • PDM, Melbourne Business School 2012
  • PhD, University of Melbourne 2010
  • GCALL, University of Melbourne 2010
  • BSc (Honours), University of Melbourne 2003
  • BSc, University of Melbourne 2002

Awards and honors

  • Early Career Researcher - Travel Award, Metabolomics Society and Australia and New Zealand Metabolomics Network, 2015
  • Monica Reum Prize - Most Outstanding PhD Thesis in Organic Chemistry submitted in 2009, University of Melbourne, 2010



Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • Dr Boughton is available for supervision or co-supervision of RHD students in the fields of Imaging Mass Spectrometry, Metabolomics and Organic/Bio-organic Chemistry. Please see the University of Melbourne websites for details on eligibility and potential scholarships for funding: https://science-courses.unimelb.edu.au/study/degrees https://services.unimelb.edu.au/scholarships