Horst Joachim Schirra

Horst Joachim Schirra

The University of Queensland, Australia

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Dr Schirra is one of the leaders of NMR-based metabolomics in Australia. He studied Chemistry at the Johann-Wolfgang-Goethe University in Frankfurt, Germany, and received his PhD in Biochemistry from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich (Switzerland). In 1999, he joined the University of Queensland, where he was awarded a Postdoctoral Fellowship of the Australian Research Council and a prestigious Queensland Smart State Fellowship. In 2009, Dr Schirra became an independent Lecturer in the School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences at UQ, and in 2012 he joined UQ's Centre for Advanced Imaging, where he leads a multidisciplinary research program in Metabolic Systems Biology and administers the Centre’s facility for NMR-based metabolomics.

Dr Schirra uses NMR-based metabolomics to investigate the basic principles of metabolic regulation and the role they play in fundamental biological processes, environmental change, and in the development of disease. His research aims to integrate metabolomics with other –omics methods and metabolic simulations via genome-scale modelling, with a focus on C. elegans. Dr Schirra is one of the leaders of the "WormJam" international research community of C. elegans researchers.

Dr Schirra has been a Director of the Metabolomics Society since 2017, and is currently the Chair of the Society’s Conference Committee. He is also a committee member of the Australian and New Zealand Metabolomics Network (ANZMN), and Board Member of the Australian and New Zealand Society for Magnetic Resonance (ANZMAG). He has been a member of the Metabolomics Society since 2008 and was Co-chair of the 13th International Conference of the Metabolomics Society in Brisbane 2017. He is Associate Editor of the journal Metabolites, and regional editor of Current Metabolomics.