The uOttawa Metabolomics Core Facility (MCF) is part of the Metabolomics Innovation Resource of the Goodman Cancer Research Centre (GCRC), the University of Ottawa and the Van Andel Research Institute (VARI), known collectively as MIRGOV.

Members of the facility

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Dr. Mireille Khacho


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Dr. Shama Naz

Core facility Manager

Dr. Shama Naz received her PhD in medical chemistry from Universidad San Pablo CEU, Spain, in 2014, under the supervision of Dr. Coral Barbas. Her PhD research involved the development and application of metabolomics and lipidomics methodologies to animal models of lung injury. Her academic training in omics platforms (metabolomics, lipidomics and peptidomics) took place in leading international labs at the Korea Institute of Science and Technology, South Korea (MSc); Universidad San Pablo CEU, Spain (PhD); the Karolinska Institute, Sweden (post-doc); and Concordia University, Canada (post-doc). She has extensive experience with multiple matrices for global and targeted metabolomics and lipidomics, using GC-MS, LC-MS and CE-MS. Her research focuses on applying and developing state-of-the-art MS-based omics technologies to perform molecular phenotyping, which entails chromatographic and MS method development, as well as univariate and multivariate statistical analysis for integrating omics-based data. 

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Dassine Azouaoui


After graduating with a pharmacy degree from the University of Algiers (Algeria) in 2012, Dassine pursued a residency in medical biochemistry at the University Hospital Mustapha Pacha (Algeria)and has worked in the healthcare field from 2011 to 2018. She joined the University of Ottawa as a research assistant at the Menzies lab (2018) and completed her MSc in Biochemistry. During her MSc program, she received training in metabolomics and lipidomics through the Metabolomics Advanced Training and International Exchange Program (Matrix) program supported by Collaborative Research and Training Experience (CREATE) from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC). Her diverse professional and academic experience allowed her to acquire a thorough understanding of metabolism as well as the analytical techniques including LC/MS-based metabolomics, biochemical assays, cell culture, as well as molecular biology and microbiology techniques.  

Oversight Committee

Dr. Mireille Khacho (Director) — Professor, Department of Biochemistry, Microbiology and Immunology, Ottawa Institute of Systems Biology, uOttawa

Dr. Steffany Bennett — Professor, Department of Biochemistry, Microbiology and Immunology, uOttawa

Dr. Mary-Ellen Harper — Professor, Department of Biochemistry, Microbiology and Immunology, uOttawa

Dr. Peter Siegel — Associate Professor, departments of Medicine, Biochemistry, and Anatomy and Cell Biology, McGill University

Dr. Lawrence Kazak — Assistant Professor, Department of Biochemistry, McGill University

Dr. Daina Avizonis — Facility Manager — Research Associate, Metabolomics Innovation Resource, McGill University

Dr. Russell Jones — Professor, Center for Cancer and Cell Biology, Van Andel Institute

Mr. Sean Geddes — Business Development Manager, Innovation Support Services, uOttawa

Dr. Kristen Baetz — Professor, Department of Biochemistry, Microbiology and Immunology, and Interim Assistant Dean, uOttawa

Contact us

Metabolomics Core Facility

Shipping address:
Attn: Shama Naz
Metabolomics Core Facility
University of Ottawa
Roger Guindon Hall
451 Smyth Road, Room 1129/1130
Ottawa ON  K1H 8M5

Shama Naz, PhD

Manager, Metabolomics Core Facility
Office: RGN 4108; Core facility: RGN 4520; Lab: RGN 4210B
Phone: 613-562-5800 ext. 8018
[email protected]

Mireille Khacho, PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Biochemistry, Microbiology and Immunology
Director, Metabolomics Core Facility
[email protected]