Team Leader: Sofia Moco, Ph.D. Contact

The mission of our team is to understand the contribution of natural bioactive small molecules and metabolites to nutrition and human metabolism. We use state-of-the-art technologies such as nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy and mass spectrometry to directly monitor these molecules in biological systems. We are particularly interested in studying the concerted effects of multiple bioactives on metabolism in cellular, pre-clinical and clinical studies.

Key Goals

  • Develop and enhance our NMR- and MS-based metabolomics platform and associated computational workflows.
  • Contribute to understanding metabolism through analysis of metabolites in corresponding metabolic pathways.
  • Understand metabolism and activity of bioactives through systems biology approaches.
  • Find novel bioactives and identify new biomarkers for improved health.


Key Publications of the Group*

S. Moco, D. Barron (2017) Bioactive interactions in food and natural extracts (2017) in: Nutrigenomics and Proteomics in Health and Disease: Towards a systems-level understanding of gene-diet interactions, ed M. Kussmann, P. Stover, Wiley, 67-91.

A.G.G. Perrenoud, D. Guillarme, J. Boccard, J.L. Veuthey, D. Barron, S. Moco (2016) Ultra-high performance supercritical fluid chromatography coupled with quadrupole-time-of-flight mass spectrometry as a performing tool for bioactive analysis. Journal of Chromatography A 1450, 101-111.

L. Da Silva, M. Godejohann, F.-P.J. Martin, S. Collino, A. Bürkle, M. Moreno-Villanueva, J. Bernhardt, O. Toussaint, B. Grubeck-Loebenstein, E.S. Gonos, E. Sikora, T. Grune, N. Breusing, C. Franceschi, P. E. Slagboom, A. Hervonen, M. Spraul, S. Moco (2013) High resolution quantitative metabolome analysis of urine by automated flow injection NMR. Analytical Chemistry 85(12): 5801-5809.

S. Moco, F.P.J. Martin, S. Rezzi (2012) Metabolomics view on the modulation of the gut microbiome by polyphenol-rich foods. Journal of Proteome Research 11(10): 4781-4790.

R.C.H. de Vos, S. Moco, A. Lommen, J.J.B. Keurentjes, R.J. Bino and R.D. Hall (2007) Untargeted large-scale plant metabolomics using liquid chromatography coupled to mass spectrometry. Nature Protocols 2(4): 778-791.

S. Moco, R.J. Bino, R.C.H. de Vos, J. Vervoort (2007) Metabolomics technologies and metabolite identification. Trends in Analytical Chemistry 26(9): 855-866.

*Some of these publications were done before the scientist/s joined the Nestlé Institute of Health Sciences