Tao Huan

Degrees / Credentials



Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, UBC


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Dr. Huan is an Assistant Professor in Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry. He received his Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from the University of Alberta under the supervision of Dr. Liang Li on developing chemical isotope labelling liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry-based metabolomics. After graduation, Dr. Huan did postdoctoral work with Dr. Gary Siuzdak at the Scripps Research Institute (La Jolla, CA) to bring metabolomics into systems biology for an in-depth understanding of disease mechanisms. In July 2018, Dr. Huan was hired as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry at the University of British Columbia. Dr. Huan is currently a steering committee and faculty member of UBC Social Exposome Cluster. In addition, Dr. Huan is affiliated faculty members in the Graduate Program in Bioinformatics as well as Genome Science and Technology (GSAT) program.

Contact Info

Mailing Address
D214, 2036 Main Mall
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1

Research Information

The research activity in Huan lab is to develop analytical chemistry and bioinformatics for mass spectrometry-based metabolomics and its integration into systems biology. Further, through collaborating with bioscience researchers, the Huan lab applies state-of-the-art metabolomics techniques to a wide range of biological questions. Detailed research themes include:

  • Development of mass spectrometry (MS)-based analytical platform for comprehensive metabolome and lipidome coverage
  • Development of bioinformatic tools to facilitate metabolomic data processing and metabolite identification
  • Integration of metabolomics with other ‘omics’ (epigenomics, genomics, transcriptomics, and proteomics) data for the systems-level interrogation of biological problems
  • Application of state-of-art metabolomics technologies in various biological challenges, such as mechanistic understanding of neurodegenerative diseases and discovery of biomarkers for Alzheimer’s Disease.