The Bean Lab at Arizona State University specializes in the untargeted analysis of volatile metabolites, which means that we focus on discovering the small, gaseous molecules that living organisms produce. These volatile organic compounds (VOCs) carry chemical information that can be used by organisms as signaling molecules, and that can be leveraged by us as biomarkers. We are excited about both! Please check out our research projects page
to see how we are developing breath VOC biomarkers to diagnose infections and track human health, exploring how microbes influence each others' behaviors through VOC signaling, and creating new data analysis tools and pipelines to make untargeted volatile metabolomics easier and more rigorous.