Dr Damien Callahan



Senior Lecturer in Chemistry


Faculty of Sci Eng & Built Env


School of Life & Env. Sciences


Melbourne Burwood Campus


Doctor of Philosophy, University of Melbourne, 2007
Graduate Certificate in University Teaching, University of Melbourne, 2012



Dr Damien Callahan is currently a Chemistry lecturer in the School of Life and Environmental Sciences at Deakin University (Melbourne, Australia) and also holds and honorary position in the School of Botany at The University of Melbourne. His primary areas of research are in LC-MS method development in Metabolomics, applied research on metal hyperaccumulating plants and microalgal lipid biochemistry in the Centre for chemistry and Biotechnology at Deakin University. He has more than 15 years of experience in analytical chemistry in both industry and academic environments. His research has advanced the methodology used for small molecule and lipid analysis in the rapidly progressing field of metabolomics. The development of new analytical techniques for small molecule and lipid analysis was the major focus his recent postdoctoral research career where he made significant contributions to the development of the world leading Metabolomics research facilities of Metabolomics Australia. The methodology he developed while working in metabolite profiling has been applied to large number of fields, in particular metal hyperaccumulating plants, as well as diabetes research, algae biofuels, fungal secondary metabolites, plant taxonomy and plant and fungal mineral nutrition.

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Units taught

SLE133, SLE155

Knowledge areas


Liquid Chromatography Mass spectrometry

Analytical Chemistry

Metal hyperaccumulating plants/phytoremediation

Algal lipid biochemistry/biofuels


The Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI) C.S. Piper prize (November 2010), given for the best published research in Australia on either soil chemistry or the mineral nutrition of plants


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Metal and metalloid containing natural products and a brief overview of their applications in biology, biotechnology and biomedicine

Daniel A Dias, Konstantinos Kouremenos, David Beale, Dr Damien Callahan, Dr Oliver Jones

(2016), Vol. 29, pp. 1-13, BioMetals, Berlin, Germany, C1


Elemental imaging of leaves from the metal hyperaccumulating plant Noccaea caerulescens shows different spatial distribution of Ni, Zn and Cd

Dr Damien Callahan, Dominic Hare, David Bishop, Philip Doble, Ute Roessner

(2016), Vol. 6, pp. 2337-2344, RSC advances, Cambridge, Eng., C1


Apicoplast-localized lysophosphatidic acid precursor assembly is required for bulk phospholipid synthesis in toxoplasma gondii and relies on an algal/plant-like glycerol 3-phosphate acyltransferase

Souad Amiar, James I. MacRae, Dr Damien Callahan, David Dubois, Giel G. van Dooren, Melanie Shears, Marie-France Cesbron-Delauw, Eric Marechal, Prof Malcolm McConville, Geoffrey McFadden, Yoshiki Yamaryo-Botte, Cyrille Botte

(2016), Vol. 12, pp. 1-30, PLoS pathogens, San Francisco, Calif., C1


Reduced triacylglycerol mobilization during seed germination and early seedling growth in Arabidopsis containing nutritionally important polyunsaturated fatty acids

Pushkar Shrestha, Dr Damien Callahan, Surinder Singh, James Petrie, Xue-Rong Zhou

(2016), Vol. 7, pp. 1-15, Frontiers in plant science, Lausanne, Switzerland, C1


Strategies for extending metabolomics studies with stable isotope labelling and fluxomics

Anubhav Srivastava, Dr Greg Kowalski, Dr Damien Callahan, A/Prof Peter Meikle, Darren Creek

(2016), Vol. 6, pp. 1-13, Metabolites, Basel, Switzerland, C1


A simple method for measuring carbon-13 fatty acid enrichment in the major lipid classes of microalgae using GC-MS

Mr Nadeem Elahee Doomun, Dr Stella Loke, Sean OCallaghan, Dr Damien Callahan

(2016), Vol. 6, pp. 1-13, Metabolites, Basel, Switzerland, C1


The use of metabolomics in the study of metals in biological systems

Dr Oliver Jones, Daniel A Dias, Dr Damien Callahan, Konstantinos Kouremenos, David Beale, Ute Roessner

(2015), Vol. 7, pp. 29-38, Metallomics, Cambridge, Eng., C1


Analytical approaches towards the characterization of algal lipid extracts for the production of biodiesel

Dr Damien Callahan, Gregory Martin, David R.A. Hill, Ian LD Olmstead, Daniel A Dias

(2015), pp. 331-346, Marine algae extracts : processes, products and applications, London, Eng., B1


A tandem liquid chromatography–mass spectrometry (LC–MS) method for profiling small molecules in complex samples

James Pyke, Dr Damien Callahan, Komal Kanojia, Jairus Bowne, Sheena Sahani, Dedreja L Tull, Antony Bacic, Malcolm J McConville, Ute Roessner

(2015), Vol. 11, pp. 1552-1562, Metabolomics, Berlin, Germany, C1


LC–MS data acquisition and validation in metabolomics

Dr Damien Callahan

(2015), pp. 20-34, Identification and data processing methods in metabolomics, London, Eng., B1


Lipidomic analysis of Arabidopsis seed genetically engineered to contain DHA

Xue-Rong Zhou, Dr Damien Callahan, Pushkar Shrestha, Qing Liu, James Petrie, Surinder Singh

(2014), Vol. 5, pp. 1-12, Frontiers in plant science, Lausanne, Switzerland, C1


Hyperaccumulation of zinc by Noccaea caerulescens results in a cascade of stress responses and changes in the elemental profile

Siavash Foroughi, Prof Alan Baker, Ute Roessner, Alexander Johnson, Antony Bacic, Dr Damien Callahan

(2014), Vol. 6, pp. 1671-1682, Metallomics, Cambridge, England, C1


The reducing end sequence of wheat endosperm cell wall arabinoxylans

Dr Sunil Ratnayake, Cherie Beahan, Dr Damien Callahan, Antony Bacic

(2014), Vol. 386, pp. 23-32, Carbohydrate Research, Doetinchem, Netherlands, C1-1


Lipid Profile Remodeling in Response to Nitrogen Deprivation in the Microalgae Chlorella sp. (Trebouxiophyceae) and Nannochloropsis sp. (Eustigmatophyceae)

Gregory JO Martin, David R Hill, Ian LD Olmstead, Amanda Bergamin, Melanie Shears, Daniel A Dias, Sandra E. Kentish, Peter J Scales, Cyrille Botte, Dr Damien Callahan

(2014), Vol. 9, pp. 1-10, PLoS ONE, San Francisco, CA, C1


Testing the boundaries of closely related daisy taxa using metabolomic profiling

Andre Messina, Dr Damien Callahan, Neville Walsh, Susan Hoebee, Peter Green

(2014), Vol. 63, pp. 367-376, Taxon, Utrecht, The Netherlands, C1-1


A gene cluster responsible for biosynthesis of phomenoic acid in the plant pathogenic fungus, Leptosphaeria maculans

Candace Elliott, Dr Damien Callahan, Daniel Schwenk, Markus Nett, Dirk Hoffmeister, Barbara Howlett

(2013), Vol. 53, pp. 50-58, Fungal genetics and biology, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1


A quantitative analysis of microalgal lipids for optimization of biodiesel and omega-3 production

Ian LD Olmstead, David R Hill, Daniel A Dias, Nirupama S Jayasinghe, Dr Damien Callahan, Sandra E. Kentish, Peter J Scales, Gregory JO Martin

(2013), Vol. 110, pp. 2096-2104, Biotechnology and bioengineering, London, England, C1-1


Chemical characterisation and speciation of organic selenium in cultivated selenium-enriched Agaricus bisporus

Tebo Maseko, Dr Damien Callahan, Frank R. Dunshea, Augustine Doronila, Dr Spas Kolev, Ken Ng

(2013), Vol. 141, pp. 3681-3687, Food chemistry, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1


A workflow from untargeted LC-MS profiling to targeted natural product isolation

Dr Damien Callahan, Candace Elliott

(2013), pp. 57-70, Metabolomics tools for natural product discovery : methods and protocols, Dordrecht, Netherlands, B1-1


Randomized controlled study of the urinary excretion of biophenols following acute and chronic intake of olive leaf supplements

Megan Kendall, Marijka Batterham, Dr Damien Callahan, Paul Jardine, Paul Prenzler, Kevin Robards, Danielle Ryan

(2012), Vol. 130, pp. 651-659, Food chemistry, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1


Elemental and metabolite profiling of nickel hyperaccumulators from New Caledonia

Dr Damien Callahan, Ute Roessner, Vincent Dumontet, Alysha de Livera, Augustine Doronila, Alan J Baker, Dr Spas Kolev

(2012), Vol. 81, pp. 80-89, Phytochemistry, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1


Comprehensive profiling and quantitation of amine group containing metabolites

Berin A Boughton, Dr Damien Callahan, Claudio Silva, Jairus Bowne, Amsha Nahid, Thusita Rupasinghe, Dedreja L Tull, Prof Malcolm McConville, Antony Bacic, Ute Roessner

(2011), Vol. 83, pp. 7523-7530, Analytical chemistry, Washington, D.C., C1-1


Constitutive overexpression of the OsNAS gene family reveals single-gene strategies for effective iron- and zinc-biofortification of rice endosperm

Alexander A Johnson, Bianca Kyriacou, Dr Damien Callahan, Lorraine Carruthers, James Stangoulis, Enzo Lombi, Mark Tester

(2011), Vol. 6, pp. 1-11, PLoS one, San Francisco, Calif., C1-1


Metabolite profiling of biological extracts

Dr Damien Callahan, Prof Tony Bacic, Ute Roessner

(2009), pp. 1-1, ANZSMS 2009: 22nd Conference of the Australian and New Zealand Society for Mass Spectrometry 2009, Sydney, N.S.W., E1-1


Functional genomic analysis of systemic cell division regulation in legumes

P M Gresshoff, A Indrasumunar, A Miyahara, S Nontachaiyapoom, B Biswas, Y-H Lin, M-H Lin, D Reid, Dr Damien Callahan, R Capon, H Zhang, Q Jiang, T Hirani, Bostjan Kobe, A Men, P Scott, A Kereszt, M Miyagi, D Li, P-K Chan, Ute Roessner, M A Djordjevic, M Kinkema, B Ferguson

(2009), pp. 399-402, Induced Plant Mutations in the Genomics Era. Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Rome, Rome, Italy, E1-1


Profiling of polar metabolites in biological extracts using diamond hydride-based aqueous normal phase chromatography

Dr Damien Callahan, David De Souza, Antony Bacic, Ute Roessner

(2009), Vol. 32, pp. 2273-2280, Journal of separation science, Londn, Eng., C1-1


Competition between cluster fragmentation, C–C bond coupling and C–X bond activation in silver hexynyl cluster cations, [(C4H9CCAg)nAg]+. Size does matter!

Farrah Qiuyun Wang, George N Khairallah, George A Koutsantonis, Craig M. Williams, Dr Damien Callahan, Richard A J O`Hair

(2009), Vol. 11, pp. 1-4, Physical chemistry chemical physics, London, Eng., C1-1


Metabolite profiling reveals distinct changes in carbon and nitrogen metabolism in phosphate-deficient barley plants (Hordeum vulgare L.)

Chun Y Huang, Ute Roessner, Ira Eickmeier, Yusuf Genc, Dr Damien Callahan, Neil Shirley, Peter Langridge, Antony Bacic

(2008), Vol. 49, pp. 691-703, Plant and cell physiology, Oxford, Eng., C1-1


LC–MS and GC–MS metabolite profiling of nickel(II) complexes in the latex of the nickel-hyperaccumulating tree Sebertia acuminata and identification of methylated aldaric acid as a new nickel(II) ligand

Dr Damien Callahan, Ute Roessner, Vincent Dumontet, Nicolas Perrier, Anthony G. Wedd, Richard A J O`Hair, Alan J Baker, Dr Spas Kolev

(2008), Vol. 69, pp. 240-251, Phytochemistry, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1


Relationships of nicotianamine and other amino acids with nickel, zinc and iron in Thlaspi hyperaccumulators

Dr Damien Callahan, Dr Spas Kolev, Richard A J O`Hair, David E Salt, Alan J Baker

(2007), Vol. 176, pp. 836-848, New phytologist, London, Eng., C1-1


Metal ion ligands in hyperaccumulating plants

Dr Damien Callahan, Alan J Baker, Dr Spas Kolev, Anthony G. Wedd

(2006), Vol. 11, pp. 2-12, JBIC journal of biological inorganic chemistry, Berlin, Germany, C1-1


Systematic approach to the quantitative voltammetric analysis of the Fe III /Fe II component of the [α 2 -Fe(OH 2 )P 2 W 17 O 61 ] 7-/8- reduction process in buffered and unbuffered aqueous media

Si-Xuan Guo, Stephen W Feldberg, Alan M. Bond, Dr Damien Callahan, Peter Richardt, Anthony G. Wedd

(2005), Vol. 109, pp. 20641-20651, Journal of physical chemistry B, Washington, D.C., C1-1



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