Staff profile - Damien Callahan

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Dr Damien Callahan

Position: Lecturer in Chemistry
Faculty or Division: Faculty of Science Engineering & Built Environment
Department: School of Life and Environmental Sciences
Campus: T3.06.4, Melbourne Burwood Campus
Phone: +61 3 92517420 +61 3 92517420



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.


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


Subjects and units currently teaching

SLE133, SLE155

Knowledge areas


Liquid Chromatography Mass spectrometry

Analytical Chemistry

Metal hyperaccumulating plants/phytoremediation

Algal lipid biochemistry/biofuels


Awards and prizes

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


Research grants

-DL Callahan, G.J.O. Martin, C. Botte, P. Beech. Carbon flux in microalgae and  its implications for biodiesel production. Internal Deakin Grant CRGS 2014

- A. Sinclair, G. Turchini, P. Lewandowski, J. Adcock, M. Thomson, D.L.  Callahan. Novel method for assessing true bioavailability of omega 3 fatty
acids – a collaborative, multidisciplinary human pilot study. Deakin cross faculty research grant 2014

- G.J.O. Martin, P. Webley, D.L. Callahan, D.A. Dias, Recovery of biodiesel lipids  from microalgal biomass, University of Melbourne Carlton Connect Initiatives  Fund 2013.

- G.J.O. Martin, D.L. Callahan, D.A. Dias, D.R.A. Hill, Towards sustainable   microalgal biofuel production: understanding how to influence microalgal lipidomes, University of Melbourne, Interdisciplinary Seed Fund 2013



Pyke, J.S., Callahan, D.L. et al. A tandem liquid chromatography–mass spectrometry (LC–MS) method for profiling small molecules in complex samples Metabolomics, on-line 20th May 2015.

Martin G.J.O., Hill D.R.A., Olmstead I.L.D., Bergamin A., Shears M.J., Dias D.A., Kentish S.E., Scales P.J., Botté C.Y. & Callahan D.L. (2014). Lipid Profile Remodeling in Response to Nitrogen Deprivation in the Microalgae Chlorella sp. (Trebouxiophyceae) and Nannochloropsis sp. (Eustigmatophyceae). PLoS One, 9(8), e103389, doi:10.1371

Foroughi, S., et al (2014) "Hyperaccumulation of zinc by Noccaea caerulescens results in a cascade of stress responses and changes in the elemental profile", Metallomics, DOI 10.1039/c4mt00132j.

Zhou, X.-R., D. L. Callahan, et al (2014). "Lipidomic analysis of developing Arabidopsis seed genetically engineered to contain DHA." Frontiers in plant science Accepted 6th Aug 2014.

Jones, O. A. H., D. A. Dias, D. L. Callahan, K. A. Kouremenos, D. J. Beale, U. Roessner (2014). The use of metabolomics in the study of metals in biological systems. Metallomics,  doi:10.1039/C4MT00123K

Callahan, D. L. (2014). LC-MS data acquisition and validation in metabolomics” in Data processing methods in metabolomics. De Voght Johnson, R. (ed), Future Science. Accepted 19th Feb 2014.

Callahan, D. L., G. J. O. Martin, D. R. A. Hill, I. L. D. Olmstead, D. D.A. (2014). Analytical approaches towards the characterization of algal lipid extracts for the production of biodiesel. In: Kim, S.-K. (ed) Marine algae Extracts: Trend, Developments and Applications. vol Accepted 30th Dec 2013. Wiley.

Ratnayake, S., C. T. Beahan, D. L. Callahan, A. Bacic (2014). The reducing end sequence of wheat endosperm cell wall arabinoxylans. Carbohydrate research 386, 23-32

Messina, A., D. L. Callahan,et al (2014). Testing the boundaries of closely related daisy taxa using metabolomic profiling. Taxon 63, 367-376

Callahan, D. L., C. E. Elliott (2013). A Workflow from Untargeted LC-MS Profiling to Targeted Natural Product Isolation Metabolomics Tools for Natural Product Discovery.(pp57-70). Springer.

Olmstead, I. L., et al. (2013). A quantitative analysis of microalgal lipids for optimization of biodiesel and omega-3 production. Biotechnology and bioengineering 110, 2096-2104

Elliott, C. E., D. L. Callahan, et al (2013). A gene cluster responsible for biosynthesis of phomenoic acid in the plant pathogenic fungus, Leptosphaeria maculans. Fungal Genetics and Biology 53, 50-58

Maseko, T., D. L. Callahan, et al. (2013). Chemical characterisation and speciation of organic selenium in cultivated selenium-enriched< i> Agaricus bisporus. Food Chemistry 141, 3681-3687

Callahan, D. L., et al. (2012). Elemental and metabolite profiling of nickel hyperaccumulators from New Caledonia. Phytochemistry 81, 80-89

Kendall, M., et al. (2012). Randomized controlled study of the urinary excretion of biophenols following acute and chronic intake of olive leaf supplements. Food Chemistry 130, 651-659

Temmerman, L., et al. (2012). Cross-platform urine metabolomics of experimental hyperglycemia in type 2 diabetes. Journal of Diabetes & Metabolism S6,

Boughton, B. A., Callahan, D.L. et al. (2011). Comprehensive profiling and quantitation of amine group containing metabolites. Analytical chemistry 83, 7523-7530

Johnson, A. A., et al. (2011). Constitutive overexpression of the OsNAS gene family reveals single-gene strategies for effective iron-and zinc-biofortification of rice endosperm. PLoS One 6, e24476

Wang, F., G. Khairallah, G. Koutsantonis, C. Williams, R., Callahan, D., O'Hair (2009).  Phys Chem Chem Phys 11, 4132-4135

Callahan, D. L., D. D. Souza, A. Bacic, U. Roessner (2009).Journal of separation science 32, 2273-2280

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