Oliver Fiehn

Oliver Fiehn

Position Title
Paul K. and Ruth R. Stumpf Endowed Professor of Plant Biochemistry

Genome Center
Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology

1313 Genome Center, 1st floor

Research Interests

Comprehensive analysis of regulation of metabolism

The Fiehn research laboratory develops improved methods in analytical chemistry and cheminformatics to capture and utilize metabolomic data, specifically in cancer metabolism, and other health-related projects.

Metabolomics is used both as a discovery tool (including for biomarker research) and to discern mechanism in cellular regulations in health and disease.  We validate metabolic hypotheses using multiple other tools, including proteomics and genomics data sets as well as a variety of biological models on organismal, tissue or cellular levels.

For examples of our research, please follow our most recent papers on

Grad Group Affiliations

  • AgCHEM: Agricultural and Environmental Chemistry
  • Biochemistry, Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Food Science Graduate Group

Specialties / Focus

  • Biochemistry
  • Cancer Biology
  • Genomics, Proteomics, and Metabolomics
  • Molecular Medicine
  • Molecular Physiology


  • BIS 103 Biochemistry, Winter


  • Genome Center Fiehn laboratory http://metabolomics.ucdavis.edu
    • Laboratory manager: Mine Palazoglu
    • Cheminformatics and compound ID team leader: Tobias Kind, PhD (Project Scientist)
    • Novel technologies team leader: Tomas Cajka, PhD (Project Scientist)
    • WCMC Program Coordinator: Bill Wikoff, PhD (Project Scientist)
    • Software development team leader: Gert Wohlgemuth

Honors and Awards

  • 2014 Molecular and Cellular Proteomics Lecture Award
  • 2014 Metabolomics Society Lifetime Achievement Award
  • 2012 Phi Lambda Upsilon Rho –Chapter award, Lincoln, NE
  • 2009 Distinguished Scientist Award, CCDG, Chicago
  • 2006 ASUCD Excellence in Education - Finalist

    Professional Societies

    • Metabolomics Society // American Society for Mass Spectrometry


    • 1997 PhD Analytical Chemistry Technical University of Berlin, Germany
    • 1993 Diplom ~M.Sc. Chemistry Free University Berlin, Germany