Anitra Ingalls


Director Microbial Metabolomics Research Center
University of Washington
School of Oceanography


Anitra Ingalls is a biogeochemist who aims to learn what the chemical signatures of microorganisms can tell us about their involvement in feedbacks between the global cycles of carbon and nitrogen and climate in the past, present and future.  Ingalls uses the tools of organic chemistry and collaborates broadly with molecular biologists to study the metabolic capabilities of microorganisms and their interactions with each other and their environment.  With a mix of fieldwork and lab studies, she works in diverse environments across the globe. She has received considerable support for her research from the National Science Foundation as well as private foundations and industry. She was named a SCOPE Investigator in the Simons Foundation program on ocean sciences in the Fall of 2014.  She is also the director of the Microbial Metabolomics Research Center (MMRC), established in the Spring of 2013.


Some current projects in her lab include:


  1. Investigating B vitamins in the ocean.

  2. Understanding microbial interactions in the ocean.

  3. Ecophysiology of ammonia oxidizing archaea.

  4. Metabolomics and proteomics of marine microbes.

  5. Membrane lipids of archaea and bacteria as tracers of ocean processes.

  6. Radiocarbon dating of terrestrial and marine biomarkers as tracers of the carbon cycle.


Metabolomics method paper published!
Jan 13, 2018 4:50 PM
Boysen and Heal et al., published in Analytical Chemistry.
Best-matched internal standard normal...
Outstanding Researcher Award
Jul 25, 2017 2:00 PM
Ingalls receives the Outstanding Researcher Award from the College of the Environment!
Graduate Dean's Medalist
Mar 23, 2017 1:45 PM
Congratulations​ to Katherine Heal for being awarded the College of the Environment Graduate Dean'...
News about Katherine's paper
Jan 18, 2017 11:15 AM
Congratulations​ to Katherine Heal on the publication of her latest work in PNAS!
Jan 4, 2017 1:43 PM
Heal et al., Two distinct pools of B12 analogs reveal community interdependenci​es in the ocean. P...
News and Views in Nature Geosciences
Nov 15, 2016 10:05 PM
Read a commentary by Ingalls about the TEX86 paleo sea surface temperature index

New Instrument Arrives
Dec 18, 2015 1:06 PM
Our new QExactive HF LC-MS is here and awaiting installation in early in 2016!
First SCOPE cruise in summer 2015 was a success
Sep 17, 2015 12:16 PM
Latest news from the Ingalls Lab
Feb 11, 2011 4:21 PM
Ingalls named SCOPE Investigator


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