IDEOM: an Excel interface for analysis of LC-MS-based metabolomics data

Bioinformatics. 2012 Apr 1;28(7):1048-9. doi: 10.1093/bioinformatics/bts069. Epub 2012 Feb 4.


Summary: The application of emerging metabolomics technologies to the comprehensive investigation of cellular biochemistry has been limited by bottlenecks in data processing, particularly noise filtering and metabolite identification. IDEOM provides a user-friendly data processing application that automates filtering and identification of metabolite peaks, paying particular attention to common sources of noise and false identifications generated by liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry (LC-MS) platforms. Building on advanced processing tools such as mzMatch and XCMS, it allows users to run a comprehensive pipeline for data analysis and visualization from a graphical user interface within Microsoft Excel, a familiar program for most biological scientists.

Availability and implementation: IDEOM is provided free of charge at, as a macro-enabled spreadsheet (.xlsb). Implementation requires Microsoft Excel (2007 or later). R is also required for full functionality.


Supplementary information: Supplementary data are available at Bioinformatics online.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Chromatography, Liquid / methods*
  • Computational Biology / methods*
  • Databases, Factual
  • Mass Spectrometry / methods*
  • Metabolomics*
  • Software*
  • User-Computer Interface