Metabolic Pathway Analysis

"Metabolic Pathway Analysis" refers to two things. One is the obvious: the analysis of metabolism, primarily by mathematical and computational modelling. The other is a series of international meetings dedicated to this subject.

The meetings have a primary focus on the structural (topological) analysis of metabolic networks, and in particular techniques allied to linear algebra, linear programming and computer modelling. This focus may be applied at many levels of abstraction, from individual reaction mechanisms, through pathways, organelles, whole organisms and, most recently, mixed populations.

One of the major objectives of our meetings is to provide time and space to allow delegates to participate in round-table discussions and informal meetings in addition to the plenary sessions. Many, but by no means all, of the participants of previous MPA meetings are also active in the International Study Group for Systems Biology, whose meetings are held biennially on even years. It is hoped that in future MPA and ISGSB will continue to be held on alternate years, providing a natural counterpoint to one another.


The next meeting will be in Boseman, Montana, USA. Registration is now open.

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The abstract submission deadline for oral presentations and posters is 21 April 2017, and the early registration deadline is 31 May 2017. Further details can be obtained at the conference website.

Confirmed scientific speakers include:

Christopher Henry, Argonne National Laboratory

Terence Hwa, University of California, San Diego

Costas Maranas, Penn State University

Jason Papin, University of Virginia

Jennifer Reed, University of Wisconsin, Madison

Eytan Ruppin, University of Maryland

Ines Thiele, University of Luxembourg


MPA 2017 will be the sixth MPA meeting in the biennial conference series and the first meeting held in North America. MPA meetings focus on in silico and in vitro analysis of metabolic network structure-function relationships as represented by stoichiometric modeling approaches, physiological measurements and omics datasets. MPA 2017 will include sessions on interacting cells from microbial consortia to tissues, biofuels synthesis, environmental and medical biofilms, thermodynamic constraints on metabolism among many other topics. MPA 2017 will consist of four days of formal oral and poster presentations and an educational day trip to Yellowstone National Park to learn about extremophiles living in geological hot springs; this trip is cohosted by the Thermal Biology Institute.

The MPA meetings are organized similar to Gordon Research Conferences. There are typically ~100 attendees who all stay and eat together on a university campus in a very collegial, interactive and collaborative atmosphere. The MPA 2017 meeting will be held on the campus of Montana State University, Bozeman. Bozeman is a vibrant, progressive mountain town 90 miles (150 km) north of Yellowstone National Park with numerous recreational and cultural opportunities (

Prevous meetings

The last meeting was in Braga, Portugal, 8-12 June 2015. See our Meetings page for more details and links.

Before that, the meeting was in Oxford, 16-20th September 2013. See MPA 2013 for more detailed information.

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