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Associate Professor Mary Boyce

Associate Professor

Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 6304 5273
Campus: Joondalup  
Room: JO19.354  

Mary is an Associate Professor within the School of Science.

Current Teaching

  • SCC1111 General Chemistry
  • SCC2301 Forensic and Analytical Chemistry
  • SCC3201 Analytical Chemistry
  • SCC3304 Chemistry Project

Course Coordinator

  • Applied and Analytical Chemistry


  • 1990 - Lecturer Waterford Institute of Technology, Ireland
  • 1992 - Associate Lecturer, Edith Cowan University
  • 1996 - Lecturer, Edith Cowan University
  • 2001 - Senior Lecturer, Edith Cowan University

Research Areas and Interests

Analytical chemistry is my principal area of research. In particular, I have been active in the development and application of emerging analytical technologies including capillary electrophoresis and solid-phase microextraction. My work involves fundamental chemical research to better understand the chemical processes involved in isolating and separating target compounds. As an analytical chemist, I also get the opportunity to collaborate with scientists on a range of projects including: determining secondary metabolites that protect plants against herbivore attack; phenolic, sugar and amino acid profiles in WA seagrasses; using metabolomics to better understand polycystic kidney disease, phyochemicals in vegetables and additives in food.


  • Graduate Certificate (Tertiary Teaching), Edith Cowan University, 2010.
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Ireland, 1991.
  • Bachelor of Science, Ireland, 1987.


Recent Research Grants

  • The Predicting and Managing the Impacts of Wildfire and Prescription Burns on Water Quality and Water-Related Assets Project,  Water Corporation,  Grant,  2019 - 2023,  $1,587,150.
  • Sponsorship Agreement for Research Fellow in Analytical Chemistry/Proteomics,  Chemistry Centre WA T/A ChemCentre,  Research Fellowship Grant,  2017 - 2021,  $470,000.
  • ECU-Thermo Research Facility Manager,  Thermo Fisher Scientific Australia Pty Ltd,  Grant,  2017 - 2019,  $286,353.
  • Food and Nutrition Postgraduate Scholarship ,  Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO),  CSIRO - Scholarship,  2016 - 2018,  $18,382.
  • Visiting Fellow Dr Veronica Vasuki Vamathevan,  Edith Cowan University,  Edith Cowan University, School of Science Visiting Fellow Grant Scheme,  2018,  $5,000.
  • Improving barley malting quality through a combined metabolomics and transcriptomics approach,  Edith Cowan University,  Edith Cowan University, School of Science Early Career Grant Scheme Semester 1, 2017,  2017,  $10,000.
  • Deamidation, an innovative way to improve protein functionality,  Edith Cowan University,  Edith Cowan University, School of Science Early Career Grant Scheme Semester 1, 2017,  2017,  $10,000.
  • Investigating lipid synthesis pathways in genetically modified seeds,  Edith Cowan University,  Edith Cowan University, School of Science Early Career Grant Scheme Semester 1, 2017,  2017,  $10,000.
  • High resolution mass spectrometry for metabolomics and proteomics research,  Australian Research Council,  Grant - Linkage (Infrastructure),  2015 - 2016,  $1,450,000.
  • Micropropagation and Clonal Variation of Teak (Tectona Grandis),  Integrated Tree Cropping Pty Ltd,  Grant,  2008 - 2011,  $70,638.
  • Selection and Clonal propagation of high yielding hazel ( Corylus avellana) for improved truffle (Tuber melanosporum) and hazelnut production,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Industry Collaboration - Grant,  2008,  $152,700.
  • Clonal propagation of hazel (Corylus avellana) for increased nut and truffle production,  Wine and Truffle Company,  Grant,  2007 - 2008,  $7,219.
  • Determination of optimal storage conditions for the transportation of Western Australian grown Tuber melanosporum to international markets,  Wine and Truffle Company,  Grant,  2007,  $8,510.
  • Micropropagation and clonal variation of Teak (Tectona grandis),  Rewards Group Ltd,  Grant,  2005 - 2006,  $68,289.
  • Establishing best practice protocols in the management of occupational and environmental health in a high risk mining and ore processing environment.,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Industry Collaboration - Grant,  2003 - 2004,  $40,000.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Journal Articles

  • Bondonno, C., Bondonno, N., Shinde, S., Shafaei Darestani, A., Boyce, M., Swinny, E., Jacob, S., Lacey, K., Woodman, R., Croft, K., Considine, M., Hodgson, J., (2020), Phenolic composition of 91 Australian apple varieties: towards understanding their health attributes. Food and Function, 11(8), 7115-7125, DOI: 10.1039/d0fo01130d.
  • Lette, E., Lawler, N., Burnham, Q., Boyce, M., Duffy, R., Koenders, A., Broadhurst, D., (2020), Metabolomic Profiling of Crayfish Haemolymph Distinguishes Sister Species and Sex: Implications for Conservation, Aquaculture and Physiological Studies. Freshwater Crayfish, 25(1), 89-101, DOI:
  • Rees, J., Christophersen, C., Lewis, J., Lo, J., Sambell, R., Costello, L., Walker, C., Byrne, M., Boyce, M., Newton, R., Devine, A., (2020), The study protocol for a pseudo-randomised pre-post designed controlled intervention trial to study the effects of a 7-week cooking program on self-efficacy and biomarkers of health: The ECU lifestyle and biomarkers get connected study (ECULABJMOF) including the Jamie's Ministry of Food WA participant experience. BMC Public Health, 20(1), Article number 1037, United Kingdom, BioMed Central Ltd., DOI: 10.1186/s12889-020-09124-3.
  • Deering, K., Devine, A., O'Sullivan, T., Lo, J., Boyce, M., Christophersen, C., (2020), Characterizing the composition of the pediatric gut microbiome: A systematic review. Nutrients, 12(1), Article number 16, DOI: 10.3390/nu12010016.
  • Connolly, E., Bondonno, C., Sim, M., Radavelli Bagatini, S., Croft, K., Boyce, M., James, A., Clark, K., Anokye, R., Bondonno, N., Woodman, R., Devine, A., Gan, SK., Schultz, C., Mithen, R., Lewis, J., Hodgson, J., Blekkenhorst, L., (2020), A randomised controlled crossover trial investigating the short-term effects of different types of vegetables on vascular and metabolic function in middle-aged and older adults with mildly elevated blood pressure: the VEgetableS for vaScular hEaLth (VESSEL) study protocol. Nutrition Journal, 19(1), Article number 41, DOI: 10.1186/s12937-020-00559-3.
  • Genoni, A., Christophersen, C., Lo, J., Coghlan, M., Boyce, M., Bird, A., Lyons-Wall, P., Devine, A., (2020), Long‑term Paleolithic diet is associated with lower resistant starch intake, different gut microbiota composition and increased serum TMAO concentrations. European Journal of Nutrition, 59(5), 1845-1858, DOI: 10.1007/s00394-019-02036-y.
  • Abbiss, H., Maker, GL., Gummer, J., Rawlinson, C., Musk, GC., Fleming, PA., Phillips, JK., Boyce, M., Trengove, RD., (2019), Untargeted gas chromatography–mass spectrometry-based metabolomics analysis of kidney and liver tissue from the Lewis Polycystic Kidney rat. Journal of Chromatography B: Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences, 1118-1119(15 June 2019), 25-32, DOI: 10.1016/j.jchromb.2019.04.021.
  • Shafaei Darestani, A., Croft, K., Hodgson, J., Boyce, M., (2019), Simultaneous quantitative analysis of polyphenolic compounds in human plasma by liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry. Journal of Separation Science, 42(18), 2909-2921, DOI:
  • Genoni, A., Lo, J., Lyons-Wall, P., Boyce, M., Christophersen, C., Bird, A., Devine, A., (2019), A Paleolithic diet lowers resistant starch intake but does not affect serum trimethylamine-N-oxide concentrations in healthy women. The British Journal of Nutrition: an international journal of nutritional science, 121(3), 322-329, Cambridge University Press, DOI: 10.1017/S000711451800329X.
  • Le, TT., Shafaei Darestani, A., Genoni, A., Christophersen, C., Devine, A., Lo, J., Lyons-Wall, P., Boyce, M., (2019), Development and validation of a simple LC-MS/MS method for the simultaneous quantitative determination of trimethylamine-N-oxide and branched chain amino acids in human serum. Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry, 411(5), 1019–1028, DOI: 10.1007/s00216-018-1522-8.
  • Stinson, L., Boyce, M., Payne, M., Keelan, J., (2019), The not-so-sterile womb: Evidence that the human fetus is exposed to bacteria prior to birth. Frontiers in Microbiology, 32(Jun), Article number 1124, Frontiers Media, DOI: 10.3389/fmicb.2019.01124.
  • Ofori, H., Hettiarachchi, D., Sostaric, T., Busetti, F., Boyce, M., (2019), High Performance Thin-Layer Chromatographic Fingerprinting of Sandalwood Essential Oils. Journal of Planar Chromatography: Modern TLC, 32(3), 205-210, DOI: 10.1556/1006.2019.32.3.5.
  • Boyce, M., Lawler, N., Tu, Y., Reinke, S., (2019), Introducing Undergraduate Students to Metabolomics Using Liquid Chromatography–High Resolution Mass Spectrometry Analysis of Horse Blood. Journal of Chemical Education, 96(4), 745-750, DOI: 10.1021/acs.jchemed.8b00625.
  • Ma, Q., Adua, E., Boyce, M., Li, X., Ji, G., Wang, W., (2018), IMass time: The future, in future!. OMICS: A Journal of Integrative Biology, 22(11), 679-695, United States, Mary Ann Liebert, Inc Publishers, DOI: 10.1089/omi.2018.0162.
  • Jones, J., Dibattista, JD., Stat, M., Bunce, M., Boyce, M., Fairclough, DV., Travers, MJ., Huggett, M., (2018), The Microbiome of the Gastrointestinal Tract of a Range-Shifting Marine Herbivorous Fish. Frontiers in Microbiology, 9(28 August 2018), Article no.2000, DOI: 10.3389/fmicb.2018.02000.
  • Manaf, F., Lawler, N., Peiffer, J., Maker, G., Boyce, M., Fairchild, T., Broadhurst, D., (2018), Characterizing the plasma metabolome during and following a maximal exercise cycling test. Journal of Applied Physiology, 125(4), 1193-1203, Bethesda, USA, American Physiological Society, DOI: 10.1152/japplphysiol.00499.2018.
  • Phelps, C., Boyce, M., Huggett, M., (2017), Future climate change scenarios differentially affect three abundant algal species in southwestern Australia. Marine Environmental Research, 126(2017), 69-80, DOI: 10.1016/j.marenvres.2017.02.008.
  • Kalsoom, U., Guijt, RM., Boyce, M., Townsend, AT., Haselberg, R., Breadmore, MC., (2016), Direct electrokinetic injection of inorganic cations from whole fruits and vegetables for capillary electrophoresis analysis. Journal of Chromatography A, 1428(8 January 2016), 346-351, Elsevier, DOI: 10.1016/j.chroma.2015.08.012.

Research Student Supervision

Principal Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Analysis of plant analytes using capillary electrophoresis and high performance liquid chromatography
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Spatial variation of allanblackia parviflora seed products in Ghana: Chemical and ethnobotanical exploration
  • Master by Research: Analysis of the volatile components in vanilla extracts and flavourings by solid-phase microextraction and gas chromatography
  • Master of Science (Biological Sciences),  Predicting the impact of future climate change on ecologically important macroalgae
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Metal exposure in non- occupationally exposed pregnant women of Western Australia and contribution of environmental sources.
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Characterisation of Sandalwood Essential Oils using High Performance Thin-Layer Chromatography and High Resolution Gas Chromatography Mass Spectrometry
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Development of capillary electrophoresis for the analysis of phenolics and glucoraphanin in brassica oleracea.

Associate Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Factors controlling wetland sediment response to alternate wetting and drying and how this affects water quality.
  • Master of Science (Biological Sciences),  Establishment of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (amf) on micropropagated teak (tectona grandis l. F.)
  • Master of Science (Interdisciplinary Studies),  Evaluation of a modified food frequency questionnaire to measure lignans in Australian men and women
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Health impacts and dietary composition of the paleolithic and Australian guide to healthy eating diets in Australia
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Inorganic hydrogeochemical responses to fires in wetland sediments on the Swan coastal plain, Western Australia.
  • Master of Science (Biological Sciences),  Verticordia micropropagation through direct ex vitro rooting.
  • Master of Science (Environmental Management),  Stimulation of Western Australian sandalwood (santalum spicatum) oil production using multiple treatments.
  • Master of Science (Biological Sciences),  A salt on the land: The osmolyte production and physiological responses of selected myrtaceae species exposed to salt and water stress.
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