Tracey Schock

National Institute of Standards and Technology

Address: NIST/HML, 331 Fort Johnson Road, Charleston, SC 29412
Phone: 843.460.9944


Ph.D., 2007, Molecular and Cellular Biology and Pathology/Marine Biomedicine and Environmental Sciences, Medical University of South Carolina
M.S., 2001, Medical Microbiology and Parasitology, University of Georgia
B.S., 1999, Marine Science, Southampton College/Long Island University 

Research Interests

  • Environmental Metabolomics - assessing health by identifying the physiological changes in marine organisms in response to environmental stressors/change, such as pollutants, disease, or temperature rise

Current and Planned Research Projects

  • Develop and improve sample collection protocols for biological analyses
  • Health assessments of important species in conjunction with the NIST Marine Environmental Specimen Bank including:
    • Personalized health assessment of human-managed marine mammals and comparison with field-sampled organisms for baseline health indexes
    • Metabolic profiling of Hawaiian green sea turtles and associated dietary algae
    • Coral reef metabolomics
  • Investigate the toxic effect of mercury on the metabolome of terrapins
  • Develop metabolite extraction techniques for the various species of interest
  • Improve metabolomics data analysis through various multivariate and univariate statistical techniques


  • Schock, T.B., Keller, J.M., Rice, M., Balazs, G.H., Bearden, D.W. 2014. Metabotyping of a Protected Non-Model Organism, Green Sea Turtle (Chelonia mydas), using 1H NMR Spectroscopy and Optimized Plasma Methods for Metabolomics. Current Metabolomics 1: 279-290.
  • Simon-Manso Y., Lowenthal M.S., Kilpatrick L.E., Sampson M.L., Telu K.H., Rudnick P.A., Mallard W.G., Bearden D.W., Schock T.B., Tchekhovskoi D.V., Blonder N., Yan X., Liang Y., Zheng Y., Wallace W.E., Neta P., Phinney K.W., Remaley A.T., Stein S.E. 2013. Metabolite Profiling of a NIST Standard Reference Material for Human Plasma (SRM 1950) – GC-MS, LC-MS, NMR and Clinical Laboratory Analyses, Libraries and Web-based Resources. Anal. Chem. 85(24):11725-11731.
  • Schock, T.B., Duke, J., Goodson, A., Weldon, D., Brunson, J., Leffler, J.W., Bearden, D.W. 2013. Evaluation of Pacific White Shrimp (Litopenaeus vannamei) Health during a Superintensive Aquaculture Growout Using NMR-Based Metabolomics. PLoS One 8(3), e59521.
  • Schock, T.B., Newton, S., Brenkert, K., Leffler, J., Bearden, D.W.  2012. An NMR-based metabolomic assessment of cultured cobia health in response to dietary manipulation. Food Chem. 133: 90-101.
  • Schock, T.B., Huncik, K., Beauchesne, K., and Moeller, P.D.R.  2011. Novel chlorinated compounds associated with the bloom-forming cyanobacterium, Trichodesmium thiebautii.  Environ Sci & Technol. 45(17): 7503-7509.
  • Schock, T.B., Stancyk, D.A., Thibodeaux, L., Burnett, K.G., Burnett, L.E. Boroujerdi, A.F.B, and Bearden , D.W.  2010.  Metabolomic analysis of the Atlantic blue crab, Callinectes sapidus, hemolymph following oxidative stress.  Metabolomics 6(2): 250-262.
  • Boroujerdi, A.F.B., Meyers, A., Pollock, E.C., Huynh, S.L, Schock, T.B., Vizcaino, M., Morris, P.J., and Bearden, D.W.  2009.  NMR-based microbial metabolomics and the temperature-dependent coral pathogen Vibrio coralliilyticus. Environ Sci & Technol. 43(20): 7658-7664.