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Protecomics and Mass Spectrometry Facility

Proteomics

The term "proteomics" was first defined by Marc Wilkins in 1996 (Wilkins et al., 1996, Nature Biotechnology 14: 61-65) as an analogy with genomics, the study of genes.  Proteomics is the large-scale study of proteins, particularly their structures and functions.  Proteins are vital parts of living organisms and are the main components of the physiological metabolic pathways of cells.  The proteome is the entire complement of proteins including their modifications produced by an orgamism or system.  The proteome of a cell will vary with time and distinct requirements or stresses.

Our Mission

Our mission is to provide all scientists interested in proteomic research with affordable, reliable and relatively fast mass spectrometry-based proteomic services.  We welcome collaborative research. 

Our Facility

Our core instrumentation is the ProteomeX Station, which includes a Finnigan LTQ XL Linear Ion Trap Mass Spectrometer and integrated LC system (ThermoFisher).