Ultra-high performance mass spectrometer is a 'game changer'
Thanks to a $1.1 million National Institutes of Health grant, researchers at Upstate Medical University now have access to an ultra-high performance mass spectrometer—one of the most advanced available today—enabling them to make further advances in the fields of structural and quantitative proteomics and metabolomics and drug discovery.
A mass spectrometer is used to make chemical analyses by producing charged particles, also known as ions, from chemical substances. It then uses electric fields to measure the weight of the charged particles, which researchers say is important in helping to identify and
A key feature of this mass spectrometer is its versatility and speed. This model has a faster scanning speed than previous models, allowing for more in-depth analysis of a sample in a shorter time frame, thereby maximizing the data obtained for a single sample and the number of samples that can be analyzed in a given amount of time.
“The spectrometer is game changer for us on the research front as it will also allow us to train future generations of research technicians and introduce post-doctoral fellows and graduate students to the latest biomedical mass spectrometry applications in the areas of proteomics, metabolomics
The mass spectrometer, housed in Upstate’s Weiskotten Hall, will be available to researchers at nearby institutions, including Syracuse University, the College of Environmental Science and Forestry, SUNY Oswego and others.
“This spectrometer will have a long-term impact on research in Syracuse area in that it that it will accelerate NIH and other research funds for nearly two dozen researchers,” Knutson said.
Some of the work expected to be carried out with the mass spectrometer
The new mass spectrometer replaces 2 older instruments that were no longer suited for work in proteomics and metabolomics.
Caption: Bruce Knutson,