The first step is always a consultation with Center staff to define the project. Once you have a project number, samples prepared using approved protocols are submitted directly to the MS Center researcher assigned to handle the project.
Yes! We work with external users – including academic and non-academic organizations.
There are a lot of things that will render a sample unfit for mass spectrometry. Fortunately, we also have a lot of creative ways to remove unwanted contaminants – and it depends on what is in your sample and how much. This is one of the reasons why every projects begins with a consultation with experts within the Center so we provide you with approved standard operating protocols for sample preparation.
There is no single correct answer. The minimum amount needed depends on the chemical characteristics of the analyte, complexity of matrix, instrument, and application (e.g. identification, quantitation, characterization). This is one of the reasons why every projects begins with a consultation with experts within the Center so we can guide you on the specific quantities necessary for your project goals.
When possible, we use professionally developed software that is robust and validated by thousands of laboratories worldwide. As bioinformatic tools are constantly evolving, we pay special attention to new trends in the field by attending conferences, specialized training courses, and participate in beta testing for software developers.