Agilent Technologies at Vanderbilt University

Agilent 6560 LC-IM-MS

Mass Spectrometry Shared Resource Collaboration

Waters Synapt G2 LC-IM-MS and
Waters Synapt G2-S LC-IM-MS (not shown)

Thermo Extractive HF

Thermo Q-Exactive HF LC-MS

The Center for Innovative Technology is a full-service molecular omics shared resource facility offering streamlined workflows, cutting-edge resources, and a collaborative approach that allows you to focus on what matters most.

  • Consultation Services

    We are your local specialist in untargeted molecular omics and with over 30 years of combined experience in mass spectrometry, data analysis, and informatics pipelines, the CIT is happy to provide assistance in experimental design and fit-for-purpose analyses for your molecular omics applications.

  • Biostatistical Services

    The CIT works in collaboration with the Center for Quantitative Sciences at Vanderbilt to provide biostatistics, bioinformatics, systems biology, and outcome research support, incl. (advanced) sample size determination, power analyses, and multivariate modeling for high-dimensional data.

  • Sample Preparation

    Choosing suitable sample preparation, metabolic quenching, and extraction methods requires an understanding of the capabilities and limitations of each method for various sample types and applications. As a full-service facility, our experienced staff is there to take the guesswork out of it.

  • Untargeted Metabolomics

    Global, untargeted metabolomics is hypothesis-generating and typically performed to collect and analyze all detectable metabolites in a sample. As a discovery approach, it can reveal novel compounds and chemical unknowns potentially leading to new insights in disease mechanism or treatment.

    In an effort to communicate the confidence of annotation and identification results for known features in global, untargeted metabolomics studies, we use an evidence-based classification system based on metabolite identification discussions in the metabolomics community.

  • Targeted Metabolomics

    Targeted metabolomics enables validation and absolute quantification of a subset of metabolites (e.g., metabolites within a specific pathway). We have several established targeted assay panels available. Please contact us for details.

    This method can also be used to complement a global, untargeted approach.

  • Lipidomics

    The CIT has developed a conformational lipid atlas containing highly-accurate structural measurements in support of high-confidence lipidomic workflows. This lipid atlas is available in the CIT to help collaborators better understand the role of lipids in cancer biology or other diseases.

  • Amino Acid Panels

    The CIT has developed protocols to profile all 22 proteinogenic amino acids in plasma, serum, urine, cells, and tissue after solvent extraction. All analytes and Internal Standards are measured on a high-resolution mass spectrometer using a targeted method and reported as normalized to heavy labeled internal standards. Coefficients of variation are generally 10%.

  • Data Processing, Analysis, and Interpretation

    Our full-service facility provides data processing (e.g., data alignment, feature detection), feature prioritization (e.g., principal component analysis, heat maps, ANOVA/t-test, multivariate statistical analysis, self organizing maps, volcano plots, and network activity prediction), and metabolite identification services (see explanation of metabolite identification confidence levels).

  • Grant Application and Manuscript Support

    We are available to provide you with experimental descriptions, high-quality figures, and responses to reviewers.

  • Custom Method Development

    We are flexible and experienced in working with researchers from many different fields for different applications. As a result custom method development is available as needed. Please contact us for more information.

Mass Spectrometry Sample Vials
Shared Resource Core Workstation