The Center for Proteomics was established in 2005 with funding provided by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and Smith College. The primary goal of our Center is to provide support for the research and teaching goals of faculty and students at Smith College. In addition, we will provide educational workshops and seminars on various topics in proteomics, bioinformatics and biological mass spectrometry with a focus on the state-of-the-art high-performance, tandem mass spectrometry and two-dimensional gel electrophoresis instrumentation that is part of our facility.
The center has instrumentation for high-resolution two-dimensional polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (2D-PAGE) including the VersaDoc Model 4000 gel imaging system, the EXQuest automated spot cutter and the PDQuest image analysis software. The center also houses a high pressure liquid chromatography-coupled mass spectrometer, the Thermo Finnigan LCQ Deca XP MAX (pictured above).
Our aim is to provide cutting edge resources for proteomic analysis although we will also serve as an important resource for small molecule analysis. The center's purpose is to promote the effective use of leading techniques of mass spectrometry in molecular research.