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Strategies for Rapid and Reproducible Sample Preparation for Biological Mass Spectrometry

Dr. Franco Basile

Department of Chemistry

University of Wyoming

2:30 p.m. Friday, November 21

Bruner 267

In the area of mass spectrometry advances in instrumentation have outpaced developments in sample preparation techniques. Thus, it is common to encounter experimental procedures where a biological sample needs to be pre-processed for several hours or days in order to be analyzed in less than 1 min by mass spectrometry. This situation becomes more critical in applications requiring rapid turn-around time, such as in field-portable instrumentation (bio-weapon detection) or clinical settings (rapid pathogen diagnosis). The long term goal of our research is to develop rapid and specific sample preparation techniques for the analysis of biological samples with mass spectrometry. This presentation will focus on recent work in my laboratory to prepare samples in a manner of seconds to minutes for biological mass spectrometry applications, and the preparation of bacterial samples for highly reproducible identification with mass spectrometry.

UNK Faculty and Students Give Thirteen Presentations at the 48th ACS (Fall, 2013 - Oct 16 to 19) Midwest Regional Meeting in Springfield, MO
  • “ Excimer-monomer Switch: A New Method for Selective Measurement of Fluoride” Qiao Song, Dr. Haishi Cao
  • “Cooperative catalysis using Lewis acids and NHCs in biodiesel synthesis,” Hector Palencia
  • "g-Cyclodextrin mediated cross-photocycloaddition of alkenes in the solid-state"Aspen R Clements, Mahesh Pattabiraman
  • "Students develop an inquiry-based experiment for the biochemistry teaching laboratory" Tara E. Bjorklund, Emily P. Edwards, Amanda M. Glass
  • “Investigations into the individual nickel binding sites of the metallochaperone SlyD" Amanda M. Glass, Zachary R. Porter
  • "Characterization and engineering of a more stable ascorbate peroxidase from Panicum virgatum L" Jayne McGovern, Frank A Kovacs, Paul Twigg
  • "Comparing nickel binding in a metal binding protein with and without attached His6 tag" Zachary R. Porter, Amanda M. Glass
  • "Kinetics of gold nanoparticle synthesis monitored by Raman spectroscopy" Bethany A. Lueck, Christopher L. Exstrom, Scott A. Darveau
  • "Synthesis and mecanistic studies of new N-heterocyclic carbenes as organocatalysts" Murbach D Reed, Hector Palencia
  • "A well-defined NHC-Pd[Allyl] complex for the Suzuki-Miyaura cross-coupling of aryl chlorides and bromides" Hector Palencia, Noah C. Broekemier, Noland W. Broekemier, Randall T. Short
  • “A Novel Fluorescent Approach for Detection of Fluoride in Aqueous Media with High Affinity” Angela Bamseberger, Haishi Cao
  • "Development of fluoride sensor based on desilylation reaction" Lingyun Yang, Dr. Haishi Cao
  • "Effect of the structure of N-heterocyclic carbenes on their catalytic activity as organocatalysts" Noah C Broekemier, Assistant Professor Hector Palencia

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