April 10, 2012

High-resolution inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry and training opportunity now available to VUMC investigators

The Program in Microbial Pathogenesis is pleased to announce that a newly funded shared instrument for qualitative/quantitative determination, speciation profiling and spatial imaging is now available through the Mass Spectrometry Research Center (MSCRC).

This new equipment, called the High Resolution Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry (HR-ICPMS), currently will provide services for multi-element/isotope analysis. Future services will include spatial imaging and speciation study. Please contact Yaofang Zhang or click here for more information.

As part of the effort to introduce the Laser Ablation (LA) ICPMS to the Vanderbilt community, Sabine Becker will be teaching a three-hour course titled “Advanced Bioimaging Mass Spectrometry Techniques” during her visit as the Vanderbilt Institute of Chemical Biology (VICB) speaker.

This lecture will be offered from 1:30-4:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 12, in 512 Light Hall. Becker is considered the world’s authority on the use of LA-ICPMS to image elements within biological tissues.

She is currently the head of the Mass Spectrometric Group, ZCH, Forschungszentrum Jülich (FZJ), and the founder and head of BrainMet Laboratory. She has authored more than 330 articles focused on bio-inorganic mass spectrometry and mass spectrometric methods of trace element and isotope analysis.

Her workshop will focus on current applications of LA-ICPMS technology for elemental quantification and imaging. This course is free to all Vanderbilt investigators and should be an excellent introduction to the new capabilities of LA-ICPMS.

Please R.S.V.P. to Eric Skaar to attend this course.