The University of Cincinnati/Agilent Technologies Metallomics Center of the Americas will research such applications as the role of metal compounds as predictors of stroke damage and new detection methods for chemical warfare agents.
The center’s charter is to support research in all fields related to the analysis of metals and metal species and their interactions within biological and ecological systems.
Applications include neurological research, metalloproteomics, metal tags for ultra-trace-level organic compound determination, and environmental monitoring, among many others, by using liquid chromatography (LC) paired with inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (LC-ICP-MS) and mass spectrometry (LC-MS).
“We’re excited about the launch of this international collaboration, which promises to bring cutting-edge technology to our research labs that will benefit both our students and our faculty,” says University of Cincinnati President Nancy L. Zimpher.
“This important center is a perfect fit with our strategic vision, which positions us as an urban research university that works to put students at the center of all we do, and to build on Agilent’s excellence in research, academics and community partnerships.”
“Agilent has worked with the University of Cincinnati for the last five years in providing mass spectrometry and related equipment so that the campus could begin moving into metallomics research,” adds Agilent’s Chris Toney, vice president and general manager, Chemical Analysis/Mass Spectrometer Systems.
“Today’s opening marks a key milestone toward continued research to help address critical diseases and environmental concerns.”
The establishment of the Metallomics Center of the Americas has been led by the university's vice president for research, Sandra Degen, and by McMicken College of Arts & Sciences Dean Karen Gould.