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What is Proteomics?

The study of proteomics is the process by which proteins are studied at a large scale. One of the tools we use to do this is Mass Spectrometry. Our students will learn how interpretable data is generated to identify specific molecules as part of a sample. A technology that originated over 100 years ago, mass spectrometry has developed into a process used in a number of clinical and industrial settings.


When a substance is tested by a mass spectrometer it is broken down to an ionic level. These ions are drawn into a high-powered vacuum in which they are charged with protons. The now positively charged ions are then sorted by mass using an electromagnet, after which their mass to charge ratio is collected and recorded producing vast amounts of data that require interpretation.
A scientist properly trained in mass spectrometry can identify matter at its most detailed level and these highly specialized individuals are therefore highly sought after across the clinical, academic, and industrial markets. You can find out more about the mass spectrometry job market here.


Why Mass Spec?

The study of Proteomics and the technique of Mass Spectrometry is one of the most exciting and fastest growing careers in science. Employers are looking for highly trained specialists to fill an unprecedented need in the market.

Your training in mass spectrometry could lead to a career in:


Food and Beverage Industry

Test for food contaminants and create new flavor profiles


Pharma & Biotech

Develop new drugs and identify biomarkers for disease


Environmental Science

Evaluate global soil and water health


Hospitals & Clinical Labs

Contribute to the health care teams of tomorrow by analyzing tissue and fluid samples


Industrial Chemistry

Drive the next generation of sustainable commercial chemicals


Forensic Science

Analyze crime scene evidence


Cannabis industry

Evaluate new strains for alternative medical therapies