Baylor College of Medicine and Agilent Technologies Inc. have joined forces to create the Agilent Technologies Mass Spectrometry Center of Excellence at Baylor, which will help researchers advance training and research into metabolomics.
The new center will integrate the Alkek Center for Molecular Discovery and the Baylor College of Medicine Core Laboratory in its department of molecular and cellular biology.
The director of the Alkek Center for Molecular Discovery at Baylor, Dr. Bert O’Malley, said in a press release: “This decision by Agilent will be a major addition to the Alkek Center in the area of metabolomics and will greatly aid our metabolic research and development and service capabilities for the Texas Medical Center.”
The center will make use of two key systems that are especially configured for studying metabolomics: an Agilent 6550 iFunnel quadrupole time-of-flight LC/MS system with a switchable GC APCI interface and an Agilent 6495 triple quadrupole LC/MS system. These systems use the Mass Hunter software for quantitative and qualitative analysis and the Mass Profiler Professional with Pathway Architect, which is used for bioinformatics and integrated multi-omic analysis.
Dr. Arun Sreekumar, professor and co-director of the Alkek Center for Molecular Discovery, said in a press release: “The growing significance of metabolomics, not only in life science research but in many application spaces, has resulted in the need for more and more analytical capabilities. Baylor and Agilent have identified several areas of mutual interest—metabolomics, lipidomics, clinical research, disease research—where we believe we can make real progress together.”
“Our collaborative relationship with Baylor and our shared investment in this new center will foster development of advanced research tools and new applications in metabolomics and integrated biology,” added Barbara Teets from Agilent.