The mission of the Center for Proteomics and Metabolomics is to provide mass spectrometry-based protein, metabolomic and lipidomic technologies to St. Jude researchers including simple protein characterization, posttranslational modification analysis, comprehensive (phospho)proteome analysis, metabolite and lipid profiling. The interplay of technologies within the same group makes the center highly adaptable to take on any project. Extensive consultation is provided for experimental design, sample preparation, and MS data acquisition and interpretation. The Center has over 2200 square feet of space dedicated for research and instrumentation, and is supported by 13 full time employees.

Biorepository Overview
Biorepository Overview


The Center enables investigators at St Jude to explore all areas of protein and metabolite research.  The Center is constantly evolving and offering new services to adapt to the changing needs of its users.  Because of the extensive research and development activities, including 4 dedicated bioinformaticians building software, there is no need to wait for commercial protocols and solutions to be created. This facilitates access to techniques and data that do not exist elsewhere. 

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Proteomics has been a really important core for us. They will meet with trainees to make sure the experiments are set up correctly. If there are new techniques that could be used to address the questions, they bring those on. It’s so great to have these resources in house.

Mondira Kundu, Member

Services and technologies

  • Intact Mass Measurement – analyze the intact mass of highly purified proteins
  • Protein ID by (Rapid) LC-MS/MS analysis – determine the identity of abundant proteins from gel bands
  • Posttranslational modification analysis – analyze protein posttranslational modifications on highly purified proteins
  • Large-scale protein profiling by label-free, SILAC, or TMT methods
  • Phosphoproteome profiling by SILAC or TMT – identify and quantify phosphoproteins
  • Metabolome profiling by LC-MS/MS -  unbiased label free method to identify and quantify metabolites
  • Lipidome profiling by LC-MS/MS -  unbiased label free method to identify and quantify lipids
  • Custom MS Analysis and additional bioinformatic analysis
  • JUMP – all mass spectrometry raw data are processed by our sophisticated in-house JUMP software suite


  • (2) Thermo Q Exactive HF MS
  • (1) Thermo Orbitrap Fusion Tribrid MS
  • (2) Thermo Orbitrap Exploris 480 MS
  • (1) Bruker timsTOF SCP MS
  • (1) Bruker timsTOF HT MS


Junmin Peng

Andy High, PhD

Director, Center for Proteomics and Metabolomics