NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The Government of Canada announced today that it is investing CDN$600,000 ($590,000 USD) in the University of Victoria Genome British Columbia Proteomics Center to support metabolomics research.
The money, which comes from the government’s Western Economic Diversification Canada department, will go towards specialized equipment including a high-resolution, high-performance liquid chromatographer, a hybrid mass spectrometer, a robotic liquid-handling work station, and bioinformatics data storage software.
The instruments and equipment will be used to evaluate the way metabolites in cells change in response to bacterial and viral influences. For example, researchers at the center are currently studying the effects of mountain pine beetles on trees and ways to detect bacterial contamination of fruit.
The University of Victoria Genome BC Proteomics Center, which opened in 1982, is the longest running protein core facility in Canada. The not-for-profit proteomics facility reportedly offers protein analytical services to more than 200 academic, biotech, pharmaceutical, and government labs around the world.
“We’re delighted to have this support as it will expand the center’s genomics, proteomics, and metabolomics analytical services for international researchers; increase training opportunities for our students; and stimulate technology transfer to the marketplace,” University of Victoria President David Turpin said in a statement.