Professor Chi Chen is a 2017 recipient of a Research Infrastructure Investment Program grant from the Office of the Vice President for Research, which will assist in the purchase of equipment for his collaborative metabolomics research.
The funding he received will support the acquisition of a high-resolution quantitative liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry (LC-MS) system for collaborative metabolomics and lipidomics research. Besides untargeted metabolomic analysis on the metabolites differing in mass and LC retention, the ion mobility spectrometry (IMS) in this system will be able to distinguish the isobaric and isomeric metabolites with comparable LC retention, which commonly occur in lipidomic analysis as well as in the analysis of carbohydrate and peptide metabolites. The high-resolution separation and sensitive quantitation of this system will greatly improve the capacity of metabolomic analysis in the Laboratory of Nutritional Metabolomics, and benefit many collaborative research projects.
Research Infrastructure Investment Program awards are designed to facilitate interdisciplinary partnerships and strengthen the University’s research infrastructure. One-to-one matching funds from the collaborating colleges, institutes and/or centers were required for funding eligibility. In 2017 alone, the program granted 13 awards amounting to more than $2.5 million invested, impacting research in at least seven colleges and 21 centers and institutes across the U.