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Colorado State earns global recognition for cutting-edge analytical techniques

August 27, 2014
Kortny Rolston

Colorado State University's Proteomics and Metabolomics Facility is being recognized by Waters, a global supplier of analytical laboratory instruments.

The Massachusetts-based company recently named the research facility a “Center of Innovation” and added Jessica Prenni, who directs the lab, to its lineup of scientists who are developing new, cutting-edge analytical techniques.

“Jessica and her team have shown a lot of creativity in their use of mass spectrometry for the application of non-targeted metabolite profiling,” said Eric Fotheringham, director of Waters’ Centers of Innovation program. “We want to partner with scientists and facilities that are pushing boundaries and using analytical instruments in helping to make new discoveries. The work being done by Jessica and the CSU lab exemplify just that.”

The benefits

The Waters designation comes with several benefits for CSU and the Proteomics and Metabolomics Facility, including access to new instrumentation not yet available in the marketplace.

The CSU lab, which provides support to researchers across campus and in private industry, has played a key role in the development of next-generation mass spectrometers.

“Through our relationship with Waters, we have had access to the latest equipment and have been able to use it in our lab,” Prenni said. “Not only does this advance our research but it allows us to bring these new technologies and applications to the CSU research community.” 

Prenni said the designation will have a large impact at CSU.  Over the last two years, more than 200 researchers in 24 departments have worked with  the Proteomics and Metabolomics Facility. 

“Our primary mission is to enable research and development at CSU by providing expertise and access to state-of-the-art scientific instrumentation,” she said. “Our partnership with the Waters Corporation is a key part of fulfilling this mission and gives CSU researchers a competitive edge.”

A selective process

Only a handful of labs around the world have earned the designation from Waters. Other centers are located at Duke University, Imperial College in London and the National Cancer Institute.

“The Centers of Innovation Program is very selective,” Fotheringham said. “Researchers and labs are chosen based on the cutting-edge research they are conducting.”

Celebrating the partnership

To kick off its new partnership with CSU, Waters Corp. is sponsoring a symposium on campus on Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2:30-5:30 p.m. 

Several people will present during the event, including Jessica Prenni, Karen Dobos of the Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Pathology, Dana Sedin of New Belgium Brewery, and others.

Click here for more information about this free event.