Mass Spectrometry and Proteomics Facility




 Overview of Services

The Mass Spectrometry and Proteomics Facility provides academic and industry researchers access to specialist mass spectrometry and proteomic equipment and expertise.

The facility is Open Access.

We teach you to perform your own mass spectrometry and proteomics experiments using our instrumentation.

All advice on the planning, execution, and analysis of your samples is included in the cost. We have taught people to:

  • Process their own gel spots,
  • Characterize intact recombinant proteins by mass,
  • Confirm a chemical synthesis,
  • Identify phosphorylation sites,
  • Immune-precipitation of protein complexes, and
  • Perform both labelled and label-free quantitation experiments.

We have more than 300 users from more than 70 different labs all over Victoria and Interstate as evidence that this approach is very effective. We have a fleet of eight mass spectrometers and we make it as easy as possible for you to learn as much or as little as you like about the actual instrumentation.

Our costs are based on a membership structure. The facility access cost is highly subsidized by the University of Melbourne and is charged on a quarterly, or yearly basis. A laboratory head will pay the subscription cost ($5900 for University of Melbourne) and then every laboratory member can access the platform.

Like a gym membership you can run as many samples as you like during your subscription.

The only limit is that as a shared facility you cannot monopolize or run samples in preference to anyone else. The greatest benefit of using our facility is that you learn how to do it yourself. We frequently find that users start very simple but as they get more experience they branch out to ever more complex and imaginative uses for the technology. They start to redesign how they do things in order to take advantage of new workflows and more precise answers – why spend hours on an SDS-PAGE gel for a recombinant protein when in 15 minutes you can confirm its primary structure with an EXACT mass on the full length protein?


Nicholas Williamson, PhD | Facility Head | 03 8344 2206 |

Ching-Seng Ang, PhD | Research Fellow | 03 8344 2205 |

Shuai Nie | Research Fellow | 03 8344 2206 |

Michael Leeming | Research Fellow | 03 8344 2205 |

Swati Varshney | Research Fellow | 03 8344 2205 |

Location and hours of operation

Location    Hours

Bio21 Institute, The University of Melbourne

30 Flemington Rd

Parkville, Victoria, 3010

   Monday - Friday

   9am - 5pm

Links and Resources

  1. University of Melbourne Mass Spectrometry & Proteomics website


Name Role Phone Email Location
Nicholas Williamson
Facility Manager

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30 Flemington Rd, Parkville, Victoria, 3010