Mass spectrometry is the gold standard for documenting and quantifying – down to a single cell – the peptides and proteins that inform human health and disease. At the Vincent Coates Foundation Mass Spectrometry Laboratory, students in the Translational Research and Applied Medicine (M-TRAM) program learn about the capabilities of the lab’s brand-new Bruker timsTOF Ultra. The instrument is one of a handful in the country and was part of a multiyear investment by the Office of the Vice Provost and Dean of Research to bring innovative technology to support researchers. The rapid analysis that the Bruker timsTOF Ultra provides is the backbone of modern biomedical research, and students are given this rare opportunity for direct access and training on their operation and capabilities.

This month-long immersive experience propels students to design more impactful research, helps them understand more deeply the causes of disease and effects of treatments, and prepares them for the evolving, science-based workforce they are about to enter. Take a peek inside the program.

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The Stanford University Mass Spectrometry (SUMS) multidisciplinary research facility is an institution-wide resource of the Office of the Vice Provost and Dean of Research. The laboratory provides faculty, postdocs, and student researchers  in the fields of the physical and life sciences, medicine, and engineering with state-of-the-art, user-friendly training, technology, and services.