Centre for Biological Applications of Mass Spectrometry (CBAMS)

Concordia University, Montréal, Québec
What the facility does

Promotes research and hands-on training in the applications of mass spectrometry to diverse problems in the chemical, biological, and clinical sciences, including metabolomics, lipidomics, and proteomics

Area(s) of Expertise

CBAMS is a state-of-the-art facility in all areas of biological mass spectrometry. The CBAMS mandate is fourfold: 1) advancement of mass spectrometry in the chemical, biological, and clinical sciences; 2) rigorous hands-on training of personnel at the postdoctoral, PhD, MSc, diploma and BSc levels; 3) provision of mass spectrometry support for academic research and small biotechnology firms in the Montreal area; 4) specialized support for larger companies, such as biological uses of ICP-MS.

The instrumentation at CBAMS was funded by CFI, the Province of Québec, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, and Concordia University, as well as by donations from the private sector. With the installation of the LTQ Orbitrap Velos ETD, the cutting-edge CBAMS instrumentation is valued at more than $6 million. Not only is CBAMS the most comprehensive academic mass spectrometry platform in Canada, it is notable for its dedication to the hands-on training of students and researchers.

Research Services

Mass measurements (for small molecules, peptides, oligonucleotides, intact proteins, lipids, etc.); protein characterization and identification; proteomics; metabolomics; lipidomics; elemental analysis by ICP-MS.

Sectors of Application
  • Agriculture, animal science and food
  • Chemical industries
  • Clean technology
  • Education
  • Environmental technologies and related services
  • Fisheries and aquaculture
  • Forestry and forest-based industries
  • Life sciences, pharmaceuticals and medical equipment
  • Mining, minerals and metals
  • Ocean industries



LTQ Orbitrap Velos - ETD/Thermo Scientific

Ultra-high-resolution and accurate mass for confident structural elucidation; characterization and identification of proteins from proteolytic digests of purified protein and protein complex and complex biological samples including identification of post-translational modifications; multiple fragmentation techniques deliver optimal structural characterization; metabolomics; lipidomics.

LCQ Deca XP Plus/Thermo Scientific (mass analyzer: high-performance quadrupole ion trap)

Mass measurements and targeted quantitative analysis of small molecules, peptides, oligonucleotides, etc.; characterization and identification of purified proteins from their proteolytic digests. 

MALDI LR/Waters Micromass (mass analyzer: reflectron and linear time-of-flight MS)

Accurate mass measurements for small molecules, peptides, oligonucleotides, intact proteins, etc.; characterization and identification of proteins by peptide mass mapping.

LC-ICP-MS/Agilent 7500ce (mass analyzer: quadrupole MS)

Targeted quantitative analysis of small molecules and metabolites; metabolite structural elucidation.