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

Areas of expertise

The Centre for Biological Applications of Mass Spectrometry (CBAMS) is a high-resolution mass spectrometry facility focusing on all areas of biological mass spectrometry, with specific expertise in proteomics,  lipidomics and elemental analyses in all types of biological samples. The CBAMS mandate is: 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; and 3) provision of mass spectrometry support for academic research and life sciences firms in the Montreal area.

The specific services offered by CBAMS include full lipidomics analysis of cell extracts, exosomes, biofluids and tissues to measure changes in phospholipids, sphingolipids and glycerolipids. Proteomics services include shotgun protemics, top-down proteomics and PTM determinations in various sample types. The services provided by CBAMS range from experimental design through sample preparation and LC-MS analysis to data interpretation and statistical analysis. Additional CBAMS services include measurement of specific biomolecules in a variety of samples, analysis of mycotoxins and their metabolites in biological samples using comprehensive mycotoxin library and elemental analysis using ICP-MS.

Research services
  • Mass measurements (for small molecules, peptides, oligonucleotides, intact proteins, lipids, etc.)
  • Quantitative analysis of selected biomolecules in biofluids and tissues
  • Protein characterization and identification
  • Proteomics
  • Metabolomics
  • Lipidomics
  • Elemental analysis by ICP-MS
  • Metal 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; drug and xenobiotic metabolism studies

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

Elemental analysis of biological samples and nanomaterials; metal analysis



Ann English, Founding Director of CBAMS - 2018 Fred P. Lossing Award Winner


Dajana Vuckovic, Director of CBAMS - 2019 CSMS Young Investigator Winner


Ask the Experts: Metabolomics – Dajana Vuckovic


Building a Better Blood Test


Vladimir Titorenko, Major CBAMS User Discusses Discovery of New Anti-aging Plant Extracts


Vladimir Titorenko, CBAMS Member Discusses his Research Program in Le Devoir


Discovery of 100 Previously Uncharacterized Human Mycotoxin Metabolites using Orbitrap LTQ Velos in CBAMS


Vladimir Titorenko and Partnership with Idunn Technologies


Wrong-way Ionization Improves Sensitivity in Lipidomics


Mapping Oxidized Residues in Cytochrome C Peroxidase  using Orbitrap LTQ Velos in CBAMS