Training opportunities in mass spectrometry-based ‘omics techniques



The ‘Omics Training Scheme was established by the BHF Centre for Research Excellence, in collaboration with the Advanced Proteomics Facility at the Target Discovery Institute (TDI), with a view to increase awareness, accessibility and training in mass spectrometry-based ‘omics research across the University.   

The scheme is organised and chaired by Dr Jillian Simon, Dr Mark Crabtree and Dr Roman Fischer and offers a number of training opportunities, including: seminars on the application of mass spectrometry to ‘omics research; hands-on training in various ‘omics workflows; and advanced training in state-of-the-art technology and novel workflows, including the opportunity for DPhil students to undertake a lab rotation at the TDI.  In addition to the training programme, the scheme offers CRE members direct access to ‘omics infrastructure within the Advanced Proteomics Facility at a strongly reduced cost. 

For further information on training and discounts, please contact either Jillian Simon or Mark Crabtree.

Seminars and Courses:

Members of the BHF CRE are invited to participate in seminars and hands-on workshops covering an array of mass spectrometry workflows.  The programme of courses varies from term to term, with some courses running more frequently than others according to demand.  An up-to-date schedule of courses and seminars can be found below.  Courses are free of charge, but registration is required. 

*      SEMINARS:

No seminars currently offered.

Past seminars: Mass Spectroscopy-based Approaches to ‘Omics Research (October 2015)


Proteomics Hands-on Training Course: Basics of Protein Sample Processing & Analysis – Hilary Term 2018

DATES:    Monday, 5th March – Thursday, 8th March, 2018

VENUE:   Target Discovery Institute, Old Road Campus (Building 6)

REGISTRATION:   OPEN to 10 participants. Register by email here

**Please include your position, PI’s name, department and the type of proteomics work you plan to use in your registration email.

In this 3-day training workshop participants will be provided an introduction on how to use proteomics techniques to address their biological questions and learn how to process and analyse samples using mass spectrometry.  The course consists of 2 theoretical and 3 practical modules and is aimed at those with little or no background in proteomic workflows.


Monday, 5th  March

10:00 – 12:00

Introduction to mass spectrometry-based proteomics: How it works, experimental design and options for quantitative analysis

13:00 – 17:00

Hands-on Sample Prep*: in-solution or in-gel tryptic digest of your own sample (day 1)

Tuesday, 6th March

10:00 – 12:00

Hands-on Sample Prep*: in-solution or in-gel tryptic digest of your own sample (day 2)

13:00 – 16:00

Fundamentals of Data Analysis: Using MASCOT for database searching, label-free quantitation and free alternatives for data analysis

Thursday, 8th March

10:00 – 12:00

Analyse Your Own Data: database searching and interpretation of your MS results

12:00 – 1:00

Basic Statistical Analysis using MeV: common ways ofexploring proteomic datasets using free resources#

* Participants are asked to bring their own sample for use in the practical modules.  This can be either a protein or protein mixture in solutions, or an SDS-PAGE gel band. 

# Participants are asked to bring a laptop with them to use for the statistical analysis portion of the Day-3 training.


For details on advanced training opportunities, including arrangement of DPhil lab rotations (limit of 2 students/year) please contact Roman Fischer.