The mission of Northwestern Proteomics is to develop new proteomics technologies, to apply them to timely questions in basic, translational and clinical research, and to educate researchers throughout the Chicagoland area and communicate our research findings to the scientific community at large.

At Northwestern Proteomics, we're committed to providing the best proteomics research on a budget. We're scientists first, so we will work with you to review each project as it comes in and offer consultation to ensure that everyone's expectations are managed. That way, the experiment that we perform has the best chance for success. Proteomics is not a simple technique; so we're both a University Research Center and service-oriented core, handling multiple projects large and small.

Within the Northwestern Proteomics core facility, we offer multiple types of experiments from simple protein identification to protein quantitation (both relative and absolute). We also perform both traditional bottom-up proteomics, where proteins are digested with an enzyme prior to analysis and intact, top-down proteomics analyses. The ability to perform top-down proteomics within our core facility distinguishes from many other proteomics cores across the world.

How do we work?

This is project dependent, but we have three general methods for interaction.


Core Facility, Fee for Service

If you need quick results, this is your best bet.  In this mechanism, we work with you to complete a defined task using well-established, validated service lines and protocols.  You are charged per sample at our cost-study approved rate. We bill fee-for-service work through NUCore, the centralized ordering system for shared facilities at Northwestern University. Instructions for sample submission can be found here.


Partially Funded Staff, Grant Collaborator

Deeper collaboration usually involves the partial funding of a Northwestern Proteomics Staff member or postdoctoral associate.  We believe this to be a mutually beneficial arrangement.  You have dedicated professional proteomics specialist to help guide your project to completion. 


Fully Funded Staff, Grant Co-Investigator

In this model, we are collaborating on the specific aims on a research grant, developing tailored methods and helping you to advance your field.  This is best for large endeavors requiring the adaptation or development of the latest techniques for proteomics research.

To request work be done in any of these categories, please fill out the collaboration request for below. If your needs do not fit into one of these categories, please let us know. 


Work performed in the proteomics core should be acknowledged as shown below:

"Proteomics services were performed by the Northwestern Proteomics Core Facility, generously supported by NCI CCSG P30 CA060553 awarded to the Robert H Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center, instrumentation award (S10OD025194) from NIH Office of Director, and the National Resource for Translational and Developmental Proteomics supported by P41 GM108569"