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The aim of this module is to provide a capstone experience to students¿ learning, through participating in their own enquiry-based research project. The project may be laboratory or non-laboratory based, but it will always involve a research question that is drawn from the literature, and focused on a topic relevant to medical science. It will ask a novel research question and involve the critical analysis of research findings. Students will refine their oral and written communication skills to a graduate level through creating an introductory presentation on the project background, and a written dissertation and oral presentation on their research conclusions.
Proteomics sample preparation and separation: protein extraction from cell and tissue, 1D and 2D gel electrophresis, protein digestion (in gel and in solution), peptide separation by SCX and RP-HPLC Mass Spectrometry analysis: peptide fragmentation via CID, LC-MS/MS, interpretation of CID spectrum of peptide Protein identification by database search: principle of database search, software for database search, interpretation of the results Quantitative proteomics: 2D gel ¿based protein quantification, MS-based protein quantification Characterization PTM by mass spectrometry Sample preparation and analysis of phosphoproteome: enrichment of phosphoproteins or phosphopeptides, interpretation CID spectrum of phosphopeptide and identification of phosphorylation sites
Students will have the opportunity to gain extensive knowledge of the role mass spectrometry plays in biomarker discovery (proteins and small molecules).with its application to clinical diagnosis including the analysis of carbohydrates, glycoproteins and nucleic acids using activity-based proteomics and techniques for affinity pull-down.
Students will have the opportunity to join an established research group to work in a modern and well equipped laboratory or alternatively undertake a suitable non-laboratory based project. In this module the student will be able to gain extensive `hands on¿ specialist expertise in a chosen topic which could be targeted to their future career in the field of mass spectrometry.