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imarkRoy J. CarverUniversity of Illinois
Biotechnology Center

Metabolomics Center
Dr. Zhong (Lucas) Li, Director
264 Burrill Hall, MC-120
407 S Goodwin 
Urbana, IL 61801
Phone: (217) 333-5939    


General charging policy

  • All instruments require sign-up in advance on the sign-up sheets next to each instrument.
  • All new users must see a Metabolomics Center Staff member before using any instrument for the first time to arrange for training. New users cannot be trained by other personnel, including the trained members of their research group.
  • Cancellation Policy: 24 hours notice (by in person cancellation on the sign-up sheet, email or phone call to the Metabolomics Center) is required or you will be charged for the time signed up for. If extenuating circumstances occur that make 24 hours cancellation impossible, please talk to the Director.
  • Users must in most cases provide their own extra supplies such as sample vials, specialized solvents and specialized GC and LC columns, and to keep for their own use.
  • On instruments that have a required clean-up protocol, there is a $50 clean-up fee if the protocol is not performed by the user.
  • The Metabolomics Center staff members are willing to help the users to develop the methods and provide consultation according to the user's needs. Please talk to the Director for potential emerging costs.
  • The Metabolomics Center is responsible for instrument set-up and instrument monitoring.

Sample Preparation Fee Structure

  • The Metabolomics Center staff member can help prepare the samples. For example, in GC/MS, the procedure will include sample extraction from raw materials (i.e., leaves, seeds, stem, tissue, etc.) and derivatization (i.e., TMS derivatives). Some compounds like free amino acids from raw materials may need purification (i.e., solid-phase extraction. The user is responsible for supplying SPE cartridges).
  • The amount of sample preparation time varies depending on the projects. Please talk with Center Staff for detail information. 

Instrument Operation Fee Structure beginning January 1, 2015

  Cost per sample
Service Self Serve Staff operated
GC/MS metabolite profiling NA $80
Qualitative GC/MS $18 per sample $21 per sample
Quantitative GC/MS $20 per sample $23 per sample
Qualitative LC/MS $17 per sample $26 per sample
Quantitative LC/MS $22 per sample $34 per sample
High Resolution LC/MS   $29 per sample
Lipid profiling analysis   $65 per sample
HPLC $24 per sample $28 per sample
M2 plate reader $24/half hr  

Note:  1. Custom sample preparation is available, cost estimate will depend on labor and materials used per sample, but will generally range from $2 to $10 per sample.

           2. Custom bioinformatics is available, an estimate per sample can be obtained after consultation with staff, depending on bioinformatics deliverables and time spent by staff can will generally vary from $2 to $10 per sample.


All work performed by the Roy J. Carver Biotechnology Center (CBC) should be acknowledged in scholarly publications, posters, and presentations. Proper recognition allows us to measure the impact of our work and supports our initiatives in obtaining sponsored funding. In addition, any CBC personnel who make a substantial intellectual or experimental contribution are deserving of further recognition as co-author. 

Data Processing Fee Structure

  • Researchers are encouraged to make use of two data analysis workstations in the laboratory. The Center staff will provide instruction on using the various data analysis software programs. There is no charge for such assistance and using the workstations.
  • Available programs include Chemstation (for Agilent LC, LC/MS, and GC/MS), ChemDraw, and MS Manager.
  • Upon the user’s request, qualitative and quantitative data and statistical analysis (i.e., Principle Component Analysis (PCA), discriminant analysis (DA), Agglomerative Hierarchical Clustering (AHC), etc.) to the acquired experimental data can be supplied. Please contact Center staff for the related fee.

*** Service includes sample preparation, instrument set-up, method development, instrument monitoring, data processing and consulting.  

Facility users other than State of Illinois institutions are subject to a 28.6% indirect cost rate for federally funded projects . State of Illinois non-Federally funded projects are subject to a 21.9% indirect cost rate.  For off-campus projects exceeding $5000,  a contract must be negotiated through University of Illinois Grants and Contracts.  For further information contact Dr. Mark A. Mikel (217-244-0144; ), Associate Director of the Roy J. Carver Biotechnology Center.