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Carver Metabolomics Core

The Carver Metabolomics Core of the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Roy J. Carver Biotechnology Center identifies and quantifies small molecules (metabolites) from a variety of origins such as biological tissue, blood, serum, plasma, cell, cell medium, urine, feces, among others. We provide support for untargeted and targeted metabolite profiling, detecting such compounds as sugars and sugar phosphates, alcohols, amine and polyamines, amino acids, fatty acids, complex lipids, nucleotides, organic acids, phenolics, bile acids, steroids/hormones, neurotransmitters and neuromodulators, and many more emerging metabolites. We help execute projects, including protocol development, sample preparation, instrument method development, instrument data acquisition, and data processing.

Multiple complementary analytical methods are utilized with mass spectrometry. Our laboratory has 9 mass spectrometers, including 6 liquid chromatograph-mass spectrometers such as the recently purchased Agilent 6560 ion mobility Q-TOF and Agilent 6546 Q-TOF systems, in addition to our Thermo Fisher Q Exactive hybrid quadrupole-orbitrap, a Thermo Fisher Altis triple quadrupole, Sciex 6500+ triple quadrupole, and a Sciex 5500 hybrid triple quadrupole-ion trap (QTRAP), as well as 3 gas chromatograph-mass spectrometers including the Agilent 5977A, Agilent 5975C, and Agilent 5973. We have received funding for many of these instruments through the generosity of the Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust, as well as the National Center for Research Resources.

Analytical Services

Untargeted Profiling

Targeted Metabolite Classes

Custom Targeted Metabolites (<5 Metabolites)

  • You can request less than 5 metabolites from one of our metabolite panels (listed above)

Special Requests

  • We we have a substantial number of established assays for metabolites not listed on the site. It is recommended to reach out to us to ask about the analysis of other metabolites you wish to target.

Additional Information

Please begin by visiting our Services/Pricing page. If interested in analysis, please complete our online Sample Submission Form and/or Email us at