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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, phthalates, 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 been primarily funded through the generosity of the Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust and National Center for Research Resources.

Analytical Services

Untargeted Profiling

Targeted 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

  • Method development can be requested to create new assays. These requests are typically only accommodated if the new method will be used to analyze a large number of samples for the project for which the method is being created. It is also possible that your request can be accommodated without method development as we have a substantial number of established assays for metabolites not listed.

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