What is proteomics?

Proteomics is the study of proteins. As proteins are the products of genes, and there are more than 20,000 genes in a human cell, proteomics is an attempt to catalogue the complex inner workings of cells and organisms. Proteins are studies using techniques such as gel electrophoresis and mass spectrometry.

What is metabolomics?

Metabolomics aims to identify and quantify the full range of chemical metabolites present in cells and organisms. As there are many hundreds of metabolites present in every cell, and the levels of these metabolites can vary greatly in response to genetics and the environment, this is a mammoth task. Scientists are investigating the complex world of metabolites using techniques such as gas chromatography and liquid chromatgraphy linked to mass spectrometers. Other scientists use nuclear magnetic resonance to probe the structures of complex metabolites.

How do I access proteomic or metabolomic services?

Proteomic and metabolomic services can now sourced from a number of laboratories in Victoria. Proteomic services are provided by core laboratories established at Melbourne, Monash and La Trobe Universities. Metabolomic services are provided by the Victorian node of Metabolomics Australia located at Melbourne University. More detail about access to platform technologies Victoria can be found through the Victorian Platform Technologies Network.

In addition, a comprehensive directory of Victorian metabolomic and proteomic researchers can be found on the PMV connect page of this website.

Why should I be a part of PMV?

The study of proteins and metabolites requires complex infrastructure and a great deal of technical expertise. The only way that Victorian scientists can take full advantage of these technologies is through collaboration and cooperation. Not only do we need to work together to develop our technical capabilities, we need to communicate the promise of proteomic and metabolomic science to other researchers, research administrators and the general public.

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