Welcome to the Integrated Metabolomics Analysis Core (IMAC) at Texas A&M University (TAMU). Established in 2016 with funding from the TAMU Research Development Fund, the IMAC is the result of a strategic investment in the research infrastructure at TAMU in the field of Metabolomics.
The IMAC operates as a fee-for-service core facility and accepts samples on a first come, first serve basis. Please Email us to set up an initial project meeting (see Contacts). If you have worked with us before please use iLabs to submit additional Projects or Samples.
What is Metabolomics?
Metabolomics is one of the most recent members of the ‘omics’ community of system biology technologies. It is a term that encompasses the study of small molecules and metabolites that are contained within cells, tissues and biofluids of organisms. Metabolomic studies can be ‘targeted’, where specific compounds are analyzed and quantitated or ‘untargeted’, where the ‘metabolome’ is sampled and analyzed to discover compounds that are present. There are many classes of metabolites including amino acids, Krebs Cycle metabolites, sugars, fats as well as fatty acids or bile acids that make up the metabolome. The IMAC will specialize, primarily, in small, polar compounds that can be separated by liquid chromatography or gas chromatography.
The Mission of the IMAC is to provide:
- Open access core facility available to all TAMU users for Metabolomics service and research
- Different levels of service from drop-off to collaborative projects
- Training for TAMU postdoctoral fellows and students to use the state-of-the-art instrumentation in support of specific projects
- Short courses and workshops on advances in metabolomics
Our Core Strengths:
- State-of-the-art instrumentation for targeted and untargeted metabolomics analysis
- Professional full-time staff
- Focus on Service and Research
The Markets We Serve:
- TAMU scientists and students
- Other academic research scientists
- Commercial entities
- Stephen Safe (CVM)
- Robert Chapkin (COALS)
- Frank Raushel (Science)
- Robert Alaniz (HSC)