All Services

Next Generation Sequencing using MiSeq desktop sequencer

  • Metagenomics
  • Small genome sequencing
  • Amplicon sequencing
  • Targeted gene sequencing

Equipment Used: Illumina MiSeq Sequencer

Facility: Genomics

NMR Services

We are pleased to offer our NMR services to industrial, governmental, and academic users across North America. With 7 spectrometers and over 30 probes, we can collect spectra on virtually any NMR-active nuclide, in either the solution or solid state. Some examples of our services include:

  • Routine NMR spectra of small molecules in solution (e.g. 1D, COSY, NOESY, HSQC, HMBC, etc.)
  • 19F spectra, using a dedicated probe capable of simultaneous 1H decoupling
  • Variable temperature NMR spectra, with sample temperatures ranging from -20 C to 120 C.
  • Solution NMR spectra of metabolomics samples or other bio-materials, with optional solvent suppression
  • Solid-state NMR spectra of chemicals, materials, and biomolecules (e.g. static, magic-angle-spinning, cross-polarization)

The list above is by no means exhaustive! Please contact us if there is an experiment you are interested in. 

For routine NMR of small molecules, we suggest a concentration of 2 mg/mL for 1H experiments  and 20 mg/mL for 13C experiments. If sample limitations are a concern, our high-sensitivity cryoprobes can collect 1H NMR spectra on 0.1 mg/mL samples in a reasonable amount of time. 

Our service includes the raw NMR spectral data for processing on your computers, and we can also provide PDF spectral images for quick viewing of spectra. Routine NMR spectra are typically completed within two business days, and we accommodate "rush" service requests whenever possible. We can also offer data interpretation and analysis. Please contact the facility manager, Dr. Sameer Al-Abdul-Wahid, with enquires. 

Facility: NMR Centre

Nucleic Acid Fluorometry (Qubit)

Fluorometric concentration assays are generally more accurate than spectrophotometric/UV-Vis absorbance (ie. Nandrop) measurements because they are less affected by common contaminants (ie. Proteins, RNA, or DNA).

This method is recommended NGS library assessments and for any application that requires higher accuracy in concentration estimates than can be acheived with Nanodrop.


Request Form:
Qubit Request


Equipment Used: Qubit Flex Fluorometer, Qubit® 2.0 Fluorometer

Facility: Genomics

Sample Preparation

  • High Pressure Freezing
  • Plunge Freezing
  • Freeze Substitution
  • Chemical Fixation
  • Embedding
  • Sectioning
  • Staining
  • Immuno-Labeling 
  • Carbon Coating
  • Plasma Cleaning

Facility: Molecular and Cellular Imaging

Small Molecule - Gas Chromatography Mass Spectrometry

GC-MS is used to analyze small molecules which are volatile or semi-volatile. Samples can be derivitized to improve volatility.

Useful article about sample preparation from Agilent Technologies.

Submission form for GC-MS

Equipment Used: Agilent GC-MS, Bruker GC Scion TQ

Facility: Mass Spectrometry

Small Molecule - Liquid Chromatography Mass Spectrometry

LC-MS can be used to profile, identify and quantitate small molecules from a mixture.

Useful article about sample preparation from Agilent Technologies.

Submission form for high resolution LC-MS

Submission form for low resolution LC-MS or infusion

Equipment Used: Agilent LC-UHD Q-Tof, Bruker AmaZon SL LC-MSn

Facility: Mass Spectrometry

Small Molecule - Metabolomics (consult facility)

Refer to Metabolomics (2015) 11:851–860 for experimental design

Software Used: Agilent Mass Profiler Professional

Submission form for metabolomics

Equipment Used: Agilent LC-UHD Q-Tof

Facility: Mass Spectrometry