Monthly Archives: June 2014


June 29, 2014

Orbi has been running Yuanjun’s samples: 80 hours of FTMS goodness! Next in the queue is Casey with TMT samples, means replicates, means more of FTMS goodness. Meanwhile, Valerie’s, Joana’s, and Mark’s samples have been gelled and cut-up in preparation for gel-assisted proteolysis, a very trendy (and expensive, as all trendy things tend to be) sample prep method.

MALDI will be running Michael’s and Nicole’s samples on Monday. I could have done it today, but working more than 2 hours on Sunday is against my life-work balance principles.


June 24, 2014

I am back from vacation and will start working on your samples the minute I finish this post. So here’s the plan. As always, MS-ready samples will run first. They form their own, very special, first-class, high-priority, VIP queue. Next, I will work on the gel bands which have been submitted before and during my vacation. If you have some bands stashed in your fridge, bring them in today or tomorrow – the more the merrier!


June 14, 2014

Orbi is chilling, thanks to our service contract and to Mike Henry, the Thermo engineer! Matt’s samples are done and James’ samples are running now. Expect a week of bad weather since I am taking time off. The weather will be beautiful again after June 23rd when I return to my basement.


June 10, 2014

Orbi is still down, waiting for the engineer to replace leaky chiller. I spent most of the day installing software on two new computers. The easiest to install was PolyTools for interpreting MALDI mass spectra of polymers. Any polymers need to be analyzed? We have the software!


June 9, 2014

Orbi is down for a yet unknown time: its chiller is leaking. Orbi cannot maintain its cool without a working chiller, you see. The Thermo engineer has promised to come and fix it this week. I will keep you posted! Yuanjun was lucky to get his samples run with the chiller half-full.