This course is designed to provide a basic introduction to gas-chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS) and metabolomics and is suitable for beginners to the field who are interested in collaborating with metabolomics experts to expand their research. At the end of the course, you should have a general basic overview of both the practical and theoretical processes involved in a GC-MS analysis. In the wet-lab you will have the opportunity to prepare course-provided samples for GC-MS. In the drylab, an existing data set will be processed and analyzed by the group. The theoretical part of the course will cover basic theory on metabolomics and GC-MS. At the end of the course, you should expect to have a broad overview of what metabolomics is and the complexity of the steps of a metabolomics experiment.
Be aware that during the course we will work with hazardous, harmful and teratogenic substances (especially Pyridine, Chloroform, MSTFA, Methoxyamine, Methanol). Participants are REQUIRED to have read and understood the safety datasheets for these chemicals prior to attending the course and take part in the course at their own risk. Registering for this course constitutes acceptance of this responsibility.
Anyone who is or may be pregnant or is trying for a baby is advised not to do the laboratory practical component of this course – please advise the organisers in confidence at the earliest possible date if this applies to you.