Center for Mass Spectrometry and Proteomics

Introducing CMSP Google Shared Drive 

Dear CMSP User:

Happy New Year! Our Staff would like to thank you for your continued support and business at the Center for Mass Spectrometry and Proteomics. CMSP is starting the new year with the switch of CMSP’s Google Share Drive (GSD) as a means of releasing your important data and results.

CMSP has transferred all user data and results from OIT’s storage drive to GSD. In similar fashion as OIT, each PI will have a folder that will be populated with subfolders for their researchers. There are a few new changes to keep in mind:

  1. Each PI shared drive belongs to the PI. The PI is the GSD OVERALL manager and may add/change access rights for their researchers.
  2. The PI is responsible for data and results released in their GSD
  3. PIs are urged to backup all contents on the GSD.  PIs should have access to their data indefinitely, contingent on changes in the agreement between the UMN and Google.  As with any stored data, backup is recommended.
  4. By default, Researcher permissions are set to Commenter for opening and saving files. This prevents Researchers from modifying or deleting raw data or results which have been processed by CMSP. A PI may grant a Researcher high-level access and editing permissions but be reminded that original data can then be altered and CMSP does not retain backup files.


CMSP is not a data storage facility and does not retain data and results for more than 90 days. CMSP would like to remind all PI’s and Researchers of the UMN Research Data Management Policy. This policy can be found here,  This policy emphasizes that PIs are responsible for the stewardship of any data under their control, as is the case for data generated in the CMSP and transferred to GSD.


GSD can be accessed through your UMN Gmail account or by Google Drive File Stream. If you are not familiar with Google Shared Drive, instructions for GSD folder access can be found in on CMSP’s Data Sharing page.


Thank you,


CMSP Staff


The Center for Mass Spectrometry and Proteomics to resume limited operations:

Dear CMSP users - The Sunrise plan for the CMSP to resume operations has been approved and the facility is now operating, following guidelines contained in the approved return to operation plan.  

As we move into this first phase of the Sunrise plan, we would bring to your attention several items:

1.  We have put in place strict guidelines on interactions between CMSP staff and clients, including sample drop-off procedures.  Clients will not be allowed within the CMSP laboratories for the foreseeable future.  We have posted these new protocols here:  Please refer to this document for procedures to follow for dropping off samples for preparation and/or analysis in CMSP.   

2. As part of these new operating protocols, all meetings between clients and CMSP staff will be held remotely.  Please refer to our posted protocols description ( for more information.

3.  In accordance with the University Sunrise plan, CMSP staff will be working reduced hours within the laboratory.  We will do our best to meet demand and efficiently provide services to clients, however we ask for everyone's patience as we navigate the new realities of operating under this first phase of the Sunrise plan.

If you have questions, please contact CMSP staff directly ( or by email to the Faculty Director Tim Griffin (

Thank you, we are excited to resume our work supporting research at the UMN.

-- The CMSP Staff


Who We Are:

The Center for Mass Spectrometry and Proteomics facility (CMSP) provides support to the life sciences research community at the University of Minnesota. The CMSP - a subunit of the Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biophysics (BMBB) - is based on both campuses. CMSP provides expertise, equipment, training, and support for analyzing all types of biological molecules - with a focus on proteomic and metabolomic applications. With years of experience serving the entire biological science community of the University, the CMSP staff has a wide range of expertise in analytical methods used to characterize a broad range of molecule types. In addition to large-scale discovery studies, proteins, metabolites or other molecules of interest can be validated by targeted mass spectrometry methods.


  • Publications with CMSP authorship, acknowledgement or instrument usage.