Sample Submission

Sample drop-off appointments can be reserved through CMSP google calendars:

 MSP Sample Drop-off Reservations

St. Paul Sample Drop-off Reservations

Sample turnaround time is dependent on the current sample queue and other factors, including instrumentation status (e.g., maintenance schedules).  Customer participation in sample preparation procedures is encouraged after proper instruction from lab staff.  Contact core facility staff for inquiries on sample status.

University of Minnesota Customer Sample Submission:

Deliver your samples to the lab for electronic sample log-in by core facility staff. Provide all sample preparation information and experimental goals. Complete the electronic version of the 'EFS Submission Form' linked below. Please provide updated EFS numbers to the core facility when changes occur, by filling out the EFS Submission Form with updated information.

    NOTE: All samples are analyzed in the order of receipt.

External Customer Sample Submission:

Please fill out the form linked below to provide your account and billing information.  If submitting gel bands, please also fill out the PDF form linked above.

Sample Submission and Shipment Guidelines (UMN and External Customers):


Call or send email to one of the core facility staff members regarding your project and request for services before you send samples to the core facility. In addition to detailed sample prep and experimental design details, provide total protein amount, cysteine alkylating reagent, species and amino acid modifications of interest (when applicable).

  • St. Paul Lab: 612-625-2280 or 612-625-6283
  • MPLS Lab: 612-625-2279

2) LABEL YOUR SAMPLE TUBES ON THE LID with a Sharpie marker:

  • Label should include: Your INITIALS and SAMPLE NAME/NUMBER

   Do NOT wrap laboratory tape around the sample tubes, they will not fit into a centrifuge


3) Place the labeled sample tubes in an outer container or plastic bag, labeled with your name and institution.


4) Include in the package a printed sheet containing your name and contact information, and the detailed sample preparation and experimental outline, including total protein amount.  If you are submitting gel bands, include the gel image as well.  


5) MAILING/SHIPPING ADDRESSES for sample submission:

St. Paul Lab Shipping Address (Packages):
Center for Mass Spectrometry & Proteomics
University of Minnesota
43 Gortner Lab
1479 Gortner Avenue
St. Paul, Minnesota 55108

Minneapolis Lab Shipping Address (Packages):
Center for Mass Spectrometry & Proteomics
University of Minnesota
5-194 MCB
420 Washington Avenue
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55455