Developing A Single-Neuron Protein Mass Analyzer





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Published on Aug 15, 2019

Proteins are the workhorses of life on a molecular scale. They drive communications between cells and regulate biological functions. Understanding which cells produce what proteins within a living organism would provide an unprecedented window into how biological systems function. After four years of development, UMD Associate Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry Peter Nemes has produced the first instrument sensitive enough to identify and measure the protein produced by a single neuron.

With support from the Beckman Young Investigator Award, Peter’s work is opening new avenues for research into disease and the fundamental biological processes that sustain life.

In order of appearance:
• Peter Nemes, UMD Chemistry and Biochemistry Associate Professor, principal investigator and recipient of the 2015 Beckman Young Investigator Award
• Sally Moody, Anatomy and Regenerative Biology Professor, the George Washington, University.
• Abigail Polter, Pharmacology and Physiology Professor, The George Washington University.
• Janice Reutt-Robey, UMD Chemistry and Biochemistry Chair


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