Core Facilities

The NCBES provides state of the art research facilities, expertise, and an intellectual climate that fosters, encourages and supports interdisciplinary research activities in Biomedical Engineering Science.

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Description: Liquid Chromatography Mass Spectrometry (LC/MS) is now an essential enabling technology in much biological, medical and environmental research and is accessible to the local NUIG research community and to others from either industry or other educational/research institutes via our core facility. Our modern mass spectrometers are electrospray ionization enabled LC/MS/MS systems, interfaced with capillary/nanoflow and HPLC/UHPLC chromatographic inlets.

We can offer advice and solutions to help users get the most from the equipment available as well as full training and access to the equipment and software.

Primary Capabilities: Ultra trace/small molecule bioanalytical and environmental quantitation (e.g. quantitation of drugs, bioactive lipids, neurotransmitters etc); targeted proteomics investigation and quantitation.

Key Equipment:

Sciex QTRAP 4500 Enhanced high performance triple quadrupole/linear ion trap system with conventional and nanoflow HPLC






Agilent 6560 triple quadrupole system with conventional HPLC.





Bruker HCT discovery ion trap system with nanoflow and ETD ionisation.






Selected Publications:

Pharmacology           Okine BN, Madasu MK, McGowan F, Prendergast C, Gaspar JC, Harhen B, Roche M, Finn DP. N-palmitoylethanolamide in the anterior cingulate cortex attenuates inflammatory pain behaviour indirectly via a CB1 receptor-mediated mechanism. Pain. 2016 Dec;157(12):2687-2696.

Environmental          O’Driscoll C, Ramwell C, Harhen B, Morrison L, Clauson-Kaas F, Hansen HC,Campbell G, Sheahan J, Misstear B, Xiao L. Ptaquiloside in Irish Bracken Ferns and Receiving Waters, with Implications for Land Managers. Molecules. 2016 Apr26;21(5). pii: E543.

Metabolomics/Marine biodiscovery           Sánchez JA, Alfonso A, Thomas OP, Botana LM. Autumnalamide targeted proteins of the immunophilin family. Immunobiology. 2017 Feb;222(2):241-250.

Proteomics     Rainey MD, Harhen B, Wang GN, Murphy PV, Santocanale C. Cdc7-dependent and-independent phosphorylation of Claspin in the induction of the DNA replication checkpoint. Cell Cycle. 2013 May 15;12(10):1560-8..

Glycomics      Doohan RA, Hayes CA, Harhen B, Karlsson NG. Negative ion CID fragmentation of O-linked oligosaccharide aldoses–charge induced and charge remote fragmentation.J Am Soc Mass Spectrom. 2011 Jun;22(6):1052-62.


Prof. David Finn, Professor of Pharmacology and Biological Mass Spec Core Facility Director, NUIG,  Tel 091-495280

Brendan Harhen, Senior Technical Officer, Tel 091-492479