Chemistry and Biochemistry

Bio Analysis Labs

The aim of the Biological Mass Spectrometry and Cell Sorting Core Facility is to provide top tier data acquisition and sample analysis in the fields of proteomics, metabolomics, lipidomics, and flow cytometry to the BYU community. If you are interested in using the facility's mass spectrometry capabilities, please contact Dr. Daniel Mortensen to get started. If you are interested in cell sorting, please contact Research Assistant Max Beers.

Dr. Daniel Mortensen (Director) 

(801) 422-7123

Daniel Call (Technician)

(208) 534-8891



Mass Spectrometers: (E150 BNSN)
Flow Cytommetry Cell Sorter: (E267 BNSN)

Orbitrap Fusion Lumos Tribrid Mass Spectrometer

(ThermoFisher Website)

FACS Aria Fusion

(BD Biosciences Website)

6530 Accurate-Mass Q-TOF LC/MS

(Agilent Technologies Website)


Pricing and Procedures

These are users prices after university contributions. Prices for users not affiliated with Brigham Young University are negotiated on a per case basis

Mass Spectrometry

Cell Sorting


$15 per hour

* All times are rounded up to the nearest 1/2 hour

Policies and Procedures

  1. If you are interested in using the Bio Mass Spec Facility, please contact Dr. Daniel Mortensen, the facility director, by phone at 801-422-7123 or by email at
  2. Use of instrumentation in the Bio Mass Spec Facility is charged on an hourly rate and generally requires a technician to run samples.
  3. Samples will not be analyzed unless they are accompanied by a fully completed worklist. The worklists can be downloaded here:
    1. Orbitrap
    2. Q-ToF
  4. Suggested Methodsfor sample preparation are provided bellow:
    1. On-Filter Trypsin Digest
    2. In Gel Sample Prep for LCMS Sequencing
  5. If data acquired and or analyzed in this facility is included in a publication, financial support from the Fritz B. Burns Foundation should be acknowledged. For example: “Mass spectrometry was supported by the Fritz B. Burns Foundation (2016 gift to Brigham Young University).”
  • $30 per hour                                                                                        
  • Cells must be filtered prior to sorting



 This critical post-processing of raw scan files significantly extends the researcher’s ability to get the most out of their mass spec results. 

 PeakInvestigator® mass spectral analysis software operates on the researcher’s current (or previously captured) mass spec raw scan file outputs, to maximize extraction and capture of the most real data vs. noise, providing up to 5-6x higher resolution with detection and deconvolution of overlapped peaks, and statistical confidence intervals on every peak call.

PeakInvestigator post-processing of your raw scan files typically provides visibly superior centroided results that can transform the efficiency of downstream MS analyses and identifications, for less invested time and money.

You can access PeakInvestigator software services within either of these open source mass spectral analysis software packages available in this MS core facility:

➢     MZmine PeakInvestigator Edition (MZminePI)

➢     OpenMS PeakInvestigator Edition (OpenMSPI)

If you are not already familiar with PeakInvestigator, you can request a free demo on your data by contacting the MS core facility manager.