The MU Proteomics Center is named for Charles W. Gehrke, emeritus professor of Biochemistry, University of Missouri-Columbia. Dr Gerhke joined MU in 1949 and progressed to the rank of full professor. His interest in analytical chemistry and mass spectrometry was one of the factors in naming the Center for Dr Gehrke; benefactors are Lowell and Marian Miller. Read a biographical sketch in celebration of his 85th Birthday (in 2002) here.
The staff of the Charles W. Gehrke Proteomics Center was saddened to hear of Dr. Gehrke’s death Tuesday Feb10th 2009. Professor Gehrke was a pioneer in chromatography and analytical biochemistry.
When the Center first moved to the Bond Life Sciences Center, Dr. Gehrke
was a regular visitor to the core and was genuinely interested in our work.
He was impressed by our facilities and staff. He sometimes just dropped by,
accompanied by friends, and would give a tour of the Center himself. We believe,
therefore, he was honored and proud to have official recognition of his service
to campus and to the field of chromatography in the form of the named core facility.
There was a great turn-out for the naming ceremony in 2004. He kindly organized
a lunar sample display for the opening of the Life Sciences Center, on loan
from NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, as well as the gas chromatograph
he used for his analysis work. Although we have not been graced with a visit
in recent years, we will always remember his good natured tone and fervent interest
Dr. Gehrke was never one to rest and as recently as Nov/Dec of 2008 he was working on organizing a NASA/MO symposium, to be held in 2009.
A nice story of Dr. Gehrke’s life, along with service details, was
published in 2/11/09’s Columbia Missourian and can be found at: http://www.columbiamissourian.com/stories/2009/02/11/charles-gehrke-researcher-and-businessman-dies-91/
The Proteomics Center provides advanced technologies in protein separation and mass spectrometry identification for researchers at the University of Missouri-Columbia.
Initiating a project
The Proteomics Center is located in rooms 212, 213, 213b, and 214 of the Life Sciences Center (1201 E. Rollins Street) on the University of Missouri-Columbia campus. Get directions.
The Proteomics Center was established by a $1,000,000 equipment grant from M0nsant0. The Molecular Biology Program, Life Sciences Mission Enhancement, the College of Arts and Sciences, the Division of Biological Sciences, the Department of Chemistry, the Department of Biochemistry, the Interdisciplinary Plant Group, and the Animal Reproductive Cluster have also contributed funds to the development of the Proteomics Center.
Initiating a project
Any project initiated by the Proteomics Center requires a preliminary consultation with Dr. Brian Mooney, Associate Director, to discuss the goal(s) of the project. Consultations are free of charge and can be in the form of an office visit, phone call, or e-mail correspondence. A brief discussion of the project before it is initiated is frequently necessary to clarify the capabilities and limitations of the facility or the technology. After an initial consultation a submission form must be filled out for the service(s) requested. Sample(s) and submission forms(s) must be delivered to the Proteomics Center.
Fee schedules have been determined based upon consumable, labor, and service contract costs. Fees are negotiable for large projects and for experienced users capable of using instrumentation without guidance. Any fee discount must be discussed with the Associate Director prior to initiation of the project. Under no circumstances are fee schedules to be negotiated with the staff.