Bioanalytical Facility

The department hosts a custom built, well-equipped analytical facility for Proteomic workflows for protein and peptide analysis and characterisation of nucleic acids, nucleosides and other metabolites

Bioanalytical laboratory

Our expertise is bioanalysis of multiple cell systems from mammalian to algae and bacteria; working on projects within the Biological Engineering research theme of the department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at the University of Sheffield. 

We also collaborate on range of Life Science projects across faculties (Medicine Dentistry and Health, Science) and with external academic and industry partners.  Our collaborations include other University of Sheffield departments: Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, Biomedical ScienceOncology and Metabolism, Infection and Immunity, The School of Clinical Dentistry and Sheffield Institute for Translational Neuroscience

Our external collaborators include Professor Edze Westra, University of Exeter. Professor Josef Komenda and Dr Roman Sobotka, The Czech Academy of Sciences

Industrial collaborators include: Syngenta, Glaxo Smith Kline, ThermoFisher, FUJIFILM Diosynth Biotechnologies and AstraZeneca.

Research areas

Quantitative proteomics - SILAC, metabolic labeling, iTRAQ and label free quantification

Protein-protein, Protein-RNA interactions - quantitative analysis of protein-protein interactions and the mRNA interactome

Protein post translational modifications - phosphorylation, methylation, glycosylation and histone PTMs

Characterisation of biotherapeutic biomolecules - biopharmaceuticals, RNA therapeutics 

Nucleic Acid Mass Spectrometry



Q Exactive™ HF hybrid quadrupole-Orbitrap mass spectrometer (Thermo Scientific)-BBSRC funded

maXis ultra high ToF instrument (Bruker Daltonics))

amaZon Ion trap (Bruker Daltonics)

Thermo Finnigan TRACE DSQ GC-MS System


 Agilent 7890A gas - chromatograph (GC) instrument equipped with a flame ionization detector

A wide range of HPLC/UPLC systems covering analytical, capillary and nano flow rates (Agilent, Thermo Scientific)


Quantitative proteomics

Kaneva IN, Longworth J, Sudbery PE & Dickman MJ (2018) Quantitative Proteomic Analysis in Candida albicans Using SILAC-Based Mass Spectrometry. Proteomics, 18(5-6), 1700278-1700278. View this article in WRRO  

MacGregor-Chatwin C, Jackson PJ, Sener M, Chidgey JW, Hitchcock A, Qian P, Mayneord GE, Johnson MP, Luthey-Schulten Z, Dickman MJ, Scanlan DJ (2019). Membrane organization of photosystem I complexes in the most abundant phototroph on Earth. Nature Plants 5(8):879-89. View this article in WRRO  

 Krynicka V, Georg J, Jackson PJ, Dickman MJ, Hunter CN, Futschik ME, Hess WR, Komenda J. (2019).  Depletion of the FtsH1/3 proteolytic complex suppresses the nutrient stress response in the cyanobacterium Synechocystis PCC6803.  The Plant Cell

Jackson PJ, Lewis HJ, Tucker JD, Hunter CN & Dickman MJ (2012) Quantitative proteomic analysis of intracytoplasmic membrane development in Rhodobacter sphaeroides.. Mol Microbiol, 84(6), 1062-1078. 

Raut MP, Couto N, Pham TK, Evans C, Noirel J, Wright PC (2016) Quantitative proteomic analysis of the influence of lignin on biofuel production by Clostridium acetobutylicum ATCC 824. Biotechnol Biofuels 9: 113

Corfe BM, Majumdar D, Assadsangabi A, Marsh AMR, Cross SS, Connolly JB, Evans CA & Lobo AJ (2015) Inflammation decreases keratin level in ulcerative colitis; inadequate post-inflammatory restoration associates with increased risk of colitis-associated-cancer. BMJ Gastroenterology 2: e000024. 

Protein-protein, Protein-RNA interactions

Chidgey JW, Jackson PJ, Dickman MJ & Hunter CN (2017). PufQ regulates porphyrin flux at the haem/bacteriochlorophyll branchpoint of tetrapyrrole biosynthesis via interactions with ferrochelatase. Mol. Microbiol. 106: 961-975.

Chidgey JW, Linhartova M, Komenda J, Jackson PJ, Dickman MJ, Canniffe DP, Konik P, Pilny J, Hunter CN & Sobotka R (2014). A cyanobacterial chlorophyll synthase-HliD complex associates with the Ycf39 protein and the YidC/Alb3 insertase. The Plant Cell 26: 1267-1279.

Hollingshead S, Kopecna J, Jackson PJ, Canniffe DP, Davison PA, Dickman MJ, Sobotka R & Hunter CN (2012) Conserved chloroplast open-reading frame ycf54 is required for activity of the magnesium protoporphyrin monomethylester oxidative cyclase in Synechocystis PCC 6803. J. Biol. Chem. 287: 27823-27833.

Kaneva IN, Sudbery IM, Dickman MJ, Sudbery PE (2019).Proteins that physically interact with the phosphatase Cdc14 in Candida albicans have diverse roles in the cell cycle. Sci Rep. 9(1):6258. 

Cooper-Knock J, Walsh MJ, Higginbottom A, Robin Highley J, Dickman MJ, Edbauer D, Ince PG, Wharton SB, Wilson SA, Kirby J , Hautbergue GM et al (2014) Sequestration of multiple RNA recognition motif-containing proteins by C9orf72 repeat expansions.. Brain, 137(Pt 7), 2040-2051. View this article in WRRO  

Wiedenheft B, van Duijn E, Bultema JB, Waghmare SP, Zhou K, Barendregt A, Westphal W, Heck AJR, Boekema EJ, Dickman MJ & Doudna JA (2011) RNA-guided complex from a bacterial immune system enhances target recognition through seed sequence interactions. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A, 108(25), 10092-10097. 

Brouns SJJ, Jore MM, Lundgren M, Westra ER, Slijkhuis RJH, Snijders APL, Dickman MJ, Makarova KS, Koonin EV & van der Oost J (2008) Small CRISPR RNAs guide antiviral defense in prokaryotes. SCIENCE, 321(5891), 960-964. View this article in WRRO  

Protein post translational modifications

Cole J, Hanson EJ, James DC, Dockrell DH & Dickman MJ (2019) Comparison of data acquisition methods for the identification and quantification of histone post-translational modifications on a Q Exactive HF hybrid quadrupole Orbitrap mass spectrometer. Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry

Cruz-Migoni A, Hautbergue GM, Artymiuk PJ, Baker PJ, Bokori-Brown M, Chang C-T, Dickman MJ, Essex-Lopresti A, Harding SV, Mahadi NM , Marshall LE et al (2011) A Burkholderia pseudomallei toxin inhibits helicase activity of translation factor eIF4A. Science, 334(6057), 821-824. 

Couto, N., Davlyatova, L., Evans, C.A. and Wright, P.C., 2018. Application of the broadband collision‐induced dissociation (bbCID) mass spectrometry approach for protein glycosylation and phosphorylation analysis. Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry, 32(2), pp.75-85.

Strutton B, Jaffé SRP, Pandhal J & Wright PC (2017) Producing a glycosylating Escherichia coli cell factory: The placement of the bacterial oligosaccharyl transferase pglB onto the genome. Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications. View this article in WRRO 

Evans CA, Rosser R, Waby JS, Noirel J, Lai D, Wright PC, Williams EA, Riley SA, Bury JP and Corfe BM. (2015) Reduced keratin expression in colorectal neoplasia and associated fields is reversible by both diet and resection. BMJ Gastroenterology 2: e000022 

Dickman MJ, Kucharski R, Maleszka R & Hurd PJ (2013) Extensive histone post-translational modification in honey bees. Insect Biochem Mol Biol, 43(2), 125-137.  

Snijders APL, Hung M-L, Wilson SA & Dickman MJ (2010) Analysis of arginine and lysine methylation utilizing peptide separations at neutral pH and electron transfer dissociation mass spectrometry.. J Am Soc Mass Spectrom, 21(1), 88-96.  

Snijders APL, Pongdam S, Lambert SJ, Wood CM, Baldwin JP & Dickman MJ (2008) Characterization of post-translational modifications of the linker histories H1 and H5 from chicken erythrocytes using mass spectrometry. J Proteome Res, 7(10), 4326-4335.  

 Characterisation of biotherapeutic biomolecules

Close ED, Nwokeoji AO, Milton D, Cook K, Hindocha DM, Hook EC, Wood H & Dickman MJ (2016) Nucleic acid separations using superficially porous silica particles. Journal of Chromatography A, 1440, 135-144. View this article in WRRO  

Strutton B, Jaffé SRP, Pandhal J & Wright PC (2017) Producing a glycosylating Escherichia coli cell factory: The placement of the bacterial oligosaccharyl transferase pglB onto the genome. Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications. View this article in WRRO 

Chiverton LM, Evans C, Pandhal J, Landels AR, Rees BJ, Levison PR, Wright PC & Smales CM (2016) Quantitative definition and monitoring of the host cell protein proteome using iTRAQ - a study of an industrial mAb producing CHO-S cell line. Biotechnology Journal, 11(8), 1014-1024. View this article in WRRO 

Nucleic Acid Mass Spectrometry

Kung A-W, Kilby PM, Portwood DE & Dickman MJ (2018) Quantification of dsRNA using stable isotope labeling dilution liquid chromatography/mass spectrometry. Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry, 32(7), 590-596. View this article in WRRO  

Nwokeoji AO, Kung A-W, Kilby PM, Portwood DE & Dickman MJ (2017) Purification and characterisation of dsRNA using ion pair reverse phase chromatography and mass spectrometry. Journal of Chromatography A, 1484, 14-25. View this article in WRRO  

Waghmare SP, Nwokeoji AO & Dickman MJ (2015) Analysis of crRNA Using Liquid Chromatography Electrospray Ionization Mass Spectrometry (LC ESI MS), Methods Mol Biol,1311, 133-45.  

Sinkunas T, Gasiunas G, Waghmare SP, Dickman MJ, Barrangou R, Horvath P & Siksnys V (2013) In vitro reconstitution of Cascade-mediated CRISPR immunity in Streptococcus thermophilus. EMBO Journal, 32(3), 385-394. View this article in WRRO  

Waghmare SP & Dickman MJ (2011) Characterization and quantification of RNA post-transcriptional modifications using stable isotope labeling of RNA in conjunction with mass spectrometry analysis. Anal Chem, 83(12), 4894-4901. 

Jore MM, Lundgren M, Van Duijn E, Bultema JB, Westra ER, Waghmare SP, Wiedenheft B, Pul U, Wurm R, Wagner R , Beijer MR et al (2011) Structural basis for CRISPR RNA-guided DNA recognition by Cascade. Nature Structural and Molecular Biology, 18(5), 529-536.  


Russo D, Beckerman AP, Couto N & Pandhal J (2016) A metaproteomic analysis of the response of a freshwater microbial community under nutrient enrichment.. Frontiers in Microbiology, 7, 1172-1172. View this article in WRRO

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