Register Now for Michigan State’s Clinical Mass Spec Online Course

| December 24, 2014

DB5D6112-155D-E635-18EB2DA490A67BC3_mediumAbout this program

This certificate program is designed for anyone in the clinical laboratory field who wants to learn about mass spectrometry and utilize this technology in the clinical laboratory. Medical laboratory scientists with training in mass spectrometry are in demand in the clinical laboratory.  No background knowledge in mass spectrometry is needed as we will cover the fundamentals and build on them throughout the program.  Recommended background for participants is a college course in Biochemistry.  Those with some mass spectrometry experience will also benefit from these courses as we will cover mass spectrometry theory in detail and apply this knowledge to clinical based samples. We will also cover instrument maintenance and trouble shooting tips.

The certificate program will be comprised of three courses:

BLD 870 – Clinical Mass Spectrometry Theory (2 credits)
This course covers mass spectrometry theory.  Included are principles of instrumentation, liquid and gas chromatography theory and data analysis as it applies to the clinical laboratory.

BLD 871 – Applied Clinical Mass Spectrometry (in development)
This course will apply clinical mass spectrometry principles to sample preparation, platform selection, data analysis, standards, and quality control.

BLD 872 – Clinical Mass Spectrometry Laboratory (in development)
Hands on experience learning the ins and outs of a mass spectrometer instrument, sample preparation and data analysis.

About the Faculty

Dr. Leann M. Mikesh received her M.S. in Clinical Laboratory Science and a Ph.D. in Pathology from Michigan State University. Dr. Mikesh’s Ph.D. research focused on identifying major histocompatibility complex (MHC) associated peptides from individuals with idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura by mass spectrometry. For this research she was an ASHIScholar Awardee. Dr. Mikesh went on to continue her research in identifying MHC associated peptides  in cancer and disease using novel mass spectrometric methodologies at the University of Virginia where she completed a post-doctoral fellowship under the mentorship of Dr. Donald Hunt. Dr. Mikesh then completed a Laboratory Medicine Fellowship accredited by the American Association for Clinical Chemistry at the University of Virginia where she was awarded theAACC Past President’s Scholarship. At the University of Virginia she continued to use mass spectrometry in her research to identify potential novel biomarkers in breast cancer, melanoma, and in wound healing. Currently she is an Assistant Professor, Adjunct in the Biomedical Laboratory Diagnostics Program at Michigan State University.

Cost of the Program

Registration fees are paid on a per-credit hour basis and will be billed to your account at the time registration. There are three courses in this program, with each course worth two credits. For the 2014-2015 academic year (August – May) the fees are as follows:

Michigan Residents Status:  $696.00/credit or $1,392.00* (per course)
Non-Michigan Resident Status:  $827.75/credit or $1,655.50* (per course)

*Course fees are subject to change with approval of vote by Board of Trustees and some additional fees for international students may be applicable. Please click for a current full list of fees.


BLD 870 – no required textbook.

BLD 871 -“A Practical Guide to Implementing Clinical Mass Spectrometry Systems” by Neil Leaver.

ISBN-13: 978-1906799106

Need More Information?

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