NIAID Microbiome Program: Metabolite Mass Spectrometry

MALDI Biotyper (MBT) is a technology that identifies microorganisms using matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization-time of flight (MALDI-TOF) mass spectrometry to measure a unique peptide mass fingerprint. MBT measures highly abundant proteins that are found in all microorganisms and matches the pattern with a spectral library to determine the microorganism (in some cases down to the species level).

Main Areas of Focus

  • To allow researchers to identify microorganism isolates in a faster, more cost-effective way than traditional methods such as genome sequencing

Tools

  • MALDI Biotyper (MBT)

Who Can Use This Resource

  • This resource is available to NIAID researchers.

How To Get Started

Content last reviewed on November 17, 2017