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Marine Biochemical Sciences Group

The Marine Biochemical Sciences Group’s mission is to perform state-of-the-art bioanalytical measurements, provide reference data and tools, develop standards, and advance the measurement sciences to support the nation’s needs for research on marine organisms. Activities comprise the development of bioanalytical methods to characterize, identify, and quantitate molecules pertinent to marine organisms using multi-omics techniques.

Marine Biochemical Sciences Group
Left to Right: Tracey Schock, Mike Napolitano (NOAA Post-doc), Julie Lowenstein (CofC Graduate Student), Meghan Grandal (MUSC Graduate Student), Frank Mari, Erik Andersson (NIST Pathways Scientist), Benjamin Neely, Kehau Hagiwara (NRC Post-doc), Clay Davis, Elena Legrand (NIST Guest Researcher)

(left to right):  Dan Bearden, Candice Ulmer (NRC Post-doc), Fabio Casu, Meghan Grandal (MUSC Graduate Student), Frances Nilsen (MUSC Graduate Student), Tracey SchockFrank Mari, Christina Jones (646.07 Post-doc), Benjamin Neely, and John Bowden
Available raw and processed data by organism and data type.
Organism Type Data Publication
Conus purpurascens (Purple cone snail) tissue transcriptomics SRP133533 pending
Homo sapiens (Human) Human Liver Reference Material Proteomics PXD009021 pending
Porites compressa (finger coral), Acropora cervicornis (staghorn coral), Orbicella faveolata (mountainous star coral) coral holobiont metabolome MTBLS862
Tursiops truncatus (Atlantic bottlenose dolphin) genome, tissue proteomics NIST Tur_tru v1, PXD008808
Zalophus californianus (California Sea Lion) urine proteomics PXD009019,

The Marine Biochemical Sciences group is an important and unique component of NIST’s strategic plan as its mission is at the interface between Chemistry and Biology. The MBS marine mandate plays a crucial role in the Hollings Marine Laboratory partnership with NOAA, MUSC, CofC and SCDNR, as it provides the partners with measurement science solutions for an assortment of marine-related projects such as developments in marine biomedicine applications and precision medicine (another NIST strategic goal), environmental issues related to climate change, and temporal studies of  marine organism health through application of current or new analytical and biochemical techniques. Additionally, certain projects are aimed to define cellular and biomolecular measurements that will enhance genetic and evolutionary studies, food web studies and integrated exposome studies.

Marine Biochemical Sciences Group in Action

News and Updates

Projects and Programs

Comparative Serum Proteomics Project

Initially the Comparative Mammalian Proteome Aggregator Resource (CoMPARe) Program will generate proteomic data from sera from 25 different species that


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