Teve Rajamets

Proteomics core facility

The Proteomics Core Facility of University of Tartu (UT PCF) offers a mass spectrometry (MS) based proteomics analysis services. MS proteomics analysis enables to characterize, both qualitatively and quantitatively, the protein and peptide composition of various biological samples (tissues, cells, bodily fluids etc.). We offer our services to the research groups within the university, to other scientific institutions both inside and outside Estonia, and to the biotechnology industry.

Our services include:

• Protein identification and sequencing.

• Label-free or label-based (e.g. SILAC) quantification of proteins.

• Analysis of post-translational modifications of proteins.

For more detailed inquiries regarding our services, please contact the head of the facility Ivar Ilves ( Please contact us also for discussing the details of your experiment setup before submitting any samples - this would help us to tailor the analysis according to your needs.

The price list of services

The sample submission and transport instructions to the laboratory

Monitor our current sample analysis queue.


The following instruments are available at UT PCF.

• Agilent 3100 OFFGel
• Invitrogen XCell SureLock MiniCell SDS-PAGE
• Expedeon GELFREE 8100

Liquid chromatography
• Agilent 1200 Series nano-LC
• Dionex Ultimate3000 RSLC nano-LC
• Thermo Fisher Scientific easy-nLC 1000

Mass spectrometers
• Thermo Fisher Scientific Q Exactive Plus
• Thermo Fisher Scientific Q Exactive HF



Ivar Ilves, PhD (molecular virology), head of the facility, e-mail: 

Merilin Saarma, MSc (biology), technician, e-mail:



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Ahlstrand, T.; Torittu, A.; Elovaara, H.; Välimaa, H.; Pöllänen, M. T.; Kasvandik, S.; Högbom, M.; Ihalin, R., Interactions between the Aggregatibacter actinomycetemcomitans secretin HofQ and host cytokines indicate a link between natural competence and interleukin-8 uptake. Virulence 2018, 9, (1), 1205-1223.

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Doctoral defence: Chung-Yueh Yeh "Characterization of MPK and HT1 kinases in CO2-induced stomatal movements"

On 17 May at 14:15, Chung-Yueh Yeh will defend his doctoral thesis "Characterization of MPK and HT1 kinases in CO2-induced stomatal movements".

Doctoral defence: Mariliis Hinnu "In Vitro Methods for Studying the Mechanisms of Ribosome-Targeting Antibiotics"

On 13 May at 14:15, Mariliis Hinnu will defend her doctoral thesis "In Vitro Methods for Studying the Mechanisms of Ribosome-Targeting Antibiotics".

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