prolims_peptracker_imsA collaboration between researchers from the Barton and Lamond Groups has resulted in the launch of a new software interface that integrates proteomics data management tools for users of the College of Life Sciences’ Fingerprints Proteomics Facility. (

Konstantinos Moutselos of the Barton Group (in the recently formed Division of Computational Biology), developer of the ProLiMS system, has been working in partnership with PepTracker DataManager developer Vackar Afzal of the Lamond Group (at the Centre for Gene Regulation and Expression) to enhance the development of these new tools for the management of biological data.
ProLiMS, a bespoke LIMS (Laboratory Information Management System), developed for the demands of the FingerPrints Proteomics Facility, rationalises sample submissions and the tracking of analysis requests to the Fingrprints Facility.

PepTracker DataManager is another LIMS system, aimed at the management of proteomics experiments, metadata and results by individual groups. It was designed and developed by the Lamond Lab as part of their PepTracker suite of tools for proteomics and gene expression analyses ( The PepTracker Data Manager, which is used by the Lamond Lab and by the GRE proteomics support service operated by Sara ten Have, (, is available also for use by other groups throughout CLS.

These two LIMS applications have now adopted a common transaction interface, allowing an integrated way for CLS groups to manage their proteomics data and metadata while monitoring the progress of all samples processed by the Fingerprints Proteomics Facility run by Doug Lamont. Joining up proLiMS and PepTracker DataManager maximises the impact of the College’s in-house software applications to provide a streamlined method to handle and track proteomics experiments. This increases the efficiency of proteomics data management and improves communication between the Fingerprints Facility and its user community.

The Barton Group will be moving to the new Centre for Translational and Interdisciplinary Research (CTIR) this year as will the Fingerprints Proteomics Facility and the GRE’s proteomics support service; Angus Lamond will head up the new Centre for Quantitative Proteomics. The CTIR has been purpose-built and designed to facilitate such interactions between researchers from across the disciplines – to increase our conception of biological processes towards a better understanding of disease and improving human health.