Vanderbilt Center for Innovative Technology (CIT) Core



A state-of-the-art small molecule omics shared resource center and collaborative analytical facility specializing in a range of mass spectrometry and confocal screening techniques.

Overview of Services

The CIT focuses on metabolomics and lipidomics-based analyses and provides the infrastructure and expertise to measure both untargeted (discovery) and targeted (validation, quantification) small molecules derived from biospecimens such as cells, tissues, biofluids, and many others.

Our research facility places an emphasis on the use and development of numerous separation technologies coupled to MS including hydrophobic/hydrophilic liquid chromatography (RPLC and HILIC) and ion mobility-mass spectrometry (IM-MS). Our technologies are supported by current state-of-the-art informatics and data analysis software.

The CIT offers a wide range of services including, but not limited to:

  • Global untargeted omics analyses (using MS and ion mobility-MS techniques)
  • Targeted omics analyses
  • High-content screening microscopy
  • Custom method development
  • Data processing & analysis
  • Instrument & data analysis training


Prof. John A. McLean

Dr. Stacy D. Sherrod
Executive Director

 Hours of Operation and Location

Hours Location

Monday - Friday 
9:00 am - 5:00 pm


Main lab phone: (615) 875 - 8428         


7300 Stevenson Center Lane
Nashville, TN 37235
Stevenson Center, Room 5401


Vanderbilt Campus Map
Search ‘Stevenson Center Complex’

Links and Resources

  1. Please click here to access the Center for Innovative Technology website.
  2. Please click here to access our biological sample handling and storage guidelines.
  3. Please click here to access Skyline.
  4. Please click here to access MetaboAnalyst 3.0.
  5. Please click here to access XCMS online.


Core Staff





John A. McLean, Ph.D.


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Stacy D. Sherrod, Ph.D.

Executive Director

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Simona G. Codreanu, Ph.D.

Director of Applied Technology

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Alexandra C. Schrimpe-Rutledge, Ph.D.

Associate Director of Applied Technology

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Jody C. May, Ph.D.

Director of Technology

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Heather Watkins

Program Manager

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Jerry (Jay) D. Holman

Bioinformatic Analyst

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Vanessa Allwardt

Project & Communication Manager  

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Name Role Phone Email Location
Stacy D. Sherrod, Ph.D.
Executive Director
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Heather Watkins
Program Manager
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