Lake Superior State University Cannabis Research Facility Upgrades its Technology

Lake Superior State University (LSSU)’s Cannabis Center of Excellence (CCoE) has upgraded its analysis and research technology.


The team has acquired an Agilent 1290 Infinity II UHPLC and Ultivo QQQ mass spectrometer that will allow CCoE to analyze residual pesticides and mycotoxins in cannabis products.

“This is a game-changer in more than one field,” says Benjamin Southwell, Assistant Professor of Chemistry and CCoE Coordinator. “The opportunity to enhance our cannabis analysis capabilities and leverage our existing facilities to promote freshwater science is the latest example of the value of the high-impact experiences LSSU is known for.”

Residual pesticides and mycotoxins are regulated in all cannabis products by the Michigan Marijuana Regulatory Authority. The newly installed Ultivo can categorize and recognize 72 different pesticides and five types of mycotoxins in less than eight minutes.

“In 2019, we established the first cannabis chemistry program in the nation, and this latest step forward epitomizes part of our vision statement to be innovation-driven and transformative,” says Dr. Rodney S. Hanley, President of LSSU. “It furthers our imperative to stand at the forefront of student learning and development, sustainability, and community partnerships, all pillars of our strategic plan. And it follows our mission statement to equip graduates with the knowledge and practical skills to craft a life of meaningful employment while improving the quality of life of the Great Lakes region and the world.”