... understanding life in molecular detail

A Peak of Research Excellence at the University of Leeds

  • The Astbury Centre Welcome to the website of the Astbury Centre for Structural Molecular Biology. The Astbury Centre is an interdisciplinary research centre that brings together around 250 researchers from across the University to understand the molecular basis of life.
  • ABSL opening The results of a £17 million investment in advanced biological research equipment have been unveiled at the University, with the official opening of the Astbury BioStructure Laboratory. Read more
  • Dan Hurdiss Congratulations to Dan Hurdiss, one of our Wellcome Trust funded PhD students, for his prize for best oral presentation at the DNA tumour virus meeting of the International Papillomavirus Society and for his shortlisting as a finalist for the upcoming Young Microbiologist of the Year competition.
  • The Astbury Conversation The Astbury conversation, bringing together leading researchers to discuss the most recent work in structural molecular biology. COME BACK AND JOIN THE CONVERSATION 2018 The next Astbury Conversation is planned for 16 and 17 April 2018 Further details.
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The Astbury Centre

The Astbury Centre brings together researchers from across the University - largely from physics, the biological sciences and chemistry - to allow interdisciplinary approaches to be harnessed to understand the molecular basis of life. The Centre has outstanding expertise and research infrastructure in chemical biology, biophysics and all of the major techniques in structural molecular biology. Together, these approaches are combined with analyses of biological function with the ultimate aim of understanding the molecular basis of biological mechanisms in living cells. Our members address major questions associated with biological mechanisms in areas as diverse as membrane proteins; protein folding and assembly; viruses; and motor proteins. The Astbury Centre hosts 4-year PhD programmes funded by the Wellcome Trust and BBSRC that recruit students with the wide range of expertise that may be used to address fundamental biological questions.

Welcome to the Centre

Courtesy of the BBC
A short movie introducing the Centre


The University of Leeds is investing in 250 new academic fellowships, search all the opportunities at 250greatminds.leeds.ac.uk and search #250greatminds for updates

absl link

Click here for information about EM and NMR facilities


BBC Look North Article

Courtesy of the BBC

Clip courtesy of BBC Look North

retreat link

Astbury Annual Research Retreat. 14-15th Sept 2017. Conference full - Registration closed. Places limited to 130.


Welcome to the Centre


Astbury Centre Brochure

Download the Centre's Brochure


Upcoming seminar

Thursday 05 October 2017
4 pm To be confirmed
Dr Radostin Danev
Max Plank Institute for Biochemistry
New phase plate methods for cryoEM of small proteins
Host: Emma Hesketh

Next event

To be announced


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