... understanding life in molecular detail

A Peak of Research Excellence at the University of Leeds

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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

Link to movie welcome from Director
Link to a short movie introducing the Centre

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Follow our progress as we deliver the Astbury Biostructure Laboratory


Welcome to the Centre

Link to movie welcome from Director

Astbury Centre Brochure

Download the Centre's Brochure


Upcoming seminar

Thursday 05 May 2016
4 pm Astbury Level 11
Prof David Ron
University of Cambridge
Protein folding homeostasis in the endoplasmic reticulum
Host: Mark Harris

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