... 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.
  • Prof Adam Nelson has been awarded the European Federation for Medicinal Chemistry 2018 UCB-Ehrlich Award for Excellence in Medicinal Chemistry for his new chemical synthesis methods to align with drug discovery needs. Adam is Astbury Centre Deputy Director and leads the "Next Generation Chemistry" theme within the Rosalind Franklin Institute.
  • Darren Tomlinson Congratulations to Dr Darren Tomlinson and Christian Tiede for a highly commended award from NC3R fopr their recent eLife paper entitled "Affimer proteins are versatile and renewable affinity reagents".
  • astbury Conversation 2018 We welcomed over 350 guests to the conversation which included fantastic talks and public engagement events. Our Plenary speaker this year was Nobel Laureate Prof Brian Kobilka.
  • Dan Hurdiss Congratulations to Dan Hurdiss, one of our Wellcome Trust funded PhD students, who was awarded the 2017 Sir Howard Dalton Young Microbiologist of the Year competition of the The Microbiology Society and for winning the prize for best oral presentation at the DNA tumour virus meeting of the International Papillomavirus Society.
  • Dan Hurdiss Dan has also recently been selected by the Lindau Nobel Laureate symposium as one of the 600 outstanding students, doctoral candidates and post-docs to join this prestigious meeting to foster the exchange between scientists of different generations, cultures, and disciplines.
  • Lar Jeukenl Lars has research interests in the catalytic mechanisms of oxidoreductases (metallo-enzymes), particularly those residing in the lipid membrane." Read more..
  • 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
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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

Wellcome cover pic

Wellcome Trust 4-year PhD programme. Open for applications.

Jordan Radford Prize

The VC Jordan / PR Radford Prize. Nominate students here.

absl link

Click here for information about EM and NMR facilities


Welcome to the Centre


Astbury Centre Brochure

Download the Centre's Brochure


Upcoming seminar

Thursday 06 December 2018
4 pm Astbury Level 11
Dr Matt Johnson
University of Sheffield
The dynamic photosynthetic membrane
Host: Peter Adams

Next event

To be announced


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