... 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.
  • The Astbury Conversation The Astbury conversation, bringing together leading researchers to discuss the most recent work in structural molecular biology. Understanding Life in Molecular Detail The Astbury Conversation - 16 and 17 April 2018 Further details.
  • 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.
  • 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

absl link

The Astbury Conversation 2018

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 18 January 2018
4 pm Chemistry LT D
Dr Ruben, Fernandez Busnadiego
Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry
Unravelling the structure of toxic protein aggregates in situ
Host: Juan Fontana

Next event

The Astbury Conversation 2018
16 April 2018
University of Leeds

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