... 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.
  • Alison Ashcroft Congratulations to Prof Alison Ashcroft who has been awarded the Potts Medal of the University of Liverpool. The medal was first awarded in 1933 to alumni from the Liverpool Department of Chemistry and, after a 13 year hiatus, was awarded on 3 June to Professor Alison Ashcroft for her "Outstanding Contribution to Chemistry".
  • Lorna Dougan Congratulations to Dr Lorna Dougan on being awarded the RSC Macro Group UK Young Researchers' Medal for 2013 for contributions to polymer science that show outstanding promise for the future.
  • Sophie Schumann Congratulations to Sophie Schumann, one of our Wellcome Trust-funded PhD students, on being awarded the Sir Howard Dalton Young Microbiologist of the Year Award of the Society of General Microbiology for 2013
  • Alex Borodavka Congratulations to Alex Borodavka, who has just completed his PhD as one of our Wellcome Trust funded students, on being awarded a Sir Henry Wellcome Fellowship.
  • The Astbury Centre Sheena Radford, Astbury Professor of Biophysics, has been made a fellow of the Royal Society. The honour is the highest accolade in British science and recognises Professor Radford's 'seminal contributions to understanding how proteins fold and function biologically.'
  • The Astbury Centre The Centre is named after Prof William Astbury, FRS, one of the pioneers of modern structural molecular biology.
  • Bragg on Braggs Melvyn Bragg presents a history of X-ray crystallography including a contribution from Astbury Deputy Director Thomas Edwards
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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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Next event

To be announced

Welcome to the Centre

Link to movie welcome from Director

Upcoming seminar

Thursday 05 February 2015
4 pm Chemistry LT B
Prof Greg Challis
University of Warwick
Elucidating and exploiting biosynthetic C-H functionalization
Host: Wilson Group

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