... 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.
  • Recent prize winners Congratulations to Patricija van Oosten Hawle, Qian Wu and Megan Wright who have all been awarded prestigious prizes in the last few weeks. Details of the prizes are on the next few slides. Congratulations to them all!!
  • Dr Patricija van Oosten Hawle Congratulations to Patricija van Oosten Hawle who has been awarded The Ferruccio Ritossa Early Career Award. The award will be presented to Patricija in San Diego later this year for her work on understanding stress response mechanisms in multicellular organisms, such as Transcellular Chaperone Signalling. She is pictured here with her current research group.
  • Dr Qian Wu Congratulations to Dr Qian Wu who has been awarded the Biochemical Society early career research award 2019 for her work on understanding the functional mechanisms of the human DNA damage response and repair pathways, and identifying potential targets for future drug discovery.
  • Dr Megan Wright Congratulations to Dr Megan Wright who has been awarded a Young Investigator Award by the American Chemical Society. These awards recognise outstanding young investigators in the field of infectious disease research. Read more about Megan's award HERE.
  • Astbury at 20 The Astbury Centre's 20th Birthday was celebrated on Friday 12th April when 200 Astbury members came together for the Astbury@20 celebratory symposium. The event provided a wonderful opportunity to look back at everything the Astbury Centre has accomplished whilst also looking forward to an exciting future. Here's to the next 20 years!
  • 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.
  • 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


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absl link

Click here for information about EM and NMR facilities

Astbury Annual Research Retreat. 12th-13th Sept 2019 at the Palace Hotel Buxton.
Palace Hotel Buxton
Places limited to 160. Registration for all Astbury Members opening soon


Welcome to the Centre


Astbury Centre Brochure

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Upcoming seminar

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Next event

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