... 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.
  • Heatley Award for the development of methods to interrogate and manipulate protein-protein interactions using biomimetic approaches. Read more..
  • Major grant This project involves researchers from the University of Leeds and Bristol and three drug discovery organisations. The project is led by Professor Andy Wilson, with Prof Nelson and Dr Edwards. Read more..
  • Astbury timeline Two new interactive timelines of important events in Structural Molecular Biology and in the Astbury Centre have been launched. View timelines here
  • Andrew Macdonald Andrew Macdonald, who leads a combined virological and medicinal chemistry approach to identify the Achilles' heel of BK virus, a major cause of kidney transplant rejection, presented his work both at the House of Lords and in a recent television interview. Read more ....
  • University Investment The University of Leeds is investing £17 million in a state-of-the-art laboratory for structural biology. The new facility will provide the Centre with instruments for Electron Microscopy and Nuclear Magnetic Resonance that are competitive with the very best in the world.
  • University Investment Our new 950 MHz Bruker nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) magnet has arrived in the Astbury Biostructure Laboratory on September 29. When fully installed, it will be the most advanced equipment of its type in the UK.
  • The Astbury Conversation The Astbury conversation, bringing together leading researchers to discuss the most recent work in structural molecular biology. COME BACK AND JOIN THE CONVERSATION 2018 The next Astbury Conversation is planned for 16 and 17 April 2018 Further details.
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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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