... understanding life in molecular detail

A Peak of Research Excellence at the University of Leeds

  • Prof Sheena Radford OBE to Prof Sheena Radford who has been awarded an OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours list 2020 for services to Molecular Biology Research.
  • Peter Adams and Alex O'Neil to Peter Adams who has been promoted to Associate Professor following the completion of his University Academic Fellowship. Congratulations also go to Alex O’Neill who has been promoted to Professor of Antimicrobial Research.
  • Tackling covid19e The BBC recently featured our research facilities on Look North. Read more about the Covid19 research currently ongoing at the Astbury Biostructure Laboratory electron microscope facility (More details) .
  • 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.
  • Richard Henderson Honorary Degree Congratulations to Richard Henderson who received a honorary degree, Doctor of Science on 19th July. Richard is a biophysicist and molecular biologist who was the first to successfully produce a three-dimensional image of a biological molecule at atomic resolution using a technique known as cryo-electron microscopy; for which he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2017.
  • Recent prize winners Congratulations to Patricija van Oosten Hawle, Qian Wu, Sarah Harris 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.
  • Dr Sarah Harris Congratulations to Dr Sarah Harris from the School of Physics and Astronomy who was one of the 12 female scientists and engineers presented with hand-crafted jewellery at the EPSRC Suffrage Science Awards ceremony, held at The Royal Society. HERE.
  • 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.