The Structural Biology Group is fully equipped with the instrumentation routinely required for molecular biology, protein production and the biochemical and biophysical characterization of proteins. Two wet labs are fully dedicated to recombinant protein expression in eukaryotic (insect and leishmania) cells. The group possesses robotic systems for high-throughput crystallization experiment preparation and tools for crystal handling. Members of the group have guaranteed monthly access to European synchrotron sources to collect single crystal X-ray diffraction and SAXS data. The group is also fully equipped with high performance workstations to carry out calculations for structural studies (crystallographic data processing, model building, refinement and structural analyses) and in silico virtual docking of small ligand libraries.
In addition, we have access to departmental facilities as: (i) a large scale cell culture facility (20 L fermenter), for protein expression in bacteria and yeast, and a cell disruptor, (ii) a Monolith NT115 (nanotemper technologies) to determine binding affinities between biomolecules and protein-small ligands, (iii) an electron-microscope EFTEM Leo912 ab for low resolution imaging of aggregated/oligomerized material and a cryo electron microscope FEI Talos Arctica for high-resolution single particle studies.
Oryx 8 crystallization robot
Oryx 4 crystallization robot
Liquid sampling system
Profinia purification system
Benchtop and preparative centrifuges
NanoDrop and Spectrofluorometer
Insect cells culture lab
Laminar flow hoods
Leishmania cells culture lab