University to unveil £17m Astbury lab investment

The results of a £17 million investment in advanced biological research equipment are being unveiled with the official launch of the Astbury BioStructure Laboratory.


Wellcome Director Dr Jeremy Farrar will open the centre, which hosts a 950 MHz nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer and two 300 kV electron microscopes. These are amongst the most powerful devices of their kind in the world.

Professor Sheena Radford, FMedSci FRS, Director of the Astbury Centre for Structural Molecular Biology, of which the Astbury BioStructure Laboratory is a part, said: “The equipment the University has invested in will create the capability for world-leading biological research here in Leeds, which the city can rightly be proud of. We anticipate it will be sought after by researchers in Europe and beyond and we look forward to sharing our expertise with them.”

Together with other equipment already in place in the Astbury Centre, the arrival of the new hardware means University of Leeds scientists are now in an enviable position of being able to study bacteria, viruses, and the macromolecules that dictate the life and health of our cells at near atomic level in three different ways.

This will place their research capability on a par with the very best research organisations and universities world-wide.

Read more about the Astbury Lab.

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