Biomolecular Crystallography Facility
Crystallography allows for direct visualization of molecular structure at the atomic level. X-ray crystallography is the primary tool for the structural analysis of proteins and nucleic acids accounting for 85% of all models in the PDB. Macromolecular structures determined by X-ray crystallography provide answers to questions relating to molecular structure including issues of domain and fold architecture, ligand recognition and binding, and details of atomic bonding.
The Biomolecular Crystallography Facility exists to make structural analysis by crystallography available to researchers on the Vanderbilt campus by providing state-of-the-art equipment and instrumentation, training, software, and support for all aspects of crystal structure solution. We strive to help crystallographers accomplish their work efficiently while being able to push the boundaries of the technology. The facility is also available to train and support researchers wanting to learn crystallography as a valuable research tool.
Vanderbilt investigators have access to synchrotron resources through membership in the Life Sciences Collaborative Access Team (LS-CAT) at the Advanced Photon Source of Argonne National Laboratory.