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Cryo-EM Project Support – Getting Started

Starting a V-CEM Project

V-CEM offers training and consultation in planning EM experiments, sample preparation and imaging, using equipment, and data analysis.

Before pursuing cryo-EM as an analytical technique, one must have a biochemically pure sample. Sample purity must be improved in each investigator’s laboratory. We recommend discussing the project with our staff to build the final-phases of the purification protocol, since some buffers are not compatible with cryo-EM.

Contact a V-CEM staff member to schedule a meeting to discuss your project.  Be prepared to discuss your goals and research plan by providing information on sample quality, complex size and stability, and known strucurtral information.

V-CEM Training

V-CEM is a shared resource for the Center of Structural Biology (CSB). All users share responsibility for careful, error-free usage of the microscopes and other equipment in the facility. Facility usage can be obtained via the V-CEM staff, unless the user is a V-CEM certified microscopist. Microscopists must be trained or certified by the facility director. All facility usage must be logged and authorized.

Titan Krios Access

To request initial access to the Titan Krios, please contact the V-CEM staff to receive the most recent schedule and policies.

For recurring users, please complete this sample intake form: http://j.mp/2qm3GD2

EM Tools Kits and Vendors

V-CEM provides tools and supplies for common use. Regular facility users are advised to stock and maintain their own tool kits.

Common EM supply vendors: