Neil Ranson and Rebecca Thompson with new Titan Krios cryo transmission electron microscope

£17m investment ensures Leeds remains at the forefront of research

A £17m investment in the Astbury Biostructure Laboratory has now been completed and will allow the University to remain at the forefront of research in the dynamics of cell structures and their ability to modify and treat disease. 

The investment work has comprised of the refurbishment of rooms and spaces to accommodate transmission electron microscopy, scanning electron microscopy equipment and the Krios Electron Microscopes.

The scheme involved the formation of five transmission electron microscopy rooms, one scanning electron microscope room, freezing room, tissue culture room, preparation areas, control room office, ancillary corridors and plant rooms.

The newly refurbished space will also be home to two Titan Krios cryo transmission electron microscopes.

This is the most powerful high-resolution electron microscope for 2D and 3D characterisation of protein structures and protein complexes. This investment gives the University the flexibility to conduct, not only its own structural biology research, but also to build collaborations with researchers at other universities and institutions.

Mark Lines, Estates Project Manager commented on the scheme: “This has been a significant investment to transform the facility and bring to life the Department’s ambition to build on the Astbury Centre’s brand – which is to be competitive with the best in Europe and worldwide. We have worked very closely with the client to ensure we were able to meet their needs throughout the project”.

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