EMBL Grenoble collaborates with the Structural Biology group at the ESRF (European Synchrotron Radiation Facility) in the design, construction, operation and development of synchrotron beamlines for macromolecular crystallography (MX) and small angle X-ray scattering (SAXS).
The outstation is also actively involved in the development of advanced scientific instruments and techniques as well as providing biochemical laboratory facilities and expertise for external visitors coming to make measurements.
Access to protein crystallography synchrotron x-ray beamlines provides direct support on all seven (6 MX and 1 bioSAXS) of the EMBL-ESRF Joint Structural Biology Group listed below. The synchrotron crystallography team is particularly involved in the operation and development of the ID23-2 microfocus, the fully automated MASSIF-1 (ID30A-1) and the tunable ID30B MX beamlines as well as the BM29 bioSAXS beamline.
EMBL Grenoble is currently heavily involved in the upgrade of ID23-2 to provide a 1 μm2 beamsize of high intensity for challenging structural biology projects.