About eBIC

The Electron Bio-Imaging Centre (eBIC) was established at Diamond following the award of a £15.6 million grant from the Wellcome Trust, the Medical Research Council (MRC) and the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC). The location of eBIC enables scientists to combine their techniques with many of the other cutting-edge approaches that Diamond offers; whilst a partnership with the University of Oxford allows users to access the Polara, a high-containment cryo-electron microscope.

eBIC provides scientists with state-of-the-art experimental equipment and expertise in the field of cryo-electron microscopy, for both single particle analysis and cryo-tomography. Currently eBIC houses four Titan Krios microscopes, a Talos Arctica and a Scios cryo-FIB/SEM. The Polara microscope is located at the University of Oxford.

Prof Peijun Zhang becomes eBIC director

Peijun ZhangDiamond’s new centre for electron bio-imaging (eBIC) has appointed its inaugural director: Professor Peijun Zhang.

Commenting on her new post at eBIC, Peijun said: “eBIC is a vital resource for the international science community and I anticipate seeing a real range of discoveries coming out of this centre in the years to come.”


  • The eBIC team outside the building
  • Alex Buzduga and Alistair Siebert with Krios I at Diamond.
  • A cryo EM map of Tobacco Mosaic Virus, with the atomic structure (colours) built into it.
  • Alistair Siebert, Dan Clare, Alex Buzduga, Sonja Welsch and Alan Boswell.
  • Detail of the Adeno virus.
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CyroEM Sample Training workshop - 2nd - 4th October 

Open for applicaitions 


eBIC Director announced: Introducing Prof Peijun Zhang


Krios II welcomes its first users from the University of Oxford


Krios I welcomes first users from MRC LMB Cambridge


[Publication] A national facility for biological cryo-electron microscopy. Saibil, H. R., Grunewald, K. & Stuart, D. I. (2015). Acta Cryst. D 71, 127-135. DOI: 10.1107/S1399004714025280