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The electron Bio-Imaging Centre (eBIC) was established at Diamond Light Source 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.
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 five Titan Krios microscopes, a Talos Arctica, Glacios, and a Scios and Aquilos cryo-FIB/SEM.
Access to eBIC is available and currently operating under general beamline guidelines.
We are able to offer remote access, unattended automated data collection and mail-in services for all research areas (currently only available: data collection using EPU).
COVID-19 research should be requested through rapid access proposals following these instructions.
NOTE: Diamond EHC are available for support, providing 24hour coverage during the week when the beamline is on. Over the weekend EHC coverage is for 12hours only from 7am-7pm (Saturday & Sunday).
CryoFIB user program
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• For lamella preparation on frozen cells and microcrystals
• On-grid FIB milling only
• Rapid access
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We are pleased to announce a commissioning call for researchers to access the chameleon cryo-EM freezing device (application) developed commercially by SPT Labtech. This forms part of a collaboration between Diamond, the Rosalind Franklin Institute and SPT Labtech with the view to providing a platform for beta-testing of the chameleon by the wider user community that will aid further commercialisation of the system by SPT Labtech.
The chameleon uses piezo electric inkjet dispensing technology to apply nanolitre volumes of protein solution to self-wicking cryo-EM grids.
Please select the Rapid access route and the Talos instrument when you submit your proposal and also add that this is specifically for use with the chameleon.
Proposals are also open to existing BAG PIs.
Proposals will be reviewed by eBIC staff with a view to schedule beamtime from December/January.
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Post-Doctoral Research Associate on Bacterial Chemotaxis (2 positions)
We now have two PDRA positions available in Professor Zhang’s lab at the eBIC in Diamond. The positions are funded by a 5-year ERC AdG grant award on “Molecular choreography of bacterial chemotaxis signalling”.
We are seeking highly motivated scientists to conduct high-resolution structural analysis of chemosensory arrays in distinct conformational states, in vitro and in vivo in native cells, as well as in time-resolved signalling states upon chemical stimulation, using cryoET and subtomogram averaging.
Chemotaxis - a ubiquitous biological behaviour enabling the movement of a cell or organism toward or away from chemicals - has severed as a paradigmatic model for the study of cellular sensory signal transduction and motile behaviour. This project is focused on understanding the underlying molecular mechanisms of chemosensory array assembly, activation by its stimulus and high cooperativity, by determining the precise interactions between the signalling components within in vitro reconstituted array systems and in native E. coli cells. We will use a combination of innovative and cutting-edge cryoEM/ET methods, including high-resolution cryoET subtomogram averaging, time-resolved conformational changes during signalling, and computational modelling of dynamics, as well as in vivo functional assays, to investigate the structural and dynamical mechanisms underlying signal transduction, propagation, and regulation in the chemosensory array.
Read more here... Post-Doctoral Research Associate on Bacterial Chemotaxis
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