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BCI meeting & CCP-EM Spring Symposium
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CCP-EM Spring Symposium 25-27 April 2023 (Nottingham EMCC, UK and Virtual
During the past few months, we have been pleased to welcome new Post-Doctoral Research Associates to the team at the electron Bio-Imaging Centre (eBIC).
In August, Éilís Bragginton joined eBIC as a Post-Doctoral Research Associate using cryo-EM to investigate the structure of bacteriophage-like particles, and Keith Cassidy joined as an ERC grant funded Post-doctoral Research Associate using molecular simulations to investigate chemotaxis signaling in bacteria.
At the beginning of September, Debakshi Mullick joined as a Post-Doctoral Research Associate and works on a collaborative project with P&G to understand the mode of action of clinically relevant actives on microbes using CLEM and Cryo-EM techniques.
Followed by Olivia Oung, who started at the beginning of October. Olivia is a visiting Post-Doctoral Research Associate from Washington State University and will be working at eBIC for 9 months to study arrangements of cytochrome b6f and photosystem II in thylakoid membranes at different light conditions.
eBIC are delighted to have recently delivered the Cryo-EM DTP course for a second year, providing fundamental lectures and practical sessions in cryo-EM, from the electron microscope and sample preparation, through to image formation and processing, reconstruction in SPA and cryo-ET, and model building.
For the first time in a long while, we were able to welcome attendees to site for this 4 day course which was also run as a hybrid event to benefit a larger audience. Students from the Oxford Wellcome Trust Doctoral Training Program (WT DTP) attended all practicals, as well as lectures which were opened to a wider in-person and online audience from across the Harwell Campus and Oxford. Technology for broadcasting the practical sessions was successfully trialled and presents an exciting opportunity to open our practical sessions to a hybrid audience in the near future. eBIC want this course to benefit the wider community and will soon post course materials to the course website.
We would like to extend our gratitude and thanks to all our course lecturers for their time and excellent talks, Dimple Karia from Thermo Fisher Scientific, Colin Palmer and Agnel-Praveen Joseph from CCP-EM, Lindsay Baker and Pranav Shah from the University of Oxford, and eBIC Principal Electron Microscopists Dan Clare, Karen Davies, Yuriy Chaban, and eBIC's Senior Scientist Kyle Morris. Thank you also goes to our in-house instructors for delivering the very well received practical sesssions, Vinod Vogirala and Davide Zabeo (eBIC Electron Microscope Scientists) and Peter Harrison (joint PDRA with eBIC/MPL). Final thanks to the organisers in eBIC and Diamond Light Source Comms.
More information on this course is here and course materials will be posted to the course page very soon.
eBIC is inviting a limited number of users back on-site during June-August 2022. Onsite access will be prioritised based on technique used. Order of priority is:
For on-site access, users need to apply at least two weeks before session by emailing email@example.com with explanation as to why on-site access is essential for their visit.
We strongly recommend users continue to use the ISPyB system for Sample Shipping. Users who do not use ISPyB shipping are solely responsible for their sample arriving and leaving eBIC. Only dry shippers entered into ISPyB will be checked and topped up with liquid nitrogen. All samples must be entered into the UAS and have an approved ERA before they arrive on site.
Krios III has been upgraded with a Selectris X imaging filter and Falcon 4i direct detector from ThermoFisher Scientific. The Selectris X offers reduced aberrations compared with the standard Selectris filter and allows for the use of a finer energy selecting slit, giving improved contrast for tomography data. The upgrade from Falcon 4 to 4i will improve throughput for all data collections.
Additionally Krios I-IV have all been upgraded to Windows 10, allowing eBIC to take advantage of the latest new features and software developments as they become available.
The CCP-EM Spring Symposium conference aims to provide a forum to highlight state of the art developments in computational cryo-EM and related themes as well as showcasing outstanding recent biological applications.
The first day includes the biological cryo-imaging user meeting for eBIC & B24 and is organised by the Diamond Light Source. PDF for the user meeting schedule available here.
Further details about the CCP-EM Spring Symposium 2022.
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