Macromolecular Structure Facility
The Macromolecular Structure Facility houses instrumentation to collect and analyze x-ray diffraction images from single crystal samples. Typically, a protein can be crystallized under certain conditions, and flash-cooled to liquid nitrogen temperatures. When the sample is exposed to x-rays, a pattern of deflected x-rays will be generated, and that pattern is representative of the electron density of the protein, much like an atomic image of the protein. Campus researchers utilize this technique to determine an atomic representation of their protein target.
Research Resource Center
Molecular Biology Research Building
900 S Ashland Avenue
Room 1111, First Floor