Structural Biology Laboratory




 Diode-array microspectrophotometer



 ERA forms

 Protein Crystallography


Other support labs: Materials Science; Surface Science

 Useful links

The SBL provides biochemical facilities for sample preparation and analysis during your visit to the SRS.

To access the SBL, simply complete an Experimental Risk Assessment (ERA) form and return it to the User Liaison Office before your visit.

Financial support is through the Joint Biology Programme of the UK Research Councils.








  General facilities

Labs 9 and 10 are reserved for SRS users. Please let us know if you have any special requirements. We will do our best to help you find what you need. 

bench space, chemicals & buffers, glassware, plastic ware, pipettes & tips, HPLC grade water, ice-making facilities, pH meter, balances, water baths , microwave & drying ovens, microfuges, microscopes, GeneVac centrifugal evaporator/freeze-dryer, nitrogen gas.

Fridges, freezers, liquid nitrogen & -80 C freezer are provided for sample storage before, during or after your beamtime.

Lab 8 has a Hewlett Packard 1100 series HPLC and French Press

Lab 2 has a suite of Beckman medium & high-speed centrifuges

Lab 7 has a Perkin Elmer UV-Vis spectrophotometer and LS50 fluorimeter

Lab 6 has HPLC grade water, ice-making facilities and an Astell autoclave

Labs 1 and 3 accommodate in-house research staff and FPLCs, PHAST and fume cupboards

Dry ice can be ordered in advance - with 24 hours notice.

Crystallisation facilities: incubators, capillaries, cryo-loops & canes, portable liquid nitrogen dewar.

In the outer hall you will find a large coldroom for sample preparation and storage.


  Special facilities

If you really want to know what's going on in your samples then why not use the diode-array microspectrophotometer for collecting spectral data on small crystals, crystalline material or pico- volumes of liquid.


  Staff contacts

Anna Lawless


Theresa Hillon


Frank Sweeney


Fraser Dodd


Mike Hough


Sam Jones


Leon Hibberd


Marc Swift


 Gone to pastures new .................

Serena Cooper


 01793 444052

Lisa Stewart

 CMC Macclesfield


Hazel Tharia

 Dept. Physics, Keele Univ.



  Research Projects

In-house research is linked to structural biology projects that benefit from the use of synchrotron radiation.

The SBL also supports research in areas of Biological Spectroscopy, Cell Biology and Imaging and Non-Crystalline Diffraction. 


  Experimental Risk Assessment (ERA)

For safety reasons you will have to complete an experimental risk assessment (ERA) for all work carried out in the SBL. The ERA also acts as your registration form and should be returned at least 28 days before your arrival. ERA forms can be downloaded or obtained by contacting the User Liaison Office. They are also available in the SBL and on many SRS stations.

Download ERA forms


For general enquiries, technical information and any other comments: contact Anna Lawless



Last updated 18 March 2001
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