Scientific Highlights

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1 April 2019
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HERCULES school 2019 at SLS

In the week of April 1-5 PSI welcomes 20 PhD students and postdocs taking part in the European HERCULES 2019 school on Neutron and Synchrotron Radiation. They will attend lectures and perform two days of practical courses at several beam lines of the Swiss Light Source.

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12 November 2018
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A crystal-clear picture

Fast and accurate data collection for macromolecular crystallography using the JUNGFRAU detector.

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12 August 2018

First serial femtosecond crystallography (SFX) pilot user experiment at SwissFEL

On the 7th to 12th of August 2018, a collaborative group of scientists from the Paul Scherrer Institute and members of the LeadXpro and Heptares pharmaceutical companies led by Karol Nass (PSI macromolecular crystallography MX-SLS group) performed the first serial femtosecond crystallography (SFX) pilot user experiment at the SwissFEL X-ray free electron laser (XFEL).

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5 June 2018
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Rhine-Knee Regiomeeting 2018

Since it was first established in 1987, the annual Regio-Meeting has been instrumental in facilitating interactions in the structural biology community in southwestern Germany, the eastern region of France and an expanding area of Switzerland. It is set as an informal event to foster young scientists to discuss their research results in an international context. The 2018 edition will take place in the heart of Switzerland in Emmetten from September 26 to 28, 2018. Registration and abstract submission deadline: September 7, 2018.

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9 August 2017
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In Situ Serial Crystallography 2 Workshop at the SLS

A workshop dedicated to the presentation of the in meso in situ serial crystallography (IMISX) method (Huang et al. 2015, 2016 ActaD) for the X-ray structure determination of membrane proteins is organised at the Swiss Light Source at PSI for the second time. It will be held between November 27 and 29, 2017.

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23 May 2017

Towards understanding of human betacoronavirus HKU1 life cycle

Researchers from China and USA join forces with Swiss Light Source (SLS) macromolecular crystallography (MX) beamline scientists in a study, which aims at understanding an important step in the life cycle of the human betacoronavirus HKU1.

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22 February 2017

1000 Structures solved at X06DA-PXIII

The macromolecular crystallography beamline X06DA-PXIII has reached 1,000 structures in the Protein Data Bank (PDB) on February 22, 2017.

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21 August 2015
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In Situ Serial Crystallography Workshop at the SLS

The Macromolecular Crystallography group at SLS is organizing a three days workshop on in situ serial crystallography (http://indico.psi.ch/event/issx) between November 17 and 19, 2015. It will be dedicated in the presentation of a novel method facilitating the structure determination of membrane proteins, which are highly important pharmaceutical targets but are difficult to handle using 'classical' crystallographic tools. Designed for 20 Ph.D. students, postdocs and young scientists from both academia and industry, the workshop will consist of introductory lectures, followed by hands-on practicals on in meso or lipidic cubic phase (LCP) crystallization, on in situ serial crystallography data collection using a micro-sized beam and on data processing.

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15 December 2014

Shortcut to protein portraits

Media Releases Research Using Synchrotron Light Biology

All living organisms, from bacteria to humans, rely on proteins to perform their vital functions. How these proteins accomplish their tasks depends on their structure. Researchers from the Paul Scherrer Institute have now devised a novel method to determine the crystal structure of proteins using X-ray light, which could also hasten the development of new drugs in future. The study will be published in the journal Nature Methods on 15 December.

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