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The SLS Group for Macromolecular Crystallography

MX in a nutshell

The Macromolecular Crystallography group at the SLS is active in the study of large molecule structures, such as proteins, DNA, RNA, which in cristalline form can be investigated using X-ray diffraction techniques. In particular, the group is responsible for the operation of three beamlines, two undulator ones (X06SA and X10SA), and a superbend beamline (X06DA).

Scientific Highlights 2018

12. November 2018

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A crystal-clear picture

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

12. August 2018

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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 Swiss X-ray free electron laser SwissFEL. Serial femtosecond crystallography is an emerging technique for structure determination of radiation sensitive micro-crystals that takes advantage of the ultra-short pulse durations from an XFEL and allows access to reaction time scales previously not reachable by conventional time-resolved crystallography read more.

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.