Structural Studies Division

The Division of Structural Studies seeks to understand the structure, function and interactions of biologically important molecules at the atomic, molecular and supramolecular level. The analytical methods employed include X-ray crystallography, NMR, electron microscopy and computational and theoretical studies, allied to biochemical and molecular biological approaches. Particular biological areas of focus include protein-nucleic acid complexes, molecules involved in cellular transport or motility, membrane proteins and structures associated with human disease. There is an increasing emphasis on analysis, interpretation and use of the wealth of data rapidly accruing from the multiple genome sequencing projects. There is a continuing development of computational techniques and instrumentation, where these are essential for scientific progress.

Group Leaders

Independent Investigator Scientists

Scientific Facilities within the Division

Emeritus Scientists

Past Group Leaders

Joint Heads of Division:
Jan Löwe and David Barford

Divisional Administrator:
Jennie Lightfoot

Assistant Divisional Administrator:
Maud Pilkington

Division of Structural Studies,
MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology,

Francis Crick Avenue,
Cambridge Biomedical Campus,
Cambridge CB2 0QH,

Tel: +44 (0) 1223 267080
Fax: +44 (0) 1223 213556