EMBL Grenoble collaborates very closely with the Structural Biology group at the ESRF in the design, construction, operation and development of synchrotron beamlines for macromolecular crystallography (MX) and small angle X-ray scattering (SAXS). The outstation is also actively involved in the development of advanced scientific instruments and techniques as well as providing biochemical laboratory facilities and expertise for external visitors coming to make measurements.

Access to protein crystallography synchrotron x-ray beamlines

EMBL Grenoble provides support for five of the seven (6 MX and 1 bioSAXS) beamlines at the ESRF that are part of the EMBL-ESRF Joint Structural Biology Group listed below. The synchrotron crystallography team is particularly involved in the operation of the ID23-2 microfocus, the fully automated MASSIF-1 (ID30A-1) and the tunable ID30B MX beamlines as well as the BM29 bioSAXS beamline. EMBL Grenoble is also heavily involved in the upgrade of ID23-2 to provide a 1 μm² beamsize of high intensity for challenging structural biology projects.

  • ID23 (1 tunable and 1 microfocus)
  • ID29 (1 tunable)
  • BM29 (the bioSAXS beamline)
  • ID30 (1 fully automated, 1 microfocus, and 1 tunable and variable focus)

Please seeAllocation of beamtime for MX for more information on beamtime applications. You are also welcome to contact anyone from the Synchrotron Crystallography Team for additional information.

In addition, under an agreement with the ESRF, the EMBL-Grenoble in collaboration with the ESRF and Indian government now manages the BM14 tunable beamline for the provision of beamtime to the EMBL member states and associate scientific communities, as well as the Indian crystallographic community.

Funding visitors access to BM14

EMBL provides access funding to BM14 for any academic European MX groups under the BioStruct-X European Commission Programme.