In the era of genomics-driven biology, one must be able to study not only the sequences of genes, but the structures and functions of the molecules they encode, both the proteins and functional RNAs. Characterizing the structure and dynamics of these molecules is crucial to understanding the basis of nearly every cellular function. The purpose of this facility is to provide unimpeded access to state-of-the-art and well-maintained biophysics equipment, integral to the research community at the University of Chicago.
We have a wide range of instrumentation and expertise to assist you in characterizing your molecule of interest. From absolute properties to kinetic studies, we provide the tools, training, and assistance for quantitative analysis of macromolecules and their interactions. Please click on the instrument links on the equipment page for more information about our instruments and services.
The majority of the equipment was graciously donated by Molecular Oncology. The space was donated by the Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology. Upgrades and operation costs are funded by a grant from The Howard Hughes Medical Institute and The Biological Sciences Department.