Carl-Ivar Brändén building (CIBB)
71, Avenue des Martyrs
CS 90181
F-38042 Grenoble

Themes and platforms

What is the scientific programme of the PSB?

Fundamental and challenging research in structural biology constitutes the core of the science developed in the PSB.

Focus areas include host-pathogen interaction, membrane protein, extreme environments and fundamental cellular processes such as transcription. Although basic research related to human health is a key program, developing new methodologies and techniques for the future of integrated structural biology is also a major issue for the PSB scientists.

What technical platforms are available at the PSB?

There are currently twenty technical platforms at the PSB ranging from protein expression to biophysical methods based on large facilities.

Protein production:

- Standard protein expression (Robiomol)
- Expression of difficult proteins (ESPRIT)
- Multiprotein complex production using advanced baculovirus technologies (EEF)
- Cell Free expression
- Isotopic labelling for neutron or NMR studies

Protein characterisation:

- Molecular interaction studies by SPR
- Sample quality control (MS, sequencing, NMR, EM, AUC)
- in cristallo spectroscopy studies (Cryobench)
- Biophysics Platform (MALLS, ITC, DLS, etc..)

Structure Determination

- Robotic nanovolume crystallisation (screening and optimisation)
- Synchrotron X-ray crystallography
- Neutron Diffraction
- Small angle X-ray and neutron scattering SAXS/SANS
- Negative-stain and cryo- electron microscopy
- High Field NMR