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Coming this summer: Cryo-electron microscopy resource for studying life at the molecular level

May 5, 2022
An engineer from Thermo Fisher Scientific performs tests on the room for the Krios G4 pre-installation

In a few short months, the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics at Texas A&M University will house a leading-edge 300 kV cryo-electron microscope.

The instrument is an award-winning Krios G4, which provides never-before-achieved atomic resolution for single particle and tomographic cryo-electron microscopy, cryo-EM.

The precisely renovated room for the instrument in the Biochemistry and Biophysics Building has just passed inspection. Now, technical experts from Thermo-Fisher are beginning to install the instrument in collaboration with Gaya Yadav, Ph.D., technical director of the cryo-EM resource; Terry Lovingshimer, Operations Manager for Biochemistry and Biophysics; and Junjie Zhang, Ph.D., Associate Professor and faculty director for the resource.

“This represents a leap forward and a remarkable new capability at Texas A&M,” said Josh Wand, Ph.D., University Distinguished Professor and Head of the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics. “Our department is leading this effort. This instrumentation will enable ground-breaking research and will be a platform for future recruitments.”

The facility is expected to be open by late summer or early fall 2022 to support research within The Texas A&M University System and beyond.

To learn more, contact Dr. Gaya Yadav at gaya.yadav@ag.tamu.edu.