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Participation in European Projects

Participation in European projects



BIOXHIT is stands for Biocrystallography (X) on a Highly Integrated Technology Platform for European Structural Genomics, is funded under the Framework Programme VI of the European Commission (LSHG-CT-2003-503420), and the Macromolecular Crystallography Unit is a Partner in this platform.

SPINE-2 Complexes

SPINE2-COMPLEXES is the second phase of a major protein structure initiative as part of the European Commission funded Framework Research and Technological Development Programme VI. It is a multi-European institutional consortium with participating centres in 9 European countries and Israel. The Macromolecular Crystallography Unit was a Subcontacted Partner in the first SPINE project (which spanned from October 2002 to March 2006), and is a Full Partner in the current project.


Dr Imre Berger cv - (EMBL-Grenoble) protein coexpression using baculovirus.

Dr Darren Hart - Protein expression methodologies using truncation library approaches


MAX-INF2 is a Coordination Action of the Framework Programme VI of the European Commission  which will run for 5 years from 1st December 2004. It follows the successful MAXINF project, which was an Infrastructure Cooperation Network of the European Commission Framework Programme V, and its main goal is to address the teaching of macromolecular crystallography by organising workshops and schools for the european macromolecular crystallography community. The Macromolecular Crystallography Unit is a Partner in this project.


Prof. Maria Arménia Carrondo is currently the national coordinator for the Preparatory Phase of the Instruct

The Integrated Structural Biology Infrastructure (INSTRUCT), aims to set up a framework consisting of distributed centres, each of which will maintain a set of core technologies such as protein production, NMR, crystallography and different forms of microscopy, including electron microscopy and combine this with a specific biological focus that will drive the development of technological and methodological expertise, notably for the analysis of functional complexes. The background to this is the escalating cost of pioneering core technologies and the long-term vision of combining integrated structural biology with cell biology to create 3D cellular structural biology.




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