Please note that the Facility is currently closed in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. All facility staff, except those needed for business-critical activity, are currently working remotely. It is expected that internal research projects will resume in June subject to new risk-reducing working procedures, and external access will resume in service mode only in this initial opening phase. Please contact us by email to discuss all matters relating to resuming your access, and for our other services.

Internal users

A daily charge is made for use of the instruments.  Booking for users within Cambridge University is via an electronic booking system which requires a university Raven account.  Users may only book time independently if they have received the proper training.  Please contact the facility manager (Dr Katherine Stott, ks123 at, +44 1223 3 33669) prior to your first visit to discuss your project plans and the appropriate preparation of samples.  A hands-on approach is encouraged and training is usually given on day 1 of your experiments, except for ITC where test samples are used in a separate session in advance of your experiments (the contact for ITC training is Dr Paul Brear – pdb47 at, +44 1223 7 60468).  Users from departments other than Biochemistry must provide a PO.

External users

External users are welcome to apply for access.  In this case, please contact the facility manager (Dr Katherine Stott, ks123 at, 01223 333669) to discuss your requirements. External users must provide a PO, and other terms and conditions apply.

Authorship and acknowledgements

We follow the Association of Biomolecular Resource Facilities guidelines.  Facility staff must get proper credit where they have made substantive contributions to a project, or where experiments and/or analysis are of a non-routine nature.


We keep a stock of plates and plate seals, Octet biosensors, Biacore tubes & caps of various sizes, amine cross-linking reagents and selected surface immobilisation and regeneration buffers.  Please ask us for details.

Affiliated instruments in Structural Biology include Cryo-Electron Microscopes, NMR spectrometers and nanodroplet crystallisation robots and imagers; these are located elsewhere in the Sanger building.