BER Structural Biology and Imaging Resources
Synchrotron, Neutron, and Cryo-EM
U.S. Department of Energy | Office of Science | Office of Biological and Environmental Research

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Structural biology and imaging resources—together with today’s systems biology approaches—are key capabilities for understanding the relationship between the genome, structure, function, and environmental interactions of plants and microbes important for energy and environmental missions. As part of its fundamental biology portfolio, DOE BER supports a suite of experimental research technologies, methodologies, instruments, and computational capabilities at DOE facilities. The resolutions and scales provided by these resources enable studying and understanding biological structures and functional processes important to BER-funded investigators and centers.

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BER characterization and imaging resources for structural biology available at synchrotron, neutron, and cryo EM/ET user facilities operated by DOE’s Office of Basic Energy Sciences.

BER supports a portfolio of research technologies, methodologies, and instruments at the BES synchrotron and neutron user facilities. These resources enable experiments for studying and understanding structural and functional processes of plants and microbes important to energy and environmental research conducted by BER–funded investigators and centers.

The spatial and temporal resolutions available from neutron and photon beams enable unprecedented characterization and imaging of interactions among plants, microbes, and the environment. Measurements range from subnanometer to millimeter lengths and span time scales from femtoseconds to seconds. Capabilities to provide molecular fingerprints and mechanistic and dynamic understanding of in situ processes help advance various high-priority BER science focus areas.

The BER-funded resources described on this site seek to promote and expand collaborations between the user facilities and the BER research community. These interactions will enable and advance the necessary fundamental science to understand, manipulate, and design biological processes that underpin innovations in DOE’s biological energy and environmental missions. This website serves as a portal for information on these resources and their capabilities, how to access them, and highlights scientific accomplishments achieved using these BER-supported resources.