The modern infrastructure for macromolecular X-ray crystallography and protein characterization is available for European researchers through Instruct, an EU-ESFRI program. Instruct aims at fostering the development of structural biology in Europe. It is coordinated by the Instruct office in Oxford, UK.
Biocenter Finland Structural Biology network formed the framework for an Instruct National Affiliate Center (NAC) established in 2014. The Finnish Instruct-NAC has nodes at the Universities of Helsinki, Oulu, Tampere, Turku, Eastern Finland, and at the Åbo Academi University.
Participation in Instruct through the Instruct-NAC provides access to other European centers of the Instruct network for the researchers in Turku and it makes the infrastructure and expertise at the University of Turku available for European researchers. Instruct also supports organization of international courses in Turku.
Structural biology in Turku/Åbo
The structural biology groups operating under the Biocity Turku umbrella have formed the BioXLabs consortium for coordination of their activities and share of expertise. The groups have a strong background at the interface of cell and structural biology, as well as on mechanistic enzymology and drug discovery. We provide insights into biological processes by combining experimental methods in structural biology, such as X-ray crystallography and NMR, to in silico modelling and ligand design. The two Universities organise annual courses (lectures and practicals) in structural biology.
Tassos Papageorgiou tassos.papageorgiou[at]btk.fi
Tiina Salminen tiina.salminen[at]abo.fi