Infrastructure for transnational access and discovery in structural biology

Molecules have complex 3D structures in which their constituents fold and twist, hiding certain regions and exposing others. This structure changes in time and space as well, depending on what the molecule is doing – and which other structures – at any certain moment. Visualising and mapping the structure and interactions of biological molecules in space and time is critical to understanding the function and ultimately the development of catalysts, therapeutics and biofuels, to name a few. The EU-funded iNEXT-Discovery project is combining the requisite instrumentation and expertise accumulated by experts in structural biology, medicinal chemistry, translational medicine, biological imaging and food research, and making it available to enthusiastic European scientists. The joint research activities building on cross-disciplinary mentorship will enhance the growth and development of new communities and accelerate discoveries.