Legislative staff to members of Congress from the Wisconsin delegation toured UW–Madison the week of Aug. 14, including a stop at the Department of Biochemistry’s cryo-electron microscopy research centers, where they learned how this advanced biomolecular imaging technology can be used in basic and translational science. The two-day tour also included visits to other UW–Madison locations, including the Dairy Cattle Center and College of Engineering, among others.
Cryo-EM uses ultracold temperatures to capture detailed information about the smallest components and interactions in living cells, viruses, and more. The UW–Madison Cryo-Electron Microscopy Research Center (CEMRC) and Midwest Center for Cryo-Electron Tomography (MCCET) provide access and training to cryo-EM and represent a continuation of UW–Madison’s long history of contributions to structural biology — and collaborative discovery.
“One of the advantages of having both cryo-EM centers here on campus is their ability to help scientists build interdisciplinary collaborations across campus and the country,” says CEMRC and MCCET director and biochemistry professor Elizabeth Wright.
The centers are supported by federal and UW–Madison funding sources and are currently hosting over 140 research projects from UW–Madison and across the country. MCCET, which is fully funded by the National Institutes of Health, is free to users and makes cryo-EM more accessible to scientists who might not otherwise be connected to a research nexus like UW–Madison.
Photos from legislative staff’s visit to the cryo-EM centers appear in the photo gallery below.
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