NTU opens new cryo-electron microscopy laboratory

NTU opens new cryo-electron microscopy laboratory
Associate Prof Sara Sandin (left) and Prof Daniela Rhodes working with the new Tecnai Artica CryoEM microscope at NTU.

SINGAPORE - The lab's cryo-imaging technology allows scientists to more accurately view - in a frozen state - particles half a million times smaller than a grain of rice, such as chromosomes and viruses. Its microscopes are ten times more sensitive than regular electron microscopes.


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NTU boosts life sciences research with launch of state-of-the-art electron microscopy lab

Nanyang Technological University (NTU) today launched a new electron microscopy lab led by world renowned scientist Professor Daniela Rhodes. Named the NTU Cryo-Electron Microscopy Laboratory, it is also the world's first university research facility to be equipped with an advanced cryo transmission electron microscope fitted with the latest detector/camera ten times more sensitive than a regular electron microscopy camera.

The new microscope, the Tecnai Arctica, is developed by FEI, a world leading manufacturer of cryo electron microscopes. It will allow high-resolution 3D imaging of molecular structures half a million times smaller than a grain of rice (10 nanometres).

With this, NTU scientists will now be able to image structures of biologically and medically important enzymes and macro-molecular complexes much faster and with greater accuracy than previously possible. This paves the way for a more detailed understanding of important biological processes in human health and disease.

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