Massachusetts Facility for High-Resolution Cryo-Electron Microscopy opening at UMMS

Cryo-EM expert Chen Xu, PhD, will advance transformative technology

High-resolution cryo-electron microscopy, or cryo-EM, dubbed the “research method of the year” by Nature, is coming to UMass Medical School. The Massachusetts Facility for High-Resolution Cryo-Electron Microscopy will open by year’s end on the medical school’s Worcester campus. The facility will feature two state-of-the-art cryo-EM systems that will be used by a consortium of academic and commercial partners. One system is being acquired in collaboration with Harvard Medical School, supported by a grant of $5 million from the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center. The other $4 million system will be paid for by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

The first-of-its-kind facility in New England will be run under the direction of physicist and materials scientist Chen Xu, PhD, who is internationally recognized for his cryo-EM expertise.

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