Structural Biology Computing

xcluster1.jpg The Structural Biology Grid computing group, (SBGrid) provides comprehensive consulting and computing services to all CMCD members and offers software support to more then fifty laboratories across the country. For more information please visit the SBGrid website: or contact Piotr Sliz directly.

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Electron Microscopy


X-ray Crystallography

Synchrotron Radiation

ring.jpg Data collection time is allocated by the CMCD Synchrotron Committee. Slots at NE-CAT beamlines C and E are available.

Application procedure: - Please follow the application procedure carefully. If you have any questions please make sure to contact the appropriate parties, as outlined below.

  1. Your APS User Access must be current. New users must complete the APS Central Registration several weeks before applying for time. If you have any questions about the registration process please contact the APS User Office, your lab data collection coordinator, your PI, or Cyndi Salbego from NE-CAT.
  2. You must have a GUP proposal in place and know your GUP number GUP. Please work with your PI, your lab data collection coordinator, and Cyndi Salbego from NE-CAT when preparing and submitting your proposal.
  3. Please join the CMCD-NECAT mailing list and subscribe to the CMCD calendar. You should review the mailing list archives to get a better sense of the allocation process and to find out about upcoming trips. You can also view the CMCD calendar in your browser. Please note that you will need a google or account to apply for the CMCD mailing list membership. The application should be done through the mailing list website, which was mentioned above. You are welcome to contact Piotr Sliz if your mailing list request takes more than 3 days to be approved.
  4. Approximately two weeks before each trip the registration instructions will be posted to the mailing list. After the instructions are posted users are given two days to complete the on-line data request form. NEW USERS: If this is your first trip please review the past registrations requests. This will give you a better sense of what is required to complete submission. ALL USERS: Please note that the registration forms often change and always use the link that was posted in the most recent trip announcement. Questions? Please first work with your PI and lab data collection coordinator. You are also welcome to contact Piotr Sliz (HMS) or Rachelle Gaudet (HU), or just email the CMCD-NECAT mailing list.
  5. We usually post the finalized trip schedule within 24 hours after all data collection request are received. If you spot any mistakes in the allocation email please contact the data collection coordinators as soon as possible.
  6. In preparation for the trip you will need to complete the ESAF Form ESAF. This step should be completed immediately after the allocation is announced. Please contact Cyndi Salbego from NE-CAT with questions.
  7. Make travel arrangements. Accommodation should be booked in the APS Guesthouse.
  8. Ship your dewar to K. Rajashankar. Harvard Consortium, NE-CAT, Building 436. 9700 South Cass Avenue. Argonne, IL 60439

In-house Sources

Location PI Generator Mirrors Detector Cryo Ratings
DFCIMJERigakuOsmic BlueMar300Siemens LT21
DFCIMJERigakuJDG FocusMar300Siemens LT21
DFCIMJERigakuXenoxMar345Siemens LT23
BLGCJHEliotJDG FocusMar345Siemens4
BLDCJHBrukerJDG FocusMar345Siemens1

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