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Our lab uses cryogenic electron microscopy (cryo-EM) to elucidate the structure and dynamics of large macromolecules involved in processes of fundamental biological and medical importance. In addition, we develop new computational methods for solving the most challenging problems in cryo-EM image processing and integrative structural biology. Biological topics include cancer biology, transcription regulation and mRNA export. Cryo-EM images are acquired at the newly established Clive and Vera Ramaciotti Centre for Structural Cryo-EM, housing the world-class FEI Titan KRIOS instrument.


Hans Elmlund carried out his doctoral work at the Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden, using a 300,000-volt helium-cooled electron microscope (EM) to image molecules that operate as biological “machines” inside the cell. He was not satisfied with available software technology and started to write his own specialized computer code to transform EM data into three-dimensional images of the macromolecules he was studying. As a postdoctoral fellow in Roger Kornberg’s lab at Stanford University, his theoretical work grew into a complete program package for single-particle image processing—SIMPLE (Single-particle Image Processing Linux Engine). Today, A/Prof Elmlund is a group leader at the Biomedicine Discovery Institute, Monash University. His team develops computational methods for cryo-EM single-particle analysis and applies cryo-EM techniques to study the structure and dynamics of large macromolecular assemblies involved in transcription regulation.


  • transcription
  • cryo-tem

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Projects 2016 2020

Research Output 2009 2018

Rapid near-atomic resolution single-particle 3D reconstruction with SIMPLE

Reboul, C. F., Kiesewetter, S., Eager, M., Belousoff, M., Cui, T., De Sterck, H., Elmlund, D. & Elmlund, H., 1 Jan 2018, (Accepted/In press) In : Journal of Structural Biology. 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Single-particle cryo-EM—Improved ab initio 3D reconstruction with SIMPLE/PRIME

Reboul, C. F., Eager, M., Elmlund, D. & Elmlund, H., 1 Jan 2018, In : Protein Science. 27, 1, p. 51-61 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

High-resolution cryo-EM: the nuts and bolts

Elmlund, D., Le, S. N. & Elmlund, H., 1 Oct 2017, In : Current Opinion in Structural Biology. 46, 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview ArticleResearchpeer-review

Structural basis for linezolid binding site rearrangement in the Staphylococcus aureus ribosome

Belousoff, M. J., Eyal, Z., Radjainia, M., Ahmed, T., Bamert, R. S., Matzov, D., Bashan, A., Zimmerman, E., Mishra, S., Cameron, D., Elmlund, H., Peleg, A. Y., Bhushan, S., Lithgow, T. & Yonath, A., 9 May 2017, In : mBio. 8, 3, 7 p., e00395-17.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access

A stochastic hill climbing approach for simultaneous 2D alignment and clustering of cryogenic electron microscopy images

Reboul, C. F., Bonnet, F., Elmlund, D. & Elmlund, H., 7 Jun 2016, In : Structure. 24, 6, p. 988-996 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review