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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.

Research area keywords

  • transcription
  • cryo-tem


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