Biomolecular NMR Facility

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Researchers from across the world are invited to study the 3D structures and interactions of proteins, nucleic acids, carbohydrates, lipids and metabolites at the Henry Wellcome Building for NMR.


We offer a £10m national resource based in Birmingham, providing scientists with insights into the molecular basis of human health, cancer progression and infectious diseases.

The advantages of the NMR method include the ability to obtain information at atomic resolution using aqueous solutions, biological fluids and tissue extracts that resemble physiological conditions.

HWB-NMR is the UK's largest NMR facility, providing academic and industrial users with open access to seven NMR spectrometers operating at 500-900 MHz, six cryogenic probes, and high-throughput autosamplers.


Bruker 900 Training (session 2) takes place Fri 9 May 2014 (instructors: Dr Peter Gierth & Dr Pete Simpson). Hands-on B900 use encouraged for users wishing to access 900 MHz! To register interest, please email Dr Sara Whittaker.

CAMSEED Project website now on-line: seeding drug discovery for cancer targets. This is a collaboration involving groups in Birmingham, Nottingham, Oxford, and Pretoria (South Africa).

Prof Michael Overduin interviewed for the BBC News article: Did Richard Nixon change the way people describe cancer?

The Wellcome Trust has funded 5 years of free access to the 900 MHz spectrometer (incl. equipment upgrade) for users based in the UK and Brazil, China, and South Africa from Dec 2012.

BioNMR is funded in 2010 for 4 years, with HWB-NMR providing transnational access, see

EU Marie Curie IRSES entitled World-Wide NMR or WW-NMR begins in 2010 and runs till 2014, providing funding for scientific exchange visits and meetings with Argentina, Brazil, China, India, South Africa and EU countries.