Laboratory of Biomolecular Structure and Function

The Laboratory of Biomolecular Structure and Function (LBSF) was created in 2015 to serve scientists in Oklahoma City, in particular OUHSC and OMRF, that are interested in structural aspects of their macromolecular targets. The LBSF is part of the OUHSC Vice President Research Core Facilities. The LBSF was created on the basis of the Macromolecular Crystallography Laboratory of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. This earlier lab was created in 1998 and became a core facility for the Oklahoma Center of Biomedical Research Excellence (CoBRE) in Structural Biology (OCSB) in 2013. The LBSF is one of two sites that make up the Biomolecular Structure Core of the OCSB. The other site is the Macromolecular Crystallography Laboratory (MCL) at OU-Norman. Users of the LBSF also have access to the MCL, which has a complementary set of instruments. 

The LBSF is equipped with modern crystallographic equipment and computers: A 2015 Rigaku 007 generator, R-axis IV and Mar345 image plate detectors, Osmic mirrors on both ports, Rigaku and Oxford Systems crystal cooling systems. The R-AXIS IV has an optional helium path for working with large unit cells. 

D-TrekXDSMosflm and HKL2000 image processing software are available for data processing.  The PhenixCCP4, or CNS program suites can be used for structure determination and refinement, while COOTChimera and Molmol are offered for graphical representation of the results. 

The LBSF has a 2014 Wyatt plate reading dynamic light scattering instrument that enables high-throughput data collection with no user intervention for evaluation of the oligomerization states of  proteins. Monodisperse solutions with 5-20 mg/ml of protein are required for crystallization experiments, small angle x-ray scattering experiments, and cryo electron microscropy (cryo-EM) experiments. 

The LBSF has a 2019 Leica cryo-plunger for the preparation of cryo-grids for cryo-EM work. 

200 microliters of 95% pure protein sample at a concentration of 5-20 mg/ml are needed to set up ten 96-well trays with the 2018 Art Robbins Gryphon LCP crystallization robot. The robot can also set up crystallization experiments in the lipidic cubic phase for the crystallization of membrane proteins.

Services and Fees, Internal and [External] 

  • Molecular cloning, 22.07/h [$43.96/h]
  • Protein over-expression, purification, or both; 22.07 [$43.96]
  • 96-well crystallization tray with robot for finding initial lead,  $29.43/tray [$40.23/tray]
  • 24-well crystallization tray for crystal size optimization, $34.61/tray [$67.32/tray]
  • 15-well crystallization tray for crystal size optimization, $34.04/tray [$68.81/tray]
  • Crystal handling services, $22.07/h [$43.96/h]
    • evaluating the results of crystallization experiments
    • screening of crystals for diffraction at room temperature
    • optimizing cryo-conditions
    • local X-ray diffraction data collection
  • X-ray computation services, 22.07/h [$43.96/h]
    • Remote data collection at synchrotron radiation labs (e.g., SSRL, APS, ALS, CHESS, and NSLS II)
    • X-ray diffraction data processing
    • Structure determination
    • Structure refinement
    • Structure validation analysis
    • Figure making
  • Molecular modeling services by Dr. Mather, $75.00/h [$75.00/h]

Main Users


Simon Terzyan, PhD – Staff Scientist (BRC 406 and 472)

Tim Mather, PhD - Molecular Modeling Facility (BRC 238)


The Laboratory is located in the Biomedical Research Center Building on the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.

975 NE 10th Street Biomedical Research Center Building Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73104 (405) 271-8300 Email Contact

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Useful websites

Upcoming events

A 5-week graduate course on the Methods of Structural Biology (course director: Dr. Augie Pioszak) was offered in the first session, Spring Semester 2022. 

A 5-week graduate course on Machine Learning in BioMedicine  (course director Dr. Franklin Hays) includes two lectures on the use of deep learning in structure-based drug design (given by Blaine Mooers), third session, Spring Semester 2022.

A 5-week graduate course on Biochemical and Biophysical Instrumentation (course director Dr. Lin) includes two lectures on X-ray diffraction experiments by Dr. Mooers, third session, Spring Semester 2022.

The tenth annual Oklahoma Symposium in Structural Biology will be held at OU-Norman on 16 June 2022.

2020 and 2021 SSRL/LCLS User Meetings were virtual. Videos of the talks are available online. For more information. This year's meeting will be on-site.

The LBSF will be involved in hosting a series of workshops on selected topics of interest to start later in 2022 and continue through 2027.