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Genomic Science Program

User Facilities Enabling Science

Advanced Technologies for Biology

Synchrotron and Neutron Beam Facilities Accelerating Biological Research

Synchrotron light sources and neutron facilities at the Department of Energy's (DOE) national laboratories enable understanding of the structure of matter down to the atomic or molecular level using approaches not possible with laboratory instrumentation. Synchrotron facilities produce intense beams of photons, from X-rays to infrared to terahertz radiation, while neutron facilities produce beams using particle accelerators or reactors. The beams are directed into experimental stations housing instruments configured for specific biological investigations.

This infrastructure provides user access to beamlines and instrumentation for high-resolution studies of biological organisms and molecules for all areas of research in the life sciences. Users are chosen through a peer–reviewed proposal process managed by each facility. Capabilities of and contact information for each station are described at

This activity is supported by DOE’s Office of Biological and Environmental Research within the Office of Science and is closely coordinated with other federal agencies and private organizations.

For more information about DOE structural biology resources, contact:

Amy Swain
Biological Systems Science Division
U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science
Email format for contacting Swain: