The Molecular Observatory provides the Caltech community with exceptional capabilities in macromolecular crystallography.
- A high intensity, completely automated synchrotron radiation beam line at the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Laboratory (SSRL) and funded by the Moore Foundation, provides state-of-the-art data collection capabilities.
- An on-campus Macromolecular Crystallization Laboratory housed in the Beckman Institute provides robotic and manual facilities for protein crystallization.
- An in-house generator for crystal screening and data collection in the Macromolecular X-ray Crystallography Facility.
Publications resulting from data collected through the support of the Molecular Observatory should acknowledge the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, the Beckman Institute, and the Sanofi-Aventis Bioengineering Research Program at Caltech for their generous support of the Molecular Observatory at Caltech. Operations at SSRL are supported by the US DOE and NIH.
- The Small Molecule X-ray Crystallography Facility at Caltech obtains X-ray diffraction data from crystalline materials and determines the structures of small molecules from single-crystal diffraction data.