Van Andel Research Institute’s Cryo-EM Core harnesses revolutionary technology to visualize some of life’s smallest—yet most vital—components, including cells and molecular complexes, such as proteins. The Core encompasses a suite of state-of-the-art cryo-electron microscopes (cryo-EM), which are supported by expert staff and a robust high-performance computing cluster with extensive cloud capabilities.

The heart of the Core is the Titan Krios transmission electron microscope, which allows scientists to obtain high-resolution images of cells and molecules in their natural state. The Core also houses a Talos Arctica, often considered the “workhorse” of cryo-EM, and a Tecnai Spirit G2 BioTWIN, which is used for preliminary screening of samples.

Van Andel Institute (VAI) is an independent biomedical research and science education organization committed to improving the health and enhancing the lives of current and future generations. Established by Jay and Betty Van Andel in 1996 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, VAI has grown into a premier research and educational institution that supports the work of more than 360 scientists, educators and staff.

Van Andel Research Institute (VARI), the research division of VAI, is dedicated to determining the epigenetic, genetic, molecular and cellular origins of cancer, Parkinson’s and other diseases and translating those findings into effective therapies. The Institute’s scientists work in on-site laboratories and participate in collaborative partnerships that span the globe.

Van Andel Institute Graduate School develops future leaders in biomedical research through an intense, problem-focused Ph.D. degree in cell and molecular genetics. By combining rigorous, inquiry-based coursework with extensive hands-on experience in laboratories led by the Institute’s expert faculty, VAIGS prepares students for productive careers in biomedical research and beyond. The Graduate School thrives within the state-of-the-art facilities of Van Andel Research Institute, with access to extensive core technology support and the resources of collaborators in Grand Rapids, Michigan and around the country.

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