BL 12.3.1 has a new flight tube

SIBYLS installed a new flight tube at BL 12.3.1 giving us 2 meters distance from beam to detector allowing for wider angle capture. If you are interested in sending samples for collection go to our mail-in website to book a slot

Interlocks in action

Our friends in the protein footprinting group took this picture of BL 3.2.1 during the safety interlock in which red light was flashing to warn users to not enter the hutch.

Happy Friday ALS Enablers!!

Vintage plate with our namesake.


This commemorative plate was sent to retirees as a nice memory for those who retired from Lawrence Berkeley Lab.

Welcome to our sabbatical scientist

ALS-ENABLE warmly welcomes Dr. Miriam Gochin who is on sabbatical at Berkeley Lab for 6 months. Dr. Gochin is a professor in the College of Medicine at Touro University. Her research includes the development of assays for the detection, evaluation and development of fusion inhibitors against the HIV-1 envelope protein gp41, which is responsible for…
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ALS-ENABLE represented at the ACA in Kentucky

We are back at the ACA again this year! Here we are wearing our Berkeley Lab shirts at our booth in the Covington Convention Center right across the river from Cincinnati.

Small angle scattering workshop held at the ALS on May 9 2019

The ALS-ENABLE team held a one-day workshop for current and future SIBYLS users. The workshop covered the latest advances in SAXS studies on biological systems, advances in synchrotron scattering techniques, modeling of dynamic and flexible structures, and integrating bioSAXS analysis within high resolution structures.

Biosciences at ALS-U and Beyond

We had good attendance at our February workshop, and good discussion. No one can predict the future, but we all made our best guesses about what our structural biology users will need from the ALS in the 5 to 10 year timeframe, based on trends in funding, publications, and the current science that everyone is…
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Biosciences Workshop Planned for Feb 13

The Advanced Light Source is planning a major upgrade, which will result in brighter, more coherent beams. The upgrade will occur in 4-5 years, and so now is the time for the biosciences community to define our vision of synchrotron capabilites for biosciences (scattering, diffraction, tomography and IR methods) in the years to come, and…
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Report from CASP13

A number of our team members have been attending the CASP conferences for several years. CASP (Critical Assessment of technologies for Structure Prediction) invites researchers to submit protein sequences, and challenges the community to produce models of expected protein structure based on the sequence. For this last round (CASP13) tens of thousands of models were…
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ALS is searching for a Science Deputy

The ALS’s previous Science Deputy, Steve Kevan, was recently appointed director of the ALS, so the ALS is now searching for a new Science Deputy. The job posting is here. We in the ALS-ENABLE team of course would like to see a biosciences person in this role, so tell all your biosciences friends!