The Partnership for Structural Biology (PSB) was established by a Memorandum of Understanding in 2002 by the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF), the Institut Laue Langevin (ILL) and the Institut de Biologie Structurale (IBS) to provide a unique environment for state-of-the-art integrated structural biology.
The PSB comprises about 300 active scientists (staff scientists, students and post-docs and technicians) from the EMBL Grenoble Outstation, the ESRF Structural Biology group, the ILL Life Sciences group and the Institut de Biologie Structurale.
Fundamental research in structural biology constitutes the core of the science developed in the PSB. Focus areas include host-pathogen interaction, membrane protein, extreme environments and fundamental cellular processes such as transcription. Although basic research related to human health is a key program, developing new methodologies and techniques for the future of integrated structural biology is also a major issue for the PSB scientists.