The creation of a new facility to house a cryo electron microscope as well as facilities for protein crystallography and high-field NMR spectroscopy.

The building is named to pay tribute to the pivotal role played by Eleanor and the late Guy Dodson in establishing the world-renowned  York Structural Biology Laboratory (YSBL) within the Department of Chemistry in the years after Guy’s appointment at York in the mid-1970s. It also recognises the pioneering work, directed by Eleanor in the development of computational methods for solving the three-dimensional structure of proteins from X-ray data.


Work started on site in spring 2019 with completion planned for summer 2020. However, due to coronavirus, a decision has been taken to temporarily stop work on the site.


The new building are located on Campus West close to our existing Biology buildings.


Cryo electron microscopy is the latest in a series of techniques able to determine the three-dimensional structure of proteins. By co-locating this new experiment with X-ray crystallography and NMR spectroscopy, an integrated, collaborative facility will be established for the study of protein structure and function.


  • Researchers have access to the latest, state-of-the-art facilities for determining protein structure.
  • The co-location of the different experiments (electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction and NMR spectroscopy) provides an environment conducive to collaboration between all working with biomolecules.
  • Research at the interface between Chemistry and Biology is enhanced further.

How will this affect me?

Some routes around the Biology Buildings (internal and external) will be affected during the building works. We will ensure that alternative routes and diversions are accessible and well signposted.

There may be some noise, dust and vibration during the build process, we will try to keep this to a minimum.

There will be no disruption to vehicle parking however the cycle store at the rear of the Biology Building near to Biology K Block will no longer be in use. Alternative cycle parking is available in several locations around the Biology Buildings, the closest cycle parking is located at either side of L Block.

The construction site is surrounded by offices, laboratories and teaching space and the location has been taken into consideration when scheduling the works, if required we will relocate teaching elsewhere on campus, any changes will be communicated in advance.



Contact us

More questions? Please email the Campus Development Team.

Contact us

More questions? Please email the Campus Development Team.