Molecular Structures

Understanding the structure of biological molecules to learn more about how they function and interact—that's structural biology. Studies in structural biology focus on questions like:

  • Why does a protein's shape matter?
  • How can misshapen molecules make us sick?
  • How can we visualize the structural details of large and complex molecules?

Follow the links below to learn more.

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A collaboration between NIGMS and Scholastic, Inc., that provides a collection of free educational resources about basic biomedical science and research careers.

Biomedical Beat Icon. Biomedical Beat

A blog highlighting NIGMS-funded research and scientists, as well as images and tools that help illustrate biomedical concepts and advances to the general public.

Findings Magazine Icon. Findings

A magazine published from 2001 to 2017 that showcased diverse scientists who were doing cutting-edge research and leading interesting lives.

Fact Sheets


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Scientific photos, illustrations, and videos from NIGMS grantees

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Collection of videos that convey the excitement of modern biology research, the scientific process, and the people behind the discoveries, supported by NIGMS