How to Get Access

The current waiting times for getting electron microscope time:

  • Talos Arctica – 8 weeks
  • Titan Krios – 10 weeks

There is significant interest in using the instruments in the Cryo-EM Facility, and we intend to allow access to all interested researchers in the Cambridge area. However, priority will be given to members of Departments belonging to the University of Cambridge.

Academic research groups and industrial users wishing to use the Cryo-EM Facility will need to contact the Facility Manger – Dr Dima Chirgadze (dyc21 at In your e-mail indicate precisely what you are planning to do (i.e. grids preparation, screening grids, data collection, etc), and other support that may be required. Please note that there are access charges related to instrument use, which for Cambridge University departmental members are as follows (from August 1, 2019):

  • Vitrobot, 2-hour session, £31
  • Talos Arctica, 23-hour session (9am to 8am next day), £304
  • Titan Krios, 23-hour session (9am to 8am next day), £461

Rates will be reviewed regularly and the 23-hour sessions cannot be subdivided into individual hours. Please note, the interactive session will only last from 9am to 5pm, the overnight data collection run must be ready to start by 5pm. A highly experienced microscopist will be with you during the interactive session at no extra cost. The cost of consumable items (i.e. grids, C-clips and Autogrid cartridges) is not included.

For information regarding the rates for external academic groups and industrial users, pleaser contact the Facility manager directly.

To ensure fair distribution of instrument time, Cryo-EM Facility Management Committee comprised of representatives from several Departments across the University of Cambridge will monitor allocation for academic users.