The UCSF NMR Lab provides a range of state-of-the-art NMR facilities that are available for use by qualified academic and outside researchers. Besides experiments to identify and determine the structure of small organic molecules, the high-field NMR spectrometers (ranging from 400 to 800 MHz for 1H NMR) are capable of protein and RNA structure determination. This is accomplished via heteronuclear (e.g., 1H, 13C, 15N, 31P) multi-dimensional NMR spectra, often using locally written and widely distributed software (e.g., Sparky, MARDIGRAS, CORMA) for data analysis. Various methods are available for study of many types of dynamics, ranging from conformational flexibility on many timescales to reaction dynamics. Moderately high-throughput identification of small molecule ligands that bind to a target protein or RNA is abetted by an automatic sample changer.
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