The Astbury Centre brings together researchers from across the University to create interdisciplinary approaches to understanding the molecular basis of life. Its a really good way of working. We've got chemists, biologists and physicists working with one another. I can work in other labs and do research there, and vice versa.
One of the huge advantages at Leeds is that everything is on your doorstep, you only have to walk to another building to go and use a different technique. By collaborating, you can accumulate data a lot quicker than you could do on your own. Putting different experiments together can help you paint a better picture.
We published a paper with different researchers from all across Europe. Each research group contributed a part of the paper. Our equipment and expertise at Leeds allowed us to contribute a previously missing and quite important part.
From this collaboration, I've now got a job lined up in the Netherlands. Ill be bringing my skills in structural biology to their research group.