Future Events:

Seminar Series at Research Complex at Harwell

Steering ultrafast time resolved infrared spectroscopy towards applications in catalysis and energy science

Speaker: Paul Donaldson, Donaldson UKRI-FLF

10am-11am, Wednesday 25th January 2023

Colloquia Series at Research Complex at Harwell

There will be no colloquia taking place in December due to the holiday season. 

Past Event Recordings:

Chemist Assisted Robotics – a web application scaling fragment-based designs for drug discovery

Speaker: Warren Thompson, XChem

10am-11am, Wednesday 16th November 2022
Passcode: PD6^7.1H

X-ray absorption spectral shapes

Sub-500nm resolution IR imaging with Simultaneous Raman and co-located Fluorescence Microscopy – A New Paradigm in Microspectroscopy

Speakers: Dr Mustafa Kaniz, Photothermal Spectroscopy Corp.

10am-11am, Wednesday 9th November 2022
Passcode: h2?MukrJ

X-ray absorption spectral shapes

Speaker: Professor Frank de Groot, Debye Institute of Nanomaterials Science, Utrecht University, The Netherlands

Wednesday 14th September 2022

Passcode: Re*Y52q.

Metrology for High Power Laser Manufacturing

Speaker: Dr Brian Simonds, National Institute of Standards and Technology

Wednesday 29th June 2022
Passcode: 9W&k7QbL

Nucleic acid therapeutics – current challenges: An introduction to NATA

Speaker: Dr Nick Lench, Director of NATA

Wednesday 25th May 2022

Zoom recording:
Passcode: Pc1r+#Y4

RCaH/Diamond seminar: Characterising biomolecular behaviour by monitoring changes in hydrodynamic radius

Speaker: Dr Henrik Jensen, CSO of Fida Biosystems

11am-12pm, Wednesday 23rd March 2022

Zoom recording: TBC

Tools for protein characterization are in constant development. One of the newest and most exciting tools is the Fida 1 analyzer from Fida Biosystems, which provides both structural information, as well as binding affinities of biomolecules and multi-component complexes ranging from 0.3 to 500 nm in size. The in-solution measurement is buffer independent and can be performed in conditions without any requirement for immobilization.

Recently, new data has been developed for Conformational Changes, Oligomeric State Analysis, Nanobody clone selection, LLPS (Condensates), Targeted Protein Degradation and Nanoparticles. By joining the seminar, you will learn how the Fida 1 analyzer enables you to perform both standard binding characterization and quantification of your biological entity directly in complex matrices.

The seminar will be given by Dr Henrik Jensen, inventor of the FDIA technology and CSO of  FIDA Biosystems.

The seminar will be held in Meeting Rooms 1 & 2 here at Research Complex and also via Zoom. We invite colleagues to join in person or virtually.

A Q&A session will be held at the end, followed by refreshments. If you have any questions for our guest speaker, please could you email them either to Alison Oliver or Andrew Quigley by close of Tuesday 22nd March.

RCaH/Diamond seminar: Measuring what really matters: affinity determination in complex samples and with challenging proteins

Speaker: Dr. Sean Devenish

4th November 2021, 10:30-11.30 GMT 

Zoom recording:

Fluidic Analytics is a commercial biotech company originating from the University of Cambridge, established in 2013, and headquartered in Cambridge, UK. Fluidic Analytics provides a unique technology, Microfluidic Diffusional Sizing (MDS), that allows characterisation of proteins and their interactions, including measurements of size, concentration, stoichiometry and binding affinity. Importantly, measurements are performed fully in solution and can be taken directly in complex backgrounds such as cell lysates, serum or plasma. These features have led to MDS yielding valuable data in the area of infectious diseases and immune profiling (antibody detection, affinity/antibody maturation, virus neutralisation, or cross-reactivity studies) as well as studies on challenging proteins (membrane proteins, fibrils, IDPs, etc.).

Topics discussed:

  • Introduction to Microfluidic Diffusional Sizing
  • Case study 1: COVID-19: quantitative information the concentration and affinity of antibodies in polyclonal serum samples provides deeper understanding of the immune response to SARS-CoV-2
  • Case study 2: Amyloid beta peptide: measuring binding to monomeric and fibrillar forms provides useful insights into the mechanism of action of therapeutic antibodies
  • Case study 3: beyond protein-protein interactions: MDS with SMALPs, aptamers, and small molecules


Dr Sean Devenish is Head of Technical Support  and Field Applications at Fluidic Analytics. He is responsible for scientific and technical support, as well as delivery of the laboratory services business. He has a PhD in chemistry from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand, and over a decade of postdoctoral experience in biochemistry, biophysics and protein engineering, including six years at the University of Cambridge. Sean has published more than 30 peer-reviewed scientific publications including two in Nature journals. He joined Fluidic Analytics six years ago as the second employee and led the R&D team before moving to the commercial function where he uses his broad and deep knowledge of proteins, assays and our technology to support our valued customers.