X-ray free electron lasers (XFELs) present unique capabilities to revolutionize structural biology and its ability to probe the biological world. As the NASA Apollo era captured a generation's interest in outer space, these unique capabilities have the potential to capture the imagination of students, teachers, and potential scientists interested in inner space; we will foster this effect through our education and diversity programs. The BioXFEL Center is committed to building a culturally and academically diverse, inclusive community of scholars. We aim to make STEM studies exciting and accessible for all students, postdoctoral fellows, faculty and staff.

The BioXFEL Science and Technology Center encompasses wide areas of scientific and technical expertise. We strive to reflect our communities and make opportunities available by embracing diversity in people as well as ideas. We aim to ensure the broadest representation of expertise and opportunity for education driving our science and building the scientific community for the future.

BioXFEL 2022 Conference Workshop: DEI in Science: Guidelines for Research Teams

BioXFEL 2022 Conference Workshop: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Science: Guidelines for Research Teams

February, 7th 2022 1:00PM to 5:00PM (EST)

Speaker and Moderator - Sarah Holder - Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Program Manager at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory 


The ability to solve ever more complex scientific challenges relies on our ability to create collaborative, inclusively diverse teams that create innovative solutions. We have missed out on the contributions of far too many due to historical and present exclusionary practices in the sciences. This workshop aims to provide the foundational knowledge and tools necessary to equip formal and informal leaders at all levels to be able to engage challenges to inclusive diversity in collaborative and sustainable ways. In this interactive workshop, participants will learn more about the current state of research on equity in STEM fields, learn the foundations of measuring and identifying inclusion challenges in teams and workspaces, and be able to identify some of the tools available for addressing those challenges. Idea sharing will be expected and encouraged. Participants are encouraged to review these discussion ground rules prior to the workshop; further expectations for engagement will be communicated by the facilitators at the start of the session.


Phase Retrieval Workshop 2021


BioXFEL sponsored a remote Phase Retrieval Workshop Monday, October 18 through Tuesday, October 19 2021. The workshop featured a mix of lectures and virtual demonstrations delivered by BioXFEL staff, scholars, and collaborators.


Diversity Equity & Inclusion

"Demonstrating a concerted effort to enhance the diversity and inclusion of our Center is an essential aspect of NSF support. The Center administration is working hard to be as inclusive as possible, but they need the cooperation of all members and collaborators in order to be successful. Below we have listed some examples of individual diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts. We hope that this will provide you with some concrete examples of actions you can take and act as a framework for developing your own inclusive environments. This is certainly not a complete list of potential actions, but we hope you will find this useful when considering this difficult but important endeavour."

-Bill Bauer Education and Diversity Director



BioXFEL Crystallization Workshop 2021

BioXFEL will be sponsoring a remote Crystallization Workshop Friday, April 2nd, 2021.

The workshop will feature both introductory and specialized topics dealing with the crystallization of biological macromolecules and will cover techniques commonly employed in modern structural biology. The workshop will include mix of lectures and virtual demonstrations delivered by BioXFEL staff and Scholars.

Please click on the link below to register. You will and receive a Zoom meeting access code two days before the event.