Physical Biochemistry Facility

Information & Contact

The Physical Biochemistry Facility (PBF) provides state-of-the-art resources for biophysical studies of macromolecules. The facility was established as a collaborative effort of Drs. Michael Blaber, Donald Caspar, and Timothy Logan, the Institute of Molecular Biophysics, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, and Department of Biological Science at the Florida State University. To learn more, contact PEF Director, Dr. Peter Randolph.

The People

In conjunction with the Macromolecular X-ray Facility and the NMR facilities at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, the PBF provides researchers at FSU with means to study the biophysical properties of biomolecules. In addition to the instrumental resources, the facility provides consultation, training by the Director Dr. Peter Randolph and assistance with instrument operation, experimental design and data analysis to the scientific community of the Florida State University and Florida A&M University.


Special emphasis is placed on providing resources, training, and guidance to graduate and undergraduate students. The PBF offers access to a broad range of instrumentation that is usually not available in an individual laboratory. Consequently, students have the opportunity to familiarize themselves with different biophysical techniques and evaluate their suitability to a particular study. The PBF also provides a forum for communication and exchange of ideas among students in their research efforts.

Physical Biochemistry Facility Fee Structure

Starting from July 1, 2010 PBF has instituted a user-fee to defray part of the cost of the running the Facility. Click PBF User Fees to find more information. All users are required to bring filled and signed Inter-Departmental Requistion Form BEFORE they can bring their work at the Facility.

Service Location Price
Analytical Ultra Centrifuge KLB 311 $22.71/h
Circular Dichroism (4 hours) KLB 317 $14.04/h
Circular Dichroism (Extended- after the first 4 hours) KLB 317 $3.75/h
Isothermal Titration Calorimetry KLB 313 $6.45/h
Dynamic Light Scattering KLB 314 $12.50/h
Stopped Flow KLB 315 $12.60/h