Mathematics for cryo-electron microscopy

Research paper by Amit Singer

Indexed on: 12 Mar '18Published on: 12 Mar '18Published in: arXiv - Physics - Computational Physics


Single-particle cryo-electron microscopy (cryo-EM) has recently joined X-ray crystallography and NMR spectroscopy as a high-resolution structural method for biological macromolecules. Cryo-EM was selected by Nature Methods as Method of the Year 2015, large scale investments in cryo-EM facilities are being made all over the world, and the Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2017 was awarded to Jacques Dubochet, Joachim Frank and Richard Henderson "for developing cryo-electron microscopy for the high-resolution structure determination of biomolecules in solution". This paper focuses on the mathematical principles underlying existing algorithms for structure determination using single particle cryo-EM.