Beata Turoňová – Image Processing

Beata Turoňová – Image Processing

Our software method development focuses on improving tomogram quality and integrating contextual information into subtomogram averaging routines.

Open Position

Open Position

We are looking for a PhD Student for the development of computational methods for contextual analysis of cryoET data, with a strong focus on structural virology. The position starts in April 2024. If you hold a Master's degree in computer science, biophysics, mathematics, or biochemistry, we invite you to apply. We offer a highly interdisciplinary and collaborative working environment!

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Research Interests

We aim to facilitate in situ structural analysis by developing novel algorithms for cryo electron tomography and subtomogram averaging. Our software method development focuses on improving tomogram quality and integrating contextual information into subtomogram averaging routines. To ensure their robustness, the methods are tested on a variety of samples from virus-like particles (e.g. HIV, Sars-Cov-2) and real viruses (e.g. Sars-Cov-2, vaccinia) to very large macromolecular complexes (e.g. nuclear pore complexes). Our main goal is to allow for reliable and objective analysis of tomograms as well as macromolecular complexes.

Contextual subtomogram averaging

Most of the current effort to push the achievable resolution in cryo electron tomography focuses on methodological improvements on the level of subtomogram averaging. Valuable contextual information provided either directly within the tomogram or by other sources (molecular dynamics, mass spectrometry) is thereby often neglected. In our group, we explore the possibility to incorporate such information into various steps along the data processing workflow, thereby facilitating not only subtomogram averaging but also structural analysis on the whole tomogram level.

Quality assessment and improvement

In cryo electron tomography, the definition of data quality is ill-defined and can often only be evaluated based on the final outcome (e.g. attainable resolution of subtomogram averaging). We work on establishing an objective way to assess the performance of various intermediate steps within the typical processing workflow. Our ultimate goal is to obtain the best possible result by improving the quality of intermediate outcomes rather than increasing the total amount of data.

Selected Publications

Liu, J.; Corroyer-Dulmont, S.; Pražák, V.; Khusainov, I.; Bahrami, K.; Welsch, S.; Vasishtan, D.; Obarska-Kosińska, A.; Thorkelsson, S. R.; Grünewald, K. et al.
The palisade layer of the poxvirus core is composed of flexible A10 trimers.
Nature Structural & Molecular Biology (2024)
Xing, H.; Taniguchi, R.; Khusainov, I.; Kreysing, J. P.; Welsch, S.; Turoňová, B.; Beck, M.
Translation dynamics in human cells visualized at high resolution reveal cancer drug action.
Science 381 (6653), pp. 70 - 75 (2023)
Mosalaganti, S.; Obarska-Kosinska, A.; Siggel, M.; Taniguchi, R.; Turoňová, B.; Zimmerli, C. E.; Buczak, K.; Schmidt, F. H.; Margiotta, E.; Mackmull, M.-T. et al.
AI-based structure prediction empowers integrative structural analysis of human nuclear pores.
Science 376 (6598), eabm9506 (2022)
Zila V., Margiotta E., Turoňová B., Müller T.G., Zimmerli C.E., Mattei,S., Allegretti M., Börner K., Rada J., Müller B., Lusic M., Kräusslich H.G., Beck M.
Cone-shaped HIV-1 capsids are transported through intact nuclear pores.
Cell 184 (4), pp. 1032 - 1046.e18 (2021)
Turoňová B., Sikora M., Schürmann C., Hagen W.J.H., Welsch S., Blanc F.E.C., von Bülow S., Gecht M., Bagola K., Hörner C., van Zandbergen G., Landry J., de Azevedo N.T.D., Mosalaganti S., Schwarz A., Covino R., Mühlebach M.D., Hummer G., Krijnse Locker J., Beck M.
In situ structural analysis of SARS-CoV-2 spike reveals flexibility mediated by three hinges.
Science 370, pp. 203 - 208 (2020)
Turoňová B., Mosalaganti S., Beck M.
Quality over quantity: achieving better resolution in subtomogram averaging using less particles.
Microscopy and Microanalysis 26 (S2), pp. 2514 (2020)
Turoňová B., Hagen W.J.H., Obr M., Kräusslich H.G., Beck M.
Benchmarking tomographic acquisition schemes for high-resolution structural biology.
Nature Communications 11, 876 (2020)
Turoňová B., Schur F.K.M., Wan W., Briggs J.A.G.
Efficient 3D-CTF correction for cryo-electron tomography using NovaCTF improves subtomogram averaging resolution to 3.4Å.
Journal of Structural Biology 199 (3), pp. 187 - 195 (2017)
Turoňová B., Marsalek L., Slusallek P.
On geometric artifacts in cryo electron tomography.
Ultramicroscopy 163, pp. 48 - 61 (2016)
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