• NMRFAM-Become-a-User


NMRFAM welcomes new users and encourages scientists to take advantage of its state-of-the-art facilities and technologies, software applications, and experienced staff in order to further their research.

NMRFAM’s current instrumentation and software can enhance your research through:

  • Fast data collection and automated data analysis of bio-macromolecules
  • Technology for larger proteins, nucleic acids, and complexes
  • Investigations of metal-containing (paramagnetic) proteins
  • Dynamics of macromolecules
  • Structure-function investigation of RNA molecules and their complexes with metal ions and proteins
  • Metabolomics and natural products

Important points for NMRFAM users

  • User projects are meant to be largely self-supporting and the standard NMRFAM user charges for spectrometers will be assessed. Spectrometers and Fees
  • NMRFAM staff members provide needed training and advice for users. When staff become actively involved in user projects, they are considered collaborators and should be co-authors on publications. Publications
  • NMRFAM sponsor acknowledgements must always be included in the acknowledgements portion of any publications resulting from the use of NMRFAM. Acknowledgement Statement
  • Experiments that require extensive NMRFAM staff time for assistance and are not part of a collaboration will incur an additional surcharge of $50/hour and is considered a service. Your PI will receive an invoice in the month following data collection which must be paid within 30 days.
  • Remote users can send samples to NMRFAM staff members to load, provided they have the ability to conduct the experiments themselves over the internet. Remote Access | Software
  • To become an NMRFAM user, you need to enroll in a web-based user system, called Sundial, a module of the Sesame Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS), to capture all required information. Click here to start - How to Become an NMRFAM User
  • Contact Lai Bergeman at lai.bergeman@wisc.edu or 608-262-3173 if you need further assistance. If Lai's not available, contact Milo Westler at milo@nmrfam.wisc.edu or 608-263-9599. 
  • Registered users must submit requests for data collection times through Sundial by 4:00 p.m. (CST) on the 19th of the month for the following month. Users need to specify which instrument(s) are desired, how much time is needed, and what experiments are to be carried out.
  • Scheduling is prioritized by (1) users who didn't receive their previously requested time and were placed on a wait list, (2) outside users, (3) on-campus users, and (4) NMRFAM staff requests. The current schedule is available through the interactive calendar on Sundial. Live schedule of NMRFAM spectrometers availability for current and upcoming month can be viewed on http://www.nmrfam.wisc.edu/546.htm. Once the calendar for a given month is released after the 19th of each month for the following month, registered users can claim open time.
  • Follow these guidelines for preparing your sample. Frequently Asked Questions
  • SAXS time requests are made on Nanostar. Contact Mark Anderson for SAXS training and assistance.
  • NMRFAM conducts user workshops for beginners and advanced users annually during the summer. Workshops

Become an NMRFAM User
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Biochemistry 800 - Practical Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Theory 

Biochemistry 801 - Biochemical Applications of Nuclear Magnetic Resonance 

"The Future of NMR-Based Metabolomics, Current Opinion in Biotechnology (2017), pp. 34-40

Documents on the use of the Bruker-Axs Nanostar,SAXS instrument and analysis of SAXS data are now available.

NMRFAM-SPARKY Distribution - the popular NMR analysis program SPARKY recompiled (including updated python and Tcl/Tk) with incorporation of PINE-Sparky, enhancements to import/export to the structural analysis program CYANA, and other useful python extensions.

ADAPT-NMR Enhancer: Complete Package for Reduced Dimensionality in Protein NMR Spectroscopy

RNA-PAIRS: RNA Probabilistic Assignment of Imino Resonance Shifts

PACSY, a Relational Database Management System for Protein Structure and Chemical Shift Analysis 


Donate to NMRFAM. US tax-deductible donation can be made to NMRFAM
Please write check payable to "UW Foundation, Account 112152802"  
And mail to: 
Attn: Sarah Lynn Traver Saunders
Associate Administrative Program Specialist 
University of Wisconsin-Madison 
433 Babcock Drive 
Madison, WI 53706 
Tel: 608-265-2507 or email 


1st: Lai Bergeman 
Rm 171; Phone 262-3173

2nd: Milo Westler
Rm B160; Phone 263-9599

3rd: Paulo F. Cobra
Rm B224; Phone 265-3303

4th: Marco Tonelli
Rm B160; Phone 263-9493

5th: John Markley
Rm 171A; Phone 263-9349

We welcome your questions and feedback!

NMRFAM Established 1987