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Anaphase bridges in fission yeast cells
Whitby lab
Lactose permease represented using bending cylinders in Bendix software
Caroline Dahl, Sansom lab
Epithelial cells in C. elegans showing a seam cell that failed to undergo cytokinesis
Serena Ding, Woollard lab
Collage of Drosophila third instar larva optic lobe
Lu Yang, Davis lab
First year Biochemistry students at a practical class
Image showing the global movement of lipids in a model planar membrane
Matthieu Chavent, Sansom lab
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News Archive 2014

Outstanding departmental research recognised in REF 2014
The Department of Biochemistry has contributed to the largest volume of world-leading and internationally excellent research in the REF 2014 exercise, as announced today. Published: 18 December 2014
Closing the cohesin ring round sister chromatids
A new study completes the structural and functional picture of the cohesin ring that traps DNA during mitosis until the critical moment of cell division Published: 12 December 2014
Balancing diversity with conservation - learning tricks from malaria parasite proteins
A new study sheds light on how the malaria parasite can evade the bodys defences whilst retaining the ability to interact with and thrive in its host Published: 9 December 2014
Department marks 50+5 anniversary
The Department has celebrated 5 years of occupancy of the New Biochemistry Building alongside the 50th anniversary of the Oxford University Biochemical Society (OUBS) Published: 4 December 2014
Seminar encourages students to go for summer placements
Biochemistry undergraduates heard first hand about the experience of doing a summer placement at a special seminar last week Published: 26 November 2014
New research shows how bacteria sense magnetic field polarity
A recent paper provides evidence for a direct link between two bacterial navigation mechanisms - one sensing magnetic field and the other oxygen concentration Published: 19 November 2014
Oxford iGEM team wins Gold Medal at Boston Giant Jamboree
The first iGEM team from the University of Oxford has returned home from the iGEM Giant Jamboree 2014 in Boston with a gold medal Published: 11 November 2014
JBC's 'Paper of the Week' from the Berks' group
A recent paper from Professor Ben Berks' group has been selected as 'Paper of the Week' in the Journal of Biological Chemistry Published: 7 November 2014
Lynne Cox receives award for ageing research from the Glenn Foundation
Professor Lynne Cox was presented with an award from the US-based Glenn Foundation for Medical Research at an event at the House of Lords on October 27th. Published: 28 October 2014
Careers talk highlights the challenges and rewards of academia
The first Careers Talk organized jointly by the University Careers Service and the Department attracted over 60 people on October 1st Published: 7 October 2014
Elspeth Garman on 'The Life Scientific'
Elspeth Garman will feature on Radio 4's 'The Life Scientific' on Tuesday 7 October at 9am talking to Jim Al-Khalili about her life and work. Published: 3 October 2014
Welcome to our two new group leaders
Two new group leaders join the Department today, Alfredo Castello and Elena Seiradake Published: 1 October 2014
Double success for Rob Klose
Following on from his recent Royal Society award, Rob Klose has received two further honours in recognition of his work. He has been made a Full Professor, and now becomes Professor of Cell and Molecular Biology Published: 1 October 2014
Latest Publications
Read about some of the latest publications to come from the Department. Published: 24 September 2014
Alison Woollard takes the CHRISTMAS LECTURES to the Far East
Alison Woollard travelled East this Summer to entertain youngsters with her 'Life Fantastic' lectures Published: 16 September 2014
New ways to connect proteins and study their plasticity
Two recent papers from Mark Howarth, Michael Fairhead and colleagues describe how they have exploited one of the most widely used tools in biomedical research. Published: 2 September 2014
Hans Krebs Tower demolition underway
The start of the demolition of the Hans Krebs Tower has been marked by a ceremony on August 18th. Published: 21 August 2014
Anthony Watts wins prestigious BPS award
Professor Anthony Watts is to receive the 2015 Anatrace Membrane Protein Award of the Biophysical Society. Published: 21 August 2014
Malarial invasion protein yields structural clues for vaccine development
A group of Oxford researchers has revealed promising new findings about a protein necessary for invasion of red blood cells by malarial parasites. Published: 20 August 2014
Rob Klose wins prestigious Royal Society award
Rob Klose has been awarded the 2015 Francis Crick Lecture for his work on understanding how chromatin-based and epigenetic processes contribute to gene regulation Published: 5 August 2014
Latest Publications
Read about some of the latest publications to come from the Department Published: 29 July 2014
Women in Science news
The recent talk by Columbia University's Professor Ann McDermott was an opportunity to hear not only about her outstanding research but also her experiences as a woman in science. Published: 23 July 2014
New method allows researchers to explore how fibrillin is assembled
Researchers in the department have shed light on the early stages of assembly of fibrillin into microfibrils, a major component of the elastic tissue of animals. Published: 23 July 2014
Malarial proteins probed in new study
A recent paper by Associate Professor John Vakonakis provides insight into the damaging changes to red blood cells that are characteristic of malarial infection. Published: 22 July 2014
Glycolipid modeling wins student inaugural prize
DPhil student David Shorthouse has won the SCI Young Lipid Scientist Award for his work on glycolipids. Published: 9 July 2014
Faulty endoplasmic reticulum structure underlies human neurological disorder
A detailed scrutinisation of a neurodevelopmental disorder by researchers in the Department has revealed how the genetic defects interfere with a fundamental cell biological process Published: 7 July 2014
London alumni event showcases Department's achievements
Alumni and current members gathered at the Royal Society for the department's fourth alumni event Published: 4 July 2014
Rob Klose is Abcam's Scientist of the Month
Rob Klose and his work feature this month on the Abcam website. Published: 4 July 2014
Elspeth Garman gives Rose Lecture at Kingston University
Professor Elspeth Garman receives award recognising eminent women scientists Published: 2 July 2014
Latest Publications
Some of the latest publications to come from the Department are listed here Published: 26 June 2014
Former Biochemistry student publishes book on a forgotten pioneer in crystallography
A new book by Kersten Hall revives X-ray crystallographer William T. Astbury Published: 26 June 2014
Simulations contribute to study on critical bacterial outer membrane protein
Work by Dr Phillip Stansfeld in Professor Mark Sansom's lab has helped to reveal how bacteria construct a barrier against harmful compounds Published: 20 June 2014
Polycomb discoveries mark new way of thinking in the field
A major discovery from two groups in the Biochemistry Department could flip the understanding of a key developmental gene regulatory system on its head. Published: 18 June 2014
Biochemistry students lead first Oxford University team in iGEM competition
A group of students from Oxford University will compete for the first time in the iGEM (international Genetically Engineered Machine) competition. Published: 17 June 2014
Biochemistry lecturers excel in teaching awards
Biochemistry lecturers have done exceptionally well in the recent Oxford University Student Union (OUSU) Teaching Awards Published: 6 June 2014
Graduate Poster Symposium 2014
The Department celebrated the research achievements of its final year graduate students at a poster symposium on May 14 Published: 23 May 2014
Inaugural Louise Johnson Memorial Lecture held
The Department was delighted to welcome Professor Sir Tom Blundell to give the Inaugural Louise Johnson Memorial Lecture on May 1st Published: 23 May 2014
Notch receptor comes under scrutiny in new study
A study has revealed for the first time molecular details of a receptor which is part of a signalling pathway crucial to many fundamental biological processes Published: 23 May 2014
Latest Publications
Some of the latest publications to come from the Department in March and April are listed here Published: 14 May 2014
Shabaz Mohammed wins RSC Prize
Dr Shabaz Mohammed has been awarded the Royal Society of Chemistry's Joseph Black Award 2014 Published: 7 May 2014
New doctoral training programme in biomedical imaging launched
Applications are now open for a new doctoral training programme in biomedical imaging Published: 6 May 2014
Biochemistry student takes runner up prize in FameLab UK Final
Jonny Brooks-Bartlett enjoys success at the FameLab 2014 UK final Published: 25 April 2014
New funding to explore the twists and turns of DNA
Professor David Sherratt is part of an exciting interdisciplinary research team aiming to explore how knots and links are removed from DNA Published: 23 April 2014
Professor Iain Campbell
Mark Sansom remembers Iain Campbell, who passed away in March, in an obituary in Structure Published: 16 April 2014
Latest Publications
Some of the latest publications to come from the Department are listed here Published: 2 April 2014
New tentacle method captures tumour cells with increased efficiency
The development of an improved 'superglue' technology by Dr Mark Howarth and his group could help in cell capture approaches aimed at detecting and treating cancer Published: 31 March 2014
'A Case of Crystal Clarity' animation launched with researchers' input
Professor Elspeth Garman and her DPhil student Jonny Brooks-Bartlett have joined up with Oxford Sparks to create a new animation about X-ray crystallography Published: 31 March 2014
Review celebrates achievements and future developments in X-ray crystallography
Professor Elspeth Garman's invited review in a recent special issue of Science charts the history of X-ray crystallography and looks forward to how challenges may be overcome by current and future developments Published: 20 March 2014
Nitrate transporter structure paves the way for exciting new areas of work
The elucidation of the structure of a key nitrate transporter in plants has revealed details that will help us understand how a family of physiologically important transporters in plants and humans work Published: 14 March 2014
Professor Iain Campbell
It is with considerable sadness that we announce the death of Professor Iain Campbell FRS, on 5th March 2014 Published: 11 March 2014
Trypanosomes yield their secrets in new study on chromosome segregation
Trypanosomes appear to use a completely novel set of proteins to ensure the correct separation of their chromosomes during cell division. This is the finding of research from Dr Bungo Akiyoshi, a Sir Henry Dale Fellow in the department, together with Professor Keith Gull in the Sir William Dunn School of Pathology Published: 28 February 2014
Knowledge and skills exchange stimulated by new BBSRC-funded programme
A project which provides an opportunity for academia and industry to exchange ideas is about to get underway thanks to funding secured by University Lecturer Dr Phil Biggin. Published: 10 February 2014
Autoimmune disease link to lipid defect suggests new therapeutic strategy
Collaborative work between the Glycobiology Institute and researchers at University College and Imperial College in London has identified a molecular defect in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) that could have an impact on their treatment Published: 7 February 2014
Elspeth Garman talking at the Museum of the History of Science
Don't miss Elspeth Garman's talk on crystallography at the Museum of the History of Science on Tuesday 21 January at 7pm. "Mission Impossible: the crystallographic challenge of tuberculosis" will uncover the history and outcome of efforts to produce crystals of a tuberculosis protein whose structure, once revealed, could help in the discovery of new drugs. Published: 20 January 2014
Biochemistry student wins place in FameLab finals
A set of cardboard cut-out waves has helped DPhil student Jonny Brooks-Bartlett land a place in the National Finals of FameLab, the quick-paced science communication competition. Published: 13 January 2014
Novel structure may hold the key to DNA break repair
Super-resolution microscopy has allowed researchers in the department to visualise a process for the first time that appears to play a central role in DNA repair. Professor David Sherratt, postdoc Dr Christian Lesterlin and microscopy experts Drs Lothar Schermelleh and Graeme Ball have published their findings in Nature Published: 3 January 2014





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