Department of Biochemistry University of Oxford Department of Biochemistry
University of Oxford
South Parks Road
Oxford OX1 3QU

Tel: +44 (0)1865 613200
Fax: +44 (0)1865 613201
Image showing the global movement of lipids in a model planar membrane
Matthieu Chavent, Sansom lab
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
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Wellcome Trust Studentships in Structural Biology

Wellcome Trust D.Phil Programme in Structural Biology 
From Molecules to Cells (MSDTC)
Wellcome Trust Studentships: 5 per annum

Programme Website

A four-year D.Phil. Programme in Structural Biology, supported by the Wellcome Trust, will provide training in structural and molecular biology to understand molecular mechanisms of the cell. Students will spend the first year learning a range of structural biology techniques by undertaking two 5-month projects in different laboratories and following taught courses. They will also choose a DPhil supervisor and submit a research proposal for their DPhil study, for years 2-4. Students are expected to submit their thesis by the end of 4th year.

The Wellcome Trust provides generous funds covering research costs, Fees at the UK/EU Student rate and a living allowance no less than £19,919 p.a. provided good progress is made each year.

Non-EU candidates must also apply for Scholarships of the University of Oxford and associated Colleges and any other scholarships for funds to cover the overseas fees difference between EU and non-EU students.

To Apply:

Please apply for course 003910 as instructed how-to-apply at, and provide supporting materials, to arrive no later than the closing date. A Statement of Study plans is required to be submitted by the closing date, no more than 1000 words and should describe up to 3 possible Programme research areas which you would like to pursue with strong interest and enthusiasm. The programme aspires to offer interdisciplinary training in Structural Biology. Your statement should indicate how your interests in the ongoing research areas might lead you to develop possible interdisciplinary training programmes. Your personal statement may briefly also refer to your research experience, which should be elaborated further in your CV. No research proposal is required.

List of participating faculty in the Department of Biochemistry:

Professor Judy Armitage
Flagellar rotation and intracellular signalling pathways controlling bacterial chemotaxis

Dr Ben Berks
Bacterial protein transport and bacterial energy metabolism

Dr Philip Biggin
Computational Studies of Receptors, Simulation approaches to receptor function

Professor Raymond Dwek
Glycobiology, Proteomics, Antivirals

Professor Stuart Ferguson
Chemical Biology

Dr Elspeth Garman
Radiation Damage Studies of Cryo-Cooled Protein Crystals and Mutational Investigation of Neuraminidases

Professor Penny Handford
Calcium-binding epidermal growth factor-like (cbEGF) domain containing proteins in health and disease

Dr Matthew Higgins
Eukaryotic pathogens. Drug discovery and vaccinology. Keywords: malaria, Structural Biology, Adhesion, PfEMP1. Experimental methods: Binding Assays, Protein purification, Recombinant protein expression, X-ray crystallography

Professor Louis Mahadevan
Signal transduction, gene expression

Dr Christina Redfield
NMR studies of protein structure, function and dynamics

Professor Mark Sansom
Computational Studies of Membrane Proteins: Sequences, Structures and Simulations

Dr Jason Schnell
Structure and regulation of ion channels and membrane-bound receptors

Dr. Ioannis (John) Vakonakis
Structural Cell Biology of large assemblies in Malaria Cytoadherence & Centriole duplication

Professor Anthony Watts,
Resolving structural details of membrane peptides and proteins at high resolution

Prof Nicole Zitzmann
Hepatitis - Development of Antiviral Strategies


Please Contact

The Medical Sciences Doctoral Training Centre (MSDTC) Administrator
University of Oxford
Medical Sciences Graduate Studies Office
Level 3, John Radcliffe Hospital
Oxford OX3 9DU

Application Deadline: 9/01/2015 (12 noon midday UK GMT)















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