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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 2016

Assembling a protein transporter
How can you obtain high resolution structural information about protein complexes when you cannot determine the structure directly by techniques such as X-ray crystallography? Published: 14 December 2016
iGem Gold Medal Award
The Oxford iGem team achieved a GOLD MEDAL again this year for the third time, and now in every year a team from this Department has entered. This year the competition attracted over 300 teams and over 3000 students from all over the world. Published: 7 November 2016
Bungo Akiyoshi awarded EMBO Young Investigator
Dr Bungo Akiyoshi, has been elected into the 2017 EMBO Young Investigator Programme, which supports researchers under the age of 40 who have established their first research labs within the past four years Published: 20 October 2016
Postdoc wins Korenchevsky award at British Society for Research on Ageing Annual meeting
Karolina Chocian (Woollard lab) won the Korenchevsky award at this summer's BSRA meeting in Durham for her talk entitled "Dose dependent functions for chromatin modifiers in regulating lifespan" Published: 14 September 2016
DPhil student wins Etter Student Award at American Crystallographic Association Annual meeting
Charlie Bury (second year DPhil student, Garman group) won the Etter Student Award from the Light Source Special Interest Group of the ACA in Denver on 26th July 2016 Published: 18 August 2016
Enzyme structure offers new hopes for better antivirals
The structure of a cellular enzyme that is crucial for the survival of many pathogenic viruses has been solved in a new study. Nicole Zitzmann and members of her team, together with colleagues from Italy and France, have published their findings in PNAS. Published: 11 August 2016
Expression of Interest for Research Career Development Fellowships 2016
EXPRESSIONS NOW CLOSED. We invite Expressions of Interest from early career researchers who wish to be sponsored for establishing an independent research group, as an externally funded research fellow Published: 11 August 2016
Elena Seiradake awarded a Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellowship
Dr Elena Seiradake has been awarded the prestigious Senior Research Fellowship by the Wellcome Trust, for her research into the role of adhesion G-protein coupled receptors (GPCRs) in brain development. Published: 3 August 2016
Smoothly does it: Structural insights into an unusual G-protein coupled receptor
A collaborative project between the Newstead and Sansom groups in the Department of Biochemistry and Christian Siebold's group in the Division of Structural Biology has led to the first high resolution structure of a full length G-Protein Coupled Receptor called Smoothened. Published: 1 August 2016
Protein sensor turns itself inside out and back again
New research has uncovered the molecular details of how bacteria deal with oxidative stress. Colin Kleanthous in the department, in collaboration with Jennifer Potts at the University of York and colleagues in Oxford, has published the work in Nature Communications. Published: 25 July 2016
Cryo-EM sheds light on how cells repair DNA damage
A new study has revealed the sequence of key events in an important DNA damage pathway. The work on the Fanconi anemia (FA) DNA repair pathway, from the labs of Dr. Martin Cohn in the department and Dr. Catherine Vénien-Bryan at the Pierre and Marie Curie University in Paris, has been published in Nature Communications Published: 13 July 2016
Dr Tim Nott awarded Wellcome Trust Sir Henry Dale Fellowship
Dr Tim Nott has been awarded the prestigious Sir Henry Dale Fellowship from the Wellcome Trust, for his research into the emerging area of membraneless organelles Published: 16 June 2016
Wellcome News for Protein Antibiotics
The Wellcome Trust has recently funded a collaborative award for the development of a new class of antibiotics, based on proteins that specifically kill Gram-negative bacteria Published: 8 June 2016
Matthieu Chavent receives PRACEdays16 Award
Dr. Matthieu Chavent recently received the PRACEdays16 Award for Best Scientific Presentation for his talk entitled "Membrane Protein Crowding: filling the gap between computations and experiments" Published: 19 May 2016
Visualising Targets for Novel Antibiotics
Researchers at Oxford, Trinity College Dublin, Diamond and the University of East Anglia have visualised, in high definition, proteins that are essential to bacterial survival, and are therefore potential targets for novel antibiotics Published: 31 March 2016
University of Oxford is a BBSRC "Excellence with Impact" finalist
The University of Oxford has been selected as one of 10 finalists in the BBSRC's "Excellence with Impact" competition. The competition aims to recognise institutions that can develop and successfully deliver a vision for maximising impact, alongside a relevant institution-wide culture change. Published: 10 March 2016
Cells show their individuality in a new study of DNA damage responses
A new paper from postdoctoral fellow Stephan Uphoff in the Biochemistry Department has revealed that random variation in the DNA repair capacity of cells can lead to genetic variation Published: 4 March 2016
The secrets of fast neurotransmission in the brain
Recent work from departmental researchers in collaboration with groups at McGill University in Canada and the University of Liverpool has provided new insights into a crucial aspect of neuronal receptor behaviour Published: 25 February 2016
DPhil Student to present research to MPs
Christopher Schoene, a DPhil student in Mark Howarth's lab, has successfully applied to present his research to MPs at the House of Commons. He will be presenting his research on the 7th of March Published: 25 February 2016
Teaming up against cancer - Programming protein teams to induce cancer cell death
Gianluca Veggiani and members of Mark Howarth's lab have developed a solid-phase approach to synthesise protein teams that may help cancer cell killing (Veggiani et al., 2016). Published: 24 February 2016
Professor Elspeth Garman receives the 2015 Mildred Dresselhaus Award
Professor Elspeth Garman has received the 2015 Mildred Dresselhaus Award by the University of Hamburg. The award recognizes Elspeth's outstanding contributions to structural biology as well as mentoring and training a generation of crystallographers Published: 24 February 2016
Single human cells reveal molecular mechanisms in cell cycle control
A new paper scrutinizing how mammalian cells control transition into the DNA replication phase of the cell cycle comes out in Cell Systems Published: 28 January 2016
Synthetic biologists use bacterial superglue for faster vaccine development
An interdisciplinary team of Oxford University researchers including Biochemistry's Mark Howarth has devised a new technique to speed up the development of novel vaccines. Published: 20 January 2016



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