Department of Biochemistry University of Oxford Department of Biochemistry
University of Oxford
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Oxford OX1 3QU

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OUBS - the society for biochemistry at Oxford

The Oxford Biochemical Society (OUBS) is the official student association affiliated with the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Oxford. The primary goal of OUBS is to promote understanding, discussion and review of exciting and current topics in biochemistry. The society invites outstanding speakers from outside Oxford to give lectures in the Department of Biochemistry. These talks attract students, post-docs and senior members from all of the various life-science departments of Oxford University.

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Our next meeting will be:


Second floor meeting room, New Biochemistry, 6:00-7:00pm

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For a full listing of future meetings please refer to our year planner
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Upcoming Society Seminars:





To Be Announced


Previous 2013-2014 Society Seminars:






Professor Jacqueline Cherfils

On February 3 we hosted Professor Jacqueline Cherfils. As an Investigator and Group Leader at the Laboratoire d'Enzymologie et Biochimie Structurales, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), Professor Cherfils runs a laboratory which merges structural and cellular biology approaches to address cutting edge questions in protein-protein interactions centred around small GTP-binding protein regulation. We received an excellent lecture and group discussion from Prof. Cherfils, thank you for your visit!







Professor Lukas Tamm

On January 27 we welcomed Professor Lukas Tamm to give a lecture on the "Assembly of the Synaptic Exocytotic Fusion Machine". Professor Tamm, from the University of Virginia is an expert in Protein-Lipid interactions and is on the cutting edge of using single molecule fluorescence and NMR for studying membrane transport, fusion in viral infections and synaptic transmission. Professor Tamm gave a very interesting talk moving from the history of discoveries in synaptic fusion to a modern model of SNARE complexes compiled from data gleaned from EPR, NMR and Microscopy. Thank you for the excellent seminar Professor Tamm!







Dr. Simon Draper

On November 18th we hosted a star alumni of Oxford, Dr. Simon Draper. Simon is currently based in the Nuffield Department of Medicine at the University of Oxford. Simon spoke about development of a broadly-neutralising malaria vaccine. Thank you for your outstanding lecture Dr. Draper!







Professor Myriam Hemberger






Professor Markus Ralser

We were extremely pleased to host Dr Markus Ralser from the University of Cambridge, Department of Biochemistry on Monday 7th October. Markus Ralser’s interests lie in metabolic processes and how metabolic networks react to environmental changes and during aging. Markus’ lecture on the early origins of metabolism and the dynamics of metabolic networks was exceedingly interesting and provoked much discussion. We thank Markus Ralser again for a wonderful talk.






Professor Sir Martin Evans FRS FRSE






Professor Eric Sundberg

We were very pleased to welcome Professor Eric Sundberg for his visit to Oxford on September 23rd. Eric, now an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow in Munich, Germany, runs a top research lab at the Institute of Human Virology and Department of Medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Eric gave an excellent and clear lecture, ranging from pili to antibodies. The society also very much enjoyed our lunchtime discussion with Professor Sundberg, thank you for visiting our Department Eric!




 Professor Patrick O'Farrell

It was our great pleasure to welcome Professor Patrick O'Farrell, a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and Professor at UCSF in San Francisco to the Department on September 9th. Pat O'Farrell is widely known for important contributions such as the cloning and characterization of the homeodomain transcription factor Engrailed, seminal work on cell cycle regulation in early syncytial embryos and key contributions to our understanding of the hypoxic response, innate immunity, and mitochondrial regulation and function. Pat's lecture on the uniparental inheritance of the mitochondrial genome drew spirited discussion and was well received. We thank Professor O'Farrell for the excellent talk!






























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