Department of Biochemistry University of Oxford Department of Biochemistry
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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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Postgraduate Research Studentships

Department of Biochemistry Studentships

In collaboration with the Medical Sciences Division and Colleges, the Department awards a number of Postgraduate Research Studentships each year. These are full awards that will cover University and College Fees and funding for living expenses. All applicants that apply by the early January deadline will automatically be considered for one of these awards. Studentships this year include at least two Departmental Studentships (eligibility: Home/EU and Overseas) and the following Departmental-College scholarships:

Oxford-Wolfson-Marriott Graduate Scholarship in Biochemistryduration 3 years, covers the cost of a full home/EU award, including University and College Fees and £15,553 per annum for living expenses. This scholarship is jointly funded by the Department of Biochemistry and the Oxford-Wolfson-Marriott Graduate Scholarship fund. The successful applicant will be registered at Wolfson College for the duration of their doctoral training. Please note that where there are two or more candidates of equal academic merit, then applicants who have listed Wolfson as their first choice College will receive preference.

Yeotown Scholarship at New College - (Home/EU applicants) duration 3 years, covers the cost of a full home/EU award, including University and College Fees and £14,553 per annum for living expenses. This scholarship is jointly funded by New College and the Department of Biochemistry. The successful applicant will be registered at New College for the duration of their doctoral training. For further details see:


Group Leader and Project-specific Studentships

In addition to Department of Biochemistry Studentships, we occassionally advertise studentships that are associated with a specific Group Leader or Project. Details about these studentships are given below.

There is one Group Leader/Project-specific Studentship currently available in the Department:

Project title:                                                                                                      Visualizing nanomachines: Structural basis for membrane transport in bacterial and fungal pathogens

Academic supervisor: Associate Prof. Maike Bublitz                                             Duration: 3 years                                                                                                   Funding covers: Tuition and College fees plus a stipend of £14,553 per annum (not subject to income tax)                                                                                                    Eligibility: Home/EU applicants                                                                              Deadline: 12 noon (GMT) 8th January 2018

A PhD position is available in membrane protein biochemistry and structure in the research group of Assoc. Prof. Maike Bublitz at the Department of Biochemistry, University of Oxford, UK.

Our group studies the structure, function and regulation of membrane proteins involved in ion-, lipid- and metabolite transport across the plasma membranes of fungal and bacterial pathogens. The PhD project involves expression, purification and structural/functional characterization of membrane proteins that catalyse transport of a range of key substrates for pathogen survival and drug resistance. Methods learned and applied will be X-ray crystallography and cryo-electron microscopy as well as various biochemical methods to elucidate function.

The project is fully funded for 3-years and will be based in the laboratory of Assoc. Prof. Maike Bublitz. We are looking for an outstanding biochemistry graduate with a strong interest in structural biology. The candidate should have molecular biology, protein production and purification experience. Experience with membrane proteins or protein structure determination will be considered advantageous. Full training will be provided in all necessary areas of protein biochemistry and structural biology. Good English language skills are essential.

To apply, please submit an online application to the University of Oxford for admission to the DPhil in Biochemistry. It is very important that you quote Studentship Source Code BIOC1. No research proposal is required as part of the application. Instead you are required to upload a personal statement of no more than 1000 words, describing your motivation and aptitude for this position, and your CV. Please arrange that three referees directly submit references for you.  

Further information:

PI’s group website:

Please contact: for informal discussion.

Contact no: +44 (0)1865 613221    


Project title:
Synthetic biology: making molecular teams to control living systems and light

Academic supervisor: Prof. Mark Howarth

Duration: Up to 4 years

Funding covers: Tuition and College fees plus a stipend enhanced beyond EPSRC standard

Eligibility: Home/EU applicants meeting EPSRC residence requirements

Deadline: on-going

An iCASE PhD position is available in in the research group of Prof. Mark Howarth at the Department of Biochemistry, University of Oxford, UK.

The Howarth lab works on innovating protein nanotechnologies for cancer analysis and immune activation, including the design of vaccines for global health challenges. Inspired by extraordinary molecular features from the natural world, our research develops new approaches for disease prevention, diagnosis and therapy, as well as for fundamental insight into how biological systems function. This project will involve engineering of a protein from a bacterial pathogen to create, analyse and apply a range of tailored biological architectures on the hundreds of nanometres scale. Advancing our abilities at this frontier should have implications for a wide variety of areas, including the ability to control cell behaviour (relevant to enhancing therapeutics and vaccines) and controlling light interactions (relevant to sensing, heating and organism visibility).

The project will be an iCASE studentship with QinetiQ, giving the student an enhanced stipend. The student will be based at the University of Oxford Department of Biochemistry but will also have the opportunity to spend at least 12 weeks with the industrial partner.

Techniques used will include molecular biology, protein biochemistry, culture of bacterial and mammalian cells, fluorescence microscopy and electron microscopy. There may be opportunity to learn other approaches including X-ray crystallography, AFM and computer-based protein design. Training will be provided as required. Candidates will be considered with a background in the biosciences, chemistry or physics/engineering.

To apply, please contact

initially for informal discussion.

Further information:

PI's group website:



College Scholarships

College Scholarships include:

E.P. Abraham Scholarship in the Chemical, Biological/Life and Medical Sciences at St Cross College


















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