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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We are a multidisciplinary department with research interests spanning all aspects of modern molecular and cellular biochemistry. Our goal is to understand the mechanisms underlying fundamental problems in biology using a range of approaches, from atomic resolution biophysics to bioimaging, chromosomal biology studies, and developmental genetics. Working in a collaborative setting, our researchers benefit from state-of-the-art infrastructure and sharing of expertise. 

The quality of our research is outstanding as demonstrated by an impressive publications output and the international standing of many of our researchers. Several group leaders have been awarded Fellowship of the Royal Society or other honours such as EMBO membership. Three Nobel Prize winners, Hans Krebs, Rodney Porter and Paul Nurse, have been members of the department. 

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Our five Research Themes reflect the broad areas in which we have particular strengths and interests: Cell Biology, Development and Genetics; Chromosomal and RNA Biology; Infection and Disease Processes; Microbiology and Systems Biology; and, Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics. Research groups are organised across these Research Themes and many span more than one theme.

We also host the Micron Oxford Advanced Bioimaging Unit, the Structural Bioinformatics and Computational Biochemistry Unit, and the Glycobiology Institute.

Our research is supported by outstanding departmental facilities including Micron (a unit for advanced cellular imaging), a comprehensive Molecular Biophysics Suite, a 950MHz NMR machine, and a protein crystallisation facility with robotics for membrane protein crystallisation. Facilities for X-ray crystallography and electron microscopy are located close to the Department.   

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Around 20% of our group leaders have independent fellowships from funding bodies such as the Wellcome Trust, the Medical Research Council, the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council and the Royal Society.




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