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
First year Biochemistry students at a practical class
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
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About the Department

Established in 1920, the Biochemistry Department is part of the University of Oxford's Medical Sciences Division, the largest of the University's four academic divisions and ranked third in the world for Biomedicine. For research, the Department is sub-divided into five areas:

  • Cell Biology, Development and Genetics
  • Chromosomal and RNA Biology
  • Infection and Disease Processes
  • Microbiology and Systems Biology
  • Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

There are currently about 50 research groups, varying in size from a few people to forty or more, with a total of about 400 research staff (group leaders, post-docs and graduate students) publishing over 250 papers a year.

The Department moved into a brand new purpose-built building during the Autumn of 2008. Situated in an attractive area close to the University Parks and River Cherwell, the building is part of the University Science Area, which also includes the Radcliffe Science Library and the University Museum of Natural History, and is conveniently located for easy access to the town centre and colleges.

Members of other departments also contribute to teaching, including lecturers in physiology, pathology, pharmacology, clinical biochemistry, plant sciences and zoology.





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