Department of Biochemistry University of Oxford Department of Biochemistry
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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 2010

Why chromosomes may start to show their age
New research by scientists in the department and at the Sanger Institute has provided definitive molecular evidence for the role of key proteins in holding together the chromosomes of mammalian eggs until the egg is ready for fertilisation Published: 10 December 2010
Triple departmental success in recent EMBO honours
Three researchers in the Biochemistry department are recognised in recent awards from the European Molecular Biology Organisation (EMBO) Published: 8 December 2010
PhD Studentships: Deadline for applications 7/01/2011
We invite applications for PhD supported by BBSRC, MRC, EPSRC, Wellcome Trust, Cancer Research UK, Clarendon Fund and other studentships. Training is delivered through the DPhil in Biochemistry and associated PhD Programmes in the Medical, Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences, in a state of the art multidisciplinary research environment. Published: 7 December 2010
Excellent teacher award for Dr Mark Wormald
Dr Mark Wormald, a lecturer in the Biochemistry department, has received an Excellent Teacher Award from the University. He was presented with the award by the Vice-Chancellor at a ceremony at Rhodes House in October Published: 17 November 2010
PERLs look promising in fight against viruses
A group of scientists in the Biochemistry department together with colleagues in Romania have discovered a novel approach to developing treatment against HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C infections Published: 1 November 2010
Micron Oxford
Micron Oxford has been launched, seeking to understand the fundamental biological processes taking place in cells, by observing at high spatial and temporal resolution the molecular machines responsible for cellular function Published: 1 November 2010
Dr Lynne Cox: Early Ageing Syndrome
Dr Lynne Cox spoke at the British Science Festival in September in a session called 'Life everlasting? the science and philosophy of ageing' Published: 27 October 2010
International honour for Professor Anthony Watts
Professor Anthony Watts has been elected a fellow of the Biophysical Society, only the second non-US scientist to be awarded such an honour Published: 15 October 2010
'The Biochemist' comes to Oxford
A group of Oxford University students and young postdocs who won the chance of putting together an issue of a professional biochemistry magazine, have now had their winning entry published Published: 5 October 2010
I'm a Scientist 2010
'I'm a Scientist, Get me out of here!' has found its very own kings (and queens) of the laboratory, as chosen by 5,000 school students from across the UK, and one of those, Mark Roberts, is in the Department of Biochemistry. Published: 9 September 2010
Crystallography One Century AD (After Dorothy)
In the centenary year of Dorothy Hodgkin's birth, Professor Elspeth Garman from the department gave the Dorothy Hodgkin Memorial Lecture earlier this year Published: 2 September 2010
Something UNIQ about Biochemistry
This Summer, the department once again opened its doors to sixth-formers taking part in the University's UNIQ summer school programme. Five hundred students from schools around the country came to Oxford for a week for a taste of what it is like to be an Oxford undergraduate Published: 13 August 2010
Contortions of membrane protein captured in new study
Researchers in the Biochemistry and Physics departments have applied an old technique to a new problem to reveal detailed information about how a protein's structure changes as it carries out its function Published: 10 August 2010
HIV's sugar coating offers new vaccine approach
The chains of sugar molecules, or carbohydrates, that cover the outside of the highly variable HIV virus remain constant, are different from those found on human cells, and could form the basis of a promising new approach to an AIDS vaccine, according to research led by the University of Oxford. Published: 27 July 2010
Shining the spotlight on DNA replication
Researchers in the Biochemistry and Physics departments have used single-molecule imaging to show that the precise molecular details of DNA replication in the bacteria E.coli differ from how they have been portrayed in textbooks for years. Published: 8 July 2010
Super-strong molecular tool becomes even stronger
Researchers in the department have engineered changes in a widely-used molecular detection and targeting tool that will enable it to be used in an even greater range of biological and clinical applications Published: 26 May 2010
Student Profile Video
Jayati Jain talks about life as a first year graduate student in the Department Published: 26 May 2010
Signposting genes: the pull of an epigenetic signal
Intriguing new work from researchers in the Biochemistry department along with collaborators at Harvard University has finally shed light on the function of a feature of vertebrate genomes that has eluded researchers for over 20 years Published: 24 May 2010
Synthetic Biology grant success
Professor David Sherratt has been awarded a Synthetic Biology grant along with colleagues at the University of Dresden and Delft University Published: 19 May 2010
Getting a permanent grip on proteins
Bijan Zakeri and Mark Howarth have exploited a recently discovered feature of amino acid chemistry in the bacterium Streptococcus pyogenes to develop an improved tool for irreversibly monitoring proteins Published: 14 May 2010
Recent Honours for Dame Louise Johnson
Dame Louise Johnson will be awarded an Honorary ScD degree by the University of Cambridge in June 2010. Published: 7 May 2010
New version of successful Coot software released
A new paper describing the latest developments in the Coot software, from Dr Paul Emsley in the Department and colleagues, has been published in April's issue of Acta Crystallographica. Published: 19 April 2010
Enhancing biological mimicry in HIV vaccine design
A group of researchers in the Biochemistry Department has shown how it might be possible to exploit a weakness in the evasive strategies of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) to develop an effective vaccine against it. Published: 19 April 2010
Professor Raymond Dwek receives Honour from Romanian Academy
Professor Raymond Dwek, along with Professor Baruch Blumberg and Dr Richard Lerner (Honorary members of the Department), received the Honoris causa award from the Romanian Academy of Science in Bucharest on March 23 Published: 30 March 2010
Dr Mark Leake wins British Biophysics Award
Biophysics researcher Dr Mark Leake has been announced as the winner of the 2010 Young Investigator Award for the British Biophysical Society Published: 12 March 2010
Professor Garman to give the Dorothy Hodgkin Memorial Lecture
Scientists and the public alike will gather amongst the dinosaurs and dodo at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History on March 9 at an annual lecture in honour of one of the 20th century's outstanding scientists - Dorothy Hodgkin Published: 2 March 2010
Study reveals the subtleties of molecular recognition in bacteria
Professor Judith Armitage and her group in the Biochemistry Department, together with other researchers in the University, have made the first steps towards being able to identify interacting partners in signalling pathways and potentially engineer a bacterial cell that can sense and respond to novel environmental cues Published: 11 February 2010
Four BBSRC Vacation Studentships on offer
The Department of Biochemistry has been selected to participate in the BBSRC Vacation Bursaries scheme as one of BBSRC's top training environments. Four placements are available this year Published: 9 February 2010
Winning image for Phenotype magazine
Congratulations to Dr Fernando Martinez-Estrada, the winner of this term's 'Snapshot' research image competition run by Phenotype magazine Published: 4 February 2010
Biochemistry opens its door to sixth-formers again this Summer
Budding scientists will have the opportunity this Summer to find out what studying Biochemistry in Oxford is really like, as applications open for the University-wide UNIQ summer school programme. Published: 2 February 2010
Cell division drama unfolds under the microscope
It's the most dramatic step in cell division and the point of no return in this perfectly orchestrated series of events - the moment when the two sets of chromosomes are pulled apart as a single cell prepares to become two Published: 22 January 2010



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