And welcome to the Department of Biochemistry.

We are a diverse mix of people all focused on delivering the best in teaching and research. We are home to a large number of internationally-renowned teams of scientists addressing major questions in biochemistry, the answers to which will have a profound effect on modern biology, but the fact that our department has an outstanding reputation for its teaching and research is thanks to the talent, hard work and dedication of all our staff, and whatever your role we are glad that you have chosen to be a part of our team.


Biochemistry prides itself on being a family friendly department, recognising the demands of work/life balance and we are working hard to improve our working practices to make sure that all staff and students are well supported at all levels of their work and study. We do not tolerate bullying or harassment and have dedicated officers * to whom you can report harassment if you should witness or experience it. My hope is that you will settle quickly into the Department and enjoy being part of what is a vibrant, friendly and varied community.

We run a number of social events throughout the year: parties at Christmas and a Summer party, as well as ad hoc events and celebrations.

This Induction Programme is designed to help you integrate within the Department and University structure, and to let you know which key people and functions you need to know about. We also hope that it will make you aware of everything that Oxford has to offer you personally at Departmental, Divisional and University level.



With best wishes,


Professor Francis Barr

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is made up of around 850 talented researchers, students and support staff who share a common passion and purpose – to explore, explain and advance human life.

are loosely grouped into five broad research areas: 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 groups span more than one theme.

part of the Medical Sciences division at the University of Oxford, and are dedicated to teaching and biomedical research of the highest quality. Many of our researchers have achieved international recognition and our department has been home to four Nobel or Breakthrough Prize winners.

of curiosity and commitment to excellence doesn’t just drive our current research – it benefits the next generation of thinkers through our teaching. We have approximately 450 students on a variety of undergraduate and postgraduate courses, and many of our group leaders and postdoctoral researchers are involved in teaching. This allows our students to learn from world-class minds and engage directly with cutting-edge knowledge.

is central to our community. We enjoy the vibrant mix of backgrounds, skills, nationalities and genders represented in the department – it helps us benefit from fresh perspectives and ideas. We’re particularly committed to removing any obstacles that might prevent women and those from minority groups from excelling in their academic careers – so we’re proud to have been given a Silver Award by the ECU’s Athena SWAN Charter, a programme that promotes equality and diversity in higher education.

are also STEM Ambassadors, which gives them the chance to work with schools and show young people what a future in the sciences can look like. Ambassadors get involved with a variety of projects, from helping in after-school STEM clubs and giving careers talks to hosting work experience students in our department labs.

in wider University of Oxford initiatives such as the UNIQ Summer School and Oxford Pathways, which are designed to make higher education more accessible for state school students, and have produced a whole range of talks and lectures aimed at encouraging girls and women to participate and excel in science.

in the South Parks Road Science Area. Most departmental members are based in the New Biochemistry building, but members of the Glycobiology Institute are based in the Rodney Porter Building close by.

The neighbouring Rex Richards Building houses the NMR facility.

You can find information about key people in our Department here * and our Researchers here.



* Can be accessed once you receive your Single Sign-On username and password.




* Can be accessed once you receive your Single Sign-On username and password.