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This theme encompasses all researchers using the latest molecular, cell and systems biology techniques to study basic biological processes. A particular strength in Oxford is that much of this work is interdisciplinary, involving collaboration between biologists working at molecular, cellular and systems levels and mathematicians, statisticians, chemists and physicists. This is becoming increasingly important as scientists appreciate that all available tools are needed to fully understand normal and abnormal biological processes. The close links between disciplines in Oxford provides an ideal training environment for graduate students interested in interdisciplinary research.

Areas of strength include membrane biology, receptors and ion channels; gene and chromosomal structure, replication and function; epigenetics; glycobiology; chemical biology; structural biology; and signal transduction. Oxford has excelled facilities for mass spectroscopy, which has revolutionized proteomics research. Oxford scientists also employ advanced imaging techniques such as cryo-electron tomography, super-resolution light microscopy and atomic force microscopy. Oligonucleotide microarrays were pioneered in Oxford and researchers here use these and other cutting edge genomics and statistical tools to investigate the genetic basis of disease. Oxford also has advanced facilities for genome engineering, single cell analysis, flow cytometry, next generation sequencing. Structural biologists in Oxford benefit from access to cutting-edge cryo-electron microscopes and the Diamond Light Source synchroton. 

Systems biology, which involves the use of computational models to simulate biological processes, is widely used by many research groups. It is applied over a range of scales from simple molecular pathways to organ systems.

Supervisors in Molecular, Cell, Systems and Structural Biology


Colin J Akerman

Professor of Neuroscience

Samir El Andaloussi

Early Career Research Fellow

Frances Ashcroft

GlaxoSmithKline Royal Society Professor

Esther Becker

Associate Professor of Neurobiology

David Bennett

Professor of Neurology and Neurobiology

Paul Bowness

Professor of Experimental Rheumatology

Keith Buckler

Associate Professor of Physiology

Philip Burnet

Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies

Simon Butt

Associate Professor of Neuroscience

James Cantley

RD Lawrence Fellow

Pedro Carvalho

EP Abraham Professor of Cell Biology

Alfredo Castello Palomares

Posttranscriptional networks in infection

Helen Christian

Deputy Head of Department

Grant C Churchill

Associate Professor in Chemical Pharmacology

Alex Clarke

Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Career Development Fellow

Mark Coles

Kennedy Trust Senior Research Fellow

Stephanie Cragg

Professor of Neuroscience

Stephanie Dakin

Associate Professor

Ana Domingos

Associate Professor of Neuroscience

James Dunford

Senior Research Associate

Omer Dushek

Sir Henry Dale Fellow

James Edwards

Arthritis Research UK Career Development Fellow

Nigel Emptage

Head of Department

Antony Galione

Statutory Professor of Pharmacology

Maike Glitsch

Associate Professor of Biomedical Science

Deborah Goberdhan

Associate Professor of Cell Signalling

Stephen Goodwin

Professor of Neurogenetics

Ulrike Gruneberg

MRC Senior Research Fellow

Mark Hankins

Professor of Visual Neuroscience

Bass Hassan

Professor of Medical Oncology

Lisa Heather

BHF Intermediate Fellow and University Research Lecturer

Joanna Hester

Senior Research Fellow

Georg Holländer

Hoffmann and Action Medical Research Professor of Developmental Medicine

Philippa Hulley

Associate Professor

Sarosh Irani

Associate Professor and Honorary Consultant Neurologist

Yoshi Itoh

Associate Professor and Principal Investigator Cell Migration Group

Paul Johnson

Professor of Paediatric Surgery

Fredrik Karpe

Professor of Metabolic Medicine

Helen Knowles

University Research Lecturer and Arthritis Research UK Career Development Fellow

Ming Lei

Associate Professor

Dan Li

Senior Research Associate

Simon Lovestone

Professor of Translational Neuroscience

Kim Midwood

Professor of Matrix Biology

Gero Miesenboeck

Director, Centre for Neural Circuits and Behaviour

Liliana Minichiello

Reader in Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience

Jelena Bezbradica Mirkovic

KTRR Senior Research Fellow

Claudia Monaco

Professor of Cardiovascular Inflammation

Chris Murphy

Associate Professor & Kennedy Director of Graduate Studies

Jagdeep Nanchahal

Professor of Hand, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Conrad Nieduszynski

Associate Professor of Cell Biology

Udo Oppermann

Professor of Molecular Biology

Anant Parekh

Director, Centre for Integrative Physiology

John Parrington

Associate Professor in Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology

David Paterson

Head of Department

Siim Pauklin

CRUK Career development fellow

Stuart Peirson

Associate Professor

Martin Philpott

Senior Research Associate

Frances Platt

Professor of Biochemistry and Pharmacology

Jo Poulton

Professor of Mitochondrial Genetics

Fiona Powrie FRS

Professor of Musculoskeletal Sciences and Director of the Kennedy Institute

Paul Riley

BHF Professor of Regenerative Medicine & Chair of Development and Cell Biology

Peter Robbins

Professor of Physiology

Anindita Roy

Associate Professor of Paediatric Haematology

Angela Russell

Professor of Medicinal Chemistry

Stephen Sansom

Group Leader in Computational and Single Cell Genomics

Sumathi Sekaran

Senior Research Scientist

Anna Katharina (Katja) A Simon

Professor of Immunology

Sarah Snelling

Associate Professor

Shankar Srinivas

Professor of Developmental Biology

Phillip Stansfeld

Computational Biochemistry Research Fellow

Simon Stringer

Departmental Lecturer

Francis Szele

Associate Professor of Developmental Biology

Peter Taylor

Norman Collisson Professor of Musculoskeletal Sciences

Helen Townley

University Research Lecturer

Linda Troeberg

University Research Lecturer

Stephen Tucker

Professor of Biophysics

Elizabeth Tunbridge

Royal Society Research Fellow

Irina Udalova

Professor of Molecular Immunology

Holm Uhlig

Professor of Paediatric Gastroenterology, Group Head / PI and Hon Consultant ...

Sridhar Vasudevan

University Research Lecturer

Tonia Vincent

Professor of Musculoskeletal Biology

Tim Vogels

Sir Henry Dale Fellow, Associate Professor

Angus Wann

KTRR/ARUK Research Fellow

Patrick Waters

Senior Postdoctoral Research Scientist

Caleb Webber

Professor of Bioinformatics

Robert Wilkins

Associate Professor of Epithelial Physiology

Suzannah Williams

Principal Investigator/Research Group Leader; Lead of Ovarian Research for the ...

Clive Wilson

Professor of Cell and Developmental Genetics

Matthew Wood

Professor of Neuroscience

Paul Wordsworth

Professor of Rheumatology

Manuela Zaccolo

Director, Burdon Sanderson Cardiac Sciences Centre