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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

Daniel C Anthony

Professor of Experimental Neuropathology

Mara Artibani

Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Cancer Stem Cells

Frances Ashcroft

Research Professor

Rachael Bashford-Rogers

Esther Becker

Professor of Translational Neuroscience

David Bennett

Professor of Neurology and Neurobiology

Ben Berks

Professor of Biochemistry

Phil Biggin

Professor of Computational Biochemistry

Paul Bowness

Professor of Experimental Rheumatology

Neil Brockdorff

Professor of Biochemistry and Wellcome Principle Research Fellow

Alastair Buchan

Professor of Stroke Medicine

Keith Buckler

Associate Professor of Physiology

Nicola Burgess Brown

Philip Burnet

Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies

Simon Butt

Associate Professor of Neuroscience

Zameel Cader

Director of the Oxford Headache Centre and Director of StemBANCC

Andrew Carr

Nuffield Professor of Orthopaedics

Pedro Carvalho

EP Abraham Professor of Cell Biology

Climent Casals-Pascual

Alfredo Castello Palomares

Posttranscriptional networks in infection

Liye Chen

Career Development Fellow - funded by Versus Arthritis

Helen Christian

Deputy Head of Department

Constantinos Christodoulides

University Research Lecturer

Grant C Churchill

Professor of Chemical Pharmacology

Alex Clarke

Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Career Development Fellow

Mark Coles

Professor of Immunology

Kevin Coward

Associate Professor and Director of the MSc in Clinical Embryology

Lynne Cox

Associate Professor

Stephanie Cragg

Professor of Neuroscience

Stephanie Dakin

Associate Professor of Musculoskeletal Sciences

Simon Davis

Professor of Molecular Immunology

Gabriele DeLuca

Professor of Clinical Neurology and Experimental Neuropathology

Ana Domingos

Associate Professor of Neuroscience

Tao Dong

Yin Dong

MRC Career Development Fellow

Kim Dora

Professor of Microvascular Pharmacology

James Dunford

Senior Research Associate

Omer Dushek

Professor of Molecular Immunology, Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellow

Lars E.T. Jansen

Wellcome Senior Research Fellow

James Edwards

Associate Professor

Nigel Emptage

Professor of Synaptic Pharmacology

Gwyndaf Evans

Principal Beamline Scientist

Fiona Powrie FRS

Professor of Musculoskeletal Sciences and Director of the Kennedy Institute

Andre Furger

Associate Professor

Antony Galione

Statutory Professor of Pharmacology

Richard Gibbons

Professor of Clinical Genetics

Ian Gibbs-Seymour

CRUK Career Development Fellow

Deborah Gill

Professor of Gene Medicine

Stephen Goodwin

Professor of Neurogenetics

James Grist

Principal Investigator

Ulrike Gruneberg

Professor of Molecular Cell Biology

Ester Hammond

Professor of Molecular Cancer Biology

Mark Hankins

Professor of Visual Neuroscience

Maria Harkiolaki

Principal Beamline Scientist

Bass Hassan

Lisa Heather

BHF Intermediate Fellow and Associate Professor

Joanna Hester

Associate Professor

Matthew Higgins

Professor of Molecular Parisitology

Douglas Higgs

Emeritus Professor

Paul Holloway

Principal Investigator

Georg Holländer

Hoffmann and Action Medical Research Professor of Developmental Medicine

Sarah Howles

Clinical Research Fellow

Kilian Huber

Principal Investigator

Jim Hughes

Professor of Gene Regulation

Jim Hughes

Philippa Hulley

Associate Professor

Stephen Hyde

Professor of Molecular Therapy

Sarosh Irani

Collaborator, Oxford Autoimmune Neurology Group

Yoshi Itoh

Associate Professor and Principal Investigator Cell Migration Group

Astrid Iversen

Professor of Virology and Immunology

Aarti Jagannath

Associate Professor

Paul Johnson

Director of Oxford Islet Isolation and Islet Transplant Programmes and ...

Fredrik Karpe

Professor of Metabolic Medicine

Syma Khalid

Colin Kleanthous

Iveagh Professor of Microbial Biochemistry

Rob Klose

Professor of Genetics

Benoit Kornmann

Associate Professor of Molecular & Cellular Biochemistry

Armin Lak

Associate Professor of Neuroscience

Samira Lakhal-Littleton

Associate Professor of Cell Physiology and MRC Senior Non-Clinical Research ...

Nick Lakin

Professor of Molecular Cell Biology

Clinton Lau

Wellcome CDA Research Fellow

Ming Lei

Reader in Cardiac Pharmacology

Petros Ligoxygakis

Professor of Innate Immunology

Jane Mellor

Professor of Biochemistry

Kim Midwood

Professor of Matrix Biology

Gero Miesenboeck

Director, Centre for Neural Circuits and Behaviour

Thomas Milne

Professor of Haematology

Liliana Minichiello

Reader in Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience

Jelena Bezbradica Mirkovic

Associate Professor of Immunology

Mathilda Mommersteeg

Associate Professor of Developmental and Regenerative Medicine

Claudia Monaco

Professor of Cardiovascular Inflammation

Jagdeep Nanchahal

Professor of Hand, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Christoffer Nellåker

MRC Methodology Research Fellow

Claus Nerlov

Professor of Stem Cell Biology

Simon Newstead

Fernando Nodal

Departmental Lecturer

Chris Norbury

Professor of Molecular Pathology

Tim Nott

Wellcome Trust Sir Henry Dale Fellow

Bela Novak

Professor of Integrative Systems Biology

Chris O'Callaghan

Udo Oppermann

Professor of Molecular Biology

Allen Orville

Group Leader, XFEL Hub

Jaideep Pandit

Consultant Anaesthetist

Anant Parekh

Director, Centre for Integrative Physiology

Laura Parkkinen

Professor of Translational Neuropathology

John Parrington

Associate Professor in Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology

David Paterson

Head of Department

Siim Pauklin

Associate Professor and CRUK Career Development Fellow

Catherine Pears

Associate Professor

Stuart Peirson

Professor of Circadian Neuroscience

Frances Platt

Head of Department

Jo Poulton

Professor of Mitochondrial Genetics

Rob Rambo

Group Leader, Soft Condensed Matter Village

Michael Ranes

Wellcome Career Development Fellow

Christina Redfield

Professor of Molecular Biophysics

Jan Rehwinkel

Professor of Innate Immunology

Paul Riley

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

Peter Robbins

Professor of Physiology

Mark Roberts

Carol Robinson

Patrik Rorsman

Professor of Diabetic Medicine

Anindita Roy

Professor of Paediatric Haematology

Stephen Sansom

Associate Professor

Lothar Schermelleh

Micron Senior Research Fellow

Jason Schnell

Associate Professor

Elena Seiradake

Associate Professor & Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellow

Sumathi Sekaran

Senior Research Scientist

Christian Siebold

Professor of Structural Biology

David Sims

Associate Professor of Computational Genomics

Filipa Simões

Group Leader

Sarah Snelling

Associate Professor

Duncan Sparrow

Associate Professor and BHF Senior Basic Science Research Fellow

Shankar Srinivas

Professor of Developmental Biology

Madhusudhan Srinivasan

Wellcome Trust Career Development Fellow

Simon Stringer

Departmental Lecturer

Pawel Swietach

Professor of Physiology

Francis Szele

Associate Professor of Developmental Biology

Nick Talbot

Associate Professor and Consultant in Respiratory Medicine

Peter Taylor

Norman Collisson Professor of Musculoskeletal Sciences

George Tofaris

Professor of Neurology and Translational Neuroscience

Helen Townley

Associate Professor

Alain Townsend

Emeritus Professor of Molecular Immunology

Irina Udalova

Professor of Molecular Immunology

Stephan Uphoff

Sir Henry Dale Research Fellow

Katherine Vallis

Professor of Radiotherapeutics and Radioimaging

Anton van der Merwe

Lidia Vasilieva

Associate professor, group leader

Sridhar Vasudevan

Associate Professor in Pharmacology and Drug Discovery

Manu Vatish

Professor of Obstetrics & Consultant Obstetrician

Paresh Vyas

Professor of Haematology

Kerry Walker

Associate Professor of Neuroscience

Mark Wallace

Martin Walsh

Deputy Director of Life Sciences

Patrick Waters

Associate Professor, Co-Director Autoimmune Neurology Diagnostic Laboratory

Matthew Whitby

Professor of Molecular Genetics

Andrew Wilkie

Nuffield Professor of Pathology

Robert Wilkins

Associate Professor of Epithelial Physiology

Suzannah Williams

Associate Professor & Senior Research Fellow

Suzannah Williams

Associate Professor & Senior Research Fellow

Clive Wilson

Professor of Cell and Developmental Genetics

Matthew Wood

Professor of Neuroscience

Alison Woollard

Associate Professor

Mark Wormald

Associate Professor

Kanmin Xue

Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Career Development Fellow

Manuela Zaccolo

Deputy Head of Department

Nicole Zitzmann

Professor of Virology & Director of Glycobiology Inst