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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

Bungo Akiyoshi

Wellcome Senior Research Fellow

Andrew Angel

Royal Society Research Fellow

Frances Ashcroft

GlaxoSmithKline Royal Society Professor

Esther Becker

Associate Professor of Neurobiology

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

Alex Bullock

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

Liz Carpenter

Carolyn Carr

Associate Professor of Biomedical Science

Andrew Carr

Head of Department

Pedro Carvalho

EP Abraham Professor of Cell Biology

Climent Casals-Pascual

Alfredo Castello

MRC Career Development Fellow

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

Associate Professor in Chemical Pharmacology

Alex Clarke

Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Career Development Fellow

David Clynes

Group Leader

Mark Coles

Kennedy Trust Senior Research Fellow

Kevin Coward

Director of the MSc in Clinical Embryology. Principal Investigator/Group Leader

Lynne Cox

Associate Professor

Stephanie Cragg

Professor of Neuroscience

Stephanie Dakin

Associate Professor

Simon Davis

Professor of Molecular Immunology

Ilan Davis

Professor of Cell Biology

Gabriele DeLuca

Associate Professor and Director of Clinical Neurosciences Undergraduate ...

Ana Domingos

Associate Professor of Neuroscience

Tao Dong

Professor of Immunology

Yin Dong

MRC Career Development Fellow

James Dunford

Senior Research Associate

Omer Dushek

Sir Henry Dale Fellow

Lars E.T. Jansen

Wellcome Senior Research Fellow

James Edwards

Arthritis Research UK Career Development Fellow

Christian Eggeling

Professor of Molecular Immunology

Nigel Emptage

Head of Department

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

Maike Glitsch

Associate Professor of Biomedical Science

Eva Gluenz

Deborah Goberdhan

Associate Professor of Cell Signalling

Stephen Goodwin

Professor of Neurogenetics

Ulrike Gruneberg

MRC Senior Research Fellow

Ester Hammond

Professor of Molecular Cancer Biology

Mark Hankins

Professor of Visual Neuroscience

Maria Harkiolaki

Principal Beamline Scientist

Lisa Heather

BHF Intermediate Fellow and Associate Professor

Joanna Hester

Senior Research Fellow

Matthew Higgins

Professor of Molecular Parisitology

Douglas Higgs

Professor of Haematology

Georg Holländer

Hoffmann and Action Medical Research Professor of Developmental Medicine

Mark Howarth

Professor of Protein Nanotechnology

Jim Hughes

Professor of Gene Regulation

Jim Hughes

Philippa Hulley

Associate Professor

Stephen Hyde

Professor of Molecular Therapy

Sarosh Irani

Associate Professor and Honorary Consultant Neurologist

Yoshi Itoh

Associate Professor and Principal Investigator Cell Migration Group

Astrid Iversen

Professor of Virology and Immunology

Aarti Jagannath

Associate Professor

Paul Johnson

Professor of Paediatric Surgery

Fredrik Karpe

Professor of Metabolic Medicine

Colin Kleanthous

Iveagh Professor of Microbial Biochemistry

Rob Klose

Professor of Genetics

Benoit Kornmann

Associate Professor of Molecular & Cellular Biochemistry

Armin Lak

Wellcome Trust Sir Henry Dale Fellow

Samira Lakhal-Littleton

Associate Professor of Physiology

Nick Lakin

Professor of Molecular Cell Biology

Ming Lei

Associate Professor

Dan Li

Senior Research Associate

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

Associate Professor of Haematology

Liliana Minichiello

Reader in Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience

Jelena Bezbradica Mirkovic

KTRR Senior Research Fellow

Shabaz Mohammed

Associate Professor of Proteomics

Mathilda Mommersteeg

Associate Professor of Developmental and Regenerative Medicine

Claudia Monaco

Professor of Cardiovascular Inflammation

Edward Morrissey

MRC WIMM Group Leader

Jagdeep Nanchahal

Professor of Hand, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Kim Nasmyth

Whitley Professor of Biochemistry

Claus Nerlov

Professor of Stem Cell Biology

Simon Newstead

Fernando Nodal

Senior Postdoctoral Research Scientist

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

Sergi Padilla-Parra

Jaideep Pandit

Consultant Anaesthetist

Anant Parekh

Director, Centre for Integrative Physiology

Laura Parkkinen

Associate Professor

John Parrington

Associate Professor in Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology

David Paterson

Head of Department

Siim Pauklin

CRUK Career development fellow

Catherine Pears

Associate Professor

Stuart Peirson

Associate Professor

Francesco Pezzella

Professor of Tumour Pathology

Martin Philpott

Senior Research Associate

Frances Platt

Professor of Biochemistry and Pharmacology

Catherine Porcher

Associate Professor of Developmental and Stem Cell Biology

Jo Poulton

Professor of Mitochondrial Genetics

Rob Rambo

Group Leader, Soft Condensed Matter Village

Christina Redfield

Professor of Molecular Biophysics

Jan Rehwinkel

Associate Professor of Innate Immunology

Paul Riley

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

Peter Robbins

Professor of Physiology

Carol Robinson

Patrik Rorsman

Professor of Diabetic Medicine

Anindita Roy

Associate Professor of Paediatric Haematology

Stephen Sansom

Group Leader in Computational and Single Cell Genomics

Lothar Schermelleh

Micron Senior Research Fellow

Jason Schnell

Associate Professor

Elena Seiradake

Associate Professor & Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellow

Sumathi Sekaran

Senior Research Scientist

Anna Katharina (Katja) A Simon

Professor of Immunology

David Sims

University Lecturer & MRC WIMM group leader

Sarah Snelling

Associate Professor

Duncan Sparrow

BHF Senior Basic Science Research Fellow

Shankar Srinivas

Professor of Developmental Biology

Simon Stringer

Departmental Lecturer

Pawel Swietach

Associate Professor of Cardiovascular Physiology

Francis Szele

Associate Professor of Developmental Biology

Peter Taylor

Norman Collisson Professor of Musculoskeletal Sciences

George Tofaris

Associate Professor and Honorary Consultant ...

Helen Townley

University Research Lecturer

Alain Townsend

Professor of Molecular Immunology

Elizabeth Tunbridge

Associate Professor

Irina Udalova

Professor of Molecular Immunology

Stephan Uphoff

Sir Henry Dale Research Fellow

John Vakonakis

Associate Professor

Katherine Vallis

Professor of Radiotherapeutics and Radioimaging

Anton van der Merwe

Lidia Vasilieva

Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellow, group leader

Sridhar Vasudevan

University Research Lecturer

Manu Vatish

Chief Investigator of INGR1D Study & Senior Clinical Fellow in Obstetrics

Tonia Vincent

Professor of Musculoskeletal Biology

Tim Vogels

Sir Henry Dale Fellow, Associate Professor

Paresh Vyas

Professor of Haematology

Kerry Walker

University Research Lecturer

Mark Wallace

Martin Walsh

Deputy Director of Life Sciences

Angus Wann

KTRR/VersusArthritis Research Fellow

Patrick Waters

Co-Director Autoimmune Neurology Diagnostic Laboratory

Fiona Watt

University Research Lecturer

Caleb Webber

Professor of Bioinformatics

Matthew Whitby

Professor of Molecular Genetics

Andrew Wilkie

Nuffield Professor of Pathology

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

Alison Woollard

Associate Professor

Mark Wormald

Associate Professor

Manuela Zaccolo

Deputy Head of Department

Nicole Zitzmann

Professor of Virology & Director of Glycobiology Inst