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We typically seek to admit 4 students a year for Biochemistry.

Biochemistry is an exciting subject that provides the foundation for a large number of biological processes, covering areas from biomolecular structure through molecular biology, genetics and genome analysis to cell differentiation and growth. Biochemical research at Oxford covers the whole of this spectrum and is amongst the best in the world. This strength in research expertise leads to an authoritative and up-to-date undergraduate course. More information about the Biochemistry Department can be found at and about the undergraduate course at

Corpus has a strong reputation in biochemistry, and especially so at the undergraduate level. Over the last couple of years, over half our students have carried on to research doctorates in biochemistry and two more have gone on to medical doctorates. The research interests of the subject tutors range from biomolecular structure through to virology. Dr Wormald is also the author of one of the standard first year textbooks used in the undergraduate course.

The College normally takes four undergraduate students a year to read for the M.Biochem. A good background in chemistry is essential. Biology and maths are both useful and almost all students have studied at least one of these. However, neither is obligatory as the first year course is designed to let students catch up in these areas. We will also consider seriously applications from students with a mixed science/arts background.

Subject Tutors

Dr John Kiappes
Dr Struan Murray
Dr Rachel Quarrell, Organic Chemistry
Dr Mark Wormald, Molecular Biophysics and Glycobiology (currently Senior Tutor) 
Professor Mark Sansom, David Phillips Professor of Molecular Biophysics and Head of the Biochemistry Department

Dr Wormald has worked on the structure of the HIV virus coat glycoprotein. The virus coat protein is covered by oligosaccharides that usually shield the virus from the immune system. A novel human antibody has been found that recognises this protective coat, opening up possible new routes to vaccine design.


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