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Dr Mark Wormald

Mark Wormald

Fellow and Tutor in Biochemistry and Chemistry

Dr Wormald is currently Senior Tutor. 


Mark Wormald started out as a chemist, moved into the fields of bioinorganic chemistry and biophysics for his doctorate, and is now a member of the Oxford Glycobiology Institute, part of the Department of Biochemistry in Oxford. His general interests lie in understanding the physical and physico-chemical properties, at an atomic level, of biological molecules and using this information to explain their function. His research focuses on the solution structure and dynamics of oligosaccharides and related compounds, glycopeptides and glycoproteins, using techniques such as nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy and molecular modelling. Current projects include studying the oligosaccharides involved in chaperone recognition during protein folding and the building blocks that make up pectin oligomers. He also collaborates extensively, both within and outside the University on projects ranging from antibody recognition of HIV to the systematic synthesis of novel monosaccharides and characterisation of their biological activities.


Figure legend: The structure of the oligosaccharides attached to proteins control their recruitment into the chaperone machinery in the Endoplasmic Reticulum.


Teaching and Supervision

Mark has been teaching chemistry at Corpus since 1988 and biochemistry since 1992. He is the Associate Director of Undergraduate Teaching in Department of Biochemistry and course organiser for the first year Biophysical Chemistry course (co-authoring the standard textbook for this course). He is also the Admissions Coordinator for the undergraduate biochemistry course. Mark received a Teaching Excellence Award from the University in 2010, a Teaching Project Award from the University in 2012, was one of five people shortlisted for "Most Acclaimed Lecturer in the Medical Sciences Division" in the inaugural Oxford University Student Union Teaching Awards in 2012 and was shortlisted again in 2014.















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