Research Experiment Placement Supervisors 2016

The table below lists supervisors who have expressed an interest in hosting undergraduates for projects through the DTP’s undergraduate research experience placement programme. Please note that applications to the programme are not limited to the supervisors listed here – undergraduates can apply to undertake a project through the programme with any eligible supervisor working within one of the seven DTP research organisations. However, undergraduates are encouraged to use the information provided here to get ideas about potential research project areas they might not otherwise be aware of.

If you are a prospective supervisor who would like to be added to this list please send details of your name, research organisation and research interests to

Name of SupervisorDepartment or Research OrganisationResearch Interests
Dr Mark ThompsonInstitute of Biomedical Engineering The Oxford Mechanobiology Group use multi-scale imaging from X-ray diffraction to multiphoton microscopy to clinical ultrasound to understand, harness and translate living tissue response to mechanical load.
Professor Lee SweetlovePlant Sciences Engineering plant metabolic networks for improved crop productivity and altered chemical composition
Professor Andre FurgerBiochemistryUsing next-generation sequencing approaches we aim to identify regulatory pathways that control gene expression in mammalian cells in response to environmental or viral stress and in the context of disease
Dr Emily FlashmanChemistryUnderstanding the biochemical, biophysical and kinetic properties of plant oxygenases to identify chemical or genetic mechanisms to manipulate them for improved tolerance of hypoxia (flooding).
Dr Andrew JonesOxford Brookes Universitymolecular biology; protein-protein interactions; electrophysiology; neuronal receptors; nicotinic acetylcholine receptors; insecticide targets; Drosophila melanogaster model system; protection of crops, animals and humans from insect pests and disease vectors
Professor Mark HowarthBiochemistryWe harness extraordinary proteins, creating new tools for biotechnology and controlling cell communication. Projects include: Antibody-based tentacles capturing rare cells; Bacterial Superglues for long-lasting immune stimulation; Programmable triggering of Apoptosis.
Professor Anthony WattsBiochemistryBiophysics of membrane proteins, including G protein coupled receptors and transporters. Methods include magnetic resonance, microscopy and single molecule studies. Skills to be introduced include membrane biochemistry, protein expression and biophysics.
Professor John VakonisBiochemistryStructural and biophysical studies of protein interactions, with emphasis on interactions underpinning animal and human health. Recent focus is on proteins comprising the centrosome, which organises microtubules in animal cells.
Professor Nick YeungExperimental PyschologyResearch in my lab uses brain imaging methods such as fMRI and EEG to investigate human attention, memory, and decision making.
Professor Robert GilbertNuffield Dept of MedicineStructural biology of membrane pore formation and related proteins with roles in infection, immunity and neuronal cell migration.
Professor Ray OwensOxford Protein Production Facility - Research Complex at HarwellStructural analysis of protein-ligand interactions relevant to therapeutic intervention, in particular treatment of Gram negative bacterial infections.
Dr Alistair P McGregorOxford BrookesHow does the genetic regulation of development evolve? What are the genetic changes that underlie morphological variation? What is the relationship between the evolution of intra-specific variation and inter-specific differences?
Dr Kayla KingZoologyMy research focuses on the drivers and consequences of rapid host-parasite evolution.  This involves using experimental evolution, genomics, and collections from natural populations. I explore the links between host-parasite interactions and big concepts in evolutionary biology, such as virulence, resistance, sex, and genetic diversity.
Dr Casper BruekerOxford BrookesDevelopmental and life history evolution in butterflies, with a particular emphasis on oogenesis and maternal effect gene regulation of early embryogenesis
Professor Martin J. BoothEngineeringOptical microscopy for biomedical applications, including cell biology, development, neuroscience and plant science. Instrumentation and engineering development in partnership with scientific applications.
Dr Lara HarruppPirbright InstituteVector ecology and arbovirus epidemiology, in particular the biology and vector capacity of Culicoides biting midges. Combining field entomology and ecology with genetic characterisation of vector populations and host-vector-virus interactions.
Professor Martin MaidenZoologyPopulation genomic approaches to understanding bacterial pathogens, with particular interest in Campylobacter and Neisseria, including virulence & pathogenicity, antimicrobial resistance, host association, epidemiology and population studies.
Professor Judith ArmitageBiochemistryStructure and function of the rotary bacterial flagellum and the related bacterial injectisome and their role in bacterial colonisation and pathogenicity. Methods: molecular genetics, in vivo imaging, biophysics, MD modelling.
Luis Alberto BaenPathologyThe goal of the lab is to offer a comprehensive characterization of caspase activity/regulation in normal and transformed cells, without apparent signs of cell death.
Dr Barbara JenningsOxford BrookesMy research group uses a combination of Drosophila genetics, molecular biology, biochemistry and immunohistochemistry to study the mechanisms that transcription factors use to regulate gene expression during animal development.
Sridhar VasudevanPharmacologyWe study signalling cascades responsible for circadian rhythm dysfunction and identifying targets and small molecules that would be capable of correcting this
Professor Angela RussellPharmacologyMedicinal chemistry, chemical biology and drug discovery: anti-cancer and tumour biomarker detection agents; small molecules to manipulate stem cell fate; regenerative medicine; utrophin modulators for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.
Dr Kerry WalkerDPAGOur research examines the brain processes that allow animals to understand communication sounds. We use a combination of neuroimaging, electrophysiology and behavioural training in mice and ferrets. 
Dr Catherine GreenWellcome TrustDynamic protein-protein interactions in vivo by live cell microscopy and spectroscopy. The application of in-cell imaging to developing a quantitative understanding of genome stability mechanisms.
Professor Paul JarvisPlant SciencesThe biogenesis of chloroplasts and other plastids in plants, particularly in relation to the import of nucleus-encoded proteins and the role of the ubiquitin-proteasome system.
Aziz AboobakerZoologyOur lab studies fundamental aspects of regenerative biology and the stem cells that drive this process. We use highly regenerative animals in which regeneration after injury can be easily studied.
Professor Hugh Dickinson Plant SciencesCell fate specification in the early plant germline. By suppressing  reproductive development by modifying the epigenetic landscape and ectopically expressing transcription factors we aim to switch cells destined to produce gametes directly into embryogenesis.
Dr Roman FischerNuffield Department of MedicineHead of the Advanced Proteomics Facility in the TDI, my main focus is to address a vast variety of biological questions with state-of-the-art proteomic methods and instrumentation. Especially the combination of laser capture microdissection (LCM) and proteomics will proof a powerful tool to address clinical research and personalized medicine.
Professor Gail PrestonPlant SciencesPlant disease and the impact of external environmental factors and the microenvironment within plant tissues on plant disease development
Professor Philip PoolePlant ScienceWe study plant microbe interaction, including the genetics, biochemistry and physiology of how bacteria attach to roots and the influence on plant growth. We particularly study nitrogen fixation in legumes and how to transfer this to cereals.
Professor Elspeth GarmanBiochemistryOur research focuses on improving methods for structural biology and particularly for Macromolecular Crystallography (MX) to enable problems not previously accessible to structure solution to be tackled. This work currently includes studies on 100K and room temperature (RT) radiation damage, modelling the 3-D distribution of absorbed dose during an MX experiment, and the accurate quantitative analysis of the trace elements in proteins using microbeam Proton Induced X-ray Emission (microPIXE).
Dr Dave CarterOxford BrookesWe are interested in how cells communicate with each other following stress, and in particular how extracellular vesicles may coordinate such intercellular responses
Prof Tonia VincentKennedy Institute of RheumatologyOur lab is interested in how regulatory molecules are sequestered in the extracellular matrix and how their bioavailability is controlled upon tissue injury. Methods relating to this project include confocal microscopy, 3view electron microscopy and mechanical loading.