OBR was first established in Oxford in July of 2011 as a forum to help facilitate the interaction between industry and academics. After growing out of term to over 500 members, OBR evolved quickly and expanded to Cambridge and London in autumn of 2011, though many of its core leadership team still remain in Oxford. OBR has many strong partnerships with industry and academic organisations in Oxford, regularly holding events in the department of biochemistry and Saïd business school at the University of Oxford. Please contact the chapter president Anna French for enquiries regarding industry partnerships and joining the OBR-Oxford team.
Oxford Chapter Members
Anna is a PhD student in the Nuffield Department of Medicine, University of Oxford where she works on the potential of human pluripotent stem cells to form blood. Anna leads OBR’s Oxford chapter and sits on the OBR Exec Committee. He interests are in the commercialisation of scientific research and the promotion of innovation.
Łukasz Stasiak is a DPhil student in Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics at Oxford, where he is a recipient of a Wellcome Trust 4 year scholarship. He studies FTO – a fat mass and obesity associated gene. Previously, Łukasz completed a masters with a specialization in Molecular Biotechnology and Technical Biochemistry.
Serena completed a DPhil student and is now a Post-Doc at the Gray Institute for Radiation, Oncology and Biology. She is interested in understanding the role of the tumour microenvironment in tumour progression. Previously, she received a MSc in Medical Biotechnology from the University of Turin. She is interested in translating medical research from the bench to the bedside.
John has just begun a MSc. in Neuroscience, where he plans to pursue research into decision-making and development in model organisms. A graduate of McGill University, John's interests range across the biotech space, with a particular emphasis on legal issues surrounding innovation. He plans to pursue legal studies after his graduate work at Oxford.
Susan is studying for a PhD in Healthcare Innovation within the Institute of Biomedical Engineering. Susan researches drug targeting to reduce side effects. Currently she is looking at the ways to use ultrasound to release drugs from nanoparticles at a tumour site.
Justin is a research assistant in the Schermelleh Lab at the Department of Biochemistry. A University of Chicago graduate, Justin's focus is on applications of super-resolution light microscopy, using structured illumination to visualize biological processes below the 200nm diffraction limit. He is interested in finding new ways to apply advanced imaging to the commercial biotech space
Sophia is a 1st year DPhil student, on a Clarendon Scholarship, at the department of Physiology, Anatomy & Genetics of University of Oxford. Her research focuses on cardiovascular regeneration using cardiac stem cells. In addition to research, she is interested in entrepreneurship and scientific innovations.
Ivan is currently a chemistry undergrad, specializing in chemistry at the interface with pharma, biotech and nanotech.
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