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 Peter Crane for enquiries regarding industry partnerships and joining the OBR-Oxford team.
Oxford Chapter Members
Peter is a 3rd year DPhil student in Chemical Biology at the Chemical Research Laboratory, Oxford. His work focusses upon the chemical modification of proteins, by site-specific methodologies, for biophysics, immunology and glycobiology. His interests lie not only in the natural sciences, but extend to the societal impact of disruptive technologies and science investment.
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.
Kelvin is a 2nd year DPhil in Theoretical Organic Chemistry researching rational catalyst design. At Oxford for his undergraduate, he carried out his 4th year MChem project investigating novel methods for biofuel generation. He is interested in entrepreneurship and improving the translation of cutting edge science from academia to the commercial arena.
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.
Jon is a final year visiting PhD student at the Weatherall Institute for Molecular Medicine, Oxford. His thesis investigates the production of blood stem cells with a view to their therapeutic use in leukemia treatment. Beyond the lab bench Jon’s passions lie in translating novel science into new treatments and diagnostic techniques to address medical needs. Jon is happiest when the Aussies are winning at cricket and the Spurs at football.
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
Ivan is currently a chemistry undergrad, specializing in chemistry at the interface with pharma, biotech and nanotech.
Jack is going into his 4th year at Oxford studying towards a Masters in Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry. His main interests include the elucidation of the changes in the epigenetic code underlying cancer onset and progression as well as the application of this understanding to drug design and development.
Vanessa Restrepo Schild
Vanessa is a student researcher of Chemical Biology within the Chemical Research Laboratory, Oxford. Her work focusses upon the development of droplet networks, from equipment design and manufacture to the modification of the membrane components. Her interests are in biotechnology for new technology development.
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