Richard StoneVice-Principal; Fellow & Tutor in Engineering; Professor of Engineering Science
Richard Stone (FIMechE, FREng, FSAE) is one of Somerville’s Engineering Tutorial Fellows.
His research interests are the modelling and measurement of combustion and heat transfer in spark ignition engines, cryogenic systems, and the measurement of laminar burning velocities in zero gravity.
Introduction to Internal Combustion Engines
Correlations for the laminar-burning velocity of methane/diluent/air mixtures obtained in free-fall experiments
R Stone, A Clarke, P Beckwith
Combustion and Flame 114 (3-4), 546-555
Automotive engineering fundamentals
R Stone, JK Ball
SAE Technical Paper
A study of mixture preparation and PM emissions using a direct injection engine fuelled with stoichiometric gasoline/ethanol blends
L Chen, R Stone, D Richardson
Fuel 96, 120-130
Modelling of Nitric Oxide Formation in Spark Ignition Engines with a Multi-zone Burned Gas
RR Raine, CR Stone, J Gould
Combustion and Flame 102, 241-255
Particle number emissions from a range of European vehicles
M Braisher, R Stone, P Price
SAE Technical Paper
Almut SuerbaumFellow & Tutor in German; Associate Professor of German
For the last three years, I have been involved in Oxford’s first Marie Curie international training network in the humanities: the project on ‘Mobility of Ideas and Transmission of Texts’ (MITT) studies the medieval transmission of learning from the univiersities to the wider readership that could be reached through the vernacular.
Together with partners in Antwerp, Freiburg, Lecce, and Leiden, we have built up a network og 20 graduates and post-docs and held regular interdisciplinary workshops. One of the early stage researchers, Racha Kirakosian, is based at Somerville, and together,we organized a conference on ‘Medieval Women and their Books’, held jointly at the Talyorian and at Somerville.
Arising from this project, I have completed a series of articles on the use of song in mystical writing, and am planning a joint colloquium with a musicologist on the ‘Jenaer Liederhandschrift’ and the ‘Carmina Burana’ manuscript, as well as a project on voice and style as medieval literary concepts. I am interested more generally in the relationship between cultures in the middle ages – Latin and the vernacular, manuscript and voice, lay and institution, and in the role which gender plays in negotiating such cultural tensions.
Further details of my research interests, as well as an updated list of my publications, can be found on my departmental page.
‘A Room with a view. Zur Spannung zwischen Kontemplation und Leben in der Welt in den Dorotheenviten des Johannes Marienwerder’, in Mußediskurs im kulturellen Wandele, ed. Burkhard Hasebrink, Philipp Riedl ( Berlin: de Gruyter, in press)
‘Style over Substance? Interkulturelle Austauschbeziehungen zwischen geistlicher und weltlicher Lyrik am Beispiel der Hymnik’, in Stil in der deutschen Literatur des Mittelalters, ed. Elizabeth Andersen, Ricarda Bauschke, Nicola McLelland, (forthcoming, Berlin: Akademieverlag, 2013)
‘An Urban Housewife as Saint: Dorothea von Montau and Johannes Marienwerder’, in Companion to Mysticism and Devotion in Northern Germany (1200-1500), ed. Elizabeth Andersen, Henrike Lähnemann, Anne Simon (Leiden: Brill: 2014), 179-204
‚Formen der Publikumsansprache bei Bertold von regensburg’, in: Predigt im Kontext, ed. Volker Mertens et al. (Berlin: de Gruyter, 2013), 21-33
Caesar asl Integrationsfigur im Mittelalter? In: Praktiken europäischer Traditionsbildung im Mittelalter. Wissen – Literatur – Mythos, ed. Manfred Eikelmann, Udo Friedrichs (Berlin: Akademie-Verlag, 2013), 229-243
‘gedenk ûf scheiden! Transformationen des Tagelieds im 13. Jahrhundert, in Wolfram-Studien XXI: Lyirk im 13. Jahrhundert, ed. Susanne Köbele ( Berlin: Erich Schmidt, 2013), 231-249
‘Tauler reception in religious lyric: the (pseudo)-Tauler cantilenae’, in Ons Geestelijk Erf 83.3 (2012), 41-54
Editor, with Elke Brüggen, Sebastian Coxon, Franz-Josef Holznagel, Text und Normativität im deutschen Mittelalter. XX. Anglo-German Colloquium. (Berlin: de Gruyter, 2012)
‘Es kommt ein schiff, geladen: Mouvance in mystischen Liedern aus Straßburg, in Schreiben und Lesen in der Stadt.Literaturbetrieb im spätmittelalterlichen Straßburg, ed. Felix Heinzer, Stephen Mossman, Nigel F. Palmer (Berlin:: de Gruyter, 2012), 99-116
‘Wissen als Macht. Figurendarstellung in Thürings von Ringoltingen Melusine’, in Figurenwissen. Funktionen von Wissen bei der narrativen Figurendarstellung, ed. Lilith Jappe, Olav Krämer, Fabian Lampart, (Berlin, New York: de Gruyter, 2012), 54-74
Annie SutherlandRosemary Woolf Fellow & Tutor in Old and Middle English; Associate Professor of English
At Somerville, I teach Old English to first-year students and Middle English to the second years.
I also supervise finalists who have chosen to write dissertations on Anglo-Saxon or later medieval topics and authors.
In the English Faculty, I teach a wide variety of medieval literature to undergraduates, though I particularly enjoy lecturing on religious texts and cultures of the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries. In conjunction with these lectures, I regularly take students to workshops in the Ashmolean, where we have the opportunity to view, handle and discuss the Museum’s extensive collection of devotional objects. I also play a role in the provision of teaching for second and third-year students who have chosen to specialise in the literature and language of the medieval period (we call this Course 2). At graduate level, I supervise a range of MSt and DPhil students, particularly those who work on religious and biblical literature, and on devotional texts written by and for women. Current and recent DPhil students have worked on the language of suffering in thirteenth-century pastoral texts for women, the practice of prayer in early medieval and contemporary contexts, the manuscripts of devotional texts, and the Wycliffite translation of the Bible.
In my own research, I am interested in English religious literature of the early Middle Ages, particularly that which was intended for the use of female audiences. At the moment I am working on a collection of thirteenth-century prayers which were apparently composed for (and possibly by) a group of women living on the borders between England and Wales. These women seem to have been highly intelligent individuals, very possibly from wealthy backgrounds. Yet they chose to spend their lives in seclusion, voluntarily locked into small cells in which they could focus their attention on God. I am fascinated by what motivated them to live such lives, and by the books that they read in their isolation. My edition of these prayers (known collectively as the ‘Wooing Group’) is to be published by Liverpool University Press. Below is a list of my further publications.
English Psalms in the Middle Ages, 1300-1450 (OUP, 2015)
‘‘In eching for the best’: The Fourteenth-Century Prose Psalter and the Art of Psalm Translation’ in Leneghan and Atkin (eds.), The Psalms and Medieval English Literature (Boydell and Brewer, 2017)
‘The Wycliffite Psalms’ in Solopova (ed.), The Wycliffite Bible: Origin, History and Interpretation (Brill, 2016)
‘Psalms as Polemic: The Middle English Translation Debate’ in Suerbaum, Thompson and Southcombe (eds.), Polemic: Language as Violence in Medieval and Early Modern Discourse (Ashgate, 2015)
‘Julian of Norwich’ in Taylor (ed.), The Handbook of Women Biblical Interpreters (Baker Publishing Group, 2012)
‘Performing the Penitential Psalms in the Middle Ages’ in Suerbaum and Gragnolati (eds.) Aspects of the Performative in the Middle Ages (De Gruyter, 2010)
‘Comfortable Wordis’: The Role of the Bible in The Doctrine of the Heart’ in Renevey and Whitehead (eds.), A Companion to the Doctrine of the Heart (University of Exeter Press, 2010)
‘The Middle English Mystics and the Bible’ in Rowland, Joynes, Lemon, Mason and Roberts (eds.), The Blackwell Companion to the Bible in English Literature (Wiley-Blackwell, 2009)
‘English Psalms in the Middle Ages’, Bodleian Library Record, 28 (2009)
‘All my rites of holy church: Julian of Norwich and the liturgy’ in Herbert McAvoy (ed.), A Companion to Julian of Norwich (Boydell and Brewer, 2008)
‘Biblical Text and Spiritual Experience in Richard Rolle’s English Epistles’, The Review of English Studies, New Series, 56, no. 227 (2005), 695-711
‘The Chastising of God’s Children – A neglected text’ in Barr and Hutchison (eds.), Text and Controversy from Wyclif to Bale – Essays in Honour of Anne Hudson (Brepols, 2005)
‘‘oure feyth is groundyd in goddes worde’ – Julian of Norwich and the Bible’ in Jones (ed.), The Medieval Mystical Tradition Exeter Symposium VII (Boydell and Brewer, 2004)
‘The dating and authorship of the Cloud corpus – a reassessment of the evidence’ Medium Aevum vol. lxxi, 2002, 82-100
Rajesh ThakkerProfessorial Fellow; May Professor of Medicine
Rajesh Thakker (FRCP, FRCPath, FmedSci, FRS) is the May Professor of Medicine at the University of Oxford, and a Fellow of Somerville College, Oxford.
He was previously Professor of Medicine at The Royal Postgraduate Medical School, The Hammersmith Hospital, London, until 1999, when he took up his present position in Oxford.
His main research interests include the molecular basis of disorders of calcium homeostasis. He has published over 350 articles, and has been the recipient of many prizes which include Young Investigator Award from the ASBMR (USA), the Raymond-Horton Smith Prize (Cambridge University, UK), the Society for Endocrinology (UK) medal, the European Journal of Endocrinology Prize (EFES), the Graham Bull Prize from the Royal College of Physicians (UK), the Parathyroid Medal from the Fondazione Raffaella Becagli (F.I.R.M.O.), the Jack W. Coburn Endowed Lectureship from the American Society of Nephrology, and the Louis V Avioli Founder’s Award from the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research (USA). In addition, he has served on the MRC Physiological Medicine and Infections Grants Committee (1994-1997), the MRC Clinical Training and Career Development Panel (1997-2000), the MRC Physiological Medicine and Infections Board (2000-2005), as Secretary to the Forum on Academic Medicine for the Royal College of Physicians (UK) and the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges (2002-2005), and on the Council for the Society for Endocrinology (2003-2006). He has been Chairman of the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) / MRC Efficacy and Mechanisms Evaluations (EME) Board since 2008. He was elected Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS) in 2014.
Walls GV, Lemos MC, Javid M, Bazan-Peregrino M, Jayabalan J, Reed AA, Harding B, Tyler DJ, Stuckey DJ, Piret S, Christie PT, Ansorge O, Clarke K, Seymour LW, Thakker RV (2012). MEN1 gene replacement therapy reduces proliferation rates in a mouse model of pituitary adenomas. Cancer Research, 72: 1-9.
Nesbit MA, Hannan FM, Howles SA, Babinsky VN, Head RA, Cranston T, Rust N, Hobbs MR, Heath H III, Thakker RV (2013). Mutations affecting G-protein subunit α11 in hypercalcemia and hypocalcemia. New England Journal of Medicine 368: 2476-86.
Nesbit MA, Hannan FM, Howles SA, Reed AAC, Cranston T, Thakker CE, Gregory L, Rimmer AJ, Rust N, Graham U, Morrison P, Hunter SJ, Whyte MP, McVean G, Buck D, Thakker RV (2013). Mutations in AP2S1 cause familial hypocalciuric hypercalcemia type 3. Nature Genetics, 45: 93-97.
Gorvin CM, Wilmer MJ, Piret SE, Harding B, van den Heuvel LP, Wrong O, Jat PS, Lippiat JD, Levtchenko EN, Thakker RV (2013). Receptor-mediated endocytosis and endosomal acidification is impaired in proximal tubule epithelial cells of Dent's disease patients. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 110: 7014-7019.
Newey P, Gorvin C, Cleland S, Willberg C, Bridge M, Azharuddin M, Drummond R, van der Merwe P, Klenerman P, Bountra C, Thakker RV (2013). Mutant prolactin receptor and familial hyperprolactinemia. New England Journal of Medicine, 369: 2012-2020.
Benjamin ThompsonFellow and Tutor in Medieval History; Associate Professor of Medieval History; Associate Head (Education) of Humanities Division, Oxford University
Benjamin Thompson (FHRS) is a medieval historian who specialises in the role of the church in society and politics between the Norman Conquest and the Reformation in England.
He is working on a book provisionally titled The Alien Priories Transformed: Church, Society and Politics in Late Medieval England which examines the ‘alien’ priories, lands and monasteries in England owned by French abbeys as a result of the Conquest. These came under increasingly xenophobic scrutiny during the Hundred Years War, which provoked a public debate about the correct use of ecclesiastical resources. Their eventual confiscation – more than a century before the Dissolution of the Monasteries – established the legitimacy of the secular power’s intervention in re-ordering the church.
Dr Thompson has investigated these broad themes across a range of material. Recent articles have focused on the underlying ideology of the church in its relation to society and politics, for instance the tension between the clergy’s sense of difference from the laity based on their spiritual function of ministering to souls, and their practical integration into a society which embraced religious culture and practice, and in which they were powerful officials and landowners.
He explored the ‘polemic’ of ecclesiastical reform as part of the Somerville medievalists’ interdisciplinary research group’s second project: their book on Polemic: Language as Violence in Medieval and Early Modern Discourse was published in 2015: http://www.ashgate.com/isbn/9781472425089
Temporal Dislocation in Material-for-Spiritual Exchange
Thompson, B in 'Medieval Temporalities: the Experience of Time in Medieval Europe' ed. E Suerbaum, A, Sutherland,
Political Society in Later Medieval England A Festschrift for Christine Carpenter
Thompson, B, Watts, J
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Kerstin TimmStipendiary Lecturer; BHF CRE Intermediate Transition Research Fellow
Some chemotherapeutic agents, such as doxorubicin, have severe cardiotoxic side effects, which can lead to congestive heart failure in 5% of patients.
There are currently no imaging techniques available to detect patients before the onset of functional decline and there are no specific cardio-protective drugs. My research focuses on both the early detection of cardiotoxicity using the novel metabolic imaging technique, hyperpolarized magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and the repurposing of existing drugs that target cardiac metabolism as potential cardio-protective therapy.
Before I came to the UK I trained as a vet at the Freie Universitaet Berlin (Germany). I then undertook an MRes in “In Vivo Imaging in Biology and Medicine” and a PhD in Biochemistry at the University of Cambridge. During my PhD in Prof Kevin Brindle’s laboratory I used hyperpolarized MRI to assess tumour metabolism and redox state in mouse models of cancer. I was then awarded a British Heart Foundation (BHF) Immediate Postdoctoral Basic Science Research Fellowship to move to the Department of Physiology Anatomy and Genetics (DPAG) at the University of Oxford. During my time in Prof Damian Tyler’s lab at DPAG I established a clinically-relevant rat model of doxorubicin-induced cardiotoxicity and found that hyperpolarized MRI can detect early changes in cardiac mitochondrial metabolism that precede functional decline. I am now in the process of testing existing drugs that boost mitochondrial metabolism and have some early encouraging data that shows prevention of functional decline with this approach in rats treated wit doxorubicin.
In addition to my role as Career Development Fellow at the Department of Pharmacology, I am also the Isobel Laing Career Development Fellow in Medical Sciences at Oriel college. This involves tutorial teaching in metabolism for first year Medical and Biomedical Sciences students. I am furthermore a Stipendiary Lecturer in Medicine at Somerville College (since 2017), where I conduct tutorials in the ‘Organisation of the Body’ course for first year medics, for whom I am also personal tutor. In addition I offer FHS tutorials in cancer metabolism and I act as College Adviser to graduate students in Medical Sciences. In the past I was a Lecturer in Metabolism at Corpus Christi College (2016-2020). I am passionate about disseminating research to the wider public and have thus taken part in outreach events such as ‘Pint of Science’ and ‘FameLab’ as well as events organised by the BHF and Somerville College.
'L-Carnitine Stimulates In Vivo Carbohydrate Metabolism in the Type 1 Diabetic Heart as Demonstrated by Hyperpolarized MRI'
Savic D. et al, (2021), Metabolites, 11
'Hyperpolarized magnetic resonance shows that the antiischemic drug meldonium leads to increased flux through pyruvate dehydrogenase in vivo resulting in improved postischemic function in the diabetic heart
SAVIC D. et al, (2021), NMR in Biomedicine
'Rapid, $B_1$-insensitive, dual-band quasi-adiabatic saturation transfer with optimal control for complete quantification of myocardial ATP flux'
Miller JJ. et al, (2020), Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
'Early detection of doxorubicin-induced cardiotoxicity in rats by its cardiac metabolic signature assessed with hyperpolarized MRI'
Timm KN. et al, (2020), Commun Biol, 3
'Nicotinic acid receptor agonists impair myocardial contractility by energy starvation'
Watson WD. et al, (2020), FASEB J
'Probing hepatic metabolism of [2-13C]dihydroxyacetone in vivo with 1H-decoupled hyperpolarized 13C-MR'
Marco-Rius I. et al, (2020), MAGMA
'A 3D hybrid-shot spiral sequence for hyperpolarized 13 C imaging.'
Tyler A. et al, (2020), Magn Reson Med
'A 3D hybrid-shot spiral sequence for hyperpolarized 13C imaging'
TYLER D. et al, (2020), Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
'Rescue of myocardial energetic dysfunction in diabetes through the correction of mitochondrial hyperacetylation by honokiol.'
Kerr M. et al, (2020), JCI Insight, 5
'The Role of AMPK Activation for Cardioprotection in Doxorubicin-Induced Cardiotoxicity'
Timm KN. and Tyler DJ., (2020), Cardiovasc Drugs Ther, 34, 255 - 269
Damian TylerAdditional Fellow and Tutor in Medicine; Professor of Physiological Metabolism; British Heart Foundation Senior Research Fellow; Director of MR Physics at the Oxford Centre for Clinical Magnetic Resonance Research (OCMR)
Based in Oxford since 2011, I am currently the Director of MR Physics at the Oxford Centre for Clinical Magnetic Resonance Research (OCMR), a British Heart Foundation Senior Research Fellow and an Additional Fellow at Somerville College.
Since arriving in Oxford in 2001, I have acquired more than 20 years’ experience in the development and application of Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Spectroscopy (MRI/MRS). I gained my MSci in Medical Physics in 1998 and my doctorate in 2001, both from the University of Nottingham. I am an associate member of the Cardiac Metabolism Research Group (CMRG) and leads the Oxford Metabolic Imaging Group.
My research in Oxford has been based on the study of cardiac structure, function and metabolism in normal and diseased hearts using MRI/MRS. This has included developing techniques using high spatial and temporal resolution CINE imaging to assess heart function and localized phosphorus and carbon spectroscopy to monitor and investigate abnormalities of metabolism. More recently, I have been awarded a British Heart Foundation Senior Research Fellowship to develop the technique of hyperpolarized magnetic resonance imaging (HP-MRI) for application to the study of cardiac metabolism in the human heart. A fundamental limitation of magnetic resonance is its low sensitivity, but the recently developed technique of HP-MRI provides a practical method to gain up to 10,000-fold increases in sensitivity in molecules with an in vivo stability of approximately one minute. This has enabled visualization of 13C-labelled cellular metabolites in vivo and, more importantly, their enzymatic transformation into other species. Using this novel approach, we have recently published the world’s first demonstration of the use of HP-MRI to assess metabolic changes in the diabetic (doi: 10.1161/CIRCRESAHA.119.316260) and ischaemic human heart (doi: 10.1016/j.jcmg.2020.12.023).
The cycling of acetyl-coenzyme A through acetylcarnitine buffers cardiac substrate supply: a hyperpolarized 13C magnetic resonance study.
Schroeder MA. et al, (2012), Circ Cardiovasc Imaging, 5, 201 - 209
Hyperpolarized magnetic resonance: a novel technique for the in vivo assessment of cardiovascular disease.
Schroeder MA. et al, (2011), Circulation, 124, 1580 - 1594
Role of pyruvate dehydrogenase inhibition in the development of hypertrophy in the hyperthyroid rat heart: a combined magnetic resonance imaging and hyperpolarized magnetic resonance spectroscopy study.
Atherton HJ. et al, (2011), Circulation, 123, 2552 - 2561
Real-time assessment of Krebs cycle metabolism using hyperpolarized 13C magnetic resonance spectroscopy.
Schroeder MA. et al, (2009), FASEB J, 23, 2529 - 2538
In vivo assessment of pyruvate dehydrogenase flux in the heart using hyperpolarized carbon-13 magnetic resonance.
Schroeder MA. et al, (2008), Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A, 105, 12051 - 12056
Linus UblDepartmental Lecturer
At Somerville, I teach all papers to first year students, covering both language and literature. For FHS, I teach translation from and into German as well as all medieval papers.
Coming from studying German and History very broadly, I am generally interested in any kind of intertwining between both disciplines, particularly in the Middle Ages. This includes historiography, the history of Christianity, cultural history as well as palaeography, but also reception studies and the question of how history is told in the present, i.e. books, movies and popular culture.
I am particularly interested in religious literature, for example legends and mystical texts. My DPhil project looked at the Upper German reception of the Liber specialis graitae by Mechthild of Hackeborn, a mystical text, which had been widely copied and circulated in the Late Middle Ages.
For further information, including a list of publications, see my faculty profile.
Manifestation und Konstruktion von Frauenmystik. Prozessuales Schreiben in der oberdeutschen Überlieferung der Mechthild von Hackeborn, Oxford DPhil thesis 2019 (revising for publication).
m-Book Geschichte NRW — Vom Mittelalter bis in den Ersten Weltkrieg (together with Benjamin Heinz, Lukas Kneser, Florian Sochatzy, and Marcus Ventzke), Eichstätt 2014.
Doctor Martinus Luther Augustiners vnterricht auff etlich artickell (…), [Erfurt 1519; Hans Knappe the Elder]
Liber or Libri: The Latin transmission of Mechthild’s text, in: The Boke of Gostely Grace. The Middle English Translation and its European Vernacular Contexts, ed. by Naoë Kukita Yoshikawa and Anne Mouron, Liverpool 2021 (with the editors).
Johannes Platterberger/Dietrich Truchseß: Excerpta Chronicarum, in: Katalog der deutschsprachigen illustrierten Handschriften des Mittelalters (KdiH). Begonnen von Hella Frühmorgen-Voss und Norbert H. Ott, hg. von Ulrike Bodemann, Kristina Freienhagen-Baumgardt, Pia Rudolph, Peter Schmidt, Christine Stöllinger-Löser und Nicola Zotz. Bd. 1ff. München 1991ff. (8 pages; accepted).
Verschichten von Geschichte(n). Metachronikalisches Erzählen als Narrativierungsstrategie in den Excerpta Chronicarum, in: Geschichte erzählen. Strategien der Narrativierung von Vergangenheit in der deutschen Literatur des Mittelalters, ed. by Sarah Bowden, Manfred Eikelmann, Stephen Mossman and Michael Stolz, Tübingen 2020, pp. 283–297.
Bodleian Library, MS. Douce 367. Von Kupferstichen und Einbänden — Die Excerpta Chronicarum, in: Oxford German Studies 46 (2017), pp. 241-247.
Die politische Mission Deocars. Ein Beispiel für die fränkische Durchdringung des frühmittelalterlichen Bayern, in: Zeitreisen. Geschichten von heute, gestern und davor aus Herrieden, Aurach und Umgebung, vol. 21 (2015), pp. 10-20.
Renier van der HoornFellow & Tutor in Plant Sciences; Associate Professor of Plant Sciences
Renier is a plant biologist interested in understanding the manipulation of plants by microbial plant pathogens.
His research activities also aim at improved recombinant glycoprotein production in plants and pioneering activity-based proteomics in plant science.
Renier was born in Leiden, the Netherlands in 1971 and was fascinated by plant biology from early childhood. He studied chemistry at Leiden University and focused soon on plant molecular biology and biochemistry. After his graduation in 1996, he started his PhD in Molecular Phytopathology (Wageningen University, Prof. Dr. Pierre de Wit), where he worked on the tomato Cf resistance proteins.
He continued working on Cf proteins in Wageningen as a postdoc, and started his own research program by introducing and applying activity-based protein profiling in plants. To further develop the technology he joined the phosphoproteomics group of Dr. Scott Peck for one year (Sainsbury lab, John Innes Centre, Norwich, UK).
He initiated the Plant Chemetics lab in October 2005 at the Max Planck Institutes of Cologne and Dortmund as part of the Chemical Genomics Centre of the Max Planck Society. His research group operated independently from the departments at the Max Planck Institutes while he trained twelve MSc students, nine PhD students, eleven postdocs and over 30 visiting scientists.
In October 2013, he was appointed Associate Professor at the Department of Plant Sciences of the University of Oxford, and elected Tutor in Plant Sciences at Somerville College. His research focuses on the use of chemical proteomics to uncover novel host manipulation mechanisms employed by microbes when colonizing the apoplast.
Ilyas, M., Hörger, A. C., Bozkurt, T. O., Van den Burg, H. A., Kaschani, F., Kaiser, M., Belhaj, K., Smoker, M., Joosten, M. H. A. J., Kamoun, S., and Van der Hoorn, R. A. L. (2015) Functional divergence of two secreted immune proteases of tomato. Current Biol. 25, 1-7.
Lu, H., Chandrasekar, B., Oeljeklaus, J., Misas-Villamil, J. C., Wang, Z., Shindo, T., Bogyo, M., Kaiser, M., and Van der Hoorn, R. A. L. (2015) Subfamily-specific probes for Cys proteases display dynamic protease activities during seed germination. Plant Physiol. 168, 1462-1475.
Dong, S., Stam, R., Cano, L. M., Song, J., Sklenar, J., Yoshida, K., Bozkurt, T. O., Oliva, R., Liu, Z., Tian, M., Win, J., Banfield, M. J., Jones, A. M., Van der Hoorn, R. A. L., and Kamoun, S.(2014) Effector specialization in a lineage of the Irish potato famine pathogen. Science 343, 552-555.
Chandrasekar, B., Colby, T., Emon, A. E. K., Jiang, J., Hong, T. N., Villamor, J. G., Harzen, A., Overkleeft, H. S., and Van der Hoorn, R. A. L. (2014) Broad range glycosidase activity profiling. Mol. Cell. Proteomics. 13, 2787-2800.
Sueldo, D., Ahmed, A., Misas-Villamil, J. C., Colby, T., Tameling, W., Joosten, M. H. A. J., andVan der Hoorn, R. A. L. (2014) Dynamic hydrolase activities precede hypersensitive tissue collapse in tomato seedlings. New Phytologist 203, 913-925.
Sridhar VasudevanRetaining Fee Lecturer
'Clinical Validation of Optimised RT-LAMP for the Diagnosis of SARS-CoV2 infection'
HUANG WEI., (2021), Scientific Reports
'Adenosine integrates light and sleep signalling for the regulation of circadian timing in mice.'
Jagannath A. et al, (2021), Nat Commun, 12
'Effects of the putative lithium mimetic ebselen on pilocarpine-induced neural activity.'
Singh N. et al, (2020), Eur J Pharmacol, 883
'TRESK is a key regulator of nocturnal suprachiasmatic nucleus dynamics and light adaptive responses.'
Lalic T. et al, (2020), Nat Commun, 11
'Patient fibroblast circadian rhythms predict lithium sensitivity in bipolar disorder'
Sanghani HR. et al, (2020), Mol Psychiatry
Vilija VélyvytéBritish Academy Post-Doctoral Fellow
Vilija is a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow at the Faculty of Law.
She teaches undergraduate courses in Constitutional Law and EU Law. She also leads seminars in Law and Public Policy for students reading for the MPP degree at the Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford.
Previously, she was Emile Noël Postdoctoral Research Fellow (2017–2018) at the Jean Monnet Center at NYU School of Law.
Vilija completed her DPhil in EU Law in 2017 at the University of Oxford, thanks to the Weidenfeld-Roland Berger Scholarship and Oxford Law Faculty funding. During her doctorate, she also held a lectureship in EU Law, teaching at five colleges at the University of Oxford.
Vilija’s research interests include public law and EU constitutional law. Her DPhil thesis examined the role of the Court of Justice of the European Union in shaping the EU’s constitutional order. It was supervised by Prof. Stephen Weatherill and Prof. Anne Davies.
As a Louis Dreyfus-Weidenfeld Scholar, Vilija graduated with Distinction from the Magister Juris (2012) and from the MPhil in Law (2013). Her MPhil thesis focused on the status of the right to strike in the EU after accession to the European Convention on Human Rights.
Vilija completed her Bachelor of Laws (2008) and Master in International Law (2010) degrees at the Mykolas Romeris University in Vilnius, Lithuania, where she graduated first in her class for both degrees.
VV Velyvyte, 'A Power to Shape the Internal Market: Implications of CJEU Case Law on the Principle of Institutional Balance' (2016) Croatian Yearbook of European Law and Policy (forthcoming)
VV Velyvyte, 'Right to Strike in the EU after Accession to the ECHR: Identifying Conflict and Achieving Coherence' (2015) 15 Human Rights Law Review 73
VV Velyvyte, 'The Right to Strike in the EU after Accession to the ECHR: a Practical Assessment' in M Freedland and J Prassl (eds), EU Law in the Member States: Viking, Laval and Beyond (Hart Publishing 2014)
Roman WalczakSenior Research Fellow
I arrived in the UK in 1993 to take my fellowship in Somerville and lectureship in the Physics Department. The UK is my fourth country after my native Poland, Switzerland and Germany where I lived and worked for many years; quite a long journey from state schools in Poland to Oxford. In 2019 I retired my Tutorial Fellowship to become a Senior Research Fellow.
Most of my research so far has been in experimental particle physics but in recent years I have been moving my main interests from particle to accelerator physics. In plasma (ionised gas, for example hydrogen), using a laser, one can move electrons away from ions creating a huge electric field; many orders of magnitude bigger then what one can get using current technology. Such a field can be used to accelerate particles and to build accelerators beyond the Large Hadron Collider era and beyond current X ray sources (synchrotron radiation), like Diamond near Oxford. Acceleration using plasma would move particle physics to a new territory and simultaneously would make tuneable wavelength, short pulse X ray sources affordable for Universities and hospitals.
My main expertise in particle physics is in the design of wire chambers and calorimeters and on physics beyond the Standard Model as well as on some aspects of Quantum Chromo Dynamics. I worked at the following accelerators: CERN: PS, ISR, SPS; and DESY: PETRA, HERA. At John Adams Institute for Accelerator Science at Oxford University, I am leading the Lasers for Accelerators (L4A) group.
Besides physics, I am working on a small family farm and I am a keen swimmer; I am holding one national swimming record in my age group.
My advice to my students: Only beginners compete. When you go to a higher level, your aim is quality.
'Guiding of high-intensity laser pulses in 100mm-long hydrodynamic optical-field-ionized plasma channels'
A Picksley, A Alejo, J Cowley, N Bourgeois, L Corner, L Feder, J Holloway, H Jones, J Jonnerby, Hm Milchberg, Lr Reid, Aj Ross, R Walczak, Sm Hooker
Physical Review Accelerators and Beams American Physical Society 23:8 (2020) 081303
Numerical modelling of chromatic effects on axicon-focused beams used to generate HOFI plasma channels
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