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College Lecturer at St Peter's College Oxford /Research Fellow in Biochemistry, University of Oxford

Sylvia McLain runs a biophysics research group in the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Oxford. Her research interests lie in understanding interactions between biological molecules in aqueous solutions and how these interactions lead to drug-delivery, protein folding as well as the development of life itself. She is also a College Lecturer in Biophysics and Biochemistry for St. Peter's College in Oxford.


  • 2011–present
    EPSRC Career Acceleration Fellow, University of Oxford
  • 2012–present
    College Lecturer in Biochemistry, St. Peter's College, University of Oxford
  • 2009–2011
    VIP Wellcome Trust Fellow in Pharmaceutical Sciences, King's College London
  • 2007–2008
    Clifford G Shull Research Fellow, Oak Ridge National Lab (USA)
  • 2004–2007
    US NSF Post-doctoral Research Fellow, ISIS Facility STFC UK


  • 2004 
    University of Tennessee (USA), PhD
  • 1999 
    University of Tennessee (USA), MSc
  • 1994 
    University of Tennessee (USA), BSc


Member, Institute of Physics; BTM Willis Prize for Neutron Scattering (Joint Institute of Physics/Royal Society of Chemistry)