A 4-year DPhil programme with synthesis at the core

The Synthesis for Biology and Medicine CDT is a four-year DPhil (PhD) programme that offers joint academic-industrial training in cutting-edge synthesis and its impact on significant problems in biology and medicine.


Want to learn more about the Oxford CDT in Synthesis for Biology & Medicine? Students and the Directors share their views on this DPhil (PhD) programme.


Comprehensive cohort training programme in all aspects of synthetic chemistry. Students are admitted to the programme and not a specific research group.


Designed with and supported by major international pharmaceutical & agrochemical companies, each offering specific expertise to enhance the CDT's training.


Research Projects are clustered in four Project Fields to enable multiple researchers to approach substantial problems that are too challenging for a single doctoral student.


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    Miranda Wright (2014 cohort)
    Miranda completed her DPhil working in medicinal chemistry with Prof Paul Brennan and Dr Akane Kawamura and recently began working at Vertex Pharmaceuticals. We asked Miranda to tell us about her experience as student in the SBM CDT, and how it allowed her to pursue new challenges outside of academia.
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    Moses Moustakim (2014 cohort)
    Moses, the first student to graduate from SBM CDT, describes his experience in the programme and the how the nature of SBM CDT has allowed him to make a successful transition into a postdoctoral position at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, USA.
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    Minh Tran (2014 cohort)
    Keen to share her passion for chemistry, Minh had her first encounters with Outreach and Public Engagement while she was still an undergraduate student here at Oxford. Since then, she has been repeatedly recognised with prizes and awards for her outstanding contributions to the area. We asked Minh to tell us about some of the most recent activities she has participated in and to explain us what drove her to get involved with Outreach & Public Engagement.
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    Nick Parker (2015 cohort)
    Industrial interaction is a key part of the SBM CDT programme, with every student encouraged to spend a secondment at an industrial partner. We asked Nick, a final year DPhil student, to tell us about his recent internship experience working for Vertex Pharmaceuticals in Boston.
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    Michael Tilby (2016 cohort)
    The second Oxford Synthesis Summer Conference – OSSC2018 – took place in Oxford on 25th and 26th July. With over 300 delegates from more than 40 institutions, the OSSC2018 focused on the future of synthetic chemistry and progressing a career in research. We asked Michael, from the organising committee, to tell us a bit more about his experience bringing the OSSC2018 to life.


We have an open-access policy in what we teach and what we do, to ensure free exchange of information and expertise between all partners and the overall research community.
Free Exchange of Information
Scientists on the SBM CDT programme will not file for patent protection on any of their research outputs but will make them freely available.
Course Material
The SBM CDT course material is available to download for free, as a useful resource for graduate students and the overall teaching and research community.

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