Welcome to the Davis Group website

Our research comes under the broad heading of the chemistry of Carbohydrates and Proteins. The reactions and manipulation of sugars and proteins have fascinated organic chemists for over a century and this work is culminating today in a host of new drugs for treating diseases.

It is becoming increasingly clear that oligosaccharides (carbohydrates in small clusters) and alterations in proteins (modifications) are examples of chemically complex biological markers that act critcially in important extracellular and organismal processes such as immune response, microbial infection, cancer metastasis and cellular adhesion, inflammation, in addition to vital intracellular communication events such as epigenetics and signalling cascades. Their remarkable structural diversity means that they can often mediate highly specific and therefore complex processes. The application of an understanding of such systems on a fundamental level leads to the design, synthesis and modification of potential therapeutic and biotechnologically applicable systems.

In January 2004 we moved from the Dyson Perrins Laboratory to the new Chemistry Research Laboratory. You can explore the Virtual Tour of the CRL, in particular the 360° paroramas of our write-up area and one of our lab (Quicktime software required).

Our research is supported by the EPSRC, the BBSRC, the MRC, the EU, Novo Nordisk, UCB, Janssen, GlaxoSmithKline, Lab282, Cancer Research UK, the Wellcome Trust and the Royal Society.

Last updated: 31-12-2019

Latest publication

Extracellular Vesicle Integrins Act as a Nexus for Platelet Adhesion in Cerebral Microvessels, Sci. Rep. 2019, 9, 15847


BGD has been appointed as the Science Director for Chemistry at the Rosalind Franklin Institute.

BGD has been elected as a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences.

The group's work on chemical methods for boosting and rescuing crops has been selected by the University as an Impact Case Study.

The group's work on machine learning methods for enzyme prediction and design in Nature Chemical Biology has been featured in a News & Views in Nature Chemical Biology and by the University.

The group's work on new antibiotics has been featured by C+E News and by the University.

Brian Josephson has been given a Lilly Prize for his 1st year graduate work.

Matt Bilyard's thesis project in collaboration with Alex Gafitescu, Takuya Machida, Seung Seo Lee and Chris Spicer from the group and the groups of Wyatt Yue (SGC Oxford) and Carme Rovira (Barcelona) has been published online in Nature.

New spin-out from the Davis group, SugaROx, has been highlighted in the MPLS Division Insights newsletter after having been selected for the Royal Society of Chemistry's Investment Catalyst.

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Prof Benjamin G. Davis
University of Oxford
Chemistry Research Laboratory
Mansfield Road
Oxford, OX1 3TA, UK
Phone: + 44 (0)1865 275652
Fax: + 44 (0)1865 275674