Each academic year the Davis Group usually takes up to four Part II students. Prospective Part II students are invited to attend Open Days to learn more of the research carried out in our group, and strongly encouraged to contact Prof Ben Davis directly.
We view the Part II as a golden opportunity to genuinely experience research life and, importantly, to discover what there is to love about it. Part II projects in the group are integral to the discoveries that we make as a group and Part II students get to experience the full range of what we do.
In recent years Part II students from the group have been involved in some of our key work. For example, during their projects, Part II students have demonstrated the first examples of Olefin Metathesis[pub 100] [Angel Lin] reactions or Suzuki-Miyaura Cross-Coupling[pub 129] [Charlotte Wood] reactions on proteins, have discovered new biosynthetic pathways to antibiotics and their biological mechanisms[pub 177] [Tom Yabe], have created unique glycopeptide libraries that can chemically evolve to form optimized ligands for proteins[pub 69] [Tom Hotchkiss] or designed new artificial enzymes and explored their use in the creation of drug-like synthetic targets[pub 57] [Katie Doores].
Often this will see them publish papers as first or leading authors and the majority of Part II students will see their project discoveries published. We see this a being an integral part of the excitement that can come from choosing interesting and ambitious 'bigger questions' to study. We don't believe in humdrum projects and we do ask people to commit themselves during their time with us so that they fully enjoy it; fun we can give you, but a quiet life? - probably not.
The group is a participating group in several of the DTCs/CDTs/IDCs that Oxford runs: the SysBio DTC, the SABS-IDC, the LSI DTC, the Bioscience DTP, the Synthesis CDT, the Synthetic Biology CDT, and the ONBI Imaging CDT. This is a wonderful mechanism for those who may not be entirely decided about a precise area of research since it allows them to enter into rotations of short projects before committing to a given group. We are active in these centres and participate in both the short projects and the full DPhil schemes within these programmes. The DTC page provides more details and we would also encourage direct application to these centres as well as the department. Note that the deadlines for application may not all align and the several programmes run semi-indepedently of each other and of the department's processes.
- UKERC Studentship Awards
- Human Frontier Science Program
- Marie Curie Fellowships
- Individual Researcher Opportunities in FP7 including those that involve 'People'
- Merck Sharp & Dohme Postdoctoral Research Fellowships in Synthetic Organic Chemistry 2005
- Royal Society
- Royal Society International Fellowships
- Royal Society Newton Fellowships
- Wellcome Trust
- Leverhulme Trust
- Lloyd's Tercentenary Foundation
- Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851
- Fulbright Awards
- British Council
- University of Oxford Funding Index
- Breast Cancer Research Programme, Multidisciplinary PostDoctoral Award
- Ramsay Memorial Fellowships
- The Rhodes Trust
- JSPS Fellowships
Last updated: 26-12-14
Prof Benjamin G. Davis
University of Oxford
Chemistry Research Laboratory
Oxford, OX1 3TA, UK
Phone: + 44 (0)1865 275652
Fax: + 44 (0)1865 275674