the McLain Group!
Picture by Ric Gillams (August 2016)
We are a multi-disciplinary group
interested in the biophysics of how real biological
systems function and form on the atomic and
Our group is interested in understanding the
interactions between biological molecules in
physiologically relevant environments at the level where
these interactions occur - the atomic and molecular
level. By using a combination of both
experimental and computational techniques to probe
the interplay between biological molecules from
the angstrom scale (10-10 metres (Å)) to the
nanoscale (10-9 metres)) we are working
towards a better understanding of how biological
processes occur in nature.
We have a variety of
equipment we use in our lab in Oxford, click on the
picture of Ric (with Cholesterol) below to learn more
about out facilities.
We also use neutron scattering with isotopic
substitution techniques to discover the underlying
structure present in biological solutions. We
often use the facilities at the ISIS Neutron and Muon
Source (STFC, UK).
Nicola and Dr. Sam Callear (SANDALS instrument
scientist (STFC, UK)) adjust the sample cell height for
our experiments on peptides in solution.
More details of the research we do and multiple
techniques we use are available on the Research page and who we are
on the Group Members page.
We are always happy to hear from potential post-docs and
students as our group is in the process of expanding.