Booth Group

Department of Chemistry University of Oxford
Welcome to the Booth Group
based in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Oxford


We are an interdisciplinary research group utilising techniques from organic synthesis, chemical biology, biochemistry, synthetic biology, and molecular and cellular biology. The broad goal of our research is the generation and use of controllable nucleic acids to enable the control of multiple biotechnologies.



February: We welcome another DPhil rotation student, Mia Callens, undertaking a Synthesis for Biology and Medicine rotation project joint with the groups of Matthew Langton and Tom Brown.

January: Welcome to Alaa Baazaoui, who is undertaking her Interdisciplinary Bioscience DTP rotation project in the group.


December: New Paper! Mike and Idil's work "Controlled deprotection and release of a small molecule from a compartmented synthetic tissue module" has been published in Communications Chemistry!

December: Mike was awarded the Biochemical Society Early Career Research Award in Biotechnology at Synthetic Biology UK 2019.

October: Welcome to our first ever Part II in the group, Guige Ben Zhang.

October: Really excited that both Denis and Khoa are staying in the group to undertake their substantive DPhil projects.

July: We're happy to welcome Khoa Chung to the group, who is doing a DPhil rotation project from the SynBio DTC.

June: Very excited to welcome our first Postdoc to the group, Dr Assala Al Samad.

May: Welcome to Denis Hartmann, undertaking a Synthesis for Biology and Medicine DPhil rotation project in the group.

May: Razia has won the People‚Äôs Choice Award in the Three Minute Thesis Competition

April: Merton College has elected Michael as a Supernumerary Fellow

February: Well done to Razia for being selected as a Junior Dean at St John's College


December: Huge congratulations to Florence for passing her DPhil viva!

November: Well done to Idil for completing her transfer of status

October: We're excited that, following his rotation, Jefferson has started his DPhil in the group

October: Congratulations to Florence for submitting her DPhil thesis!

October: Welcome to Giacomo Mazzotti, a new DPhil in our group

September: We had an excellent joint retreat with the Bayley Group in Lisbon, Portugal

August: Welcome to Jefferson Smith, undertaking his second DPhil rotation project from the SynBio DTC in our group

August: Welcome to our new DPhil student Razia Chowdhry, from the Bioscience DTP


Dr Michael J. Booth
Chemistry Research Laboratory
University of Oxford
12 Mansfield Road