Michael Booth Research 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.



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