About us

The Dunn School is a world-class biomedical research Department at the University of Oxford. Over 300 scientists from more than 30 countries aim to discover the molecular and cellular mechanisms that underlie human health and disease. Our research capitalises on outstanding facilities and addresses the full spectrum from fundamental biology to discovering medical advances.

We recruit and support excellent graduate students and postdocs from around the world, and provide them with a springboard to future success. Indeed, many go on to become the next generation of scientific leaders.

We aim to foster a supportive and diverse community where all have the opportunity to develop their full potential. An Athena Swan Silver Award marks our efforts to address gender equality in its broadest sense. Our Anti-Bullying working group leads a variety of activities throughout the year, culminating in the annual Anti-Bullying Week in November. More recently we have instigated a series of discussions on BAME representation, acknowledging that Black and Minority ethnic people are under-represented in in science and academia, including in our own department, and that as a community we must address this inequality.

We are proud of our past achievements, most notably the development of penicillin, which led to the introduction to the world of the antibiotic era; and are even more excited about the potential of our current and future research.

In addition to our research, we teach and aim to inspire the next generation of doctors and scientists studying in Medical, Biomedical, and Biochemistry degree courses.

The Dunn School is part of the University's Medical Sciences Division which has been ranked first in the world for the last six years, and is based on the vibrant South Parks Road Science Campus in the heart of Oxford.