Welcome to the Robinson Group

Our team comprises researchers with diverse backgrounds: from chemists and physicists to structural biologists and engineers, we all work towards the common goal of deciphering protein structure and function in the gas phase.


University of Southern Denmark
October 2017: Carol was thrilled to accept an Honorary Degree from the University of Southern Denmark at their Annual Awards Ceremony last week.

The Open University
September 2017: With much pleasure, Carol was delighted to accept an Honorary Degree from The Open University.

Dominic Hewitt
Congratulations to Dominic on successfully passing his DPhil.

RSC President Elect
July 2017: Carol was honoured to be appointed to the role of President Elect 2017-2018 for the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Huddersfield University
July 2017: With much pleasure, Carol was delighted to accept an Honorary Doctorate from Huddersfield University. 

National Academy of Sciences
May 2017:  Carol has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences US as a foreign associate in recognition of her significant contributions to science.  She would like to thank her research group over the years for all their efforts which have contributed to this honour. NAS Group Celebration

'Oxford professor meets child superfan'
Eight year old Connie writes to Carol explaining she wants to be a chemist when she grows up


Interview with Carol
BBC Radio 4 'The Life Scientific'
Listen to Carol's interview with Jim Al-Khalili on BBC iPlayer          

Forthcoming Lectures 2018:

16th April: From Peripheral Proteins to Membrane Motors, The Astbury Conversation, University of Leeds, UK

20th-22nd April: Pumps, Pores & Channels - Out of the Membrane into the Gas Phase, Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, Toronto, Canada

23rd April: Cynthia Chan Lecture, University of California, Berkeley, USA

25th April:  Membrane Proteins - the Lipid Connection, University of Columbia, USA 















Selected Publications

Ligand binding to a G protein-coupled receptor captured in a mass spectrometer.
H. Y. Yen, J. T. S. Hopper, I. Liko, T. M. Allison, Y. Zhu, D. Wang, M. Stegmann, S. Mohammed, B. Wu and C. V. Robinson.
Sci Adv, 2017, 3(6): e1701016

The role of interfacial lipids in stabilizing membrane protein oligomers.
K. Gupta, J. A. Donlan, J. T. Hopper, P. Uzdavinys, M. Landreh, W. B.Struwe, D. Drew, A. J. Baldwin, P.J. Stansfeld, C.V. Robinson.
Nature, 2017, 541: 421-424

High-resolution mass spectrometry of small molecules bound to membrane proteins.
J. Gault, J. A. C. Donlan, I. Liko, J. T. Hopper, K. Gupta, N. G. Housden, W. B. Struwe, M. T. Marty, T. Mize, C. Bechara, Y. Zhu, W. Beilil, C. Kleanthous, M. Belov, E. Damoc, A. Makarov and C. V. Robinson
Nat Methods, 2016, 13(4): 333-336

Membrane proteins bind lipids selectively to modulate their structure and function.
A. Laganowsky, E. Reading, T. M. Allison, M. B. Ulmschneider, M. T. Degiacomi, A. J. Baldwin and C. V. Robinson
Nature 2014, 510(7503), 172-175

Ion mobility mass spectrometry of a rotary ATPase reveals ATP-induced reduction in conformational flexibility.
M. Zhou, A. Politis, R. B. Davies, I. Liko, K.–J. Wu, A. Stewart, D. Stock and C. V. Robinson
Nat Chem 2014, 6(3), 208-215


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