Welcome to the Robinson Research Group webpages.

Our laboratories are located in the Chemistry Department at the University of Oxford and our research is focussed on understanding protein interactions in the gas phase.

To carry out this research we have adapted mass spectrometry instrumentation and methods to transfer protein complexes with as little perturbation as possible as they transition from solution to the gas phase. 

We focussed first on soluble proteins and more recently on membrane embedded assemblies trying to recreate their native environments as closely as possible.  

News & Lectures


Recent News

The 2021 Othmer Gold Medal from the Science History Institute will be presented to Carol on Wednesday 5th May during the Institute's Virtual Heritage Day Celebration.   Carol is delighted to be the recipient of this prestigious award.  More information can be found here.

Husband and Wife team Corinne Lutomski and Tarick El-Baba talk about their research in developing methods to inhibit the Covid 19 virus using mass spectrometry (see page 12-14 of the Periodic magazine here)

Leonhard Urner presented his work on 'Tailoring detergents for membrane protein research' at the BMSS Virtual Biomacromolecular SIG meeting on the 24th March (details can be found here)

Denis Shutin: Warmest congratulations to Denis who successfully defended his DPhil in January 2021

Fabian Soltermann: Very many congratulations to Fabian who successfully defended his DPhil.  We wish him every success in the future.

The Kavli Institute for NanoScience Discovery:  Carol is thrilled to be the first director of the new Kavli Institute for NanoScience Discovery https://www.ox.ac.uk/news/2020-12-03-10-million-gift-new-nanoscience-institute-oxford

Honorary Doctorate: Carol was honoured and delighted to receive an Honorary Doctorate from the Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel, this week in a virtual award ceremony.

Welcome: A warm welcome to Dinesh Chinthapalli who joined the Group in November on a Newton Trust Fellowship.

Congratulations: to Leonhard Urner.  Leo won second prize in the SEPAWA Innovation Award 2020 for 'Designer Detergents for Medical Research'  




The 2021 Hinshelwood Lectures, University of Oxford

Carol will give the four lectures relating to 'A New Phase for Structural Biology' in May this year.  Details can be found here.

Tuesday 11th May:  Remembering where you came from – how context and surroundings affect the properties of proteins

Thursday 13th MayLooking to the future: understanding mechanisms of infection and resistance  

Friday 28th May:  We are pleased to announce that Dr. Kin Kuan Hoi (Robinson Group) will be present his work entitled 'Detergent-free lipodisq nanoparticles facilitate high-resolution mass spectrometry of folded integral membrane proteins at the SMALP virtual conference.  Details can be found here. 


(Past lecture) Thursday 8th April: Mass Spectrometry for Structural Biology 

This lecture formed part of the INSERM Workshop series (No. 262). Fundamental and applied aspects of mass spectrometry based structural techniques were presented and discussed.  Programme can be found here

(Past lecture) Wednesday 28th April: Experimental Biology 2021

The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB) Annual Meeting Session' How lipids impact the structure and function of membrane proteins' Further information on the meeting can be found here.

(Past lecture) Tuesday 4th May: Hinshelwood Lecture 1: 
Staying in shape – maintaining the folded state of proteins in the gas phase.  

(Past lecture) Thursday 6th May: Hinshelwood Lecture 2:  
Finding the right partner – deciphering the effects of small molecules/protein binding partners https://canvas.ox.ac.uk/courses/103045.