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


Research Group News

Welcome: A warm welcome to Susanne Mesoy and Maya Miller who join the Robinson Group team this month (January 2022).  We look forward to working with you. 

Josh Sauer: Congratulations to Josh for successfully defending his DPhil thesis. We wish him all the best for the future. 

Dr. Leonhard Urner selected for 5 year research programme.  We are delighted to announce that Dr. Leonhard Urner is one of six researchers selected by the State of Nordrhein-Westfalen to receive a 5 year programme grant to further his research into the mechanisms of antibiotic resistance.  The names of the six selected scientists were released at the end of July.

German Press release:   English translation  

Our warmest congratulations to Dr Jani Reddy Bolla, who has been awarded the prestigious Royal Society, University Research Fellowship (URF). 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.

Welcome: A warm welcome to Dinesh Chinthapalli who joined the Group in November 2020 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'  




 2022 Lectures will be posted in January.

Past Lectures

Dec 2021:

Dr. Corinne Lutomski: Consortium for Top-Down Proteomics Seminar Series, details here.

Prof. Robinson: The Michael Smith Distinguished Research Lecture (virtual) at the University of British Columbia, Canada  

Nov 2021:

Dr. Tarick El-Baba and Corinne Lutomski, 69th ASMS conference on Mass Spectrometry and Allied Topics. Details can be found here

Prof. Robinson. The 10th Anniversary of International Chemical Biology Society (ICBS) on the theme of 'Looking towards the next decade of chemical biology'.  This presentation can be found on ICBS2021 (chemical-biology.org).

Oct 2021:
Department of Pharmacology, University of Oxford - Mass spectrometry and its role in drug discovery

The Jones Lecture, Queens University, Kingston, Ontario (info here)

Weekly seminar series, Nanoscale Science Department, Max Plank Institute for Solid State Research, Stuttgart. 

Sept 2021:
Scripps Research Annual Frontiers in Chemical Biology (Info here)

21st RSC/SCI Medicinal Chemistry Symposium (Info here) European Biophysical Societies Association (EBSA)

July 2021:
Babraham Lecture Series, University of Cambridge (

European Biophysical Societies Association (EBSA)

June 2021: ACS Publications Symposium:  Innovation in Measurement Science. Lecture: 'New tools to study viruses'  Program – ACS Publications Symposium

May 2021: The 2021 Hinshelwood Lectures, University of Oxford.  A  series of 4 lectures relating to 'A New Phase for Structural Biology'  https://canvas.ox.ac.uk/courses/103045.