Edmond toma - head of division

Ed completed two Bachelor of Science degrees from Michigan State University, one in chemistry and the other in biochemistry and molecular biology. During his tenure at Michigan State University, he worked in Prof Babak Borhan’s lab, investigating a one-pot synthesis of highly functionalized bicyclic piperidines using the hetero-Diels-Alder reaction, developing diastereoselective halogenated spiroketals, and assisting in creating a halenium affinity scale. After working several years in the Pharmaceutical Industry as a research scientist in solid-state chemistry and crystallography, he returns back to academia for a DPhil in chemical biology at the University of Oxford.



Burcu is a postdoctoral research associate at the Department of Biochemistry, University of Oxford. She is a protein biochemist and has been working on a variety of projects since she got her PhD on protein folding in the US, including rational drug design for cancer therapy and epigenetics. She loves writing and reading about all areas of science and is very excited to take up the Editorial Lead of the Oxford Division.


daniel wong - events lead

Daniel has a background in Genomics and Immunology that is underpinned by 15 years of accumulated expertise in Molecular Biology. He graduated from the NUS in Singapore, worked at the National Cancer Centre-Singapore before heading off for a postgraduate stint at the Centre d’Immunologie de Marseille-Luminy (CIML) in France. Since 2008, he has been at the Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics in Oxford assembling platforms based on microarray and most recently, NGS (Next Gen Sequencing) technologies and then applying these to research into the immune and inflammatory responses.


sebastian schmon - events associate

Sebastian is currently reading for a DPhil in Statistics with focus on computational methods for complex high dimensional problems, which arise in a wide range of scientific fields. Before coming to Oxford he studied in Berlin where he received a M.Sc. in Statistics from Humboldt University as well as a B.Sc. in Mathematics and a B.Sc. in Economics from Free University.


william taverner - education Lead

William completed his Bachelor of Science and masters of Biology degrees at The University of Leeds in molecular genetics. During his time at Leeds, he worked on DNA damage repair in the plant science department, studying the gene expression response of model plants to radiation damage. William is now undertaking his DPhil within the department of Oncology at The University of Oxford, and is a student of the centre for doctoral training in synthetic biology.


Virginia schmid - Marketing/consulting Lead

Virginia holds the position of the Sponsoring Lead at the Science Innovation Union. She is passionate about Science and Tech and is specifically interested in how innovations can result in advances in the medical field and improve patient care. Virginia holds a Masters degree in Biotechnology from ETH Zurich and is currently reading for a DPhil in Clinical Medicine at the University of Oxford.