Dr Dean SheppardBack to People

Department: Physical and Theoretical Chemistry


I am a Lecturer in Physical and Theoretical Chemistry at Magdalen. I also currently hold Lectureships at three other Oxford colleges: Trinity, Merton, and New College. I studied for my MChem degree at Magdalen (2008-2012) before moving to New College for a DPhil in Physical and Theoretical Chemistry, under the supervision of Professor Stuart Mackenzie, which I completed in 2016.


My position at Magdalen involves teaching all parts of the undergraduate Physical Chemistry course, from Prelims (1st Year) to Final Honours School (3rd Year), mostly in the form of synoptic revision classes.


My research is concerned with the photochemical spin dynamics of proteins, suggested to be the basis of the magnetic sense in some animals. It has involved the development of a range of highly sensitive optical cavity-enhanced techniques to detect very small changes in reactivity caused by an external magnetic field.


Broadband Cavity-Enhanced Detection of Magnetic Field Effects in Chemical Models of a Cryptochrome Magnetoreceptor, J. Phys. Chem. B., 118, 4177, (2014)

Millitesla Magnetic Field Effects on the Photocycle of an Animal Cryptochrome, Sci. Rep., 7, (2017).