We use solid-state NMR spectroscopy to bring new insight to biomolecules in the extracellular matrix that are relevant to human health and disease. We are based at the University of Warwick, UK.


  • August 22, 2022
    In2science summer placement
    We hosted Reena, Hattie, Julia, and Shifa, who are all Year 12 students from local schools, as part of in2science UK. The placement took place from 15 to 19 August.
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    In2science summer students in front of the 1GHz ssNMR NMR spectrometer
  • July 22, 2022
    Joining the lab through the ASCDT MSc+PhD route (UK/EU)
    The deadline for this route has passed on 15 August 2022. Please see the join page for current opportunities.
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  • July 15, 2022
    Ying spoke at the inVISIBLE research and diversity conference today. Her talk was titled “Using Solid-state NMR to Understand Biological Structures Essential to Multicellular Life”.
  • May 26, 2022
    Ying ran her first solid-state NMR experiments at Warwick today. 千里之行,始於足下!
  • May 15, 2022
    Ying was invited to speak at the 12th International Scientific Conference on AKU, hosted by the Alkaptonuria Society at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB). It was great to see old friends and meet new faces in Brussels.
    Breakfast at the rooftop of a hotel in Brussels

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New applications of solid-state NMR to the extracellular matrix

SsNMR is a versatile technique that can provide atomic-level structural information on complex materials in functionally-relevant states, with unique advantages for investigating the extracellular matrix.

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Pigmentation in alkaptonuria

Alkaptonuria is a rare disease that can lead to servere pigmentation of various body tissues, which is associated with tissue degradation. While visually striking, the chemical nature of the pigment is still not well-understood. By characterizing in vitro-generated pigment using a variety of chemical techniques, we aim to understand the nature of the pigmentation species and illuminate new clinical approaches to prevent or reverse its formation.

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Dr Wing Ying Chow
Assistant Professor, Department of Physics, University of Warwick
Ying read Natural Sciences at Cambridge and returned for a PhD in Chemistry, graduating in 2014. She received a DAAD-Leibniz Postdoctoral Fellowship to work with Hartmut Oschkinat in Berlin, Germany. In 2020, she moved to the Interdisciplinary Research Institute of Grenoble to work with Sabine Hediger and Gaël de Paëpe. She started at Warwick in February 2022.

PhD Students

Starting Oct 2022 A
Starting Oct 2022
Department of Physics, University of Warwick
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Prof Melinda Duer Department of Chemistry, University of Cambridge
Dr Brendan Norman Institute of Life Course and Medical Sciences, University of Liverpool
Dr Darius Koester Centre for Mechanochemical Cell Biology, Warwick Medical School, University of Warwick
Prof Mohan Balasubramanian Centre for Mechanochemical Cell Biology, Warwick Medical School, University of Warwick