Harrison Steel completed a BEng in Mechanical Engineering and a BSc in Physics and Mathematics at the University of Sydney. He then came to Oxford as a Monash Scholar and completed his DPhil at the University of Oxford as a Monash Scholar. Following his studies he was a postdoctoral researcher in the Department's Control Group, before joining as an Associate Professor in 2020.
Harrison Steel's research group works on interdisciplinary challenges at the intersection of Synthetic Biology, Robotics, and Control Engineering.
Engineered biological systems are often fragile and highly sensitive to changes in their environment. We are building synthetic biological feedback systems to enable robust, safe biotechnologies with applications in fields from agriculture to medicine.
Cutting-edge experimental tools and methods are integral to enabling research, scale-up and application of engineered biological systems. We develop robotic platforms - some of which are currently used by dozens of academic and industry labs worldwide - to help answer scientific questions and create new biotechnologies.
In parallel with experimental work, we frequently work on theoretical questions in control and biology - using mathematics to investigate or simulate systems that would be challenging to analyze in the lab.
I am always keen to hear from potential graduate students and assist them on their journey to Oxford. If you are thinking of applying please reach out (via email) to discuss our group and your interests/potential projects.