Florence Downs

Florence Downs

Florence Downs

Doctoral Student at the

Rex Richards Building, South Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3QU

Synthetic Biology DTC

I'm a first year DPhil student studying Synthetic Biology. Lab rotations will commence from May 2015 culminating in a DPhil project to begin September 2015.

Taught course timetable


Prior education

2014-2018: DPhil Synthetic Biology, University of Oxford

2010-2014: MSc (Hons) Physics, University of Bristol

Relevant work experience

Summer 2013: Physics outreach internship, University of Bristol: Awarded grant from RSC to write a lecture and prepare a Prezi presentation about nanoscience for Year 10 students delivered at:



Self-assembling systems of biomolecules, design and engineering of peptides and other biomolecules.

2013-2014: MSc research project studying the interactions between model membranes and synthetic alpha-barrel peptides. Peptide synthesis and characterisation (incl. HPLC, circular dichroism and mass spectrometry), liposome characterisation and fluorescence spectroscopy.

Awarded commendation

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Other Interests

Music ∙ Running ∙ Photography ∙ Literature