Robert Oppenheimer

Personal photo - Robert Oppenheimer

Robert Oppenheimer

Doctoral Student at the Doctoral Training Centre

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


          Curriculum Vitae


I love learning about flocks of birds, schools of fish, colonies of ants, and so on, where a coherent and dynamic pattern emerges out of many interacting parts. I wonder where there are similarities between self-organisation on the scale of molecular interactions and human civilisation. I hope that Synthetic Biology, and the attempt to re-create these kinds of systems from the bottom-up, will teach us how self-organisation works in nature, while also creating new technologies.

Current Work

I will soon undertake two 11-week short projects before starting a DPhil research project on October 2016.

Research Experiences


I am interested in the culture of science, and the way it is viewed, communicated and passed on. In 2013, I co-created Strange Nature, a science-writing competition for Australian high-school students. We were inspired by a quote from Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, "Of what a strange nature is knowledge, it clings to the mind like a lichen on the rock", and the fact that a nineteen-year-old could ignite the imagination of scientists and artists for generations.