Dr Harrison Steel joined Harris Manchester on a joint appointment with the university as a Tutor and Fellow of the College, and also Associate Professor in Control Engineering in the Department of Engineering.
He has a BEng in Mechanical Engineering and a BSc in Physics and Mathematics from the University of Sydney and came to Oxford to do his DPhil in Engineering Science as a Monash Scholar, remaining in Oxford as a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Engineering.
He works at the intersection of biology, control engineering, and robotics with his research focusing on the development of technologies that enable the biological revolution, combining control architectures that operate both internally (e.g. feedback control loops implemented in a cell’s DNA) and externally (e.g. automated robotic experimental platforms) to living organisms. Technologies developed in his research are used by dozens of laboratories in academia and industry and have been spun out as open-source ventures.