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Professor Daniel Robert

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Daniel Robert is a sensory biologist with 22 years experience on the biomechanics and sensory ecology of miniature auditory systems. His interests include the development and use of analytical methods for measuring nanoscale vibrations in biological systems. Robert is Professor of Bionanoscience at the School of Biological Sciences, and the recipient of a Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award. Previously, he held a START fellowship (Swiss Science Foundation Research Professor) at the University of Zurich (1996-2001). During that time, he was also the recipient of the Schering Fellowship at the Institute for Advanced Study in Berlin, where he convened the bio-inspired technologies study group. Prior to that, he spent 5 years at Cornell University as a Research Associate (1991-1996). Robert’s research involves interdisciplinary collaborations with sensory biologists, physiologists, molecular geneticists, engineers, mathematicians and physicists. His investigations of the biophysics of hearing in insects have contributed fundamental knowledge in the field of auditory research and nanoscale biomechanics. Robert first studied at the University of Neuchatel, Switzerland, for a MSc in experimental Biology (1985). In 1989, he was awarded a PhD by the University of Basle, Switzerland for his work on the cybernetic steering behaviour of flying locusts.

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