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Professor Daniel Robert

Professor Daniel Robert

Professor Daniel Robert
DiplBiol(Neuchatel), PhD(Basle)

Professor of Bionanoscience

Area of research

Bionanoscience, auditory mechanics

Office Life Sciences: 2B06
Life Sciences Building,
24 Tyndall Avenue, Bristol BS8 1TQ
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Tel. +44 (0) 117 39 41199

Research summary

My research investigates the biophysical mechanisms used by organisms to sense their environment.

Using insects as model systems, my research contributes to understanding the foundations of hearing and electroreception. These senses are investigated at multiple levels, from the molecular basis of mechanoreception to the psychophysics of auditory behaviour. My research has unveiled a novel mechanism of directional sound detection used by a small parasitoid fly. Studying mosquitoes we discovered that the mosquito auditory system -its antennae- is sensitive to nanometre-range vibrations. This result led to the discovery that mosquitoes and fruitflies are endowed with active auditory mechanics. Much like the ...

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Biography

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 ...

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Selected publications

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