Professor Sonia Contera

Professor of Biological Physics

Oxford Martin Senior Alumni Fellow

Sonia Contera was Co-Director of the Oxford Martin Programme on Nanotechnology for Medicine, which was part of the Oxford Martin School from 2008-2013. Sonia is Professor of Biological Physics at the University of Oxford Physics Department

Her work lies at the interface of physics, biology and nanotechnology. She is an expert in atomic force microscopy of biological systems and she has a special interest in the role of mechanics in biology. She is interested in the role of mechanics in bridging scales and in modulating transport and transmission of information, including through mechanoelectrical coupling in subcellular structures, cells and tissues.

Her work is on the mechanics of cells, tissues, proteins and membranes and she designs nanomaterials that mimic biological functions for bio/medical applications such as drug delivery or cell cultures.

She is a Fellow of Green Templeton College; was a Member of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Nanotechnology 2014-2016 and recently became a member of the Physical Sciences Strategy Advisory Team of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) of the UK. In 2017 she was elected Chair of Scanning Probe Microscopy section of the Royal Microscopical Society and from 2018 she is a member of the Advisory Committee on Science and Innovation to the Andalusian Government (Spain).