- Professor of Systems Biology & Biochemistry & Director, Cambridge Systems Biology Centre
Steve Oliver is Professor of Systems Biology & Biochemistry and Director of the Cambridge Centre for Systems Biology. His research involves both experimental and computational approaches to understanding how living cells work. Steve led the European team that sequenced the first chromosome, from any organism, yeast chromosome III. He went on to become Scientific Coordinator of EUROFAN, which pioneered a wide range of approaches to the systematic analysis of gene function, using S. cerevisiae. Steve collaborated with Ross King to develop the Robot Scientist – the first machine to discover new scientific knowledge, and re-engineered the genome of yeast to test the chromosomal theory of evolution. His work on yeast has led Steve in unexpected directions, such as predicting the impact of gene copy number variation in cancer, constructing models to identify genes important in Alzheimer’s Disease, or using yeast to screen for drugs against parasites.
Steve held academic positions at the University of Kent, UMIST, and both incarnations of the University of Manchester before moving to Cambridge in 2007. He is the Founding Editor of the journal, Yeast, and serves on the Editorial Boards of Molecular Systems Biology and EMBO Reports. Steve has chaired various research committees of the BBSRC, MRC, and the Wellcome Trust. Currently, he is Adjunct Professor of Chemical Engineering at Bogazici University, Istanbul, and also serves on Scientific Advisory Boards for the Max Planck Society, Science Foundation Ireland, and Portugal’s Foundation for Science & Technology (FCT). Closer to home, he is the Chair of the university’s Information Strategy & Services Syndicate.
Away from the lab, Steve enjoys classical music, travel, and walking (preferably somewhere there are hills).