Sonia Contera
Associate Professor of Biological Physics, University of Oxford

Sonia Contera is a biological physicist and nanotechnologist. She is associate professor of biological physics at the University of Oxford, a senior fellow at the Oxford Martin School, and a research fellow at Green Templeton College. She is the author of Nano Comes to Life: How Nanotechnology Is Transforming Medicine and the Future of Biology (2019). 

Written by Sonia Contera

A 3D-printed model of a protein nanoparticle, shown here in orange and white. Scientists at the University of Washington are using protein design to create candidate nanoparticle vaccines. Photo by Ian C Haydon/Institute for Protein Design

Essay/
Future of technology
Engines of life

At the level of the tiny, biology is all about engineering. That’s why nanotechnology can rebuild medicine from within

Sonia Contera