What I’ve been up to all these years



Post-doctoral fellow in biostatistics, Computational biology group, Francis Crick Institute

Using machine learning techniques such as neural networks to analyse genomic data and electronic medical records.


Post-doctoral research assistant, MRC Centre for Developmental Neurobiology, King’s College London

Processing high-throughput imaging data of C. elegans to determine how neural coding through gene expression regulates lifespan.


STFC Science in Society grant, University of Oxford

Awarded to allow me to continue my science communication, specifically to create a programme of Accelerate! demonstration lectures across the south-east of England.

EPSRC Doctoral Prize Fellowship, University of Oxford

An award available to the top 15% of EPSRC-funded PhD students to increase the impact of their doctoral research in terms of publications, knowledge transfer and outreach.


  • Tutor for the Oxford undergraduate condensed matter physics course at Wadham College and Christ Church (2007–2010).
  • Oxford Physics undergraduate lab demonstrator (2008–2009).
  • Private physics tutoring for A-level and International Baccalaureate students (2008–9).

Google UK

Summer internship at Google’s London office marketing Google’s ‘geo’ products (Earth, Maps and SketchUp), doing a variety of research projects and building an overlay viewable with Google Earth for a comarketing venture with British Airways.



DPhil in Condensed Matter Physics, University of Oxford

Using particles called muons to investigate new kinds of magnetic and superconducting materials, supervised by Prof Stephen Blundell.

Thesis: Quantum magnetism probed with muon-spin relaxation.


Master of Physics (First Class Honours), University of Oxford

Academic scholarship 2004–2007, Dixon scholarship awarded in 2007 for performance in finals examinations. Collie and Gibbs prizes for communicating physics, Scott Prize for Performance in ‘Teaching and Learning Physics in Schools’ option, and the Christ Church English Prose Prize.


Adams’ Grammar School, Newport, Shropshire

  • A-levels: Physics (A), Further Maths (A), Maths (A), Chemistry (A), General Studies (A)
  • AE-levels: Physics (Distinction), Chemistry (Distinction)
  • GCSEs: 9 A*, 2A (including top five result nationally in statistics)

Selected publications

  1. Magnetic order in quasi–two-dimensional molecular magnets investigated with muon-spin relaxation

    Andrew J. Steele, Tom Lancaster, Stephen J. Blundell, Peter J. Baker, Francis L. Pratt, Chris Baines, Marianne M. Conner, Heather I. Southerland, Jamie L. Manson, John A. Schlueter

    Physical Review B 84, 064412 (2011) / DOI10.1103/PhysRevB.84.064412

  2. Low-moment magnetism in the double perovskites Ba2MOsO6 (M = Li,Na)

    Andrew J. Steele, Peter J. Baker, Tom Lancaster, Francis L. Pratt, Isabel Franke, Saman Ghannadzadeh, Paul A. Goddard, William Hayes, D. Prabhakaran, and Stephen J. Blundell

    Physical Review B 84, 144416 (2011) / DOI10.1103/PhysRevB.84.144416

  3. A gene-expression-based neural code for food abundance that modulates lifespan

    Eugeni V. Entchev, Dhaval S. Patel, Mei Zhan, Andrew J. Steele, Hang Lu, QueeLim Ch’ng

    eLife 4, e06259 (2015) / DOI10.7554/eLife.06259

Science communication


Watch my showreel!
  • Regular expert on documentary series Impossible Engineering, looking at how the innovators of the past have enabled the technological marvels in the modern world. The show, which recently completed its second series, is broadcast on Yesterday in the UK, Discovery in the US, and many other channels in territories around the world.
  • Other credits include The One Show, Discovery’s Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman, ITV News, and Česká Televise’s science show PORT.
  • On radio, BBC Radio 4’s Inside Science, Newshour on the BBC World Service, the Guardian Science Weekly podcast, and various local radio stations across the UK.


  • Winner of FameLab UK, a competition seeking the best three-minute science talks. Winner of the Online Vote from FameLab alumni worldwide in FameLab International 2012.
  • Talks to tens of thousands of students and members of the public at venues from science festivals and schools to theatres and pubs, including the Cheltenham Science Festival, New Scientist Live and Brian Cox and Robin Ince’s Christmas Compendium of Reason.



  • Articles for outlets such as the Guardian the The Conversation.
  • Editor-in-chief of Bang!, Oxford University’s student science magazine. Editor of the Cherwell science blog.

Science funding and policy

Skills and interests


  • Experienced user of Windows, Mac OS and Linux, including command-line tools and HPC environments.
  • Programming in R and Python.
  • Expert image, video and audio editing (including Photoshop, Illustrator, Premiere and After Effects).
  • Proficient web designer (WordPress, HTML, CSS, PHP and MySQL, some Javascript). I built this website from scratch using WordPress.


  • My photograph Red Moon rising over Oxford was highly commended in Royal Greenwich Observatory Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2011 competition. Another photograph, Shropshire paraselene, was shortlisted in 2012.
  • Published in national newspapers including The Sun.
  • Freelance wedding and event photographer.

Full UK driving licence