Contact Details


Role: Dobson Junior Research Fellow in Molecular Biophysics

Oliver Pambos, who is wearing a pale blue shirt and standing in an atrium


I am a single molecule biophysicist working at the interface between physics and biology. I am based at the Department of Physics and the Kavli Institute for Nanoscience Discovery.

I obtained my PhD at the Cavendish Laboratory (Department of Physics) at the University of Cambridge. Before coming to Oxford I worked as a postdoc in the Department of Chemistry at Cambridge.

Research Interests

I use super-resolution imaging techniques to probe at the single molecule level the behaviour of proteins involved in fundamental processes in biology. I have a particular interest in understanding RNA polymerase, the protein at the heart of transcription and essential to all known forms of life.

Selected Publications

J. Fan, H. El Sayyed, O.J. Pambos, M. Stracy, J. Kyropoulos & A.N. Kapanidis, (2023). RNA polymerase redistribution supports growth in E. coli strains with a minimal number of rRNA operons. Nucleic Acids Research.

J. Zhang, Y. Qin, O.J. Pambos, J. Zhang, S. Chen, Z. Yu & C. Abell, (2020). Microdroplets confined assembly of opal composites in dynamic borate ester-based networks. Chemical Engineering Journal, 426.

O.J. Pambos & A.N. Kapanidis, (2019). Tracking antibiotic mechanisms. Nature Reviews Microbiology, 17(4), 201.