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Danièle Stalder

Danièle Stalder

ds891@cam.ac.uk

Position

Research Associate

Affiliation

Cambridge Institute for Medical Research

Keywords

Membrane Traffic, Cell Biology, Biochemistry, Microscopy

I’m a research associate at the University of Cambridge and I’m passionate about membrane trafficking. In other words, I try to understand how proteins travel through the cell.

Carla Jones

Carla Jones

cjb@sanger.ac.uk @carlajonesbio

Position

Senior Staff Scientist

Affiliation

Wellcome Sanger Institute

Keywords

T Cells, Mucosal Immunology, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, CRISPR/Cas9

I am an immunologist interested in finding out how our DNA affect our likelihood of developing certain diseases.

Michelle Westerlaken

Michelle Westerlaken

mw833@cam.ac.uk @colombinary

Position

Research Associate

Affiliation

Sociology

Keywords

Smart Forests, Multispecies Design, Participatory Research, Interaction Design

I am a Postdoctoral Research Associate for the Smart Forests project at the department of Sociology.


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Abigail Mountford

Abigail Mountford

am2833@cam.ac.uk

Position

Research Associate

Affiliation

Chemistry and St Edmunds College

Keywords

High-throughput Experimentation, Machine Learning

My research involves miniaturising and automating chemistry in order to carry out hundreds of reactions in a day, rather than weeks or months for larger scale reactions.

Ana Silva

Ana Silva

acc80@cam.ac.uk

Position

Research Associate

Affiliation

CITIID/Medicine

Keywords

Molecular Biology, DNA Repair, Replication, Virology, SARS-CoV-2

I am a molecular biologist working in Paul Lehner’s lab at the Cambridge Institute for Therapeutic Immunology & Infectious Disease (CITIID), since March 2018.

Ana Vujic

Ana Vujic

av335@cam.ac.uk @AnaVujic5

Position

Career Development Fellow

Affiliation

Medicine

Keywords

Heart Failure, Cardiometabolic Disease, Exercise, Diet

I study how and why the heart functions the way it does and why heart diseases are the number one cause of death in the world.

Angie Burnett

Angie Burnett

acb219@cam.ac.uk @AngelaClaireW

Position

Research Associate

Affiliation

Plant Sciences and Darwin College

Keywords

Plants, Crops, Food Security, Environmental Stress, Genetics

My research focuses on understanding the response of maize plants to high light and cold temperature stresses.

Anna Cuomo

Anna Cuomo

ac63@sanger.ac.uk @AnnaSECuomo

Position

Research Associate

Affiliation

Wellcome Sanger Institute

Keywords

Single-cell Genomics, Human Genetics

My research work is concerned with the development of integrative statistical models to link DNA variants to single cell expression profiles, to uncover molecular mechanisms that might help unravelling the genotype-phenotype map.

Annabel Sorby-Adams

Annabel Sorby-Adams

ajs335@cam.ac.uk @asorby_adams

Position

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Affiliation

MRC Mitochondrial Biology Unit and Cambridge Clinical School

Keywords

Neuroscience, Stroke, Ischemia, Reperfusion, Translation

I am a neuroscientist with a passion for stroke and translational research. In particular, I am interested in elucidating the mechanisms underlying secondary injury following stroke to enable the development of targeted treatments.

Arianna Marini

Arianna Marini

am2924@cam.ac.uk

Position

Research Associate

Affiliation

Veterinary Medicine

Keywords

Vaccines, Infectious Diseases, Immunology

I am a biologist with research expertise in the field of infections and immunity, and a keen interest for dangerous pathogens and how to fight them with innovative effective vaccines.

Barbara Bernardim

Barbara Bernardim

bb501@cam.ac.uk @BBernardim

Position

Royal Society Newton International Fellow

Affiliation

Chemistry and St John's College

Keywords

Chemistry, Chemical Biology, Proteins, Antibodies

I perform research towards targeted cancer therapies by developing protein and antibody-drug conjugates (PDCs and ADCs).

Bronagh McCoy

Bronagh McCoy

bm551@cam.ac.uk

Position

Research Associate

Affiliation

Psychology

Keywords

Cognitive Neuroscience, Reinforcement Learning, Computational Psychiatry, Decision Making, Vision

I am a postdoctoral researcher at the Prediction and Learning lab, led by principal investigator Dr. Rebecca Lawson.

Carla Casadevall

Carla Casadevall

cc2036@cam.ac.uk @CasadevallCarla

Position

Marie Curie Fellow

Affiliation

Chemistry

Keywords

Semiartificial Photosynthesis, Solar Fuels and Chemicals, Material Science, Chemical Biology, Enzymatic Catalysis

I am a Marie Curie Fellow at Reisner Lab at the University of Cambridge. I am working towards the production of fuels and chemicals using water and carbon dioxide

Carla Jones

Carla Jones

cjb@sanger.ac.uk @carlajonesbio

Position

Senior Staff Scientist

Affiliation

Wellcome Sanger Institute

Keywords

T Cells, Mucosal Immunology, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, CRISPR/Cas9

I am an immunologist interested in finding out how our DNA affect our likelihood of developing certain diseases.

Caroline Nettekoven

Caroline Nettekoven

crn29@cam.ac.uk @carobellum

Position

Research Associate

Affiliation

Psychiatry

Keywords

Neuroimaging, Brain Stimulation, Cerebellum, Connectivity, Networks

I am a neuroscientist at the University of Cambridge. I am interested in how different brain regions work together to achieve complex behaviours and how local neurochemistry underpins this interaction.

Catherine Oliver

Catherine Oliver

co419@cam.ac.uk @katiecmoliver

Position

Research Associate

Affiliation

Geography

Keywords

More-than-human Cities, Veganism, Urban Ecologies, Animal Histories, Feminist Geography

I am a geographer, currently working with laying hens and their keepers in London as a Research Associate on the ERC-funded Urban Ecologies project

Clarissa Rios Rojas

Clarissa Rios Rojas

@clarissajaz

Position

Research Associate

Affiliation

Centre for the Study of Existential Risk and Jesus College

Keywords

Global Risk, Science Advice, Science Diplomacy, Science for Policy, Mentoring

I am a Peruvian scientist that started her career as a researcher on molecular biology, neurosciences and biomedicine.

Danièle Stalder

Danièle Stalder

ds891@cam.ac.uk

Position

Research Associate

Affiliation

Cambridge Institute for Medical Research

Keywords

Membrane Traffic, Cell Biology, Biochemistry, Microscopy

I’m a research associate at the University of Cambridge and I’m passionate about membrane trafficking. In other words, I try to understand how proteins travel through the cell.

Didem Gurdur Broo

Didem Gurdur Broo

dg580@cam.ac.uk @DidemGurdurBroo

Position

Research Associate

Affiliation

Engineering

Keywords

Cyber-physical Systems, Data Science, Autonomous Systems, Artificial Intelligence, Interoperability

I am a computer scientist with a PhD in mechatronics and I do research on human-centred and sustainable cyber-physical systems, which can give you an idea about how much I love to talk about the future and emerging technologies.

Ebele Mogo

Ebele Mogo

ebele.mogo@mrc-epid.cam.ac.uk @ebyral

Position

Research Associate

Affiliation

MRC Epidemiology Unit

Keywords

Healthy Innovation, Health Impact Investing, Healthy Futures, Prevention, Wellbeing Economies

I support innovation & investments to ensure that economies can grow in a way that improves the health and wellbeing of their populations.

Eleni Sofianopoulou

Eleni Sofianopoulou

es630@medschl.cam.ac.uk @ESofianopoulou

Position

Research Associate

Affiliation

Medical Genetics and Public Health and Primary Care

Keywords

Epidemiology of Chronic Disease, Genetic Susceptibility, Environmental Factors

I have worked for several years in chronic noncommunicable disease epidemiology, and I am particularly interested in understanding the impact of genetic susceptibility and environmental factors on chronic disease, as well as to examine their interplay.

Elham Shirazi

Elham Shirazi

elham.shirazi@cruk.cam.ac.uk

Position

Research Associate

Affiliation

CRUK Cambridge Institute

Keywords

Pre-clinical Studies, Drug Development, Bioassay Development, in vitro Pharmacology, Consultancy

I have been at the forefront of research participating in a broad range of global initiatives within bioassay development, cancer research, environmental biology and bacterial quorum sensing, genetics and the Next Generation Sequencing (NGS).

Elizabeth Monier

Elizabeth Monier

ei211@cam.ac.uk

Position

Teaching Associate

Affiliation

Middle Eastern Studies

Keywords

Middle East History, Middle East Politics, Minorities, Sectarianism, Middle Eastern Christians

I am a lecturer in Modern Middle Eastern Studies. I specialise in the contemporary history and politics of the Middle East and have a particular interest in Egypt, Iraq and Kuwait.

Eva Pillai

Eva Pillai

ep467@cam.ac.uk @EvaPillai

Position

Research Associate

Affiliation

Physiology, Development and Neuroscience

Keywords

Tissue Mechanics, Developmental Biology, Axon Guidance, Biophysics, Neuroscience

I am interested in how neurons (a type of cell in the nervous system) know how to grow and ‘wire’ correctly during development.

Farah Alimagham

Farah Alimagham

fca21@cam.ac.uk @farahalimagham

Position

Research Associate

Affiliation

Clinical Neurosciences

Keywords

Optical Chemical Sensors, Neurochemical Monitoring, Mid-infrared Spectroscopy

My interests lie in developing novel optical chemical sensors for industrial, environmental and medical applications.

Grace Blackwell

Grace Blackwell

gblackwell@ebi.ac.uk @graceblackwel1

Position

ESPOD Fellow

Affiliation

Wellcome Sanger Institute

Keywords

Microbiology, Genomics, Mobile Genetic Elements, Plasmids, Antibiotic Resistance

I am especially interested in elements that are involved in the spread of antimicrobial resistance genes. These include transposons that are able to move within a cell and plasmids that are able to transfer between different bacterial cells.

Hankui Peng

Hankui Peng

hp467@cam.ac.uk @HankuiPeng

Position

Aviva Research Fellow

Affiliation

Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics

Keywords

Clustering, Active Learning, Image Analysis

My research interests mainly lie in the field of unsupervised learning. Generally speaking, it is about learning from and modelling on data that do not have any labelling information. Within the field, I am particularly interested in clustering and active learning.

Hannah Forde

Hannah Forde

hf332@medschl.cam.ac.uk @_hannah_forde

Position

Research Associate

Affiliation

Centre for Diet and Activity Research (CEDAR), MRC Epidemiology Unit

Keywords

Food Systems, Public Health, Policy, Commercial Determinants of Health

I am a Research Associate at the Centre for Diet and Activity Research, where I research ways to make the food system fairer and healthier for population and planetary health.

Hayley Macpherson

Hayley Macpherson

h.macpherson@damtp.cam.ac.uk

Position

Herchel Smith Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Affiliation

Applied Maths and Theoretical Physics

Keywords

Cosmology, General Relativity, Numerical Relativity, Simulations

I’m a cosmologist and a general relativist and I study the evolution of the entire Universe. I do computer simulations of how the large-scale structure of clusters of galaxies has evolved over billions of years.

Holly Pacey

Holly Pacey

hp341@cam.ac.uk @holly_pacey

Position

Research Fellow

Affiliation

Cavendish Laboratory and Peterhouse College

Keywords

High Energy Physics, ATLAS, Beyond the Standard Model, New Physics Searches

Before being elected as a Peterhouse Research Fellow in 2020, I completed my PhD and MSci in Physics at King’s College, Cambridge.

Jana Mokrisova

Jana Mokrisova

jm2421@cam.ac.uk @JanaMokrisova

Position

Research Associate

Affiliation

Faculty of Classics and Fitzwilliam Museum

Keywords

Archaeology, Mobility, Mediterranean

I am an archaeologist interested in how people moved in the past. My research investigates the connections between different forms of mobility, cultural exchange, and identity formation in the eastern Mediterranean.

Jess Thompson

Jess Thompson

jet71@cam.ac.uk @jess_e_thompson

Position

Research Associate

Affiliation

Archaeology and Darwin College

Keywords

Bioarchaeology, Funerary Ritual, Prehistoric Europe

I am a bioarchaeologist specialising in the European Neolithic, Copper Age and Bronze Age. I study the remains of people who lived between c. 9000-3000 years ago to tell the stories of their lives and deaths.

Kamila Jozwik

Kamila Jozwik

kj287@cam.ac.uk @KamilaJozwik

Position

Sir Henry Wellcome Fellow

Affiliation

Psychology

Keywords

Neuroscience, Object Recognition, Dimensions, Deep Learning

I am a Sir Henry Wellcome fellow currently working with Jim DiCarlo and Nancy Kanwisher at MIT and Zoe Kourtzi at the University of Cambridge.

Kate Kincaid

Kate Kincaid

kk744@cam.ac.uk

Position

Research Associate

Affiliation

Zoology and Hughes Hall College

Keywords

People and Nature, Conservation, Sustainable Livelihoods, Mangroves, Restoration

I am a marine conservation scientist, working at the Conservation Science Group in the Department of Zoology. I am broadly interested in biodiversity conservation, sustainable livelihoods, human-nature connections, ecosystem restoration,

Laetitia Chauve

Laetitia Chauve

Laetitia.chauve@babraham.ac.uk

Position

Research Associate

Affiliation

Babraham Institute and Lucy Cavendish College

Keywords

Gene-environment Interactions, Stress Response, Heat Shock Proteins, C. elegans, Rpigenetics, Ageing

I am a Research Associate in the Casanueva lab at the Babraham Institute and I am using the nematode C. elegans as a model organism.

Lalanti Venkatasubramanian

Lalanti Venkatasubramanian

lv347@cam.ac.uk

Position

Research Associate

Affiliation

Zoology

Keywords

Drosophila, Neuroscience, Behaviour, Learning and Memory

I am a Research Associate working in the Zlatic Lab at the University of Cambridge, Department of Zoology as well as the UKRI MRC-LMB since September 2019.

Laura Fachal

Laura Fachal

laura.fachal@sanger.ac.uk @FachalLaura

Position

Senior Staff Scientist

Affiliation

Wellcome Sanger Institute and Lucy Cavendish College

Keywords

Genetic Epidemiology, Genetics, Bioinformatics

I am particularly interested in understanding how common variation in the DNA contributes to the development of common diseases.

Lauren Marshall

Lauren Marshall

lrm49@cam.ac.uk

Position

Research Associate

Affiliation

Chemistry and Jesus College

Keywords

Volcanic Eruptions, Climate, Aerosol, Atmospheric Modelling

I am an atmospheric scientist in the Department of Chemistry, researching how volcanic eruptions impact the climate.

Leah Roberts

Leah Roberts

leah@ebi.ac.uk @loolibear

Position

EBPOD Postdoctoral Fellow

Affiliation

EMBL-EBI and Medicine

Keywords

Transmission, Bacteria, Epidemiology, Antimicrobial Resistance, Bioinformatics

Bacterial infections are at risk of becoming complicated or untreatable as a result of increasing antimicrobial resistance. My research interests are focused on understanding bacterial transmission dynamics and broader epidemiological trends

Liisa Loog

Liisa Loog

ll438@cam.ac.uk @liisaloog

Position

Research Fellow

Affiliation

Genetics

Keywords

Human Evolution, Genetics, Population Genetics, Quantitative Genetics, Human Variation

My research is focussed the evolution of complex human traits.

Lina Massou

Lina Massou

em716@medschl.cam.ac.uk @lina_massou

Position

Research Associate

Affiliation

Public Health and Primary Care

Keywords

Biostatistics, Data Analysis, Routine Data, Social Sciences, Primary Care

I’m a statistician and I’m working as a research associate in Primary Care Unit of the University of Cambridge. I have studied applied mathematics and I hold a PhD in applied statistics in social sciences.

Livia Tomova

Livia Tomova

lt503@cam.ac.uk @livia_tomova

Position

College Research Fellow

Affiliation

Hughes Hall College

Keywords

Loneliness, Brain, Neuroimaging, Stress, Motivation

I am interested in how stress, loneliness and social isolation affect the brain and mind, especially during adolescence.

Lorena Boquete Vilarino

Lorena Boquete Vilarino

lorenabv@mrc-lmb.cam.ac.uk

Position

Postdoctoral Researcher

Affiliation

MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology

Keywords

Immuno-oncology, Dendritic Cells, Immunity in Cancer, Cancer Microenvironment

Cancer cells can be detected and eliminated by our immune system, but this function is commonly disrupted in tumours. I am interested in understanding this disfunction and how we can help our immune system fight cancer.

Lydia Wilson

Lydia Wilson

lsmw2@cam.ac.uk @lsmwilson

Position

Research Associate

Affiliation

Computer Laboratory

Keywords

Extremism, Hate Speech, Radicalisation, Conflict, Middle East

My work spans many disciplines and sectors to research the roots of violence and terrorism.

M. Cemre Manav

M. Cemre Manav

cemremnv@mrc-lmb.cam.ac.uk @mcemremnv

Position

Postdoctoral Researcher

Affiliation

MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology

Keywords

Structural Biology, RNA, mRNA Processing, Cryo-EM, Microscopy, Crystallography

I am a molecular and structural biologist, interested in modelling 3D structures of protein-nucleic acid complexes.

M. Cemre Ustunkaya

M. Cemre Ustunkaya

mcu22@cam.ac.uk @mcemreustunkaya

Position

Research Associate

Affiliation

McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research and Newnham College

Keywords

Archaeological Science, Climate Change in the Past, Plant Isotope Analyses, Archaeobotany

I am an archaeobotanist who works on climate change and its impact on past human societies.

Maria Bada

Maria Bada

@MariaBadaCC

Position

Research Associate

Affiliation

Computer Science and Technology

Keywords

Cybercrime, Cybersecurity, Psychology

I am a Research Associate at the Cambridge Cybercrime Centre, at the Computer Laboratory of Cambridge University.

Maria Neofytou

Maria Neofytou

maria.neofytou@cruk.cam.ac.uk @MCNeofytou

Position

Research Associate

Affiliation

CRUK Cambridge Institute

Keywords

Cancer, Research, Liquid Biopsy, Early Detection, Screening

My name is Maria and I come from Cyprus, a sunny island in the Mediterranean. I moved abroad after finishing my PhD in Medical Genetics, to work on Cancer research.

Marta Costa

Marta Costa

mmc46@cam.ac.uk @martamcosta2

Position

Senior Research Associate

Affiliation

Zoology and Lucy Cavendish College

Keywords

Neuroscience, Connectomics, Brain Mapping, Fruit Flies, Olfaction

I am interested in how animal behaviour is encoded in circuits, with a particular focus on olfaction,and what mechanisms are used to generate both flexibility and redundancy, allowing animals to adapt to their environments.

Mary Murphy

Mary Murphy

mm2324@cam.ac.uk

Position

Research Associate

Affiliation

Faculty of Education and Lucy Cavendish College

Keywords

Environmental, Sustainability, Climate Change, Education

My doctoral research in environmental education arose out of many years as an environmental, entrepreneur, activist, author and educator, primarily based in South Africa where I have lived for 24 years.

Mehrnoush Sarafan

Mehrnoush Sarafan

m.sarafan@jbs.cam.ac.uk @MehrnoushSrfn

Position

Research Fellow

Affiliation

Cambridge Judge Business School

Keywords

Supply Chain, Behavioural Science, Human Behaviour, Management, Experimental Research

I am a management scholar, interested in understanding the role of human behaviour in managing complex supply chains. I hold a Research Fellow position at Cambridge Judge Business School and Hinkley Point C Supply Chain Innovation Lab

Michela Leonardi

Michela Leonardi

ml897@cam.ac.uk @MikLeonardi

Position

Research Associate

Affiliation

Zoology

Keywords

Ancient DNA, Palaeoecology, Population Biology

I am a postdoctoral researcher in the Evolutionary Ecology Group, in the Department of Zoology, University of Cambridge. I am an evolutionary biologist trying to understand the process that shaped the populations

Michelle Westerlaken

Michelle Westerlaken

mw833@cam.ac.uk @colombinary

Position

Research Associate

Affiliation

Sociology

Keywords

Smart Forests, Multispecies Design, Participatory Research, Interaction Design

I am a Postdoctoral Research Associate for the Smart Forests project at the department of Sociology.

Miranda Robbins

Miranda Robbins

mrobbins@mrc-lmb.cam.ac.uk

Position

MRC Career Development Fellow

Affiliation

Zoology and Trinity College

Keywords

Memory, Learning, Plasticity, Drosophila, Imaging

My research interests surround how memories are formed, and how this is impaired in neurological disorders.

Molly Haugen

Molly Haugen

mjh268@cam.ac.uk

Position

Research Associate

Affiliation

Engineering

Keywords

Energy Systems, Emissions, Sensors, Future of Fuels, Field Work

My area of expertise revolves around on-road emissions. Previous work at the University of Denver involved collecting the largest on-road inventory of emission data for heavy-goods vehicles.

Mona Jebril

Mona Jebril

mj409@cam.ac.uk

Position

Research Fellow

Affiliation

Cambridge Judge Business School

Keywords

Conflict-affected Area, Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT), Sociology of Higher Education (HE), Political Economy of Health, Soft Power & Symbolic Violence

I am a ‘multi-potentialite’ academic and researcher who enjoys the challenge of being constantly a beginner.

Myra Hosmillo

Myra Hosmillo

mh749@cam.ac.uk

Position

Research Associate

Affiliation

Pathology

Keywords

Human Norovirus, Organoids, Gastroenteritis, Filipino, Woman, Public Health

I am a woman, a proud Filipino and, I love Public Health. I am a keen scientist who is passionate at understanding the molecular mechanisms of “why” and “how” virus evades the host and replicate productively.

Nana-Jane Chipampe

Nana-Jane Chipampe

nc15@sanger.ac.uk @enjywenjy

Position

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Affiliation

Wellcome Sanger Institute

Keywords

Spatial Genomics, Human Gonad Developmental Cell Atlas, in situ Sequencing, Transcriptomics

I am a Postdoctoral research fellow and registered Biomedical Scientist who works on human gonadal development and immuno-oncology multiplex staining on human tissue samples.

Nancy Highcock

Nancy Highcock

nah46@cam.ac.uk @HighcockNancy

Position

Teaching Associate

Affiliation

Archaeology

Keywords

Identities, Ancient Western Asia, Urban Spaces, Trade

My research focuses on individual and collective identity formation in the ancient Near East.

Nayra Martin-Key

Nayra Martin-Key

nam57@cam.ac.uk

Position

Research Associate

Affiliation

Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology

Keywords

Behaviour Change, Digital Technologies, Medical Devices, Patient and Public Involvement, Psychiatry

I am a postdoctoral researcher at the Cambridge Centre for Neuropsychiatric Research, led by principal investigator Professor Sabine Bahn.

Nicola Moloney

Nicola Moloney

Position

Research Associate

Affiliation

Biochemistry

Keywords

Microbiology, Proteomics, Biotechnology

My research so far has focused on the study of infectious diseases, with a particular interest in understanding and exploiting the adaptations of microorganisms.

Nicole Wheeler

Nicole Wheeler

n.wheeler@bham.ac.uk

Position

Data Scientist, Bioinformatician

Affiliation

Wellcome Sanger Institute

Keywords

Machine Learning, Bacterial Evolution, Antimicrobial Resistance, Genomics

I work as a data scientist, taking large amounts of data from the real world, and using it to discover rules about how the world works.

Sandra Petrus-Reurer

Sandra Petrus-Reurer

sp2016@cam.ac.uk

Position

Research Associate

Affiliation

Surgery and Darwin College

Keywords

Regenerative Medicine, Cellular Therapy, Stem Cells, Immune-Rejection, Immune-Modulation

I am a stem cell scientist particularly interested in understanding mechanisms of allogeneic graft rejection and how to modulate them for the success of cellular therapies for regenerative medicine.

Sara Lopez-Gomollon

Sara Lopez-Gomollon

sl750@cam.ac.uk @GomollonSara

Position

Broodbank Senior Research Fellow

Affiliation

Plant Sciences

Keywords

Plant Biology, Epigenetics, Gene Regulation, sRNA, DNA Methylation, Hybrids

I am a Broodbank Senior Research Fellow at the Department of Plant Sciences. I joined the Department as a postdoc in the group of Sir David Baulcombe, working on tomato hybrids.

Sarah Lloyd-Fox

Sarah Lloyd-Fox

sl868@cam.ac.uk

Position

UKRI Future Leaders Fellow

Affiliation

Psychology

Keywords

Developmental Neuroscience, Global Health, Poverty, Infancy

I am lead investigator on the inter-disciplinary Brain Imaging for Global Health (BRIGHT) Project. My research focuses on the investigation of core early cognitive and neural mechanisms in infancy by pioneering the use of functional Near Infrared Spectroscopy (fNIRS).

Sarah Morgan

Sarah Morgan

sem91@cam.ac.uk @Sarah_Morgan_UK

Position

Senior Research Associate

Affiliation

Computer Science and Technology

Keywords

Network Science, Machine Learning, MRI, Schizophrenia, Mental Health

My research applies machine learning, network science and Natural Language Processing to better understand and predict mental health conditions.

Sina Krokowski

Sina Krokowski

sinak@mrc-lmb.cam.ac.uk @KrokowskiSina

Position

Sir Henry Wellcome Fellow

Affiliation

Medicine and MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology

Keywords

Bacterial Infection, Cell-autonomous Immunity, Autophagy, Cellular Microbiology, Microscopy

I am a cellular microbiologist, passionate about understanding host-pathogen interactions and how we can harness insights gained from biological research to treat bacterial infection.

Sonia Pascoal

Sonia Pascoal

scm77@cam.ac.uk

Position

Research Associate

Affiliation

Zoology and Darwin College

Keywords

Evolution, Genomics, Behaviour, Ecology

My main research interest is to assess how we can sustain ecosystem function and biological diversity in a rapidly changing world.

Sophia C Cooke

Sophia C Cooke

sc647@cam.ac.uk @sophiacooke

Position

Research Associate

Affiliation

Geography and King's College

Keywords

Conservation, Development, Policy, SDGs, Galapagos

My work focuses on conservation and development in Galapagos. I work on a range of projects including considering post-Covid economic recovery options in the archipelago, aiding the aim of the local government

Stefania Fiorentino

Stefania Fiorentino

sf696@cam.ac.uk @fiorentino_stef

Position

Senior Teaching Associate

Affiliation

Land Economy

Keywords

Planning, Urban Regeneration, Local Economic Development, Cities

I am a Senior teaching associate in Planning, growth and urban regeneration to the department of Land Economy. My research focuses on ways to reconcile planning practices and local economic development for more inclusive and resilient regeneration strategies.

Sunay Usluer

Sunay Usluer

su1@sanger.ac.uk @usluersunay

Position

Postdoctoral Fellow

Affiliation

Wellcome Sanger Institute

Keywords

Functional Genomics, CRISPR, iPSC, Neurodevelopment

My research focus on functional genomics to understand function of human genes in large scale. For this purpose, I silence all the genes in human induced pluripotent cells (hIPSC) by CRISPR-inhibition technique,

Tania Campos

Tania Campos

tc500@cam.ac.uk @TaniaSymbel

Position

Research Associate

Affiliation

Biochemistry

Keywords

Pancreatic Cancer, Molecular and Cell Biology

I am a Research Associate in the Department of Biochemistry, University of Cambridge. My group is interested in understanding the role of the oncogene Myc in cancer biology.

Tiffany Harte

Tiffany Harte

th558@cam.ac.uk @UltracoldTiff

Position

Research Associate

Affiliation

Physics and Jesus College

Keywords

Quantum Technology, Quantum Simulation, Ultracold Atoms, Quantum Physics, Atomic Physics

I create the coldest matter in the universe and use it to study the behaviour of complex materials.

Vanessa Paloma Elbaz

Vanessa Paloma Elbaz

vpde2@cam.ac.uk @vanessapalomaelbaz

Position

Research Associate

Affiliation

Faculty of Music and Peterhouse College

Keywords

Gender, Minorities, Nationalism, Maghreb

My research focuses on the simultaneous use and silencing of Jewish voices within narratives of diversity and identity construction in Morocco and Spain during the last century.

Zoe Wyatt

Zoe Wyatt

zoe.wyatt@maths.cam.ac.uk

Position

Herchel Smith Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Affiliation

DPMMS (Maths) and Darwin College

Keywords

General Relativity, Analysis of Partial Differential Equations

I am a mathematician interested in probing the nature and validity of theories of fundamental physics, in particular general relativity.

Áine Ní Choisdealbha

Áine Ní Choisdealbha

an552@cam.ac.uk @nichoisa

Position

Research Associate

Affiliation

Psychology and Trinity Hall College

Keywords

Cognitive Neuroscience, Developmental Psychology, EEG, Infancy, Language

I am a developmental cognitive neuroscientist. I study the neural signatures and processes that underlie changes in infants’ behaviour and cognitive skills.

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If you are an early career cis and trans woman researcher from the University of Cambridge or affiliated institutes, you can add your profile to the site. Fill in this form and we will be in touch.

For anything else, don’t hesitate to reach out by emailing us stepwide.cam@gmail.com.

About

This website

This website showcases the profiles of early career cis and trans women researchers from the University of Cambridge, UK, and affiliated institutions. It originated as part of StepWide, a leadership programme that aims to support the next generation of female researchers.

We hope that by making the expertise and stories of early career women researchers more visible (and searchable!), will highlight how much they contribute to the research that is done in the University and affiliated institutions.

Who is it for

This website is designed for a wide audience, be it other researchers looking for particular expertise for a collaboration; the media looking for experts; those that are simply curious about what type of research is done in Cambridge, or those trying to get a clearer idea of what a ‘typical’ woman researcher in this years old institution does (there is no ‘typical’!).

The StepWide programme

StepWide was designed by 3 postdocs at Cambridge (see below for more on Marta, Laura and Cemre). It aims to support female postdoctoral researchers at the University of Cambridge, UK, from any discipline, who feel that taking a step into leadership is not for them. The programme is designed to suit both early and more senior postdocs, providing them with the skills to challenge the current ideas of what a leader is, learn how to raise their public profiles, as well as a close and supportive network of peer-to-peer female postdocs.

StepWide ran for the first time in 2019/2021. We will post updates here when applications open for its next run.

Founders

Laura, Marta and Cemre (left to right on the photo) met at The Postdocs of Cambridge (PdOC) Society, at the University of Cambridge, UK. When the Researcher Development (RD) Pitch Competition was announced in late 2018, they felt this provided the ideal opportunity to work together to develop a leadership programme for women postdocs. They saw a gap in the current leadership RD provision, with a lack of opportunities that challenge current leadership views. Their proposal was successful and obtained funding for a one year pilot, giving rise to the StepWide programme.

Laura Fachal is a Senior Staff Scientist at Wellcome Sanger Institute. She earned her BS in Veterinary, MSc in Biotechnology and PhD from University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain. She completed her postdoc at the Centre for Cancer Genetic Epidemiology, University of Cambridge. She is also a Research Associate at Lucy Cavendish College.

Marta Costa is a Senior Research Associate at the Department of Zoology. She did her undergrad in Biology in Lisbon, Portugal, followed by an MSc in Neuroscience at UCL in London. She then moved to Cambridge for her PhD, followed by a postdoc. She is also a Research Associate at Lucy Cavendish College.

Cemre Ustunkaya was a Post-doctoral Research Associate at the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research. She earned her BSc in Biological Science, followed by an MSc in Archaeometry at Middle East Technical University, Turkey. She later moved to Australia for her PhD in Archaeology at The University of Queensland. She is also a postdoc affiliate at Newnham College.

Funding

Thanks and funding

StepWide was funded by the Researcher Development Pitch Competition which included support from the Researcher Development Programme, The Postdocs of Cambridge (PdOC) Society, the Postdoc Academy, the Postdoc Chairs’ Network and the Careers Service at the University of Cambridge. We are very thankful for their support. We would also like to thank Alba Gómez for her expert support with the first version of the website, and to Arian Jamasb for redesigning and implementing the newest version of this website. Finally, we thank Natacha Wilson and Rebecca Nestor for the advice and support they provided for the development of the workshops.

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