avatar

StepWideStepWide showcases the profiles of early career cis and trans women researchers from the University of Cambridge, UK.



You can perform a query by List View, Categories and Keywords. You can click in any of the research categories and subcategories below to retrieve
a subset of researchers with expertise on the field. The List View will show you a list of the researchers in the website and the researcher categories
linked to each one of them. Alternatively, view all the keywords linked to the researchers by looking into the Keywords.
Click on any of the researchers to see a full description of their profiles.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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).

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.

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,

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.

© 2021 StepWide

avatar

StepWideStepWide showcases the profiles of early career cis and trans women researchers from the University of Cambridge, UK.



You can perform a query by List View, Categories and Keywords. You can click in any of the research categories and subcategories below to retrieve
a subset of researchers with expertise on the field. The List View will show you a list of the researchers in the website and the researcher categories
linked to each one of them. Alternatively, view all the keywords linked to the researchers by looking into the Keywords.
Click on any of the researchers to see a full description of their profiles.

Contact

Add your profile to the site

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.

Social Links