At Cambridge, I pursued an MPhil studying the parasite responsible for the tropical disease known as human African trypanosomiasis. Since then, I have attended medical school at Johns Hopkins and am now a resident in ocular surgery at Harvard. I remain passionate about global health, with current research involving trachoma (a potentially blinding disease seen primarily in African and Asia) and cataract surgery in India.
Virginia Military Institute
University of Cambridge Innovation, Strategy and Organisation 2012
Jacobs University Internat. Politics and History 2011
My studies in modern constitutional history focus on how constitutions develop an independent systemic dynamics directly affecting political reality. After completing a BA in Politics and History at JUB, I read for the MPhil in Historical Studies at Cambridge where I researched the constitutional evolution of the German imperial office. I am also a fellow of the International Max Planck Research School of Comparative Legal History. My PhD explores the comparative federal evolutions of Germany, the U.S. and Switzerland in the 19th century. I hope to deduce patterns of federal constitutional design that can help framing sound constitutional orders on the national and supranational level. My ambition is to overcome disciplinary divides between history and law to treat constitutional developments as holistic historical phenomena that offer us lessons for today’s constitutional problems. Hence, I work on founding a research forum for interdisciplinary constitutional historiography.
Since completing my PhD in 2014 I have continued to research issues around education inequality. Currently I lead a portfolio of research evaluating interventions designed to address socio-economic gaps in school attainment and higher education access and participation. I am a university lecturer at the Faculty of Education University a Cambridge. I hold a Fellowship at Hughes Hall, and am Director of Studies in Education and Fitzwilliam and Jesus Colleges in Cambridge.
I recently graduated from the University of Virginia with concentrations in physics and computational materials science. At Cambridge I will be applying computational methods to the study of molecular recognition and multicomponent mixtures in Professor Daan Frenkel's theoretical chemistry group.
I want to gain a deeper understanding of how viruses engage with its host (us) and the arsenals we deploy to strike back. I did my undergraduate degree in Biochemistry and Cell Biology at Jacobs University in Germany. Early exposure to research and extensive mentoring from my professors motivated me to pursue both on-campus and international research opportunities. I designed polyelectrolyte microcapsules for T-cell staining at Jacobs University and studied the cytokine-mediated death of intestinal organoids to understand the pathogenesis of Crohn’s disease at NYU. For my thesis, I investigated the role of cathepsin K in the choroid plexus of mice brains. I also worked at a start-up company in Frankfurt conducting cognitive and neuroscience research. Simultaneously, I have explored my passions for science writing, education and health access, and community service. I served as an Assistant Editor in ‘The Journal of Young Investigators’ where I reviewed scientific manuscripts submitted by undergraduate researchers. I also served as the President of ‘Explore Bremen’, a student-initiated outreach club that mentors socio-economic disadvantaged and refugee kids. I am actively involved in science communication through blogging and graphic designing to help science reach a wider audience. At Cambridge, I am working in the lab of Dr. Mark Wills to investigate the modulation of Natural Killer (NK) cell responses by human cytomegalovirus (HCMV). Since HCMV infection can be fatal in immunocompromised patients, therapeutically targeting the viral reservoir via NK cells could have far-reaching clinical implications. I am incredibly honored and excited to be a part of the passionate and dynamic Gates Cambridge community.
Jacobs University Biochemistry and Cell Biology 2019