I grew up in British Columbia, Canada and completed my BA in History & Literature at Harvard University, graduating magna cum laude with highest honors in 2019. During my time as a Gates Scholar I received an MPhil in English in Eighteenth-Century and Romantic Studies. My research at Cambridge focused on conceptions of gender relations in English imaginative literature of the 1720's-30's. I am now studying for a J.D. degree at Harvard Law School and hope to pursue a legal career specializing in entertainment, media, and the arts.
Harvard University History & Literature 2019
Dr. Dzeng is a sociologist and hospitalist physician conducting research at the nexus of sociology, medical ethics, palliative and end-of-life care, and human-centered design. She is an Assistant Professor at UCSF in the Division of Palliative Medicine and Social and Behavioral Sciences, Sociology program. She is an affiliated faculty member of the Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies and a Senior Atlantic Fellow for Equity in Brain Health based at the Global Brain Health Institute at UCSF's Memory and Aging Center. She completed her PhD in Medical Sociology and an MPhil in Development Studies at the University of Cambridge at King’s College as a Gates Cambridge Scholar and was a General Internal Medicine post-doctoral clinical research fellow and palliative care research fellow at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. As an undergraduate and engineering graduate student at Stanford, she participated in the first class of Stanford's Biodesign Innovation program where she co-invented and patented a device to non-invasively cool the heart through the esophagus to prevent myocardial damage during a myocardial infarction (US Patent 7,758,623; 2010). In August, 2019 this patent was licensed to Attune Medical.Her current research examines the influence of neoliberalism and specifically the culture and ethical implications of neoliberalism on an institution's ethical priorities in the United States and United Kingdom and its effects on the provision of non-beneficial high-intensity life-sustaining treatments near the end of life in older adults with dementia and serious illness. This research builds on her doctoral research which explored the influence of institutional cultures and policies on physicians’ ethical beliefs and how that impacts the way they communicate in end of life decision-making conversations. Through a comparative ethnography employing semi-structured in-depth interviews and participant observation, Dr. Dzeng seeks to understanding the macro-, meso-, and micro-sociological factors (and in particular ethical decision-making climate) that contribute to potentially non-beneficial high-intensity care near the end of life. Using this ethnographic data, she will subsequently co-design a systems-level intervention using human-centered design to mitigate the culture of burdensome end-of-life care.
University of Cambridge MPhil in Development Studies 2008
Johns' Hopkins University MPH, Public Health, MD, Medicine 2007
Stanford University BS, Biology, MS, Chemical Engineering 2003
I will be working towards a MSc in Pathology with Dr. Nick Coleman. My project involves modeling HPV(Human Papillomavirus)-mediated cervical neoplasia. Specifically, I am interested in those cases which are driven by non-integrated (episomal) HPV. This work will prepare me for a career as a professor and research scientist. In this field, I hope to increase our understanding of cancer and inspire young biologists to pursue this intriguing field.
Anne Heminger is Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Tampa. Her research centres on the English Reformation, examining how the composition, dissemination, and performance of religious music shaped the early modern construction of English identity in the sixteenth century. Her book project, titled Confession Carried Aloft: Music, Religious Politics, and National Identity in Mid-Tudor London, highlights the key role religious music played in fueling competing and historically rooted notions of Englishness from Henry VIII’s break with Rome into the first years of Elizabeth I’s reign.
Anne holds a BA in music from the University of Chicago, an MPhil in musicology from Cambridge, and a PhD in historical musicology from the University of Michigan. She is the author of two articles: “Music Theory at Work: The Eton Choirbook, Rhythmic Proportions, and Musical Networks in Sixteenth-Century England,” (Early Music History, 2018) and “‘Zu dienst wan sy syngen jn eynn:’ Music, Politics, and the Reformed Livonian Service Books of 1530 and 1537,” published in Celebrating Lutheran Church Music (Uppsala University Press, 2019). She is currently at work on two further articles on English music printing and the music of Christopher Tye. Beyond the English Reformation, her research and teaching interests include late medieval devotional culture, liturgy and ritual studies, the development of music printing and technology, and twentieth-century Baltic choral music.
University of Chicago
My curiosity about how people think and behave evolved into a desire to study the brain, which I explored as an undergraduate at Vassar College. Fascinated by the prospect of beginning to understand the neural basis of psychiatric disorders, I explored the field after graduation in the lab of Elizabeth Phelps at New York University. I obtained a compelling sense of how animal studies can be translated into human neuroscience to uncover the roots of mental illness, and became inspired to pursue a career as a psychiatrist and researcher. I have completed a substantial portion of my MD degree at Cooper Medical School of Rowan University, which I will finish after Cambridge, before pursuing specialization in psychiatry. During my PhD I will integrate pharmacological and neuroimaging methods to examine the influence of the neurochemical serotonin on emotional and behavioral flexibility. Serotonergic drugs are among the most common medications I will prescribe yet the precise role of serotonin in mental illness and its remediation is not completely understood. Complementing my MD training with PhD training at Cambridge will optimize my ability to increase communication between neuroscientists and psychiatrists. The Gates Cambridge Scholarship will make me a more impactful physician – helping patients beyond those who enter my office – by advancing our understanding of mental illness, and working to counter a formidable disease burden costly to individual sufferers and to society.
Cooper Medical School of Rowan University
I am a journalist in New York who writes on inequality, poverty, and social services. I'm currently a contributing writer to The California Sunday Magazine. I have also reported from Thailand, the Philippines, and Britain. At Cambridge, I studied for a master's in public policy, and previous to that, I graduated from Princeton University. My work has appeared in The California Sunday Magazine, The Guardian, The Independent, Harper’s online, and Politico, among others.
Princeton University Classics 2010
I was born and raised in Seattle, Washington and got my start in reporting at the Seattle Times. I worked for four years as a news reporter and editor at a community newspaper in California’s Silicon Valley. At Cambridge, I am studying for a Modern Society and Global Transformations MPhil and I'm living in King's College.
At Cambridge I will pursue an MPhil in Zoology with Dr Michael Akam studying segmentation in arthropods. I will compare segmentation mechanisms in a basal lineage of insects to those in vertebrates. Additionally I hope to participate in science education with the University Museum of Zoology in Cambridge. In my career I will continue scientific research in a university or museum setting while serving as an educator. I would like to study developmental biology through a comparative lens, leading to a greater understanding of evolutionary history.
At Cambridge, I hope to study the problems and possibilities for human rights in a globalizing world. I plan to explore the tension between economic globalization (which has brought benefits for some) and upholding some standard of human rights, as well as the relationship between the ideal of universal human rights and the need to respect cultural differences. I hope to put this research to practical use at the international level in the future.
As a PhD student in the Transmissible Cancer Group of Dr. Elizabeth Murchison, I am working on Transmissible Tasmanian Devil Facial Tumour Disease (DFTD) genetics through computational analyses of large-scale DNA and RNA sequencing data.
Liz is currently a third-year PhD student in the Department of Social Anthropology at the University of Cambridge. She began her postgraduate career researching relationships between ethnographic museums and Indigenous source communities, focusing specifically on critiques of digital and non-material repatriation and disparities in interpretational authority. Her recent fieldwork in the Alaskan Arctic has led her to broaden her focus to other cultural institutions while interrogating the integration of non-Native settlers into geographically-isolated Native communities. With a specific interest in how Indigenous sovereignty is recognised and exercised within the politically-charged Arctic, her work considers the competing interests of multi-national corporations, settler nation-states, and local Indigenous peoples in determining the future of economic and social development in the North.
Passaic County Community College
I grew up in Tucson, Arizona, and recently graduated from Reed College with a BA in English literature. In 2011, I received a Fulbright grant to Montenegro, where I taught English language and composition in the public university system and helped to coordinate education and outreach programs at American Corner Podgorica. I missed being a student, though, and am glad to be headed back to the stacks. My primary research interests include law and literature; nineteenth-century women's writing; the intersection of cultural studies and narrative theory; and the Victorian novel. I am especially looking forward to exploring the Cambridge archives, which contain materials relating to the unorthodox family arrangements of early feminist, queer, and social reform communities.