Sabrina recently completed her PhD as the first Gates Cambridge Scholar from Indonesia. Her thesis focused on the implementation and outcome evaluation of mental health care policies in Indonesia, specifically in adapting service delivery models to local contexts. She is currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at University College Dublin, working on the implementation of Collective Leadership in the Ireland East Hospital Group.
Sabrina holds a BA in Psychology and Asian Studies from the University of Melbourne, and an MSc in Organisational Psychiatry and Psychology from King’s College London. Prior to Cambridge, Sabrina worked at the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore and at the Ministry of Social and Family Development, Singapore. She’s a World Economic Forum Global Shaper.
I graduated as a veterinarian from Tribhuvan University in Nepal (2015) and have been since working in the field of zoonotic diseases and One Health. Although a veterinarian, I chose epidemiology and public health rather than being a hospital clinician treating individual patients because through this approach, I believe I can make a bigger impact on the population of both humans and animals. I've worked with various infectious diseases throughout my brief career, but the disease which I am obsessed about is Rabies. I have seen many lives lost due to it and it's a shame that although there is a perfect prevention method available, it still plagues the communities. I am currently running a Rabies control program (0.30 project) in Nepal through my organisation Center for One Health Research & Promotion (COHRP). There is a global aim of eradiating the dog mediated Rabies deaths from the globe by the year 2030. This research, its findings, and at parallel collaborating with the Nepalese government officials to develop control measures will help contribute to this goal in Nepal and other countries in Asia and Africa having similar socio-economic conditions, ultimately protecting countless lives.
University of Cambridge MPhil in Veteirnary Science 2020
TUAT Veterinary moleculardiagnostic 2018
Tribhuvan University B.V.Sc. and A.H. 2015
Before I started my medical degrees at Monash University I lived in Donald, a tiny farming community in Australia. With this rural upbringing I have always been motivated to provide the highest level of care to sick children wherever they may call home.
My career as a paediatric doctor began at the Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne, but I made my way to Cambridge after a year working in the paediatric intensive care unit in Edinburgh, Scotland and some brief stints in rural and outback Australia. It is a privilege to help the families and children we care for in often brief but life changing moments.
At Cambridge, I am working on a study called RASCALS – the ‘Rapid Assay for Sick Children with Acute Lung infection Study’ with the supervision of Dr Nazima Pathan and Prof Stephen Baker. We’re using new techniques to diagnose chest infection in critically ill children faster and researching genetic makers of antibiotic resistance so we can prevent treatment failure. Infection is one of the leading causes of death in children aged less than 5 years, so it’s exciting to try and make a difference in this area. This would not have been possible without the extensive support of Gates-Cambridge.
Monash University Perioperative Medicine 2018
University of Sydney Child Health 2014
My research focuses on a class of proteins called intrinsically disordered proteins. Unlike most well-studied proteins, such as those responsible for immunological responses, catalysis, and DNA replication, disordered proteins have no rigid three-dimensional structure and are instead highly dynamic. Despite their high prevalence in diseases such as Alzheimer’s, cancer, and diabetes, these proteins receive little attention, likely a result of how difficult they are to observe experimentally. My doctoral research will combine experimental methods with high-powered modelling techniques to understand these proteins and their relation to disease. Originally from Chicago, I attended Pomona College, where I double majored in chemistry and mathematics. There, I studied topics ranging from protein-ligand binding to topological complexity in protein structures (such as knots and links). My love of working at the intersection of biochemistry, math, and physics led me to begin working with Professor Michele Vendruscolo at the University of Cambridge as a Churchill Scholar, where I am combining computational methods with experimental techniques to understand the interactions between disordered proteins and therapeutic drugs. I am keen to improve the ways in which biochemists obtain information about protein function and stability and am intrigued by the potential of such work to have direct implications on our understanding and treatment of disease.
University of Cambridge
I was born and raised in California and hail from a big Salvadoran family. My research interests include social movement theory, democratization, citizenship and immigration especially as they pertain to Latin America and the Middle East. I recently graduated from California State University, Fresno where I majored in political science and mass communication and journalism. As an undergraduate, I had the opportunity to gain experience as a researcher, intern for a California congressman and serve as a media correspondent for a number of local newspapers. I also volunteered at a local community church where I served as a teacher and mentor to children and youth. I am driven by the belief that one of the the greatest goals in life is to actively work toward bettering society, whether through education, volunteer work, research or other nonviolent means. I feel extremely blessed to have been chosen as a 2014 Gates Cambridge Scholar and look forward to embarking on this new journey.
Upon completing my degree in Psychology, I made my first foray into psychiatry by working as a research assistant to at Singapore's National Neuroscience Institute. While administering neuropsychological assessments for dementia patients, I became fascinated by the global challenge to halt the disease. I decided that fighting against neurodegenerative disorders would be my life endeavor. With a MRI research fellowship at University at Buffalo’s Neuroimaging Analysis Center, I am investigating the neural correlates of cognitive impairment in Parkinson’s disease. It is just so exciting to be part of a respected team at Cambridge, where I aim to improve early and accurate diagnosis of dementia subtypes. Through the utilization of mulitmodal neuroimaging techniques, I will be working with Professor John O'Brien to identify distinctive and signature patterns of cerebral abnormalities associated with specific dementia subtypes.
I left home when 16 to become a cadet of the Military School "Teulié" of Milan where I served for three years until the award of my high school diploma. After a brief encounter with the Italian Higher Education I enrolled onto a Chemistry BSc at Imperial College London.I have conducted academic research since a first year undergraduate student, first as an experimental physical chemist and then as a computational physicist. My present work involves the development of numerical techniques for the computation of volumes in high dimensional spaces and their exploration by Monte Carlo sampling methods as well as their application to the development of a statistical theory of granular physics.
My life aim is to improve humanity through scientific endeavour. At the age of 11 I met Dr Takyama an eminent HIV researcher who inspired me to develop my scientific curiosity; years later volunteering at St Vincent de Paul, I observed my small services improve lives. This motivated my desire to use scientific research to magnify my contribution and advance the welfare of humanity. I will achieve this through my two interests, science and policy; utilising medical research and implementation in public policy with industrial collaboration to maximise the benefits globally. I graduated University of Sydney Bachelor Advanced Science Arts, 1st class honours, honours roll Biochemistry, Government & International Relations. I am a finalist at the World, Asia-Pacific, Australasian Women’s and Australian University Debating Championships. Vice-President of the Politics Society and Society for Molecular Biologists.Early in my undergraduate career I began researching inhibitors of breast cancer oncogene LMO4, inhibitors are a method to understand LMO4 mediated tumour progression and possible therapeutic precursors. My PhD will elucidate the molecular mechanisms of inflammatory signal transduction in the innate immune system. This will save lives of those suffering from severe inflammatory diseases including viral haemorrhagic fevers (Ebola and Dengue) and Sepsis by providing the crucial molecular structure from which new therapeutics targeting severe inflammation can be developed.
University of Sydney
I grew up in Santa Cruz, Bolivia and went to Universidad Autonoma Gabriel Rene Moreno where I received a bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry. During my time as an undergrad student, I developed an interest in improving the health system of my country by performing research in those diseases that mostly affect Bolivia. The following year, I became part of a training program in charge of Professor Robert H. Gilman from the Johns Hopkins University, who gave me the opportunity of doing a master degree in Epidemiological research at the Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia where I studied the development of the most important chronic manifestation of Chagas disease (cardiomyopathy). During my training, I also completed courses in Argentina, Chile, Peru and the United States, which later allowed me to present my work at the Annual Meeting of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH). I was also awarded a fellowship in research at the Johns Hopkins University. At Cambridge, I will perform a PhD in Biochemistry studying the interaction of Toxoplasma gondii with the host cell under the supervision of Professor Ross Waller. Besides my academic work, I am interested in youth development for which I have been selected as a Bolivian Youth Ambassador, a program sponsored by the Department of State of the United States
Universidad Peruana Cayetano H Epidemiology and Research 2019
Universidad A Gabriel Rene M. Biochemistry 2017
From a young age, I expressed a keen interest in the issues surrounding infectious diseases and global epidemics. As a Biomedical Engineering student at Arizona State University, my interest in epidemiology and its engineering applications were further developed and contextualized by an additional minor in Global Health and a research internship at the Translational Genomics Research Institute. During the course of my PhD in Chemical Engineering at Cambridge, I aspire to develop novel diagnostics for C. difficile, the deadliest superbug in the United States, and C. perfringens, the second leading cause of food poisoning. With C. difficile, there is a direct correlation between mortality and the timing and choice of initial treatment. With the invention of an immediate diagnostic that detects the level of infection, mortality rates may be reduced across global communities.I seek to be a leader in the worldwide pursuit to alleviate the burden of disease on developing populations by delivering technologies that are simple, inexpensive, and—above all else—feasible in their applicable environments. I am grateful to be joining the Gates Cambridge Community and for the opportunity to network with some of the greatest intellects of our generation with the united goal of improving the human condition.
Arizona State University BS in Engineering Biomedical Engineering 2019
I am very grateful to the Trust for funding my PhD research interest. My research was focused on the legal and institutional framework for cross-border bank finance and resolution.
This year I shall do research in normative ethics and metaethics. Briefly, I am interested in two questions: a) 'What should the relation between moral concerns and non-moral ones be?'and, b)'Is "particularism" ( a position that denies the existence or importance of ethical principles) a viable option for moral philosophers?' I am also interested in exploring other areas of philosophy, e.g., philosophical logic, history, Wittgenstein, and aesthetic.
My time at the University of Cambridge began with the Computer Science Tripos. Although I have been programming since I was eleven, and studied Computer Science as a part of the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme, it was the excellent course at Cambridge that revealed to me just how much the different areas of my subject affect other branches of knowledge and also everyday life. I believe it is important to spread basic computing knowledge, and I participated in several outreach projects before and during my undergraduate course, including leading a Code Club at a primary school in Cambridge. I completed several industrial internships, where I saw the details and challenges of building large concurrent and distributed systems, and my research interests lie in studying parallelism in software and hardware. I intend to spend my year studying for the MPhil in Advanced Computer Science learning more about concurrent systems and exploring programming language support for parallel computing.
University of Cambridge
Brie received her PhD in Clinical Neuroscience from the University of Cambridge in 2016. Prior to her PhD, she studied Psychology and Neural and Behavioral Science at Bryn Mawr College and was a visiting scholar in Experimental Psychology at St. Anne's College, Oxford. Following her PhD, Brielle completed her postdoctoral work at the Center for the Study of Aphasia Recovery at the University of South Carolina, predicting aphasia recovery through neuroimaging and neuropsychology. Brielle is currently an Assistant Professor of Speech and Hearing Sciences at Indiana University, where she runs the NEURAL Research lab and teaches courses in cognition and communication in aging, neuroscience of communication and acquired neurogenic communication disorders. She also co-founded FOQUSAphasia (www.foqusaphasia.com), an international consortium of scholars and clinicians interested in improving the evidence base surrounding spoken discourse in aphasia.
She is an avid rower (coxswain). She has been the President / captain of two boat clubs (Bryn Mawr College and Caius College Cambridge), coxed in the Cambridge vs Oxford boat race (women's lightweight crew) and has coxed at prestigious events across several different countries. She is currently a USRowing certified coach and Assistant Referee.
Bryn Mawr College Psychology, Neural and Behavioral Science 2012
In 2009, I graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology, Law & Society from the University of California, Irvine (UCI). I assisted my department in the exploration of rehabilitative programs for juvenile sex offenders. I also interned for the Attorney General's Office for the District of Columbia and served as chapter vice president of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF). During my last year at UCI, I carried out a brief qualitative study on women serving life sentences in a southern California prison. I am interested in researching the criminalisation of women, specifically those who are seeking asylum in the United Kingdom. My study will evaluate the efficacy of the asylum system in addressing women's claims of gender persecution. More specifically, I will be looking at the discretionary power of immigration officials in detaining and criminalising female asylum applicants.