I have always been fascinated by everything to do with languages, and this fascination grew during my undergraduate studies in Arabic and Linguistics at School of Oriental and African Studies. As part of my degree, I spent an amazing year in Egypt, which really showed me how many doors learning a new language can open for you. We have so much linguistic diversity in the world, with approximately 7000 different languages, but unfortunately a lot of this diversity might be lost during the next century, as the majority of the world’s languages are endangered. This is not only sad for language enthusiasts like me, but might also be very detrimental to the respective communities. It is normally the most marginalised communities which are in danger of losing their languages, and I want to do my part to rectify this injustice. Doing an MPhil in Cambridge has expanded my knowledge of the different fields of linguistics, and I am now excited to embark on my PhD. My research will focus on Lule Sami, an endangered Uralic language spoken in Northern Norway and Sweden.INTERESTS: Playing ice hockey and football, going cross-country skiing, hiking, singing, dancing, listening to reggae and dancehall, going to the theatre.
I was born in Aba, Nigeria, immigrated to the United States at the age of 2, and have been living in New York City ever since. I was the class of 2012 at Yale University, where I majored in evolutionary biology. I am interested in microbial evolution and medicine and at Yale conducted research examining how phage (viruses that infect bacteria) can be engineered to better kill their hosts. At Cambridge, I will pursue an MPhil in Biochemistry and study phage abortive infection, an altruistic mechanism bacteria employ that protects them from the ravages of phage attack. I plan to obtain more knowledge on the molecular dynamics of phage-host interactions. It is my hope that my work will be applied to the growing research on treating antibiotic resistant infections with phage. After my time at Cambridge, I plan to apply to MD-PhD programs. I hope to build a career as an infectious disease specialist and a scientist committed to developing new treatments for microbial diseases.
During my PhD studies, I plan to develop models for the analysis of monetary policy. I am particularly interested in how uncertainty about the economic outlook affects the performance of monetary policy. I am grateful to the Gates Cambridge Trust for funding my studies.
Yusef Al-Jarani is a Gates Cambridge and Harry S. Truman Scholar. In 2013, he co-founded Phoenix Development Fund, a non-profit organization that provides pro bono business development services to community-minded small businesses in the South Side of Chicago. Yusef received his BA from the University of Chicago in Political Science with Honors, after which he spent a year in the UK studying for his MPhil in Development Studies at the University of Cambridge. He is currently pursuing his JD at Yale Law School.
University of Chicago
I am a historian of poverty and social exclusion in colonial India, with a focus on South Indian social reform movements between the late nineteenth and mid-twentieth centuries. The transnational circulation of Indian reform movements in Southeast Asia and the social history of the Tamil diaspora are related areas of interest. My current book project traces the history of prohibition's introduction in India, positioning the subject at the intersection of provincial and national politics, and global temperance reform. A second project examines the impact of temperance and prohibition movements, as a subset of dietary reform, in late colonial India and Malaya.My work has been published in Modern Asian Studies and the Indian Economic and Social History Review. I currently convene courses in alcohol and drug history and modern Indian history at Hong Kong University.
National University of Singapore B.A. (Hons) History 2003
Growing up a child of immigrants in the heart of Orange County, I was graced with the so-called hyphenated identity of a Muslim-Syrian-American. That hyphen, the moment of mediation between two seemingly disparate things, has served as the foundation for my academic interests and future aspirations. It fuels my passion for intersectional issues as an activist and advocate for educational and environmental justice in South Los Angeles. It has also fostered an intellectual curiosity that lead me to pursue a double major in Human Biology & Society and Comparative Literature at UCLA, where I was able to conduct research on health disparities while exploring the use of quantitative research methods in the Humanities. As a Gates Scholar, I hope to continue this narrative by pursuing an MPhil in the History and Philosophy of Science and Medicine. My proposed research centers on the theme of translation; I situate this not only as a practice but also as a mediative process that has shaped the development and reification of certain historical, linguistic, and cultural legacies in science and medicine. As an aspiring activist and physician-scholar, I ultimately hope to employ this critical framework and the global network of the Gates Cambridge community in the development and practice of a more socially attuned and interdisciplinary medicine.
University of California Los Angeles
In the past year I have dedicated the vast majority of my time to my medical school training. I am in the middle of the year of core clinic clerkships and am definitely missing the more carefree days of formal halls and garden parties in Cam. In my, albeit limited, free time I enjoy spending time with my one year old dog, Rupert, and keeping as activities as I can with running, crossfit and hiking.
Since completing my PhD in Classics in 2011, I have moved between Dublin and London and worked on a number of different projects. I am currently training to be a Classics teacher at King's College, London.
I became passionate about cultural displacement among African immigrants while an undergraduate in Computer Science at the University of Missouri. I subsequently moved to New York where I created cultural programming for the African Diaspora while working as a technologist. I decided then to pursue full-time this passion to serve the culturally displaced, and I enrolled in a Master’s in African Studies at Yale. There, I researched Nigerian immigrant identity in New York, Tokyo and Mumbai under the tutelage of renowned Sociologist, Dr. Elijah Anderson. I seek to build upon this work through my PhD at Cambridge, where I will continue to investigate the assimilation trajectories of second-generation Nigerian immigrants, one of the most educated immigrant groups in the US and UK. My research will measure how their cultural identification patterns influence their assimilation into their host societies and/or Nigeria, particularly through the creation of Black cultural capital. With this research, I hope to ultimately leverage the the talents of the highly-educated, resource-rich Diaspora to help increase access to innovative technical and creative education in Nigeria, particularly for the girl child, who is much less likely to receive an education than her male counterpart.
Yale University African Studies (Sociology) 2019
University of Missouri System Computer Science 2004
I am undertaking an MMus in Choral Studies, having completed my undergraduate studies at the University of Melbourne, Australia. As a choral musician, I have been fortunate to have been heavily involved with Gondwana Choirs, Australia’s national choral organization for young people. I have also worked with the acclaimed Sydney Children’s Choir. At Cambridge, I hope to combine my academic interests in choral music with the practical conducting training. The opportunity to observe different choral musicians at work will provide essential experience to fulfill my aspiration to work as a professional conductor. I am passionate about increasing access to music education and performance opportunities for young people regardless of their physical location or socio-economic circumstance. I am keen to support musical outreach projects with an awareness of historical precedent and rigorous research processes.
Originally from California, I have been lucky enough to spend the last three years in Barbados studying physical activity and health disparities. I originally came to the Caribbean as a Fulbright Fellow, and was later affiliated with the University of the West Indies, Cavehill. The government of Barbados has recently passed a sugar-sweetened beverage tax and I am excited to focus my PhD with the MRC Epidemiology Unit on a multi-faceted evaluation of this tax. As so many countries around the world face growing concerns around obesity, diabetes and other related conditions, it is important for us to understand which policy tools are effective at addressing these issues at a population level. Before coming to Barbados, I was a Post Bachelor Fellow at the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation and focused on the Global Burden of Disease and social determinants of health. I received my MPH from the University of Washington, and have a BA in Economics and Development Studies from the University of California, Berkeley. It is an incredible honor to join the Gates Cambridge community, and I am looking forward to being part of and contributing to such a diverse and committed group of scholars.
University of Washington
University of California, Berkeley
CARMA represents an elementary model of random processes with far-reaching applications from control theory to computational biochemistry. As an undergraduate, I studied the multivariate extension of the model and its probabilistic properties. I also simulated concrete examples and analysed them in detail. At Cambridge, I am pursuing further training in probability, statistics, and stochastic calculus. I am interested in applications to financial mathematics, which will give me a deeper insight on the inner workings of world economies. I am very thankful to the support of the Gates Cambridge Trust, without which I would not have had the opportunity of studying in Cambridge and meeting such an motivated and accomplished network of scholars.
I have always been interested in the areas of the law that regulate scientific development with a focus on commercialisation of technology. The MPhil in BioScience Enterprise explores the business aspects of scientific development and innovation. Through this study, I gained a better understanding of the commercial, scientific and legal dimensions of scientific development and innovation.