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Melisa Basol

  • Scholar
  • 2018
  • Germany
  • 2018 PhD Psychology
  • Pembroke College
Melisa Basol

Melisa Basol

  • Scholar
  • 2018
  • Germany
  • 2018 PhD Psychology
  • Pembroke College

My undergraduate degree in Psychology has consolidated my research interest in social influences and human judgements. With a particular focus on complex societal and political decisions, I am interested in the formation, polarisation, and ‘immunisation’ of attitudes in an age where the spread of misinformation poses a threat to science and society. Hence, my MPhil in Psychology at Cambridge University has looked into protecting public attitudes against misinformation about immigration evident throughout the campaigning phase of the European membership referendum in 2016. With the intention to further explore the efficacy of attitudinal resistance across varying polarised contexts (e.g. race, gender, sexuality), I aspire to contribute to the scientific combat of this societal challenge through my research. I am truly honoured to be joining the Gates Cambridge community, where I will be surrounded by diverse yet like-minded individuals who are determined to utilise their research for the greater good of our world.

Previous Education

University of Wales, Aberystwyth
University of Cambridge

Nicole Basta

  • Alumni
  • 2003
  • United States
  • 2003 MPhil Epidemiology
  • Homerton College
Nicole Basta

Nicole Basta

  • Alumni
  • 2003
  • United States
  • 2003 MPhil Epidemiology
  • Homerton College

As an infectious disease epidemiologist, I conduct research focusing on vaccines and vaccine-preventable diseases. I aim to understand the transmission dynamics of infectious diseases, to assess the impact of vaccines and vaccination programs, and to determine optimal strategies for communicable disease prevention and control. Currently, I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at McGill University.

Previous Education

Princeton University A.B. Ecology and Evolutionary Biology 2003

Amy Bates

  • Alumni
  • 2003
  • United States
  • 2002 Dip Economics
    2003 MPhil Economics & Development
  • Queens' College
Amy Bates

Amy Bates

  • Alumni
  • 2003
  • United States
  • 2002 Dip Economics
    2003 MPhil Economics & Development
  • Queens' College

Joshua Batson

  • Alumni
  • 2008
  • United States
  • 2008 CASM Pure Mathematics
  • Churchill College
Joshua Batson

Joshua Batson

  • Alumni
  • 2008
  • United States
  • 2008 CASM Pure Mathematics
  • Churchill College

I was born and raised in California's Silicon Valley, and studied mathematics at Yale University. I enjoy using math to solve problems, both practical and theoretical. In internships, I have analyzed internet activity at Advertising.com and modeled interest rate volatility at a hedge fund.  I recently spoke on my work at a seminar New York and a conference in San Diego, and submitted a paper to the Journal of Number Theory. In addition to being elected to Phi Beta Kappa, I was awarded six prizes at Yale: five for mathematics and one for literary criticism. Having seen the value and beauty of mathematics in my own life, I want to share it with others.  To that end, I tutored students in high school and college and founded the Yale Undergraduate Math Society. At Cambridge, I will undertake Part III of the Mathematical Tripos en route to a doctorate.  As a professor, I plan to work to improve the way universities teach undergraduate mathematics.

Marianne Bauer

  • Alumni
  • 2008
  • Germany
  • 2008 MPhil Chemistry
    2008 PhD Physics
    2009 MPhil Physics
  • Jesus College
Marianne Bauer

Marianne Bauer

  • Alumni
  • 2008
  • Germany
  • 2008 MPhil Chemistry
    2008 PhD Physics
    2009 MPhil Physics
  • Jesus College

After an MPhil in Theoretical Chemistry, I moved into theoretical physics to understand more about more fundamental processes in different systems. My supervisor and group in Cambridge and the support of the Trust have helped me enormously during this transition. I am now working towards my PhD in the area of ultracold atoms. I hope that at some point I will be able to make use of all the different aspects of my education.

Hanna Baumann

  • Alumni
  • 2012
  • Germany
  • 2012 PhD Architecture
  • King's College
Hanna Baumann

Hanna Baumann

  • Alumni
  • 2012
  • Germany
  • 2012 PhD Architecture
  • King's College

Previous Education

Barnard College
Oxford University

Michael Baumer

  • Alumni
  • 2012
  • United States
  • 2012 MPhil Physics
  • Churchill College
Michael Baumer

Michael Baumer

  • Alumni
  • 2012
  • United States
  • 2012 MPhil Physics
  • Churchill College

As an undergraduate at the University of Chicago and during my time in Cambridge, I worked on the ATLAS experiment at CERN's Large Hadron Collider. For my MPhil thesis, I analyzed rare decays of the Z boson, a well-known Standard Model particle, in order to calibrate mass measurements of the recently-discovered Higgs boson. I am currently a PhD student and NSF Graduate Research Fellow at Stanford University, where I work on the Dark Energy Survey, a wide-field cosmology survey using a 4-meter optical telescope in Chile, as well as hardware development for the upcoming Large Synoptic Survey Telescope.

Matthew Baumgart

  • Alumni
  • 2003
  • United States
  • 2003 CASM Mathematics
  • Trinity College
Matthew Baumgart

Matthew Baumgart

  • Alumni
  • 2003
  • United States
  • 2003 CASM Mathematics
  • Trinity College

Onon Bayasgalan

  • Scholar
  • 2019
  • Mongolia
  • 2019 MPhil Conservation Leadership
  • Newnham College
Onon Bayasgalan

Onon Bayasgalan

  • Scholar
  • 2019
  • Mongolia
  • 2019 MPhil Conservation Leadership
  • Newnham College

I was born in Mongolia, a country that is the most sparsely populated and has the coldest capital in the world. I studied Environmental Economics and later Environmental Policy at Whitman College and Yale University, respectively. During my years of study, I was fascinated by how the valuation of environmental services can be used as a powerful tool to influence policies. More recently, I managed a market-based conservation project called the Sustainable Cashmere Project while at the Wildlife Conservation Society Mongolia program. As an MPhil in Conservation Leadership candidate, I am very interested in further exploring ways to incorporate sustainable practices and standards into supply chains. I believe that forging strong relations with committed industries is one of the key solutions to expanding the impact and influence of conservation principles around the world. I am also passionate about further supporting young environmentalists, which will build on the Environmental Fellowship Program that I initiated while working for the Zorig Foundation. I hope to see Mongolian conservationists play a more critical leadership role nationally by pushing to incorporate climate change sensitive policies, and globally by increasing our collaboration with other countries. As a Gates Cambridge Scholar, I am very excited to be a part of a dynamic network of bright minds around the world that can cross-fertilize a rich array of ideas and experiences on innovative and pressing topics.

Previous Education

Yale University Environmental Policy 2013
Whitman College Environmental Economics 2009

Anna Bayona Font

  • Alumni
  • 2002
  • Spain
  • 2002 MPhil Economics
  • Girton College
Anna Bayona Font

Anna Bayona Font

  • Alumni
  • 2002
  • Spain
  • 2002 MPhil Economics
  • Girton College

John Becker

  • Alumni
  • 2001
  • New Zealand
  • 2001 PhD Earth Sciences
  • Corpus Christi College
John Becker

John Becker

  • Alumni
  • 2001
  • New Zealand
  • 2001 PhD Earth Sciences
  • Corpus Christi College

Moritz Becker

  • Alumni
  • 2001
  • Germany
  • 2001 PhD Computer Science
  • Trinity College
Moritz Becker

Moritz Becker

  • Alumni
  • 2001
  • Germany
  • 2001 PhD Computer Science
  • Trinity College

Jessica Beckett

  • Alumni
  • 2002
  • United States
  • 2002 PhD Archaeology
  • Darwin College
Jessica Beckett

Jessica Beckett

  • Alumni
  • 2002
  • United States
  • 2002 PhD Archaeology
  • Darwin College

Kevin Beckford

  • Alumni
  • 2011
  • United States
  • 2011 MPhil African Studies
  • Downing College
Kevin Beckford

Kevin Beckford

  • Alumni
  • 2011
  • United States
  • 2011 MPhil African Studies
  • Downing College

I am pursuing an MPhil in African Studies. My areas of interest include: black transnationalism, political protest, and youth identity.

Sophie Beeren

  • Alumni
  • 2006
  • Australia
  • 2006 PhD Chemistry
  • St John's College
Sophie Beeren

Sophie Beeren

  • Alumni
  • 2006
  • Australia
  • 2006 PhD Chemistry
  • St John's College

My research in the field of Supramolecular Chemistry - the study of how molecules interact, recognise one another, and organise themselves into well-defined functional assemblies. Studying in Cambridge gave me a wonderful opportunity to live and work with talented and ambitious people form all over the world. I now lead a research group in the Chemistry Department at the Technical University of Denmark.

Previous Education

University of New South Wales B.Sc Chemistry (Honours) 2005

Elizabeth Beiswenger

  • Alumni
  • 2003
  • United States
  • 2003 MPhil Polar Studies
  • Jesus College
Elizabeth Beiswenger

Elizabeth Beiswenger

  • Alumni
  • 2003
  • United States
  • 2003 MPhil Polar Studies
  • Jesus College

Tanweer Beleil

  • Alumni
  • 2001
  • Sudan
  • 2001 MPhil Medical Science
  • St Edmund's College
Tanweer Beleil

Tanweer Beleil

  • Alumni
  • 2001
  • Sudan
  • 2001 MPhil Medical Science
  • St Edmund's College

Mohammed Uzair Belgami

  • Scholar
  • 2018
  • India
  • 2018 PhD Social Anthropology
  • Trinity Hall
Mohammed Uzair Belgami

Mohammed Uzair Belgami

  • Scholar
  • 2018
  • India
  • 2018 PhD Social Anthropology
  • Trinity Hall

Having grown up in India and the UK, and living in different parts of the world to seek knowledge in subjects from the theoretical and practical sciences, with teachers in the Western and Islamic scholarly traditions, my current doctoral research project is concerned with exploring the constitution of 'ilm and an 'aalim, focusing particularly on bodies and language.