I'm now an assistant professor in applied math at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa. I run a fluids lab for basic and interdisciplinary research related to biology, engineering, and geophysics. Past projects include the flow of viscous fluids, granular materials, and synthetic microswimmers. Modeling their movements in the lab offers insight into microbial dispersion, lava flows, and many other phenomena in nature.
My first hands-on exposure to international health was as an undergraduate student researching Lassa fever in Sierra Leone. However, it was after working with a non-governmental organization in Colombia that I became fully aware of the increasing burden of cancer in regions also affected by infectious diseases. I am currently a medical student at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and aim to be involved in the development of cancer prevention and treatment infrastructures in low and middle income countries. At Cambridge I will be studying for an MPhil in Oncology.
Tulane University of Louisiana
University of Pennsylvania
University of Cambridge MPhil in Educational Research 2007
University of Connecticut MA Education 2004
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem BA Education & General Studies 1999
For much of my life, my endeavours have been fuelled by a love of learning. Thus, as an undergraduate, I frequently pursued courses and research experiences that went beyond my primary field of Biological Sciences, allowing me to gain knowledge in a diverse range of disciplines. My experiences left me with a deep appreciation of how different disciplines can complement one another in an intricate heterosis of knowledge, and it is my wish that future generations would also be able to experience the same joy in learning that I have known all my life. As such, in my pursuit of a PhD in Psychology, I hope to contribute to intervention techniques to help children for whom learning might not come easily. I believe targeting developmental language disorder and dyslexia would be a wonderful start in encouraging learning, as it is often our ability to comprehend language that allows us to understand new concepts in the first place.
Nanyang Technological University Biological Sciences 2020
My PhD research investigates how British liberals, at the turn of the twentieth century, disputed the definition and significance of 'race'. In the period of British history I examine, terms such as 'racial supremacy' and 'racial injustice' emerged in elite liberal discourse for the first time; I also seek to understand the origin and meaning of such concepts. With the generous support of the Gates Cambridge Foundation, I hope to bring these findings to bear on questions of contemporary political theory and practice around 'race' – a ubiquitous yet slippery idea.
I am primarily a historian of political thought, with broader research interests in the history of British imperial thought, the politics of social science, and race in political theory. Prior to research at Cambridge, I read History and Politics at Oxford and worked in Singapore. I hope to bring to my research a sensitivity to local contexts, as well as a transnational perspective.
University of Cambridge Intellectual History 2020
University of Oxford History and Politics 2019
My ultimate career goal is to become a leading researcher in the development and use of geographic information technologies, as applied to the environmental and social sciences. Having spent my childhood in Papua New Guinea, I have always been fascinated with nature and my unique life experiences have strongly connected me to social needs. I believe that environmental problems are highly complex and require a multidisciplinary approach to solve them. By pursuing my proposed studies at the University of Cambridge, I hope to gain the technical expertise and practical experience needed to specialize in the application of such technologies in a socioeconomic and public health context. Following my PhD studies, I hope to continue in academia and to teach students, while participating in consultancy work in developing countries. By pursuing these interests, I hope to make a valuable contribution to the related areas of environmental protection, conservation, and sustainable development.
I am honoured to be part of the Gates community and to be given the opportunity to pursue my further studies here at Cambridge. I will be returning to Singapore to work in the prison service upon graduation and hope to use the knowledge gained in my course to improve the offender rehabilitation programmes in the prisons back home.
Over years of studying literature, first as an undergraduate at St. Stephen's College, Delhi and then as a Master's student at the University of Oxford, I have developed an appreciation for the narratives that often go unheard. My work considers independent literary expression in India and turns to the ways in which writing and documentation can transform how we occupy, understand, and move in the world. By looking to minority voices, through scholarship and curatorial work, I hope to bring attention to the politics of artistic practice, building spaces that are are aware both of their potential and their responsibility.
University of Oxford World Literatures in English 2017
University of Delhi English 2016
I work on integrating vertebrate herbivory into models describing how forests function. Such models, which have typically overlooked the significant impacts of large mammalian herbivores on their environments, can be extended beyond their standard conservation applications to predicting how forests may sequester carbon to limit climate warming.
A physicist by training, I develop models to describe and predict collective behavior in strongly interacting systems. While my PhD work focused on quantum electronic liquids, I am applying my skills to neuroscience and questions about cognitive function.
Yale University B.S. Physics 2007
I am a medievalist particularly interested in the reception of antiquity and the commentary practice in the Middle Ages, with a special focus on the traditions of Dante Commentary. I am currently revising my new critical edition of Francesco da Buti’s commentary (1385-96) on Dante’s Commedia for publication (Rome: Salerno Editrice). With Ambrogio Camozzi, I have recently concluded a monograph (Brepols, 2018) on the oldest ‘Florentine’ version of the life of Alexander the Great (c. 1350), witnessed by a lavishly illuminated manuscript now at the Jagiellonian Library, Kraków. I have also started to work on my next book-length project, ‘Dante and Late Medieval Pisa’, whose aim is to explore the vibrant and influential reception of Dante’s Commedia in fourteenth- and fifteenth-century Pisa, especially in relation to the city’s longstanding political and cultural rivalry with Florence. In the field of Neo-Latin Studies, I am currently preparing the critical edition of XV Century anonymous Breve Compendium et utile super tota Dantis Allegherii Comedia.
University of Pisa MA Italian 2005
I will be undertaking an MPhil in Environment, Society & Development in order to build upon the experience I have of working in the field of development in Ecuador, Papua New Guinea, and the UK. My focus will be on sustainable development and the complex dynamics that result from the interaction between people and their environment.
The evolutionary introduction of language in the human species has given us a unique ability to cooperate in large and highly adaptable social groups. Our capacity for language allows us to live according to imagined cultural orders, such as the legal and economic frameworks that govern civic life. These frameworks exist in our shared imagination and are sustained through communication networks, linking the subjective consciousness of many individuals. These shared beliefs shape our societies and our world, and form the basis of study of most of the humanities. History has shown us the great consequences and opportunities of our shared beliefs, which determine our cultural values and prejudices. By observing and understanding language structure, we learn more about ourselves and the world which we create. We also learn about the mechanisms which will be required to create the kind of world we would like to live in.
A love of the outdoors, especially mountainous regions, combined with an intense curiosity about how such landscapes and their constituent rocks form, made geology an obvious career choice. During my time at Cambridge I will work on reconstructing, via mineral assemblage modeling, the metamorphic history of a continental crust terrain in the western Alps, as it was subducted into the mantle and subsequently returned to the Earth's surface. Aspiring to an academic career, I hope that through research, I am able to advance our knowledge of large-scale Earth processes - still so poorly understood.
As an undergraduate, I majored in Biochemistry and wrote my thesis in the Department of Pathology at the University of Vermont. There, the interdisciplinary curriculum of the Honors College helped to channel my interests in medicine that lay outside of the biomedical sciences. In becoming involved with health access initiatives, I gained an appreciation for how social science disciplines can inform healthcare policy and practice. History, anthropology, philosophy and sociology all have an amazing intellectual power to describe and contextualize issues in health and medicine, but there is often a decades-long lapse between what is written about and what is practiced. In order to address the social injustices and inequalities that persist in our current healthcare system, I believe the everyday practice of medicine must be directly informed by rigorous engagement with social science research. During my MPhil in Health, Medicine and Society, I hope to both develop a professional competency with the conversations in this field and work to translate this expertise into my future medical practice. And, through continuous advocacy, I seek to integrate these developments into healthcare systems.
University of Vermont
Women in Mexico and across the border in the U.S raised me. From a very young age I saw how gender inequality both limited their lives and increased their susceptibility to violence. Thus, the eradication of gender stratification is the focus of my research and the driving force behind my activism with women and girls. At Swarthmore College I studied Sociology & Anthropology and completed two research projects trying to understand the inconspicuous ways in which gender inequality persists and adapts. After graduation, I listened to and documented women’s stories of survival and collaborated with female-led grassroots movements in nine countries as a Thomas J. Watson Fellow. Women’s stories of resilience and hope affirmed my commitment to produce knowledge that centers the experiences of women of color, and to support efforts that intervene in the normalization of violence against women. My research at Cambridge will explore the creation of corporeal responses to violence and collective resistance with other women from the perspective of indigenous women in Guatemala. As an aspiring feminist scholar in the social sciences, my studies will prepare me to engage rigorously with the challenges posed by gender inequality, and further, expand my analysis and vision so that my work may expose and create alternative worlds and possibilities for everyone, especially women.