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Mamta Thangaraj

  • Alumni
  • 2003
  • India
  • 2003 PhD Physics
  • Wolfson College
Mamta Thangaraj

Mamta Thangaraj

  • Alumni
  • 2003
  • India
  • 2003 PhD Physics
  • Wolfson College

I am me!! The usual cliched stuff friendly,vivacious, caring,affable etc. On a serious note here is a bit about me... I am a confident and talkative person. I believe in working very hard and also having fun...a kind of balancing act! Friends say that I am full of zest for life and brimming with enthusiasm for any activity. An inquisitive and probing child, I found a soul mate in Science which answered to a great extent all my ‘whys’ ‘hows’ and ‘whens’, still leaving a few mysteries for me to fathom. My ambition in life is to be ? Someone who excels in any field she cares to follow.I would want to share my life’s experiences for it would be criminal to let it gather dust when it could benefit others, be it through teaching or research.

Arasanathan Thayananthan

  • Alumni
  • 2001
  • Sri Lanka
  • 2001 PhD Engineering
  • Jesus College
Arasanathan Thayananthan

Arasanathan Thayananthan

  • Alumni
  • 2001
  • Sri Lanka
  • 2001 PhD Engineering
  • Jesus College

William Theiss

  • Alumni
  • 2016
  • United States
  • 2016 MPhil Early Modern History
  • Clare College
William Theiss

William Theiss

  • Alumni
  • 2016
  • United States
  • 2016 MPhil Early Modern History
  • Clare College

I come from the suburbs of Chicago and attended Yale University for a BA in Comparative Literature. There I studied ancient and modern languages—especially Latin, Ancient Greek, and Biblical Hebrew—and wrote my thesis on humanists and humanism in early modern Europe. I got hooked inescapably on pedagogy when, last summer, I taught a Latin class to students in Brooklyn, New York. With Cambridge’s MPhil in Early Modern History I will investigate the history of learning in early modern Germany; as an historian I intend to address the legacy of classical humanism and the dark arts of scholarship. I am honored to be a member of the Gates community.

Previous Education

Yale University

Anne Thomas

  • Scholar
  • 2018
  • United States
  • 2018 PhD Plant Sciences
  • Newnham College
Anne Thomas

Anne Thomas

  • Scholar
  • 2018
  • United States
  • 2018 PhD Plant Sciences
  • Newnham College

I began my undergraduate degree at Brigham Young University in Utah as a Conservation Biology major with the goal of intimately understanding the natural world and contributing to its protection in the face of rapid environmental change. As I delved into research topics such as plant community shifts with climate change, I learned how crucial computational tools and approaches are in addressing the complexity of global change, and as result, added a Bioinformatics major. At the same time, doing field work in the deserts and mountains of the American West reaffirmed to me the importance of close contact with the ecosystems we seek to understand in order to better protect and manage them. As a Plant Sciences PhD candidate at Cambridge, I plan to leverage both computer modeling and empirical field approaches to predicting the biogeography and resilience of alpine plants in the face of climate change. My research aims to inform both eco-evolutionary theory and conservation efforts for sensitive alpine systems. I care deeply about cultivating our human relationship with nature, making it one of my goals as a scientist and a citizen to help engage others in conservation through outreach and education. I am thrilled to join and learn from the vibrant, interdisciplinary Gates Cambridge community as we do our part to address complex global issues.

Previous Education

Brigham Young University Utah

B Thomas

  • Alumni
  • 2008
  • United States
  • 2008 PhD International Studies
  • Hughes Hall
B Thomas

B Thomas

  • Alumni
  • 2008
  • United States
  • 2008 PhD International Studies
  • Hughes Hall

Thornton Thompson

  • Alumni
  • 2009
  • United States
  • 2009 MPhil Medical Sciences (Oncology)
  • King's College
Thornton Thompson

Thornton Thompson

  • Alumni
  • 2009
  • United States
  • 2009 MPhil Medical Sciences (Oncology)
  • King's College

Pursuing an MPhil in Medical Sciences (Oncology) at Cambridge will provide me with enormous academic, cultural, and personal opportunities. I will be studying in the laboratory of Dr Doug Winton, who investigates the connection between stem cell development and carcinogenesis. After completing my term I plan to pursue an MD/PhD degree with an emphasis on the interaction between cancer and the immune system.

Blake Thomson

  • Alumni
  • 2015
  • United States
  • 2015 MPhil Epidemiology
  • Darwin College
Blake Thomson

Blake Thomson

  • Alumni
  • 2015
  • United States
  • 2015 MPhil Epidemiology
  • Darwin College

I completed my undergraduate degree in Global Health and English Literature at Arizona State University. I then spent two years as a Post-Bachelor Fellow at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington. At IHME, I worked primarily on two projects: the Global Burden of Disease (GBD) study and Medtronic Philanthropy’s HealthRise Project. Through this work, I grew to understand the power of quantitative methodology to answer global health’s most pressing questions. Following my MPhil in Epidemiology at Cambridge, I moved to Oxford for a DPhil in Population Health with the support of a Nuffield Department of Population Health Scholarship. My DPhil research examined lifestyle risk factors (such as smoking and drinking) and premature mortality in Mexico, Cuba, and the United States.

I am now a postdoctoral research fellow in Epidemiology with The George Institute for Global Health at the University of Oxford. My research continues to focus on the relationship between modifiable risk factors for non-communicable diseases and premature mortality in diverse populations globally.

Previous Education

Arizona State University

Susanna Throop

  • Alumni
  • 2001
  • United States
  • 2001 PhD History
  • Trinity Hall
Susanna Throop

Susanna Throop

  • Alumni
  • 2001
  • United States
  • 2001 PhD History
  • Trinity Hall

Kumar Thurimella

  • Scholar-elect
  • 2020
  • United States
  • 2020 PhD Biotechnology
  • Gonville and Caius College
Kumar Thurimella

Kumar Thurimella

  • Scholar-elect
  • 2020
  • United States
  • 2020 PhD Biotechnology
  • Gonville and Caius College

As an Applied Mathematician/Software Engineer turned future physician, I am excited about bringing the forefront of technology to help aid in the discovery of the mechanisms behind inflammatory diseases. I will be working with Dr. Roisin Owens in Biotechnology and Dr. Sergio Bacallado in the Stats Lab to develop a mathematical framework for validating a bioelectronic model of the gut. I was born and raised in beautiful Colorado, and studied Applied Math at CU-Boulder, where I got my first taste of building tools to help study the gut microbiome in the Rob Knight lab. Upon completion of my degree, I packed my bags and headed West to work as a Software Engineer at Uber in San Francisco, CA. I wanted to apply my newly acquired software skills to medicine. I transitioned back into academia by pursuing my MPhil at the Sanger Institute in Cambridge with Dr. Gosia Trynka. I then started my MD program in Medicine at the University of Colorado, where I have been for the last two years. I have been working with Dr. Cathy Lozupone to build software tools for microbiome analysis. I'm excited to begin my PhD training portion and return back to Cambridge!

Previous Education

University of Colorado at Denver Medicine 2026
University of Cambridge Biological Sciences 2018
University of Colorado at Boulder Applied Mathematics 2013

Indrasenan Thusyanthan

  • Alumni
  • 2001
  • Sri Lanka
  • 2001 PhD Engineering
  • Girton College
Indrasenan Thusyanthan

Indrasenan Thusyanthan

  • Alumni
  • 2001
  • Sri Lanka
  • 2001 PhD Engineering
  • Girton College

Sarah Tierney

  • Alumni
  • 2004
  • United States
  • 2004 MPhil Development Studies
  • Lucy Cavendish College
Sarah Tierney

Sarah Tierney

  • Alumni
  • 2004
  • United States
  • 2004 MPhil Development Studies
  • Lucy Cavendish College

Anke Timmermann

  • Alumni
  • 2003
  • Germany
  • 2003 PhD History & Philosophy of Science
  • Robinson College
Anke Timmermann

Anke Timmermann

  • Alumni
  • 2003
  • Germany
  • 2003 PhD History & Philosophy of Science
  • Robinson College

See news item on the Gates Cambridge website: https://www.gatescambridge.org/news/culture-detective

Also the interview in Fine Books & Collections: https://www.finebooksmagazine.com/blog/bright-young-booksellers-anke-timmermann

Previous Education

Trinity College Dublin
Heidelberg University
University of Glasgow

Victoria Tobolsky

  • Alumni
  • 2012
  • United States
  • 2012 MPhil Human Evolutionary Studies
  • Fitzwilliam College
Victoria Tobolsky

Victoria Tobolsky

  • Alumni
  • 2012
  • United States
  • 2012 MPhil Human Evolutionary Studies
  • Fitzwilliam College

Evolutionary science and medicine are becoming increasingly intertwined. Human bodies are not merely a product of our current biology, but also of deep evolutionary history that informs an understanding not only of how they work but why they developed this way. My main interests lie in the evolution of bipedal locomotion and how this relates to the modern human body. At Cambridge, I undertook an M.Phil. in Human Evolutionary Studies within the Division of Biological Anthropology examining evolutionary relationships between bipedality, energetics, encephalization, and cephalopelvic disproportion with the hope of applying the research to the pressing global health issue of maternal morbidity and mortality. I am also very interested in pediatrics and ontogeny, particularly in order to understand how to harness a child's natural growth patterns to treat or prevent skeletal disorders.

Bohdan Tokarskyi

  • Alumni
  • 2015
  • Ukraine
  • 2015 PhD Slavonic Studies
  • St John's College
Bohdan Tokarskyi

Bohdan Tokarskyi

  • Alumni
  • 2015
  • Ukraine
  • 2015 PhD Slavonic Studies
  • St John's College

As far back as I can remember, I have been captivated by poetry. As a child, I was enthralled by its otherworldly images and charming prosody. This passion, which is the ultimate definition of freedom for me, has been with me ever since. I was born and raised in Kyiv where I studied international law at Kyiv Institute of International Relations. Studying and practising law proved to be a unique experience that has significantly broadened my intellectual horizons, enabled me to develop my reasoning skills and made me aware of the possibility to directly improve the lives of others. Having gained this invaluable experience, I made up my mind to pursue my innermost passion for poetry and, more broadly, for culture and its potential to change society in the long run. The Revolution of Dignity has further ignited my determination to work on Ukrainian literature and culture. For my MPhil in European Literature and Culture at Cambridge, I have been working on twentieth century Ukrainian poetry. I am truly honoured to continue my research at Cambridge as a PhD student under the supervision of Dr Rory Finnin. In my PhD dissertation, I intend to explore the questions of selfhood and nationhood in the works of Ukrainian modernist authors, and Vasyl Stus, whose exceptional poetical self-introspection has been largely undiscovered. I also believe that my research will offer important insight into European literary Modernism, and the exploration of subjectivity and the new poetic language in twentieth century poetry.

Previous Education

National Taras Shevchenko University of Kyiv
University of Cambridge

Yee Siong Tong

  • Alumni
  • 2013
  • Malaysia
  • 2013 PhD Development Studies
  • Queens' College
Yee Siong Tong

Yee Siong Tong

  • Alumni
  • 2013
  • Malaysia
  • 2013 PhD Development Studies
  • Queens' College

For my doctoral research, I am studying industrial upgrading that makes it possible for developing countries to create and capture higher value added in agro-commodity global value chains (GVCs), based on a case study on the Malaysian palm oil industry. The research is important for developing countries because most of their populations live in rural areas and rely on agriculture for livelihood, and because two-thirds of these countries have commodity export revenues contributing to more than 60% of their total goods exports earnings. I was the Research Manager at the Hong Kong-based Fung Global Institute (now Asia Global Institute at the University of Hong Kong), where I managed operations of the research department and oversaw production of research outputs. I previously worked as the Research Team Leader at the National Economic Advisory Council at the Prime Minister’s Office of Malaysia, where I led research support to the Council and co-authored the key reports outlining strategies and policies for achieving the national goals of high income, inclusiveness and sustainability by 2020. I have extensive experience of providing independent consulting to industry and government projects in over 5 countries since 2010. My current research interests are GVCs, agro-industrialisation, industrial upgrading, industrial and trade policy and emerging multinational corporations, with a regional focus on East Asia.

Previous Education

Universiti Sains Malaysia
University College London

Robert Tonita

  • Alumni
  • 2005
  • Canada
  • 2005 PhD Engineering
  • Hughes Hall
Robert Tonita

Robert Tonita

  • Alumni
  • 2005
  • Canada
  • 2005 PhD Engineering
  • Hughes Hall

Applications of control theory to economics.

Christopher Tooley

  • Alumni
  • 2002
  • New Zealand
  • 2002 PhD Education
  • Girton College
Christopher Tooley

Christopher Tooley

  • Alumni
  • 2002
  • New Zealand
  • 2002 PhD Education
  • Girton College

I have always been interested in how peoples/nations struggle to determine their own political status, including constitutional and governance configurations, through the mechanism of self-determination. My research at Cambridge focused on the evolution of self-determination, its political, philosophical and cultural tensions, and how struggles negotiate constraint and mobilise activism - all towards describing an ethics of self-determination. The model was then applied to the case of Palestine.

Emily Towner

  • Scholar-elect
  • 2020
  • United States
  • 2020 PhD Psychology
  • St John's College
Emily Towner

Emily Towner

  • Scholar-elect
  • 2020
  • United States
  • 2020 PhD Psychology
  • St John's College

As a Gates Cambridge scholar I hope to make a difference in the lives of children and adolescents who have experienced early-life adversity. At the age of 16, I moved from a small town in Georgia to New York City. Living in New York opened my eyes to the diversity of human experience and made me realise that I could make a meaningful difference through education, commitment, and collaboration. Later, while studying at Columbia University, I became fascinated by the science of psychology. I began working with children and adolescents exposed to trauma, which sparked my passion for understanding the ways in which adversity in early life affects mental health outcomes. In my doctoral research at Cambridge, I aim to investigate the mechanisms by which adolescents learn from their environment, and how early life stress affects the development of these mechanisms. In addition, I am interested in how individual differences in these learning mechanisms relate to mental health across the lifespan. By better understanding how adolescents learn, we will be better able to develop interventions to improve the education and mental health of adolescents and children around the world.

Previous Education

University of California Los Angeles Social Science 2019
Columbia University Psychology 2018