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.
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.
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.
Brigham Young University Utah
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.
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.
Arizona State University
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!
University of Colorado at Denver Medicine 2026
University of Cambridge Biological Sciences 2018
University of Colorado at Boulder Applied Mathematics 2013
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
Trinity College Dublin
University of Glasgow
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.
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.
National Taras Shevchenko University of Kyiv
University of Cambridge
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.
Universiti Sains Malaysia
University College London
Applications of control theory to economics.
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.
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.
University of California Los Angeles Social Science 2019
Columbia University Psychology 2018