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Ibrahim Abdou

  • Scholar
  • Egypt
  • 2019 PhD Architecture
  • Darwin College
Ibrahim Abdou

Ibrahim Abdou

  • Scholar
  • Egypt
  • 2019 PhD Architecture
  • Darwin College

As a younger student and architect, the paradox that is Cairo’s Urbanism had me spellbound. Cairo is a thrilling yet frustrating megacity of endless contradictions that malfunctions beautifully. Throughout studying and later teaching Architecture and Urban Design at the German University in Cairo, I derived immense gratification from trying to untangle the complexity of the city. I have been specifically interested in questions of housing, its provision, use and perception. Alongside, I was exposed to on-ground parallel participatory initiatives and urban research offices which tackle urgent issues in the city. Accordingly, I became inspired to passionately explore these issues as an MPhil student at the University of Cambridge. In my PhD, I aim to question the condition of housing vacancy, its differentiated categories, and varied underlying reasons and mechanisms of occurrence. As I continue to be exposed to further research on Cairo within a vibrant network of mentors and colleagues, my thirst for learning keeps increasing with a growing commitment in me to treat my education as a life-long endeavor. Yet, I believe research must be consistently geared to have meaningful impact on people’s lives. I am honored to belong to the Gates community and hope to use the platform to pursue my aspiration of becoming an academically well-grounded individual who is able to critically think, inspire, educate, advocate, mediate and ultimately drive meaningful change.

Previous Education

University of Cambridge Architecture and Urban Studies 2019
German University in Cairo Architecture and Urban Design 2018
German University in Cairo Architecture and Urban Design 2016

Oluwasegun Afolaranmi

  • Scholar-elect
  • Nigeria
  • 2021 PhD Medical Science at Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute
  • Homerton College
Oluwasegun Afolaranmi

Oluwasegun Afolaranmi

  • Scholar-elect
  • Nigeria
  • 2021 PhD Medical Science at Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute
  • Homerton College

The idea of harnessing the immune system to treat cancer is fascinating to me. Moreover, during my medical training in Nigeria, I was deeply moved by the experiences of cancer patients, especially with the very limited treatment options available. This combination of curiosity and compassion inspired me to pursue a career at the intersection of excellent patient care and cutting-edge cancer research. I subsequently received the Clarendon scholarship for a Masters at the University of Oxford, with my research on the innate immune cGAS-STING signaling in cancer. At Cambridge, I will join the de la Roche group to explore how hedgehog signaling is orchestrated in different subsets of gamma-delta T cells during the antitumor response. Mechanistic insights from this work, and others, will potentially enable better design of advanced cellular therapies, bringing hope to numerous patients. Ultimately, I plan to contribute significantly to efforts aimed at expanding access to transformative therapies in Africa, and alleviate the unacceptable disparities currently observed. I feel incredibly honored to join the Gates Cambridge community and look forward to an enriching experience with other young leaders from across the world.

Previous Education

University of Oxford Integrated Immunology 2021
University of Ibadan Medicine and Surgery 2019

Samuel Allchurch

  • Alumni
  • Australia
  • 2012 MMus Choral Studies
  • Gonville and Caius College
Samuel Allchurch

Samuel Allchurch

  • Alumni
  • Australia
  • 2012 MMus Choral Studies
  • Gonville and Caius College

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.

Ila Ananya

  • Scholar-elect
  • India
  • 2021 MPhil Social Anthropology
  • Fitzwilliam College
Ila Ananya

Ila Ananya

  • Scholar-elect
  • India
  • 2021 MPhil Social Anthropology
  • Fitzwilliam College

After my MA in Gender Studies at SOAS, University of London, I felt the need to rethink how a movement between fiction, life writing, journalism, and research - writing forms that I was most interested in - could change the nature of narratives I produced. This was a departure from my time as a reporter, but it led me to ethnography and storytelling; to anthropology’s emphasis on interactions that recognise differences inherent to our practices and discordant subjectivities, and the ethical and conceptual challenges of navigating these. At Cambridge, I hope to bring together this interest in storytelling and intersubjectivity with my investment in the lifeworlds of Indian youth today. I have spent the last two years teaching writing to undergraduates, and my time with them has furthered my research concerns about the ethical and political dimensions of youth ‘becoming’. Drawing on my MA dissertation on women students’ political subjectivities, I am keen to explore the empirical and conceptual possibilities of work in the anthropology of ethics and morality, to grasp the dynamic moral and affective aspects of how young people relate to each other from across social subjectivities and caste locations, and the futures they aspire to.

Previous Education

School of Oriental & African Studies (University o Gender Studies 2018
St Joseph's College, BU English,Journalism,Psychology 2016

Andrew Ashcroft

  • Alumni
  • Canada
  • 2001 PhD Engineering
  • Wolfson College
Andrew Ashcroft

Andrew Ashcroft

  • Alumni
  • Canada
  • 2001 PhD Engineering
  • Wolfson College

After completing my studies in Cambridge (2005), I spent time in Switzerland and London. After working as an oil trader for a major investment bank in London, I returned to North America in 2008. I currently live and work in Houston, TX with my beautiful wife Annie, our 2 young children, Evie and Jonah as well as our dog Malachy.

Onon Bayasgalan

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

Onon Bayasgalan

  • Alumni
  • 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

Kofi Boakye

  • Alumni
  • Ghana
  • 2006 PhD Criminology
  • St Edmund's College
Kofi Boakye

Kofi Boakye

  • Alumni
  • Ghana
  • 2006 PhD Criminology
  • St Edmund's College

Kofi is an academic, a social entrepreneur and a mentor who is passionate about the development of young people and Africa. He moved to Clare Hall as a Junior Research Fellow after completing his MPhil and PhD at St Edmund’s College. His research takes an interdisciplinary approach to issues of crime and development with particular interest in youth and gender-based violence. Kofi has published widely in high-impact journals in the fields of psychology, law and criminology. He serves on several journal editorial boards. He has been a visiting fellow to universities in the US and Africa, including Cornell University School of Law, State University of New York and University of Ghana. Kofi is the founder of the Oxbridge African Mentorship Programme, a charity that provides mentoring for young talents in Africa. He is also co-founder of the African Institute for Crime, Policy and Governance Research, a think tank based in Ghana that promotes high quality research on crime, justice and governance issues to inform policy in Africa.

Links

https://www.linkedin.com/in/kofi-boakye-0788285

Hei Yeung (Aland) Chan

  • Scholar
  • Hong Kong
  • 2019 PhD Plant Sciences
  • Downing College
Hei Yeung (Aland) Chan

Hei Yeung (Aland) Chan

  • Scholar
  • Hong Kong
  • 2019 PhD Plant Sciences
  • Downing College

Growing up in Hong Kong, I enjoy trekking through the city’s subtropical countryside. From a young age, I developed a passion to study and protect the wildlife I encounter. I completed my undergraduate studies and started my MPhil project at the Department of Plant Sciences, University of Cambridge. At Cambridge, I realized how climate change, habitat degradation, and forest loss are not only threatening millions of species living in natural systems, but also destabilizing the environmental conditions that human civilization is built on. New technologies in remote sensing are starting to revolutionize our understanding of large scale patterns in forest ecology. During my PhD, I wish to utilize these newly available remote sensing datasets to study how forests resist and recover from extreme weather events, which are made more frequent by climate change. My hope is that such research will allow us to more efficiently manage natural systems and better control carbon emissions from tropical forests.

Previous Education

University of Cambridge Biological Science 2019
University of Cambridge Natural Sciences 2018

Albert Chiou

  • Alumni
  • United States
  • 2007 MPhil Chemistry
  • Corpus Christi College
Albert Chiou

Albert Chiou

  • Alumni
  • United States
  • 2007 MPhil Chemistry
  • Corpus Christi College

As a Gates Scholar, I completed an MPhil in Chemistry, by research, in the laboratory of Professor David Klenerman. I studied the application of single molecule spectroscopy towards biomedicine. I am currently a Clinical Assistant Professor in Dermatology at Stanford. My main interest is the development and investigation of novel therapies for epidermolysis bullosa (EB), a severe genetic blistering disorder that can have detrimental effects on both young children and adults. I currently serve as a clinical trialist investigating novel gene therapy interventions for wounds related to EB, along with treatment of itch. I have also continued to work on translational projects focused on chemistry-based approaches to diagnosis of skin cancer. I invite you to read about one our recent projects using a non-destructive mass spectrometry-based imaging technology called desorption electrospray ionization mass spectrometry (DESI-MSI):
https://scopeblog.stanford.edu/2018/06/11/molecular-car-wash-aims-to-make-skin-cancer-surgery-quicker-and-more-accurate/

Rodrigo Córdova Rosado

  • Alumni
  • United States
  • 2019 MPhil Archaeology
  • Sidney Sussex College
Rodrigo Córdova Rosado

Rodrigo Córdova Rosado

  • Alumni
  • United States
  • 2019 MPhil Archaeology
  • Sidney Sussex College

I grew up in San Juan, Puerto Rico, spending my weekends camping on mountaintops and coastlines, with my amazing parents, little brother, and friends, staring up at the starry night next to a warm fire. I always yearned to learn more about the night sky, a path that eventually led me to my undergraduate study of Astrophysics at Harvard University. I have researched several aspects of observational cosmology, the study and measurement of the earliest signals from the universe, and what they tell us about how the universe began, and its eventual fate. I have often partnered with several organizations to create outreach programs in which we teach young students, both in Boston and Puerto Rico, about the cosmic and human past, hoping to instill intellectual curiosity and empower them to pursue their passions. At the same time, I strove to understand humanity’s more immediate past by completing a secondary field in Archaeology, inspired by the questions I held concerning who had previously stared at the stars from those same coastlines in Puerto Rico. Embarking on an MPhil in Archeology of the Americas, with a focus on Archeoastronomy, I hope to illuminate the deep astronomical traditions of Ancient American peoples, and how these help inform our own conception of the universe, our history, and ourselves.

Previous Education

Harvard University Bachelor of Arts (A.B.) Astrophysics - Physics 2019

Henry Cousins

  • Alumni
  • United States
  • 2017 MPhil Bioscience Enterprise
  • St John's College
Henry Cousins

Henry Cousins

  • Alumni
  • United States
  • 2017 MPhil Bioscience Enterprise
  • St John's College

I am fascinated by the potential of emerging biomedical tools to treat new diseases. A native of Massachusetts, I graduated from Harvard University, where I studied neuroscience in several contexts, including retinal disease in premature infants, nontraditional symptoms in Alzheimer's disease patients, and synaptic patterning in the developing brain. More recently, I conducted thesis research into how young neurons decide to assemble specific circuits in the outer retina. While teaching children throughout the US and Southeast Asia, I have also witnessed the personal challenges of healthcare access around the world. These experiences have guided my belief that biomedical research must combine technical progress with new modes of development and distribution. At Cambridge I will pursue an MPhil in Bioscience Enterprise, which will prepare me to address these questions through a career in medicine. Outside my studies I hope to continue my other interests in jazz music, youth coaching, and woodworking.

Previous Education

Harvard University

Zachary Dannelly

  • Alumni
  • United States
  • 2016 MPhil Technology Policy
  • Girton College
Zachary Dannelly

Zachary Dannelly

  • Alumni
  • United States
  • 2016 MPhil Technology Policy
  • Girton College

My passion for technology began as a junior at Christian Academy of Louisville. All 10 of us in the AP Computer Science class could take a unique path to the solution and still l not have exhausted all the options. This limitless world of possibilities inspired a young boy who wanted to make some binary contributions. Looking to pursue this drive while also continuing my family’s nine generations of contiguous military service, I looked towards the US Naval Academy for my undergraduate foundation. On major selection day, I rallied to the calling, and I joined the first ever group of Cyber Operations majors. This interdisciplinary degree offers a technical foundation in traditional computer science courses, while appreciating the importance of additional considerations within the domain by including policy and human factors classes. I plan to further develop my holistic exploration into this emerging cyber domain by studying for an MPhil in Technology Policy in the Judge Business School at the University of Cambridge. This education will provide the critical international aperture and public-private sector knowledge necessary to best fulfill my naval career as an Information Warfare Officer actuating US cyber directives. I am humbled to join the Gates Scholarship community and work with globally focused, deeply passionate scholars in a united passion to elevate the state of humanity across all domains and disciplines.

Previous Education

United States Naval Academy

Rafael Dernbach

  • Alumni
  • Germany
  • 2014 PhD Modern and Medieval Languages: German
  • King's College
Rafael Dernbach

Rafael Dernbach

  • Alumni
  • Germany
  • 2014 PhD Modern and Medieval Languages: German
  • King's College

I grew up in Fulda, a small town in central Germany, where I wrote my first article for a local newspaper at the age of fifteen. Since then, I strongly believe that societies need a critical public to prevent abuses of power. This conviction led me to work as a journalist, parallel to and after my undergraduate education at University College Maastricht. I wrote as a freelancer for several media outlets in Germany, including ZDFinfo, Zeit Online and Welt. Further, I became a mentor and instructor for young journalists. This belief in the preventative capacity of a critical public also motivates my research in Cambridge. I will analyze how documentary methods have been appropriated by fictional formats, and how documentarians can react this repurposing. Ideally, my research will establish a framework for audio-visual documentary literacy in the 21st century, and in so doing, contribute to the maintenance of an informed public, despite today's rapidly-shifting media landscape.

Theo Di Castri

  • Scholar
  • Canada
  • 2019 PhD History and Philosophy of Science
  • King's College
Theo Di Castri

Theo Di Castri

  • Scholar
  • Canada
  • 2019 PhD History and Philosophy of Science
  • King's College

My PhD research traces the history of prevention science an interdisciplinary field that emerged in the US during the 1990s in an effort to prevent young people from developing a range of problems later in life. I am interested in the paper practices, institutional infrastructures and trans-disciplinary networks of expertise that gave rise to the production of new kinds of knowledge about youth, risk and the future in the US from roughly the 1960s until the present.

Previous Education

University of Cambridge History and Philosophy of Sci 2015
Columbia University Neuroscience & Comparative Lit 2012

Trevor Ellison

  • Alumni
  • United States
  • 2010 MBA Management
  • Gonville and Caius College
Trevor Ellison

Trevor Ellison

  • Alumni
  • United States
  • 2010 MBA Management
  • Gonville and Caius College

I am currently finishing my degree work in Health Economics and Public Policy at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health before returning to my last two years of general surgery residency at Johns Hopkins.

Hans Friedrichsen

  • Alumni
  • United States
  • 2005 MPhil Biological Science
  • St Edmund's College
Hans Friedrichsen

Hans Friedrichsen

  • Alumni
  • United States
  • 2005 MPhil Biological Science
  • St Edmund's College

I grew up on a farm in Iowa with my parents, younger brother, and plenty of animals - pets and otherwise. In high school I became interested in medicine, and this interest has since expanded to include research. After finishing undergraduate work in 2004, I began studying neurodegeneration in Iowa City and St. Louis, and I am quite excited to have the opportunity to continue studying this topic at Cambridge. Next fall I plan to return to St. Louis to pursue an MD/PhD at Washington University.

Ryan Geiser

  • Scholar
  • United States
  • 2018 PhD Chemistry
  • St John's College
Ryan Geiser

Ryan Geiser

  • Scholar
  • United States
  • 2018 PhD Chemistry
  • St John's College

My research strives to unravel the complexities inherent in the pathogenesis of neurodegenerative diseases. With a passion for medical science, I moved south from Ohio to study biomedical engineering at the University of South Carolina, where I became increasingly intrigued by the human body as I worked on projects to provide elegant solutions to complex health problems. With a particular interest in Alzheimer’s disease, I utilized an array of biophysical techniques to investigate compounds found in diets around the world and their potential to suppress protein aggregation in the brain. My fascination with the extent to which small molecules influence disease led me to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, where I instigated the beginnings of a project aiming to detect chemical exposures in the workplace and improve safety therein. Returning to research in the molecular processes underlying protein misfolding disorders, I joined the Centre for Misfolding Diseases as a Whitaker International Program Fellow to work under the supervision of Professor Chris Dobson. I now continue to apply my chemical, biological, and computational background to further investigate the folding and misfolding of proteins associated with Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders. Outside of the lab, I enjoy introducing young students to the world of science through varied teaching and community outreach programs, as well as pursuing my interest in studying financial structures and markets.

Previous Education

University of South Carolina
University of Cambridge

Emily Gladden

  • Alumni
  • United States
  • 2010 MPhil Criminology
  • Clare College
Emily Gladden

Emily Gladden

  • Alumni
  • United States
  • 2010 MPhil Criminology
  • Clare College

During the past two years, I was a paralegal for the federal public defenders in Brooklyn, New York. Working with hundreds of indigent clients charged with a variety of federal crimes, I developed a strong interest in young adult offenders. I plan to focus my future research on juvenile offenders, targeting the underlying factors contributing to crime and ideally working to develop effective interventions to alter their trajectory. I am curious about the British approach to sentencing and rehabilitation, particularly for young offenders. After this year, I plan to attend law school in the United States and become a public defender or alternatively work on reducing recidivism at a nonprofit organization.