I recently completed a double major in Political Science and Sociology at Columbia University, and am excited to continue my studies at Cambridge, where I will study for an MPhil in Modern Society and Global Transformations. In particular, my MPhil dissertation will examine one or more of the world's seemingly intractable conflicts, using sociology of globalization as a lens. Certain contemporary conflicts appear insoluble due to their profound complexity and extremely high group animosities. However, even these conflicts are influenced, for better or worse, by recent worldwide societal trends. By researching the nature of this influence, I hope to gain insights that will allow me to work toward peaceful resolution of major world conflicts.
I study security, researching both technical aspects of cryptography and the human element in large systems like the Internet. I've enjoyed learning how security can go wrong, from lock-picking to the difficult economics of privacy online. I'm passionate about using computers as an empowering technology, enabling privacy, free speech, free access to information, and transparency in public authorities. My thesis work focused on the increasing difficulty of establishing identity in an interconnected world of many digital devices. Since my time in Cambridge I've worked at Google and the Electronic Frontier Foundation and been a postdoctoral researcher at Stanford University and Princeton University.
I am currently an assistant professor of History at the University of Michigan.
Born in Montréal, Québec and raised in Nashville, Tennessee, I have always been aware of language and its role in identity. As an undergraduate at Swarthmore College studying Biology and Linguistics, I became interested in endangered languages and their conservation. My research and senior thesis explored the endangered Papua New Guinean language of Yokoim, and my study of Arabic led me to love Semitic languages. Language is one of the most complex systems humans have created, and the sheer diversity of language is testimony to humanity’s creativity and the breadth of perspectives on our world. As a repository of knowledge, history, and memory, it is also a key component of personal and communal identity. Yet about half of the world’s ~7,000 languages are classified as endangered, at risk of dying out and becoming lost to their communities and the wider world. I am grateful to the Gates Cambridge Trust for the opportunity to pursue an M.Phil. in Linguistics at Cambridge. There, I aim to build a foundation for my future work in the classroom and field with these languages and their speaking communities.
Interests: Bread baking, origami, knitting, economics, political satire, kayaking, running half-marathons, traveling
Growing up, I had an uneasy feeling that some day I would have to make a choice between being a musician and a scientist. So far, that day has not yet arrived. As a music technology major at Northwestern University, I researched connections between video games and musical aptitude, and developed software to model spatial reverberation for multichannel audio systems. At Cambridge I studied for an MPhil in Physics at the Cavendish Laboratory, building acoustical models of Renaissance Venetian Churches. I later did my PhD in the Music Technology program at New York University, and I'm now a postdoctoral researcher in the 3D Audio and Applied Acoustics Laboratory at Princeton University.
University of Chicago BA Biological Sciences/Philosophy 2001
I come from Croatia where I finished my previous degrees in Mathematics. So far I have worked on a number of computer science projects in academia and industry dealing with different topics such as combinatorial optimization, numerical simulations, compiler construction, security and semantic web. As a PhD student at Computer Laboratory I am working in the area of software verification trying to find new and improve current techniques for checking correctness of software. I am also actively involved in entrepreneurial activities and am serving as Vice-President for 2010/11 of Cambridge University Entrepreneurs.
The effective transfer of Scientific innovations from research to industry is critical for enhancing human expertise and long-term economic growth. With this Mphil I intend to refine my understanding of the strategic control of technology for enhanced business performance and the public interest. Cambridge is such a wonderful place and an amazing platform for an exchange of ideas. I hope my fellow scholars and I will have a great time experiencing its life and getting to know each other.
Theodora Bowering is an architect, Gates Scholar and PhD Candidate in the Centre for Urban Conflict Research (UCR) at the Department of Architecture. Her doctoral research, ‘Ageing and the city: urban resilience and sociospatial marginalisation of older people in East London’, investigates everyday experiences of ageing within the civic spaces of cities, looking specifically at the London Borough of Newham.
In 2017–18 Theodora convened the CRASSH seminar series, ‘Ageing and the city: everyday experiences of older people in urban environments’, in collaboration with the Institute for Public Health and Department of Land Economy (www.crassh.cam.ac.uk/programmes/ageing-and-the-city-everyday-experiences-of-older-people-in-urban-environme). She was also a participant in the University of Cambridge ThinkLab project, in collaboration with the RSA, investigating the challenges of housing in the UK. Theodora was the recipient of the 2017 Future Cities PhD Fellowship from the Department of Land Economy and co-editor of the twenty-sixth issue of Scroope, The Cambridge Architecture Journal, on the theme of 'apologia'. She also supervises the BA Tripos (ARB/RIBA Part I) course The Architecture of Housing and BA dissertations, as well as acting as a critic for BA, MAUD and MAUS presentations. Theodora co-convened the UCR’s PhD and Early-Career Workshop ‘Doing Architectural Research: Socio-political Perspectives on Theories, Methodologies and Praxis’ in Cambridge in June 2017. Additionally, she has run Petite Pecha Kucha events for graduate students within the department.
Before beginning her PhD, Theodora completed the Masters in Architecture and Urban Studies in the Department of Architecture at Cambridge. Theodora’s professional architectural education was at the University of Sydney, where she gained a Bachelor of Architecture (Hons I) and Bachelor of Science (Architecture). She has also been a registered architect in NSW, Australia (RAIA) since 2013.
Theodora has worked for over six years in architectural practice, in Sydney (Richard Leplastrier Architect and Tonkin Zulaikha Greer Architects) and London (Skene Catling de la Peña Architects), on residential, heritage and public buildings, from concept and detail design through to contract administration and office management. Additionally, she has four years’ design and communications studio tutoring and lecturing experience in the Department of Architecture at the University of Sydney. Theodora has also been a volunteer and continuing instructor for the Taoist Tai Chi Society (www.taoist.org) for over fifteen years, and leads a weekly class at Newnham College.
University of Sydney
University of Cambridge
Since high school I have been very interested in engineering new energy technologies to help mitigate carbon emissions. Now I am imaging and modeling fundamental aspects of fluidized beds to better enable combustion cycles with carbon capture and sequestration. I am also interested in engaging in entrepreneurship and advising on policy in order to enable ideas in the lab to impact the energy landscape. In the coming years, I seek to conduct research and educate students in a way that leads to material change as an assistant professor of chemical engineering and member of the Lenfest Center for Sustainable Energy at Columbia University.
My childhood experience living in Rome was instrumental in the formation of my academic passions: art history and Italian. At Cambridge, I am pursuing both of these subjects in my study of neo-Classical art and architecture. I focus on this period because I am fascinated by the ways in which 18th- and 19th-century travelers to Italy reinterpreted ancient Rome's artistic vocabulary in their own works. I also study how these foreign visions, in turn, shaped contemporary Italian artistic practice.
Having worked in a variety of roles across Asia and eastern Africa with the UN, INGO's and government focusing on disaster displacement, human rights and shelter, I returned to academia via a MSc in International Animal Health at the University of Edinburgh. My thesis research on ‘Animal health programming in humanitarian and development assistance in Somalia’ showed the gaps and need for high quality research and critical assessment to improve the evidence base for policy and program development. For my PhD in Veterinary Medicine I will study the prevalence of zoonoses - diseases transmitted between animals and humans - in displaced populations, addressing some of the most pressing global challenges of the next decade: climate change, displacement and emerging infectious diseases. Disease transmission between wildlife and livestock, the increased risk of zoonoses in areas where people and animals with weakened immune systems live closely together, and the emergence of infectious diseases among naive host communities are areas that need to be increasingly researched. Gaining a better understanding of disease prevalence and dynamics, control and prevention will improve the well-being of both humans and animals, with the aim to influence and improve institutional responses. I am incredibly honored that I can pursue this important field of study at the University of Cambridge with the support of the Gates Scholarship, and look forward to becoming a part of the community.
Technische Universiteit Delft
The University of Edinburgh
With the average life expectancy increasing worldwide, the prevalence of neurodegenerative disorders such as Parkinson’s disease is predicted to double within the next generation. Despite this rising challenge to public health and numerous clinical trials, there is still no cure for this debilitating disease, highlighting the need for better preclinical models and increased translational research. This motivated me to join efforts unravelling the underlying molecular mechanisms of Parkinson’s during my Master’s thesis in Molecular Medicine at the University of Tübingen. To enable my research to bridge the gap from bench to bedside, I subsequently collaborated with AstraZeneca as a research assistant at the University of Oxford where I established a drug screening pipeline on patient derived cells and succeeded in identifying new drug candidates. For my PhD in Clinical Neurosciences at the University of Cambridge, I will employ a cellular 3D model of Parkinson’s disease involving human neurons and glia to continue deciphering the mechanisms driving disease in patient brains. I hope that using this clinically relevant disease model will facilitate the translation of preclinical studies into patient treatment. I am deeply honoured to have been selected for a Gates Cambridge scholarship and am looking forward to joining a community of scholars who aspire to use their academic abilities to improve the lives of others.
Eberhard-Karls-Universitat Tubingen Molecular Medicine 2019
Eberhard-Karls-Universitat Tubingen Molecular Medicine 2016
University of Michigan Psychology, Neuroscience 2015
As a 2020 Royal Society University Research Fellow, I will use paramagnetic helicenes and helicene-transition metal complexes to investigate the Chiral Induced Spin Selectivity (CISS) mechanism. CISS has been implicated in diverse research areas such as spintronics, electron transfer in proteins, or more efficient water splitting but remains poorly understood.
I graduated in May 2007 from Brown University with a concentration in international relations at Brown's Watson Institute for International Studies. At Watson, I focused on global security and wrote an honors thesis on the role of history and memory in Sino-Japanese security relations. I also worked as a research assistant for Brown's political science department. At Brown I was active in University affairs. I was the president and founder of the Roosevelt Institution at Brown. I served as undergraduate representative to the Brown Board of Trustees and student government. Beyond Brown, I interned at the Clinton Foundation HIV/AIDS Initiative, the World Affairs Council and the United States Trade Representative (USTR). I have also studied language in Florence and Beijing. At Cambridge I will be enrolled in the MPhil program in international relations where I intend to research Chinese political, military and trade involvement with Latin America.