My academic research and career has been driven by my passion for using evidence to improve the lives of others – particularly children and people who are disadvantaged and vulnerable. My PhD research examined what actually happens when juveniles are interviewed by police officers; in particular, I examined the interrogation techniques used by police officers, and the effectiveness of these techniques at eliciting different responses from the young suspects.
Since completing my doctorate in 2014 I have used my research skills to design, lead and conduct evaluations, including of UK and European public policy initiatives at RAND Europe in Cambridge, UK, and more recently of international development projects at the Centre for Evaluation and Development in Mannheim, Germany.
With undergraduate degrees in Italian and Ecology & Evolutionary Biology and past research experience in primate behaviour and orthopaedics, I might seem at first a bit of an unusual candidate for a PhD in Psychiatry. My interests in child and adolescent mental health and appreciation for population approaches to improving health and wellbeing developed through my work at Yale and the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. I am particularly interested in understanding the role of schools in mental health promotion and prevention. In 2016-17, I completed my MPhil in Public Health at Cambridge with a research focus on the acceptability of school-based identification of mental health difficulties. For my PhD, I will continue to work with Professor Peter Jones, Dr Emma Howarth, and Professor Mina Fazel (Oxford) on this research as we design, implement, and evaluate different models of school-based identification. By increasing early identification rates, we hope to improve access to care and support for children and young people who are experiencing mental health difficulties and ultimately improve their long-term psychosocial outcomes. I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity to spend another three years in Cambridge surrounded by inspiring mentors, colleagues, and friends, and am honoured and excited to join the Gates Cambridge community!
University of Cambridge
Although born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela, I am half-Indian, half Venezuelan, and a nationalized American. I began studying the piano and classical voice at a very young age, and by 16, I was singing opera professionally with Venezuela's leading orchestras--including the world renowned Simon Bolivar Orchestra. I was scouted to pursue musical studies in the US at 19. Leaving the country was in the vernacular "a no-brainer," given Venezuela's dire political crisis (Caracas is currently the second most violent city in the world), but it nonetheless felt like exile. I had a deep affinity to politics, and after leaving Venezuela, I continued to write about Caracas: a dystopian character, full of natural beauty but ridden with crime and violence. I was fortunate enough to travel across continents with my singing, but my mother's pancreatic cancer forced me to re-evaluate my music career. My desire to understand the social crises afflicting Venezuela ultimately pulled me into academia. I began my MPhil in Cambridge in 2014 and looked at recurring deficiencies in Venezuelan Social Policy, sustained by the government's inability to diversify a rentier-based economy. My PhD will look at racism's role in Venezuela's entrenched inequalities and its effects on the political sphere. It will hopefully lead to the creation of a Venezuelan Institute for Research on Public Policy. I am thrilled to be joining the Gates community and its network of passionate and socially-committed scholars.
University of Southern California
University of Cambridge
Early marriage and bridal trafficking in Rajasthan, sexual violence in Mumbai, female circumcision among Dawoodi Bohras: my experiences as a journalist and researcher have exposed me to diverse geographies, socio-economic realities and cultural prejudices that young women across India face. Home, however, is the place where I first found my bearings. As a survivor of domestic violence, my feminism got defined by my mother's everyday negotiations within the structures that cultivate and normalise the culture of silence. It drove me to challenge patriarchal notions of leadership and become sensitive to differences. Gender became a way of seeing the world. Backed by my rich field insights, multimedia skills and a feminist consciousness, I am excited to return to Cambridge to pursue my PhD as a Gates Cambridge scholar. My study straddles the areas of climate justice and gender equality. In India's historically drought-prone and caste-ridden Marathwada region, I seek to combine a multi-sited feminist ethnography with an informed interpretation of oral folk poetry, to understand the historical compulsions, lived experiences and gendered labour burdens of Dalit and Adivasi girls in a climate crisis. My fundamental interest in pursuing the project stems from my yearning to reconcile collaborative storytelling with pressing marginalised realities.
University of Cambridge Multi-disciplinary Gender Stud 2017
Tata Institute of Social Sciences Media and Cultural Studies 2015
During the fourth year of my undergraduate medical studies in Moscow, I developed an interest in radiology and then undertook two consecutive summer research placements at the Department of Radiology in Cambridge. Coming back to the Department as a PhD student, I will focus my work on facilitating clinical translation of hyperpolarised 13C-pyruvate magnetic resonance spectroscopy by identifying the niche clinical areas where it can revolutionise care for patients with prostate cancer. Moreover, I will continue coordinating the UK-Russia Young Medics Association, a student-led project through which more than 80 clinical and research exchanges between medical students, junior doctors and early career biomedical researchers of the two countries have been arranged over the past two years. Seeing how long-term professional collaborations, friendships and de novo institutional links flourish under the Association, I am strongly convinced that in times of global instability it is science diplomacy that has the unlimited and yet unexplored capacity for bringing people together. Hence, I look forward to making the most of my time in Cambridge to gain skills and establish networks needed to use my scientific prowess to achieve breakthroughs in cancer diagnosis and champion science diplomacy on a global scale.
Sechenov University General Medicine 2019
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.
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
I have been working internationally with historic objects and cultural heritage for more than 20 years. Following my PhD in History of Science at Cambridge I held positions at the Chemical Heritage Foundation (now Science History Institute) in Philadelphia, PA; worked on the digital edition of Bess of Hardwick's correspondence at the University of Glasgow; and researched scientific manuscripts and introduced medical students to the history of their discipline at the Medical University of Vienna.
In 2013-14 I was the Munby Fellow in Bibliography at Cambridge University Library, and then launched a career as an antiquarian book specialist at one of the oldest antiquarian booksellers in London, Bernard Quaritch Ltd. Since 2018 I have been the co-founder and -owner of Type & Forme Rare Books & Manuscripts in Isaac Newton's hometown, Grantham.
I serve on the Council of the Bibliographical Society (UK) and am also a judge for the Rose Book Collecting Prize. Alongside my work with institutions and collectors I also write on book history and related subject.
IN THE MEDIA
Gates Cambridge website: https://www.gatescambridge.org/news/culture-detective
Fine Books & Collections: https://www.finebooksmagazine.com/blog/bright-young-booksellers-anke-timmermann
International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB): https://ilab.org/article/new-to-ilab-speaking-to-anke-timmermann-of-type-forme-and-why-rare-books-matter-to-a-younger-generation
Trinity College Dublin
University of Glasgow
Growing up in the Netherlands, I was always way too curious, asking too many questions to understand the ‘’How’’ and ‘’Why’’ (I had my own little blue microscope when I was 8, telling my family about the bacteria in water). This curiosity only grew stronger during my BSc Biomedical Sciences at Utrecht University, which I combined with a BSc interdisciplinary honours program. At the same time, driven by my values - the right to healthcare, equality, peace and safe and health environment for everyone - I developed a strong passion for Global Health and Climate Change action and dedicated my time to work for international non-profit organisations including: IFMSA, focussing on the improvement of Global Health operating in 127 countries; UAEM; UNFCCC-YOUNGO and other organisations to make and advocate for change. I realised that I could combine this curiosity and passion by studying Global Public Health and started a MPhil Public Health at the University of Cambridge. From here, I am now continuing into a PhD in Public Health & Primary Care. As 80% of premature non-communicable diseases (NCDs) deaths happen in LMICS and local environmental risk factors (e.g. air pollution, water pollution) are increasingly being associated with NCDs, it is critical to develop effective, context specific interventions. Therefore, my PhD will focus on the environmental risk factors for non-communicable disease in developing countries; comparing the urban and rural populations (specifically in South Asia). I am incredibly grateful to become a part of the Gates Community and to be able to dedicate the next years to researching this topic.
University of Cambridge
Derron Wallace is a sociologist of race, ethnicity and education. He specializes in cross-national studies of structural and cultural inequalities in urban schools across global cities. His current research examines the educational outcomes of Black youth in London and New York City.
Derron is a Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude graduate of Wheaton College (Massachusetts), where he studied sociology and the African diaspora. He earned his Ph.D. at the University of Cambridge, and was awarded American Educational Research Association's Distinguished Dissertation Award in 2015.
With wide-ranging experiences in educational activism, analysis, policy and research, Derron has worked with nomads in Ethiopia, young people with disabilities in Rwanda, immigrant youth in London, economically disadvantaged rural youth in Jamaica, English language learners in Thailand and gifted students in New York City. He served as Special Assistant to the Minister of Education in Rwanda. He also worked as a professional community organizer and consultant with local educational authorities in London.
With a diverse career in research and consulting that has spanned the US, the UK, Singapore and Australia, Abby has conducted research, program evaluation and communications work across a range of projects and clients. This includes designing and teaching courses in the fields of psychology and criminology at Cambridge, conducting behavioural research with cotton-top tamarin monkeys at Harvard’s Cognitive Evolution Lab, conducting doctoral research as a part of Cambridge University’s Prisons Research Centre and serving on the board of a venture capital firm.
In her role as a consultant, she has worked to develop and test professional development frameworks for Australian universities, to evaluate the impact of school nutrition programs in the ACT, and to study the impact of ‘green’ design, architecture and programming in prisons. Abby directs grant-writing for a Hospice and Palliative Care organisation, and is on the board of the Australian African Foundation for Retention and Opportunity (AAFRO), a not-for-profit organisation that works to provide holistic social and educational support for young people of African descent in Melbourne.
I am studying for an MPhil in Atomic and Optical Physics at the Cavendish Laboratory this year. I am from Southern New Jersey in the US, and graduated in June 2009 with a BS in Physics and minor in Mathematics from Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In 2010 I plan to go to Harvard to study for a PhD in Physics. I also intend to become involved in outreach efforts aimed at getting young people to appreciate and become comfortable with science.
I am a researcher, evaluator, and consultant for the arts and cultural sector. Currently, I work as Senior Manager, Children, Young People, and Learning at Arts Council England, where I play a key role in developing strategy and policy on creative and cultural education. I am also a Trustee of Magpie Dance, a charity empowering people with learning disabilities through inclusive dance programmes.
My studies examine the conflict between international trade and environmental laws regulating the use of global resources such as fisheries. My research draws on professional experience with country delegations to international organisations and with bodies such as the International Law Commission, and academic interest in global governance, theories of democracy and sustainability. I will continue to work in this field as an academic and consultant at the conclusion of my Gates Scholarship.
Michael J. Young is an M.D. candidate at Harvard Medical School and a Fellow in the Department of Philosophy at Harvard University. His current research examines the ethical dimensions and philosophical framework underlying standards of care in medicine and public health. Michael is also a co-investigator in the Central Nervous System Metastasis Program at Massachusetts General Hospital in collaboration with the Broad Institute, studying genomic drivers of brain tumors. Michael completed an M.Phil in philosophy from the University of Cambridge (Trinity College) as a Gates Cambridge Scholar, where he focused on philosophical issues relating to medicine and the mind. His work has appeared in the New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA, AJOB Neuroscience, Critical Care Medicine, Nature Immunology, Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics, BMC Psychiatry, and Medicine, Healthcare and Philosophy.
Already as a school student in my hometown, Prague, I was fascinated by the ability of biological sciences to describe and even alter processes creating life itself. Moreover, I volunteered as a horse riding therapist for disabled children and witnessed their families investing hopes into scientific discoveries that could treat their children. This made me realise how powerful science is and motivated me to help others via scientific advancement. During my BSc at the University of Edinburgh I developed an interest in genetics and molecular biology. I was captivated by the speeding progress of this young field. I participated in diverse genetics research projects and spent two semesters at the University of Adelaide in Australia. These experiences enabled me to view the field from several perspectives and appreciate the wide applicability of molecular genetics with potential to impact agriculture, industry and medicine. During my MPhil at the University of Cambridge I studied axonal endoplasmic reticulum and the implications of its defects for the neurodegenerative disease, hereditary spastic paraplegia. I will continue investigating spastic paraplegias for my PhD in Cambridge Institute for Medical Research and hence pursue my long-term interest in neuroscience and human neuropathies. I aim to advance the understanding of spastic paraplegias which would enable their treatment in the future. I am honoured to do so as a member of the Gates Cambridge community.
The University of Edinburgh
University of Cambridge