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Sytske Besemer

  • Alumni
  • Netherlands
  • 2008 PhD Criminology
  • Jesus College
Sytske Besemer

Sytske Besemer

  • Alumni
  • Netherlands
  • 2008 PhD Criminology
  • Jesus College

Before coming to Cambridge I studied psychology and criminology in Leiden and Amsterdam. For my PhD I investigated mechanisms explaining the intergenerational transmission of violent and criminal behaviour. Why do children of criminal/aggressive parents have a higher risk of showing similar behaviour? I contrasted several explanations for this intergenerational continuity such as social learning, official bias against certain families, and the transmission of risk factors. I investigated this in England as well as in the Netherlands. By doing this I hope to contribute to knowledge about the development of aggression and criminal behaviour, which can help to design interventions against such behaviour. I am fascinated by human development of which these types of behaviour are just one part. During my post-doc at UC Berkeley I continued this line of research and also looked at the opposite: how does children's problem behavior impact on parenting practices? I now work as part of the Trust and Safety Team at Uber in SF to make sure Uber is the safest place in the world.

Elvis Beytullayev

  • Alumni
  • Ukraine
  • 2001 PhD International Studies
  • Wolfson College
Elvis Beytullayev

Elvis Beytullayev

  • Alumni
  • Ukraine
  • 2001 PhD International Studies
  • Wolfson College

Apoorva Bhandari

  • Alumni
  • India
  • 2008 PhD Biological Science
  • Darwin College
Apoorva Bhandari

Apoorva Bhandari

  • Alumni
  • India
  • 2008 PhD Biological Science
  • Darwin College

I am interested in understanding the architecture of the brain and how it contributes to making us the way we are. I believe that increasingly, discourses in education will be based on a science of learning rooted in our understanding of brain function. My goal is to establish a productive laboratory to pursue research in the neural mechanisms of higher cognition. I hope to build bridges with the education and EdTech community and fulfil the promise that neuroscience holds for education.

Previous Education

University of Edinburgh M.Sc. Neuroscience 2008
National Centre for Biological Science, India Biology (no degree) 2004
St. Xavier's College, Gujarat University, India B.Sc. Biochemistry 2003

Maheetha Bharadwaj

  • Alumni
  • United States
  • 2016 MPhil Genomic Medicine
  • Clare College
Maheetha Bharadwaj

Maheetha Bharadwaj

  • Alumni
  • United States
  • 2016 MPhil Genomic Medicine
  • Clare College

Passionate about delivering quality health care to all, I came to Stanford with the intention of taking up a career in health care . Pursuing a bachelor’s in biology, a master’s in biomedical informatics, and genomics research equipped me adequately to understand the role of genome mutations in disease processes. At the McDonnell Genome Institute at Washington University, I searched sequencing and expression data for patterns in tumor suppressors and oncogenes that caused cancer. At Stanford, I studied translational allelic-specific expression in human lymphoblastoid cells. The complexity of our genome fascinated me, and I garnered a desire to understand ways in which genome could be modified disease processes. With increasing availability of sequencing data, it is important to gain the skills to analyze and interpret this data meaningfully for a future of genetics-driven, preventative, personalized medicine. Thus at Cambridge, I will pursue a Masters of Philosophy in Genomic Medicine exploring ways to incorporate sequencing data and technologies directly into patient care delivery. After Cambridge, I plan to do an MD/Ph.D, which will enable me to deliver health care in innovative ways to my local community and bring personalized medicine to bedside globally. Outside academics, I am the founder of Stanford Music and Medicine, an organization that recruits Stanford students to use music as a form of therapy for nursing home residents. I also work for a non-profit that develops arts-based science supplemental lesson plans for middle school students in East Palo Alto. In my free time, I love singing in the shower, hiking, and horror films.

Previous Education

Stanford University

Vaibhav Bhardwaj

  • Alumni
  • Zimbabwe
  • 2012 PhD Plant Sciences
  • Magdalene College
Vaibhav Bhardwaj

Vaibhav Bhardwaj

  • Alumni
  • Zimbabwe
  • 2012 PhD Plant Sciences
  • Magdalene College

I studied for my PhD in Cambridge from 2012-2016.

Currently, I work in Cambridge for a start-up developing software tools for genomic data management. Our goal is to democratize access to critical life-saving data while ensuring the safety and security of these data.

Anisha Bhat

  • Alumni
  • United States
  • 2015 MPhil World History
  • Downing College
Anisha Bhat

Anisha Bhat

  • Alumni
  • United States
  • 2015 MPhil World History
  • Downing College

Born in India, but raised in Chicago, I have always felt caught at the crossroads of cultures. Thus, as an undergraduate studying History at Pomona College, narratives of cross-cultural interaction and diaspora in the Indian Ocean world naturally captivated me. I curated an exhibit entitled “Navigating Culture: Islam and Encounter in the Indian Ocean World” that highlighted the historical role of Islam in exchanges between Africa and Asia. My undergraduate thesis, which I will further develop during my MPhil in World History at Cambridge, is on the Siddi people, or the African diaspora in India. My research examines the Siddi’s cultural entanglements with Europeans, Marathas, and Mughals in the period immediately preceding the colonial era. I am motivated to study the Siddi because I believe that the representation of marginalized groups in history is directly linked to the worldviews that govern their welfare today. Therefore, it is my goal to locate the voices of marginalized diasporas within the historical record, and to illustrate their often crucial role in shaping global events.

Previous Education

Pomona College

Shrivalli Bhat

  • Alumni
  • India
  • 2007 PhD Physics
  • Queens' College
Shrivalli Bhat

Shrivalli Bhat

  • Alumni
  • India
  • 2007 PhD Physics
  • Queens' College

I created LoafNest in an effort of revolutionizing the home bread making and to eat healthy. And, I believe that it's possible with LoafNest, with improved no knead method, to make healthy artisan home made bread more regularly.

Kickstarter Link :
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/trfl/loafnest

Suneel Bhat

  • Alumni
  • United States
  • 2006 MPhil Epidemiology
  • St John's College
Suneel Bhat

Suneel Bhat

  • Alumni
  • United States
  • 2006 MPhil Epidemiology
  • St John's College

I have spent the better part of recent years involved in biomedical research. The course at Cambridge is an initial step away from the lab into a broader perspective on health, encompassing societal and political aspects. After completing my time in Cambridge I will be returning to the United States to start up medical school. In the future, I hope to work at the interface between medicine, ethics, policy, and economics.

Mohita Bhatia

  • Alumni
  • India
  • 2007 PhD Social & Political Science
  • Fitzwilliam College
Mohita Bhatia

Mohita Bhatia

  • Alumni
  • India
  • 2007 PhD Social & Political Science
  • Fitzwilliam College

Presently my postdoctoral project is a comparison of two India-Pakistan borders - the conflict prone and de facto Line of Control that divides Indian and Pakistan administered Kashmir; and the stable and permanent Rajasthan-Sindh border.

My doctoral research was aimed at going beyond the standard political dimensions of the Kashmir conflict and bringing into the fold the sociological and human aspects. I looked at the socio-political dynamics among Hindus in Jammu and Kashmir and their relation to the dominant Jammu politics.

Tathagat Bhatia

  • Scholar-elect
  • India
  • 2021 MPhil History and Philosophy of Science and Medicine
  • Churchill College
Tathagat Bhatia

Tathagat Bhatia

  • Scholar-elect
  • India
  • 2021 MPhil History and Philosophy of Science and Medicine
  • Churchill College

I grew up in Lucknow, India and moved to the US to attend the University of Pennsylvania, where I am majoring in history of science with a minor in Russian studies. My research interests are situated at the generative intersection of environmental history and science and technology studies, with a focus on South Asia. The question that lies at the center of my research is: what can history teach us about the environmental problems we are mired in today? But these interests are more than scholarly. As we confront a world with a fast changing climate, more and more of us realize that the environmental is also the emotional. As an MPhil student in the History and Philosophy of Science Department at Cambridge, I hope to better understand how we might bring a historical sensibility to our contemporary discussions about remediating the climate crisis. I am thrilled to work along these lines as part of a community of incredibly driven Gates Cambridge scholars who are committed to solving some of the most pressing challenges of our times.

Previous Education

University of Pennsylvania Science, Technology & Society 2021

Shubhayu Bhattacharyay

  • Scholar
  • United States, India
  • 2020 PhD Clinical Neurosciences
  • Queens' College
Shubhayu Bhattacharyay

Shubhayu Bhattacharyay

  • Scholar
  • United States, India
  • 2020 PhD Clinical Neurosciences
  • Queens' College

I was born in Kolkata, India, and spent my early childhood in Thailand and Vietnam before settling in Los Angeles. Excited by neurotechnology, I pursued a BS in Biomedical Engineering and Applied Mathematics & Statistics at Johns Hopkins University with a joint focus in computational neuroscience. My goal is to derive life-saving insight from the vast data collected in the treatment of severe brain injury. During my PhD, I aim to develop pattern recognition algorithms that prioritise traumatic brain injury patient information, deliver precise prognoses and visualise interpretable features to inform real-time decision making. Upon integration into bedside monitors of the neurosciences critical care unit, this system would enable the development of evidence-supported treatment plans catered to each patient's needs. In turn, I hope this work leads to improved clinical outcomes, greater autonomy for brain injury patient families and improved access to neurocritical care in remote areas. I am very excited to join the Gates Cambridge community! The lifelong friendships I will build with future leaders across disciplinary and political boundaries will enhance the global impact of my work while enriching my world view.

Previous Education

Johns Hopkins University 1. Biomed Eng 2. Applied Math 2020

Charity Bhebhe

  • Scholar
  • Zimbabwe
  • 2018 PhD Pharmacology
  • Newnham College
Charity Bhebhe

Charity Bhebhe

  • Scholar
  • Zimbabwe
  • 2018 PhD Pharmacology
  • Newnham College

As is common in the majority of developing countries, there is an absence of basic resources needed to treat a variety of illnesses. My home country of Zimbabwe is no different. This lack of fundamental infrastructure is what has driven me to acquire knowledge that will allow me to treat and prevent such diseases. During my undergraduate studies, I developed an appreciation of the molecular complexity of diseases that drives disease pathogenesis, an appreciation that is critical in informing prevention and treatment options. I intend to further explore these molecular and cellular foundations to develop therapies for human disease at the University of Cambridge where I will pursue a PhD in Pharmacology while working with Dr. David Bulmer. Dr. Bulmer is investigating the mechanisms of hypersensitivity in gastrointestinal disease. Gastrointestinal disease is a common disorder that is characterized by diarrhea and abdominal pain and is a leading cause of child morbidity and mortality worldwide. Because of this, it is imperative to better understand the mechanisms of this disease to develop effective analgesics for the management of pain. It is my goal to apply my medical research skills in investigating and preventing diseases to improve healthcare standards and give people from disadvantaged communities a fair chance to fight against disease.

Previous Education

Arizona State University

Mohit Bhende

  • Alumni
  • United States
  • 2001 MPhil Economics
  • Trinity Hall
Mohit Bhende

Mohit Bhende

  • Alumni
  • United States
  • 2001 MPhil Economics
  • Trinity Hall

Beatrice Bianchi

  • Alumni
  • Italy
  • 2011 MPhil African Studies
  • Peterhouse
Beatrice Bianchi

Beatrice Bianchi

  • Alumni
  • Italy
  • 2011 MPhil African Studies
  • Peterhouse

Following the completion of my MPhil in African Studies (Peterhouse, 2012) I established a private consulting firm (B. Bianchi Consulting) that specializes in post-crisis, security sector reform, and democratic governance. I am putting into use my nearly ten years of experience with African issues to the service of electoral, gender and youth, economic development, and human rights projects by IGOs and NGOs such as the European Union, the World Bank, and France terre d'asile. I have also taught courses on African history and on the geopolitics of conflict in Africa for institutions of higher learning and governmental bureaus. I am presently seeking new opportunities for helping develop strong democratic structures and economic opportunities in Africa, for Africans. I hope to be able to continue my collaboration with IGOs, NGOs, and national governments to this end. It is also my wish to expand my area of expertise to the Southern Cone of Africa, and South America.

Jovonne Bickerstaff

  • Alumni
  • United States
  • 2004 MPhil Social and Development Psychology
  • St John's College
Jovonne Bickerstaff

Jovonne Bickerstaff

  • Alumni
  • United States
  • 2004 MPhil Social and Development Psychology
  • St John's College

As an interdisciplinary scholar of race, gender and family in African Diaspora experience, I am interested in ecosystems of well-being and the interpersonal impacts of trauma and chronic insecurity. My current book project takes couple relationships as a site for revealing how adversity impacts emotional attachment and the vital role of interpersonal connections in building resilience.
I am a native of Akron, Ohio and an alumna of MIT (BS - Urban Studies & Planning, BS - Writing & Humanistic Studies, 2002). At Cambridge I continued research I began in Paris, France as a US Fulbright Grantee examining the influence of increasing racialization of national identity/Frenchness from the perspective of first generation French blacks. I completed a PhD in sociology at Harvard examining attachment and emotion work among Black couples. I am also co-authoring a book with my AADHum colleagues on how a Black feminist ethic of care and intentionality was essential to developing a leading Black Digital Humanities Initiative.

Previous Education

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
cole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales

Helena Billington

  • Alumni
  • Australia
  • 2014 Mphil Epidemiology
  • Newnham College
Helena Billington

Helena Billington

  • Alumni
  • Australia
  • 2014 Mphil Epidemiology
  • Newnham College

I see quality statistics and the use of them in decision-making as paramount to enabling governments to make wide-reaching, positive changes to people's lives. My goals are to improve the translation of data analysis into policy, and to inspire future generations to use their quantitative skills to benefit our global community.

Previous Education

The University of Adelaide Honours Degree of Bachelor of Mathematical and Computer Sciences (Statistics) 2008

Andrea Binder

  • Alumni
  • Germany
  • 2014 PhD Politics and International Studies
  • Magdalene College
Andrea Binder

Andrea Binder

  • Alumni
  • Germany
  • 2014 PhD Politics and International Studies
  • Magdalene College

For the past eight years I worked at the Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi), an independent think tank based in Berlin. From 2011-2014, I served as GPPi’s associate director heading the programs on humanitarian action and innovation in development. I conducted field research in Haiti, DRC, CAR, Uganda and Turkey. At Cambridge, I will focus on state power and the politics of offshore finance. Offshore financial centres, or tax havens, are at the core of social inequality within and across countries. They help the wealthy elite to avoid taxes, shifting the burden of paying for public goods to lower income classes. Global tax evasion can only be addressed if countries collaborate internationally because of the near-complete integration of financial markets into one single global market. Studying the regulation of tax havens, I hope to make a contribution to more tax justice and a more stable financial system.

Daniel Birdwhistell

  • Alumni
  • United States
  • 2001 MPhil Education
  • St Edmund's College
Daniel Birdwhistell

Daniel Birdwhistell

  • Alumni
  • United States
  • 2001 MPhil Education
  • St Edmund's College