I grew up catching praying mantises and damselflies in rural Kentucky. As an undergraduate at Centre College, I majored in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; I spent my summers taking care of sick children at the Center for Courageous Kids and doing research in organic chemistry and neuroscience. I matriculated directly to the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry and completed my first three years of medical school. I then moved to Janelia Research Campus as a HHMI Medical Research Fellow; there I studied the neural and genetic bases of behavior. As a PhD student in Zoology, I will study adaptive behavior. All animals integrate information about past experience into future decisions; this is the basis of learning and memory. I am proposing to write a specific memory and read the memory trace in the brain. I will use the fruit fly as a model organism. By understanding mechanisms of memory storage, we can begin to investigate changes in memory formation in disease; this may allow us to develop rational therapies for disorders of memory formation, including autism and Alzheimer’s disease. After completing my PhD, I will return to finish my last year of medical school and pursue a career as a child neurologist and neuroscientist, using my lab to better understand the patients I see in clinic.
Niamh O’Neill’s research is fundamental to progress in making high quality and accurate predictions about the properties of molecular crystals. For her PhD she aims to develop methods to model and simulate molecular crystals in more computationally efficient ways than are currently available. “We use highly accurate quantum mechanical methods for smaller systems, but they are […]
Anna Kathryn Kendrick’s first book, Humanizing Childhood in Early Twentieth Century Spain, was published earlier this year and in it she traces how Spanish neo-humanist education reformers drew upon international models to advance ‘catholic’ notions of holism and universality. It is based on her PhD in Spanish which she completed at the University of Cambridge. […]
Naked mole-rats can live for an incredibly long time and have an exceptional resistance to cancer thanks to unique conditions in their bodies that stop cancer cells multiplying, according to new research led by a Gates Cambridge Scholar. Understanding how these remarkable animals are almost completely immune to cancer could improve our understanding of the […]
Scholar-Elect Sayam Chowdhury is studying the shorebirds of Bangladesh’s coastal areas and the impact of climate change on their conservation.
Stella Nordhagen’s job at the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition aims to understand the causes of food insecurity and find solutions.
Eric Cervini’s first book has already joined the New York Times’ Best Seller list, the first LGBTQ+ history book to make it to the list in 27 years.
New research by Davide Martino shows that the Weimar Residenzschloss was designed by a Medici spy.
Scholar-Elect Lyndie Zollinger’s PhD will attempt to understand and prevent knee damage caused by everyday activities.
Gillean Denny has led the design of a Living Chapel in Italy, a symbol of hope for the ecological awakening of humanity.
Andrea Kusec has won a Social Impact Award from the University of Cambridge’s Vice-Chancellor.
The Gates Cambridge Trust is appalled by the horrific death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, MN, the latest in a long history of violence against…