Current Junior Research Fellows

We currently have eight Junior Research Fellows in the Fellowship:

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Christine Batchelor

Rosalind Franklin Research Fellow in Geography

Christine studied Geography at the University of Cambridge (BA 2009), where she developed initial interests in glaciers and ice sheets. Christine’s MPhil and PhD research at the Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge (MPhil 2010, PhD 2014) focused on using marine geophysical and geological data collected from formerly-glaciated continental margins to reconstruct the dynamics of former ice streams (fast-flowing regions of ice within an ice sheet).

Christine is conducting her post-doctoral research as a member of Professor Julian Dowdeswell’s Glacimarine Environments group at the Scott Polar Research Institute. Her ongoing research uses a variety of marine geophysical and geological data to make inferences about the configuration and dynamics of former ice sheets and the patterns and processes of sedimentation that occur beneath ice streams. Information about past ice streams is needed to further our understanding of the processes that are currently operating at the largely inaccessible beds of contemporary ice streams, and to predict the likely future responses of ice sheets to climatic change.

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Elise Burton

Associates’ Research Fellow

Elise is currently the Associates’ Research Fellow at Newnham College. She earned her BA from the University of California, Berkeley, achieving High Honors in two subjects, Middle Eastern Studies and Integrative Biology (specialising in evolutionary genetics). Her undergraduate research focused on the teaching of evolutionary biology in the state education systems of Iran, Turkey, Israel and Saudi Arabia. In 2017, she completed her PhD in History & Middle Eastern Studies from Harvard University with a thesis on the history of human genetics research in Iran, Turkey, and Israel from the First World War to the present.

Kirsty Sinclair Dootson

Henry Sidgwick Research Fellow

Kirsty’s research considers how materials and technologies have critically shaped visual culture from the Victorian era to the present, with a particular interest in British and American art and film. Her current book project examines how new ways of making colour transformed the meaning of colour in modern Britain, from the development of synthetic textile dyes in the 1850s to the arrival of colour television in the 1960s. Dr Dootson is also collaborating on a history of Technicolor cinema in China. She received her PhD in History of Art with Film and Media Studies from Yale University in 2018 and also holds degrees in Film and Television Studies from Warwick University, and in History of Art from Cambridge University. Her work has been recognized with grants, fellowships, and awards from the Museum of Modern Art, the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, the Huntington, the British Association of Victorian Studies, the AHRC, the Yale Center for British Art, and The British Association of Film, Television and Screen Studies.

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Susan Imrie

Amy Whiteley Research Fellow

Susan completed her PhD in 2017 at the University of Cambridge, examining family functioning in infancy in families created through assisted reproductive technologies. Her post-doctoral work is based at the Centre for Family Research and explores parents’ and children’s experiences and relationships in families with trans parents.

Her research explores family functioning in new family forms, with a focus on parent-child relationship quality, child development and children’s perceptions of their families. Her previous work has included studies of parent-infant relationship quality in families created using IVF and egg donation, and the experiences of surrogate mothers and their families. She is currently carrying out research with trans parent families in the UK, looking at parents’ and children’s experiences, relationships and wellbeing both within and outside their families.

Dr Úna Monaghan

Úna Monaghan

Rosamund Harding Research Fellow

Úna is a harper, composer, and sound artist from Belfast. Úna read Natural Sciences at Newnham before earning an MA and PhD in Sonic Arts at Queen’s University Belfast.

Úna’s research examines the intersections between Irish traditional music, experimental music practices, improvisation and interactive technologies. Her creative practice as musician, composer and sound engineer are reflected in a layered methodology that combines ethnography, composition, historical and musicological research, software and interface design, and performance. Her work investigates the creative, social, political and cultural challenges and opportunities that arise when a folk music tradition confronts new tools such as digital technologies and improvisatory techniques.

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Naomi Moris

Constance Work Research Fellow

Naomi studied Biological Science as an undergraduate, and found herself particularly interested in developmental biology and epigenetics. After some time spent researching at Cancer Research UK London, she came to Cambridge to do a PhD between the departments of Genetics and Haematology. She is currently a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Department of Genetics, with Alfonso Martinez-Arias’ group.

Her research is in the field of developmental biology, which involves studying early embryo development and how individual cells make decisions. She is particularly interested in the dynamics of these decisions, including the role of random chance (stochasticity) and gene expression variability (heterogeneity), and how cell fate is coordinated across the embryo in space and time. To better understand these questions, she uses mouse embryonic stem cells in 3-dimensional ‘organoid’ culture systems which mimic features of the early mouse embryo.

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Tamara von Glehn

Ruth Holt Research Fellow

Tamara’s research interests are foundations of mathematics and logic – in particular, category theory including categorical logic and topos theory; type theory and homotopy type theory; realizability; and the applications of these to computer science.

Gemma Murray

Wheldale Onslow Junior Research Fellow

Gemma is currently a Research Associate in the Department of Veterinary Medicine, and holds the Wheldale Onslow Junior Research Fellowship in Evolutionary Biology at Newnham College.

Gemma studied Physics as an undergraduate at the University of St Andrews, and Philosophy as a postgraduate at the University of Western Ontario and the University of Cambridge. She began her study of evolutionary biology at the University of Edinburgh, where she completed a master’s degree in Quantitative Genetics and Genome Analysis, and worked as a Research Assistant for a project on infectious disease in East African cattle.

Gemma undertook her PhD in the Department of Genetics in Cambridge, where she developed methods of analysing bacterial genome sequences to understand how pathogens evolve and respond to selective pressures. Following this, she spent two years as a Postdoctoral Scholar at the University of California, Santa Cruz, where she studied the genomes of extinct and endangered animals through analysis of ancient DNA.

Gemma is an evolutionary biologist, whose research has involved investigating genome evolution across a variety of taxa. She is interested in the influence of natural selection on the evolution of populations,
especially in relation to the evolution of bacterial pathogens.

Gemma is currently investigating why bacteria that cause disease often have smaller genomes and fewer genes than their closest non-pathogenic relatives. She is studying this link in Streptococcus suis, which is an important pathogen of pigs that is also capable of transmission into humans.

Gabriella Heller

Junior Research Fellow 

Sciences – starting 1 July 2019

Asiya Islam

Junior Research Fellow

Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences – starting 1 October 2019