Current Junior Research Fellows

We currently have nine Junior Research Fellows in the Fellowship:

Photo of Dr Elise Burton, Junior Research Fellow

Elise Burton

Associates’ Research Fellow

Elise is currently the Associates’ Research Fellow at Newnham College.

Elise Burton’s research page

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 Sinclair Dootson’s research page

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.

Hana D'Souza

Beatrice Mary Dale Research Fellowship

Photograph of Dr Susan Imrie, Amy Whiteley Research Fellow

Susan Imrie

Amy Whiteley Research Fellow

Susan Imrie’s research page

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.

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Naomi Moris

Constance Work Research Fellow

Naomi Moris’s research page

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.

Gemma Murray

Wheldale Onslow Junior Research Fellow

Gemma Murray’s research page

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 

Asiya Islam

Joyce Lambert Research Fellow

Sakthy Selvakumaran

Isaac Newton Trust Research Fellow