Research Fellows

Virgil Andrei
Virgil Andrei
Natural Sciences (Physical)
Chemistry
My interests revolve around the development of renewable energy sources, such as photoelectrocatalysis, photovoltaics and thermoelectrics . Currently, I am working on scalable "artificial leaf" devices, which can split water to produce hydrogen, or reduce carbon dioxide to value-added products under solar light illumination. This interdisciplinary approach is fundamental for the wide-scale implementation of sustainable solar fuels.
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Dr Adam T Bales
Research Fellow in Philosophy
Philosophy
Decision Making
I am interested in the way that we do and should make decisions; in the role that regret and resolution play in our lives; and in the role of practical wisdom.
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Dr Tristan Brown
Dr Tristan G Brown
Title A (Research Fellow)
Asian and Middle Eastern Studies
Chinese History
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Dr Marie Chabbert
Dr Marie Chabbert
Research Fellow
Modern and Medieval Languages
Marie Chabbert is a Research Fellow at the University of Cambridge's St John's College. Her research, which is situated at the crossroads between French and Religious Studies, focuses on the so-called 'return of religion' at the forefront of international preoccupations and interrogates how French thinkers including Georges Bataille, Jacques Derrida, Gilles Deleuze, Jean-Luc Nancy and Bruno Latour, inaugurate new perspectives for thinking faith in the so-called ‘postsecular’ age. She is currently working on her first monograph to be entitled Faithful Deicides: Contemporary French Thought and the Eternal Return of Religion.

Prior to obtaining her PhD from the University of Oxford, Marie completed a double-BA in Political Sciences and Modern French Culture at SciencesPo Paris and La Sorbonne IV, an MPhil in Comparative European Cultures at the University of Cambridge, and an MSc in Social Anthropology at the London School of Economics.

As part of a wider commitment to public engagement in the humanities, Marie works as a freelance journalist for the Religion section of the French newspaper Le Monde and has written for the French intellectual magazine Esprit. She is also an Executive Committee member of the European Interfaith Youth Network of Religions for Peace, the largest international coalition of representatives from the world’s religions dedicated to promoting multi-religious cooperation for peace. In January 2021, Marie was chosen as a Young Religious Leader-Media Maker by the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations and United Nations Counter-Terrorism Center for their Edin (Empowering Dialogue & Interfaith Networks) programme.

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Dr Fusco
Dr Giuliana Fusco
Natural Science (Biological)
The underlying mechanisms of Parkinson’s Disease
Further developing studies on Parkinson’s disease and using the knowledge and tools developed during the PhD to address in detail the origin of this disease as well as to design research strategies to combat it.
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Dr Dorian Gangloff
Research Fellow in Physics
Natural Sciences (Physical)
Quantum optics, quantum networks, and quantum information processing. Optically-active semiconductor quantum dots. Trapped ions. Control of mesoscopic systems.
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Dr Rosalba Garcia Millan
Junior Research Fellow
Mathematics
Mathematical Physics
Statistical mechanics, stochastic thermodynamics, Doi-Peliti field theory, active matter, active motility, branching processes, entropy production, complex systems, non-equilibrium systems, biological physics, epidemic spreading, neuronal avalanches, chromosomal interactions.
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Dr Talitha Kearey
Dr Talitha Kearey
Classics
Latin literature and its reception. My current book project explores concepts of authorship, biography and literary criticism in Virgil’s ancient reception; more broadly, I maintain research interests in Latin poetry and prose, the history of scholarship, reception studies to the present day, and literary and cultural theory (especially feminist and queer studies).

Recent and forthcoming publications:
• ‘(Mis)reading the Gnat: Truth and Deception in the Pseudo-Virgilian Culex’, Ramus 47.2 (2018), 174-196.
• ‘Two Acrostics in Horace’s Satires (1.9.24-8, 2.1.7-10)’, Classical Quarterly 69.2 (forthcoming in December 2019).
• ‘Secondary Metalepsis? Talking to Virgil in Fulgentius’ Expositio Continentiae Virgilianae’, in S. Matzner and G. C. Trimble (edd.),
Metalepsis: Ancient Texts, New Perspectives, Oxford University Press (forthcoming in 2020).

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Dr Benedek Kruchió
Dr Benedek Kruchió
Research Fellow
Classics
Imperial Greek and late antique literature and culture.
BA Vienna, MA Berlin, PhD Cambridge.

Specialising in Greek literature from late antiquity and the interpretative traditions of this period, I am currently finishing a book on Heliodorus’s Aethiopica, a virtuosic novel from the fourth century C.E. Telling the adventures of an Ethiopian princess, this text testifies to the cultural complexities of its time: it is a story about race, unstable identities, sexual and religious purity. Bridging the gap between formal analysis and discursive approaches to literature, my study seeks to understand the Aethiopica’s responsivity to contrasting interpretative strategies in relation to the methods of contemporary reading communities such as Platonists, ‘sophists,’ and Christians.

In my new project I am investigating how the literary production of late antiquity responds to the increasing popularity of allegorical interpretation in this transformative era. In addition, I am currently preparing a conference on the visual, religious, and literary cultures of the imperial period – with a focus on allegory – and a collaborative commentary on the forgotten Christian sequel to a ‘pagan’ Greek novel.

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Dr Matt Lampitt
Dr Matt Lampitt
Modern and Medieval Languages

My research focuses on medieval literature in French and Occitan, particularly in multilingual, comparative perspectives (especially with literature in Welsh, Latin, and English), and from positions informed by modern critical theory and philosophy (especially queer, feminist, psychoanalytic, ecocritical, and Latourian).
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Dr Stephanie Mawson
History
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Lucy McDonald
Dr Lucy McDonald
Philosophy
I work mainly in philosophy of language, ethics, and feminist philosophy. I'm particularly interested in the nature and power of speech; what it means to be a speaker or a hearer, how power relations affect who can speak and what they can say, and the role speech plays in enforcing social norms.
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Dr Meier
Dr Joana Meier
Natural Science (Biological)
Evolutionary genomics; Speciation
My main research focus is on speciation and evolutionary genomics. Why do some taxa rapidly generate new species, whereas others remain species-poor? I am particularly interested in the role of hybridisation
(interbreeding) in rapid speciation and adaptation. My study systems include cichlid fishes from the East African Lake Victoria and Heliconius butterflies from the Andes in Ecuador.

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Jules O'Dwyer
Dr Jules O'Dwyer
Modern and Medieval Languages
Jules O’Dwyer works primarily on contemporary French film and thought. His doctoral work addresses interrelated questions of spatiality and sexuality, with a focus on the work of Jacques Nolot, Vincent Dieutre and Alain Guiraudie. His publications have looked at a range of theoretical paradigms—including object-oriented thought, apparatus theory, and questions of intertextuality and stardom—through the lens of French film, ranging from 1950s ethnographic film to recent queer cinema.
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Anna plumridge
Anna Plumridge
English
Textual scholarship, with a particular focus on 19th and 20th century manuscripts, and colonial and postcolonial studies.
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Dr Kadi Saar
Dr Kadi Saar
Natural Sciences (Physical)
Biophysical Chemistry
My research focusses on developing new experimental and predictive computational methods for understanding the behaviour of proteins in their native state in solution.
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Dr Ester Salgarella
Junior Research Fellow in Classics
Classics
Bronze Age Aegean writing systems (esp. Linear A and Linear B)
Linear A writing and administrative practices; relationship between Linear A and Linear B (process of script formation); Linear A and Linear B palaeography and structure.
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Christiana Scheib
Dr Christiana Scheib
Archaeology
Ancient DNA
The intersection in human health between diet, genes and disease. Population genetics, ancient DNA, ancient proteins, pathogens.
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Dr Rebecca Shercliff
Dr Rebecca Shercliff
Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic (ASNC)
My research centres on medieval texts and their development in the context of their social, historical and literary background, with a particular focus on producing new editions and translations of previously neglected works. My main research interests are medieval Irish literature and early Arthurian literature.
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Aaron Zhao
Mr Aaron Zhao
Research Fellow
Computer Science
Machine Learning, Computer Architecture, Machine Learning Security.
I am currently a PhD student at the Computer Lab of University of Cambridge, supervised by Dr Robert Mullins. I finished my MPhil degree from Cambridge and was supervised by Dr Robert Mullins as well. Prior to that, I obtained my Electrical and Electronic Engineering BEng degree from the Imperial College London with my final two years supervised by Prof George Constantinides. During my BEng studies, I was tutored by Dr Papavassiliou. My current research focuses on efficient machine learning, secure machine learning and machine learning hardware designs.
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