Current Newnham Postgraduate Research

This page lists a selection of the current Postgraduate research being undertaken by students, divided by Faculty or Department.

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Applied Mathematics & Theoretical Physics

Veronica Pasquarella, PhD in Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics
Category theory, representation theory, and their application to gauge theories.

Tamara Evstafyeva, PhD in Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics
Tests of general relativity (GR) and modified theories of gravity, with particular interest in simulations of binary black hole mergers in these modified theories of gravity and the modelling of resulting gravitational waves.


Naomi Allman, MPhil in Heritage Studies
How museums display the concepts of sex and sexuality (in classical archaeology collections)

Leah Brainerd, PhD in Archaeology
Exploring environmental conditions at the Jomon-Yayoi transition, analysing climatic, soil and pollen data to reconstruct landcover during the period, as well as modelling the suitability and productivity of rice and millet agriculture throughout Japan and its relation to demography during this transition.

Giulia Clamer, MPhil in Heritage Studies
Russia and Post-Soviet countries, post-conflict heritage, Central Asia, Russian art and avant-garde, diaspora communities, politics and heritage.

Emilia Franklin, PhD in Biological Anthropology
Considering how epidemic disease influences demographic profiles, focusing on the assessment of survivorship and mortality profiles from skeletal assemblages from “plague pits”, medieval cemeteries from before the Black Death, and medieval parish cemeteries spanning the second plague pandemic.

Aman Kang, PhD in Archaeology
Zooarchaeology by Mass Spectrometry (ZooMS): utilising new methods to unravel Neanderthal and AMH cognition from worked bone.


Rachel Sim, MPhil in Architecture and Urban Studies
Study of material culture in protests. Intersection of architecture, political geography and anthropology.

Yiqiao Sun, PhD in Architecture
Seeking to propose a cinematic method to broaden the understanding of certain types of lived space, such as the traditional Hutong neighbourhoods in the old city of Beijing, through the lens of the everyday.

Asian & Middle Eastern Studies

Gabrielle Russo, PhD in Asian and Middle Eastern Studies
The representation of the Turkic military guard in ninth-century Arabic praise writing


Juliette Limozin, PhD at the MRC Biostatistics Unit
Developing statistical methodologies for causal inference in longitudinal settings, focusing on the multiple emulated target trial approach.

Chemical Engineering & Biotechnology

Nuzli Karam, PhD in Bioelectronics
Developing a novel three-dimensional electrode sensing array with tissue-like properties for the study of cerebral brain organoids.

Maria Zacharopoulou, PhD in Biotechnology
The structural dynamics of the protein alpha-synuclein (aSyn) which is implicated in Parkinson’s disease.


Vaidehi Roy Chowdhury, PhD in Chemistry
Rational design of antibodies and antibody engineering to manipulate challenging protein targets in complex environments.

Michelle Wan, PhD in Atmospheric Chemistry
Research encompasses an interdisciplinary project which explores London air pollution exposure and human health, using machine learning techniques.


Cecily Bateman, PhD in Classics
The use of Classics by the Far-Right in Europe and America from 1945 to the present.

Christiane-Marie Cantwell, MPhil in Classics
The religious and cultural change of Roman Gaul, and interconnections within the Western Mediterranean during the mid to late Roman Empire.

Charlie Pemberton, PhD in Classics
The emergence and evolution of emotion in ancient ecphrasis (writing on art).

Rhiannon Smith, PhD in Classics
Focus on Classical Linguistics, specialising in Latin female onomastics.

Sophie Wardle, PhD in Classics
Exploring Victorian responses to London’s Roman past; looking at how archaeological discoveries from Londinium became entwined in modern lives, how they were incorporated into negotiations of personal and civic identity, and how they enabled individuals and institutions to confront their own legacies.

Clinical Neurosciences

Zera Mariyam Bose, MPhil in Medical Sciences
Focusing on the function of the extracellular matrix in the onset of stroke and vascular dementia; working on a Blood-Brain Barrier model utilising patient-induced pluripotent stem cells.

Cécile Crapart, PhD in Clinical Neurosciences
Aiming to unravel the functional link between Endoplasmic Reticulum (ER) morphology and the health of brain cells through an in-depth investigation of ER performance in calcium supplying powering neuronal and astroglia vital activities.


María José Arosemena Burbano, MPhil in Criminological Research
Intimate partner violence.

Hannah Marshall, PhD in Criminology
A qualitative study of child criminal exploitation (CCE) in the context of county lines drug markets in the UK.

Klea Ramaj, PhD in Criminology
Exploring the pathways between maternal exposure to violence and early child development in Tirana, Albania, with a particular focus on maternal well-being and parenting practices as mediating variables.


Sophie Bea Louise Overton, MPhil in Theology, Religion and Philosophy of Religion
Atheism in The Handmaid’s Tale, Theology and Literature, Study of Religions and Theology and Poetics.

Florence Harry, MPhil in Theology, Religion and Philosophy of Religion
An ethnographic and hermeneutical interfaith investigation into “embodied theodicy” through approaches to, and conceptualisation of, finitude.


Xuyi Yang, MPhil in Economic Research
Public economics and urban economics; unemployment and mental health.


Julie Bailey, PhD in Education
Autistic students’ experiences of engagement with learning activities.

Lixinhao Gao (Aurora), PhD in Education
Multilingualism, psychological development and social justice.

Linh Nguyen, MPhil in Arts, Creativity and Education
Play-based learning in North American educational spaces, particularly in relation to indigenous land-based practices.

Stella Miriam Pryce, PhD in Children’s Literature
Examining the historical and cultural idea of “childhood” and the ways in which the figure of the child is rendered spectral in British children’s fiction.


Wei Bi, PhD in Engineering
Flood resilience of transportation infrastructure under climate change.

Chisom Ifeobu, PhD in Engineering
Onshore Wind Turbine Foundations for Sustainable Development in Africa

Constanze Leeb, PhD in Engineering
Undertaking research in the Institute for Manufacturing in the Centre for Technology Management, focusing on digital tools (such as Artificial Intelligence) in decision-making processes in industries.

Cat Salvini, PhD in Engineering
Focusing on developing novel cementitious materials and pathways for transferring them to industry.


Juliette Bretan, PhD in English
Representations of Polish characters in Anglophone modernism, as well as cross-cultural collaboration between Britain and Poland in the first half of the 20th century.


Cat Watts, PhD in French
The ontology of the manuscript, translation imperii and American myth, Arthurian literature, countercultures in hagiographic transmission, resistance narratives, and trans-temporal and medium-agnostic legacy.

Geneviève Young, PhD in French
Framing the Old French and Old Occitan epics, called “chansons de geste” (songs of deeds), as a locus for longstanding cultural processes of memorialisation and myth-making.

Gender Studies

Jenny Carla Moran, PhD in Multidisciplinary Gender Studies
The intersections between love, humanness and robotics. Taking techno-companions as the area of study, exploring the historical definitions of humanness in colonial data that is consciously or unconsciously reproduced in the design of ideal humanoid robots.


Udisha Saklani, PhD in Geography
Critically examining hydropower planning and construction in the Himalayas; investigating the processes and effects of internationalisation of the Indian hydropower industry, and exploring the transnational circuits of planning and finance that are facilitating the new “hydro nations” in the Himalayas.

Hafsah Siddiqui, PhD in Geography
Urban-political geography, with particular interest in informality, citizenship and social movements in the Global South.


Mariana Quiroga Londoño, PhD in Haematology
Generating a complete haematopoietic atlas across the human lifespan, using tissues that range from the yolk sac to aged adult.


Isobel Akerman, PhD in History
Exploring the emergence of environmental thought within regional botanic gardens in post-war Britain, and considering how this affected change in their scientific research, institutional strategies and public education programmes.

Charmaine Au-Yeung, MPhil in World History
Chinese-Peruvian (chifa) and Japanese-Peruvian (nikkei) cuisine, and how they reflect on national and racial tensions in 20th century Peru.

Meg Roberts, PhD in History
Examining caregiving, health and disability during the American Revolutionary War

History & Philosophy of Science

Charlotte Claudia Zemmel, PhD in History and Philosophy of Science
Focusing on the social epistemology of science and medicine; in particular, how researchers draw inferences from randomised controlled trial data, looking at the decision procedures for choosing to end trials early.

Land Economy

Sakshi, PhD in Land Economy
Indigenous environmental justice in Australia, Brazil and Canada.

Latin American Studies

Erika Teichert, PhD in Latin American Studies
Envisioning Citizenship: Photographic Practice and Human Rights Activism in Contemporary Argentina.

Tamara Zambiasi, MPhil in Latin American Studies
Examining inequality and public policies in Brazil, with a focus on hunger and food security.

Modern & Medieval Languages & Literature

Maryam Gilanshah, MPhil in Film and Screen Studies
Portrayals of history, particularly Western pop history and culture, on screen, searching to understand whether there can be any definitive film practices that capture the texture of one’s life through media. Researching the remembrance politics of musical biopics.

Kyra Jade Ho, MPhil in European, Latin American and Comparative Literatures and Cultures (ELAC)
Questions of canonicity and academic value, taking as case studies Francophone and Hispanophone women writers of the 19th and 20th centuries.

Public Health & Primary Care

Sanjana Rana, MPhil in Population Health Science
Evaluating different policies that were implemented in the NHS (like Duty of Candor) through stakeholder interviews.

Kim Robin van Daalen, PhD in Environmental Epidemiology
Environmental arsenic pollution and risk of cardiovascular disease.

Social Anthropology

Sally Montgomery, PhD in Social Anthropology
Environmental anthropology, environmental-grief and plastic pollution, conservation.


Jung Chen, PhD in Sociology
Queer reproduction in Taiwan, focusing on Taiwanese gay men who form families and make kinship via transnational surrogacy.

Rhiannon Mulligan, MPhil in Sociology
Focusing on the experiences of queer athletes; exploring how Olympic-level athletes understand the intersection of their sporting fame and queer identities.

Aideen O’Shaughnessy, PhD in Sociology
The abortion rights movement in the Republic of Ireland, analysing the material and discursive effects of the 8th amendment on processes of subjectivication, combining concepts and methods from feminist phenomenology, social movement theory and the sociology of reproduction.

Elisabeth Sandler, PhD in Sociology
Exploring the coming and being out experiences of LGBTQA+ identifying Cambridge students and staff members, in order to generate action points to improve the lives of LGBTQA+ students and university employees within the UK and beyond.

Veterinary Medicine

Nina Krause, PhD in Biological Sciences
Translational approaches to infectious diseases, based around the development of a trivalent vaccine candidate against Marburg-, Ebola- and Lassa virus, evaluating vaccine candidates in different animal models in regards to immunogenicity and efficacy.