Current Junior Research Fellows

We currently have nine Junior Research Fellows in the Newnham College Fellowship.

Our Fellowships offer an opportunity for outstanding early-career researchers to carry out independent research in a stimulating and supportive academic community and to meet established researchers across a range of disciplines.

For details of current and future Fellowship opportunities, please see our Research Fellowships page.

Dr Ricarda Beckmann

Ruth Holt Research Fellow

Dr Ricarda Beckmann is a numerical astrophysicist and an expert in the link between supermassive black holes and their host galaxies across cosmic time. She uses large-scale simulations of the Universe to understand how supermassive black holes evolve and what role they play in the evolution of the universe we see around us today.

Dr Ricarda Beckmann’s research page

Dr Hana D’Souza

Beatrice Mary Dale Research Fellowship

Dr Hana D’Souza is a Visiting Fellow in the Department of Psychology, University of Cambridge and an Associate Research Fellow at the Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development, Birkbeck, University of London. As part of the London Down Syndrome (LonDownS) Consortium, she has been investigating individual differences and interactions between various domains and levels of description across development in infants and toddlers with Down syndrome.

Dr Hana D’Souza’s research page

Dr Kirsty Sinclair Dootson

Henry Sidgwick Research Fellow

Dr Kirsty Sinclair Dootson is an art historian with a particular interest in how technologies have shaped visual culture. She is currently the Henry Sidgwick Research Fellow at Newnham College.

Dr Kirsty Sinclair Dootson’s research page

Dr Meg Foster

Mary Bateson Research Fellow

Dr Meg Foster is an intersectional historian currently researching the connections between British highway robbery and the origins of Australian bushranging. She has experience working across race, class and gender histories as well as imperial, colonial, ethnographic and public histories and has published widely.

Dr Meg Foster’s research page

Dr Gabriella Heller

Rosalind Franklin Research Fellow

Dr Gabriella Heller’s research focuses on intrinsically disordered proteins and whether and how they can be targeted by small molecule therapeutics using a combination of computational and experimental biophysical techniques.

Dr Gabriella Heller’s research page

Photograph of Dr Susan Imrie, Amy Whiteley Research Fellow

Dr Susan Imrie

Amy Whiteley Research Fellow

Dr Susan Imrie’s 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.

Dr Susan Imrie’s research page

Dr Asiya Islam

Joyce Lambert Research Fellow

Dr Asiya Islam’s research explores the gendered politics of class formation in urban India.

Dr Asiya Islam’s research page

Dr Gemma Murray

Wheldale Onslow Research Fellow

Dr Gemma Murray is an evolutionary biologist. She is interested in the influence of natural selection on the evolution of populations,especially in relation to the evolution of bacterial pathogens.

Dr Gemma Murray’s research page

Dr Sakthy Selvakumaran

Isaac Newton Trust Research Fellow

Dr Sakthy Selvakumaran’s research interests focus on contributing toward more sustainable and resilient cities. She has particular expertise in using remote sensing (satellite monitoring) to understand its relevance, utilisation, and limitations to urban environments and civil engineering applications.

Dr Sakthy Selvakumaran’s research page