Current Junior Research Fellows

We currently have eight 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 Helen Alderson

McDonald Renfrew Fellow, McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research

Dr Helen A. Alderson is interested in the material culture and landscapes of Oceania and in what they can tell us about peoples’ lives. She has contributed to fieldwork in Micronesia, Melanesia and Polynesia.

Dr Helen Alderson’s research 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 Laura Caponetto

Sarah Smithson Research Fellow

Dr Laura Caponetto is a philosopher specialising in philosophy of language, feminist philosophy, and social philosophy.

Dr Laura Caponetto’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 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 Eloise Hamilton

Old Students’ Jubilee Research Fellow

Dr Eloise Hamilton is a pure mathematician working in the area of algebraic geometry, a field of mathematics which studies the geometry of solutions to polynomial equations. Her research focuses on classification problems in algebraic geometry, in particular on the construction and study of moduli spaces.

Dr Eloise Hamilton’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

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