President:  Gabrielle McClymont

Gabrielle is a PhD student in Biochemistry researching the regulation of inflammation in innate immunity. She was the previous Vice-President of CUSPE. She is a Gates Cambridge Scholar and member of Corpus Christi College. She previously studied a Bachelor of Advanced Science Arts (Hons I) majoring in Government and International Relations and Biochemistry as well as a Masters of Science (Research) at the University of Sydney. Her aim is to maximise the benefit of scientific research through implementation in public policy and collaboration with industry. Gabrielle has been a finalist at the World University Debating Championships.

Vice President: Katie Cohen

Katie Cohen is a researcher at the Centre for Science and Policy (CSaP) where she helps build networks of evidence and expertise for public policy. She holds an MPhil in History and Philosophy of Science and Medicine from the University of Cambridge and is an alumna of Darwin College. Prior to this, she completed a bachelor’s degree in History of Science at Harvard University. She joined CUSPE last year as a Publications Officer for the Cambridge Journal of Science and Policy and looks forward to developing partnerships and contributing to CUSPE’s strategic vision this year.

 

Secretary: Ellie Blake

Ellie is a PhD student in the Department of Genetics and a member of Jesus College. Her PhD research focuses on the mechanisms protecting the genome in reproductive cells. Prior to this, Ellie completed a BA in Biological Sciences at the University of Oxford and an MPhil in Genetics at the University of Cambridge. She is currently researching the types of support care leavers require to make a successful transition to independence in adulthood as part of the 2020 CUSPE Policy Challenges.

Treasurer: Jerry Chen


Policy & Challenges

Policy Challenges Coordinator: Lisa Hecker

Lisa is a PhD student at the EPSRC Centre for Sensor Technologies and has a multidisciplinary research background. Currently, she is working on the development of laser imaging methods to study molecular mechanisms of disease. Lisa has just completed a UKRI policy internship with the Joint Nature Conservation Committee where she worked with of Earth Observation methods to inform policy makers about habitat conditions.

 

Policy Challenges Coordinator: Peace Adesina

Peace Adesina is a PhD student in Chemical Engineering with her research focused on the optimisation of the gas diffusion electrodes for the commercialisation of the electrochemical reduction of CO2, a promising technology to convert waste CO2 to fuels and value-added products. She is very passionate about climate change mitigation and technologies that would aid the transition to a low carbon economy. She hopes to use this platform to tackle some of the real-life challenges faced in the world today and find an intersecting point between her scientific background and the public policy formulation and management.

Finance & Fundraising

Finance & Fundraising Lead: Grace Field

Grace is a second year PhD student working on philosophy of physics at the Department of History and Philosophy of ScienceShe studies analogue black holestable-top systems used as models of astrophysical black holesto assess the limits of analogical reasoning in scientific evidence production. She is passionate about bringing critical perspectiveon science into the public realm, both through effective science communication and the cultivation of transparent science policy decision-makingAs Finance and Fundraising Lead, she aims to strengthen CUSPE’s industry and University-wide partnerships. 

Finance & Fundraising Officer: Tara Bhagat

Tara is a second year reading PBS at Sidney from Washington, DC. The debate over coronavirus closings sparked her interest in the intersection between scientific studies and formulating policy. She’s really excited to find new avenues of sponsorship both within and external to the College, including advertising!

Forum 2020-2021

Forum Lead: Simone Eizagirre Barker

 

Simone is a graduate student at the EPSRC Doctoral Training Centre for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, focused on photonics, optoelectronics and functional materials. Beyond research, she is very interested in science journalism and policy, and is currently co-host of the Cambridge University BlueSci Podcast, and writes articles about the intersections between science, technology and society, which have been published on online platforms such as Massive Science and Salon.

 

Forum Officer: Lisa Hecker

Lisa is a PhD student at the EPSRC Centre for Sensor Technologies and has a multidisciplinary research background. Currently, she is working on the development of laser imaging methods to study molecular mechanisms of disease. Lisa has just completed a UKRI policy internship with the Joint Nature Conservation Committee where she worked with of Earth Observation methods to inform policy makers about habitat conditions.

Forum Officer:  Octavia Rookes

Octavia is a third year undergraduate student studying Earth Sciences at Jesus College. Her interests are in climate science and the philosophy of science. In particular, science policy and increasing diversity in science and research. Outside of her degree, she enjoys performing piano in chamber ensembles.

Forum Officer:  Thomas Freitag

Thomas (they/them pronouns) is a master ’s student in public policy at Churchill College, where they will be studying international HIV policy through the Kanders-Churchill Scholarship. They are a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, where they double majored in Neuroscience and Psychology. Thomas has a particular interest in LGBTQ+ health policy and intends to pursue medical education in the United States to contribute to the development of health equity legislation. When not engaged in their studies or extracurriculars, Thomas enjoys running and musical performance.

Lectures

Lectures Lead: Argyris Zardilis

Argyris is a post-doctoral research associate at the Sainsbury Laboratory studying the development of plant organs through a biophysical modelling lens. He has a background in computer science and has worked both in industry and for organisations like CERN. He is interested in the origin and transformation of the institutions (in the wider sense) of a society and more practically in the role of scientists in those processes. This has led him for the second year to be involved with CUSPE and he hopes that through the lectures and the interaction with the membership and wider community to probe interesting and thought-provoking questions and discussions.

Lectures Officer: Sarah Nelson

Sarah is a second year PhD student researching climate policy and social change, based at the Department of Engineering and Darwin College. She holds Bachelor’s degrees in economics and physics from the University of Auckland, and a Masters in economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Before moving to Cambridge, she worked at the New Zealand Treasury and in economic consulting, which spurred her interest in environmental policy and regulation. Sarah joined CUSPE through the 2019 Policy Challenges, where she helped develop a climate forecast for Cambridgeshire.

 

 


Workshops

Workshops Lead: Richard Moulange

Richard is an MMath student in the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, and a member of Trinity College. He completed his Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics at Cambridge in 2019. He explores the application of mathematical tools to problems such as climate change mitigation and disease dynamics. His science for policy interests include global catastrophic risk mitigation and cost-effectiveness analysis. He is looking forward to helping students consider careers in policymaking in a careful and evidence-based way and providing them with useful skills-based workshops.

 

Workshops Officer: Lane Atmore

Lane is a second-year Marie S. Curie PhD research fellow studying the human impact on marine fish populations using ancient DNA. Based at the University of Oslo, she is seconded at the Dept of Archaeology in Cambridge. Prior to her PhD she completed an MPhil in Applied Biological Anthropology at Cambridge, a Thomas J. Watson Fellowship researching human-ocean relationships, and a BA in Anthropology and Chinese at Grinnell College. Through her PhD research she hopes to bring evolutionary biology to policy-making by furthering our understanding of how fisheries policy and human activity has changed marine ecosystems over thousand-year timescales.

Workshops Officer: Martin Ho

Martin is a PhD student at the Centre for Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy. His research focuses on mission-oriented innovation policy and the biotechnology value chain. Prior to starting his PhD, Martin conducted a consulting project for the Department for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy, and designed an OTC product for Procter and Gamble. Martin graduated first in class in his master’s degree in Technology Policy at Cambridge and an undergraduate degree in Biotechnology at Imperial College London. He runs a startup on microbiome-based disease diagnosis in his free time.

Cambridge Journal of Science and Policy

Chief Editor: Emma Brown

Emma is a final year PhD student in Medical Sciences at the Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute and member of Wolfson College. Her research focuses on the use of new imaging technologies to visualise breast cancer. She joined CUSPE last year as a member of the publications team which launched the Cambridge Journal of Science and Policy (CJSP). This year she leads the team as Chief Editor of CJSP. She is passionate about communicating scientific evidence to policymakers and to the public effectively and accurately and wants to increase the impact of our new journal this year!

Managing Editor: Michele Sanguanini

Michele is a member of Gonville & Caius College and a PhD student at the Centre for Misfolding Diseases (Department of Chemistry). His research involves the systems biology and biophysics underlying neurodegenerative processes and ageing, with a focus on protein aggregation in Alzheimer’s disease. Before coming to Cambridge, Michele received a Diploma in Biology from Scuola Normale Superiore and an MSc in Biology Applied to Biomedical Sciences from the University of Pisa. Michele is interested in the relationship between science and the law and how policy making might address the challenges arising from their interaction. He is among the founders and was the editor in chief for the first volume of the Cambridge Journal of Science and Policy.

 

Editor: Paolo Andrich

Paolo is a post-doctoral research associate at the Cavendish Laboratory where he studies the optoelectronic properties of materials used for solar energy harvesting and novel quantum devices. He is an experimental physicist by training and has worked on several projects in condensed matter physics in laboratories in Europe and the United States.  Beyond his work in the lab, Paolo is very interested in the concept of ethics and fairness as they relate to scientific research, and particularly in the incentives and motivations that drive it. He has co-founded the Cavendish Research Ethics group that aims at investigating and debating these notions within the scientific community and the public at large. He is also participating in efforts to reduce the environmental impact of the research labs in the Physics department.

Editor: Zak Lakota-Baldwin

Zak is a fourth year Natural Sciences undergraduate at St John’s College, studying History and Philosophy of Science. Some of his main interests include objectivity and values in science, sociology of scientific knowledge, and the history and philosophy of climate science. He is particularly interested in the ways in which experts and non-experts interact, and the role this relationship plays in science communication and policy. He is currently also News Editor of BlueSci, the Cambridge University student science magazine, and was previously Science Editor of Varsity. 

Editor: Thomas Freitag

Thomas (they/them pronouns) is a master ’s student in public policy at Churchill College, where they will be studying international HIV policy through the Kanders-Churchill Scholarship. They are a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, where they double majored in Neuroscience and Psychology. Thomas has a particular interest in LGBTQ+ health policy and intends to pursue medical education in the United States to contribute to the development of health equity legislation. When not engaged in their studies or extracurriculars, Thomas enjoys running and musical performance.

Editor: Paula Martin Gonzalez

Paula Martin Gonzalez is a PhD student at University of Cambridge that applies artificial intelligence techniques based on medical imaging (both pathology and radiology) to improve cancer treatments. She holds a BSc in Biomedical Engineering from Universidad Carlos III de Madrid and a MSc in Medical Physics from Imperial College.

Editor: Kate Howlett

Kate is a PhD student of zoology, based in the University Museum of Zoology and funded by the Natural Environment Research Council. Her research is focused on green space in UK primary schools, investigating their potential for improving children’s wellbeing and connection to nature, as well as the potential for biodiversity conservation within these spaces. She has previously completed an undergraduate degree in Natural Sciences at the University of Cambridge and an MSc in Human Evolution & Behaviour at UCL.

 

Editor: Dillon Rinauro

Dillon is a member of St John’s College and a second-year PhD student in Chemistry at the Centre for Misfolding Diseases. His research investigates the biophysics and kinetics of protein aggregation in neurodegenerative diseases. Previously, he received a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry from Loyola Marymount University. Dillon is interested in the relationship between scientific evidence and its role in policy reform. More specifically, he is passionate about how to effectively convey science to public for emerging concerns in public health and climate change.

Editor: Carolyn Rogers

Carolyn is a PhD student at the Babraham Institute and is a member of Magdalene College. Her research concerns the 3D organisation of the genome in immune cells.  Prior to this, Carolyn completed a bachelor’s degree in Natural Sciences at the University of Cambridge. She is excited to be joining the CUSPE committee this year as part of the publications team.

 

Editor: Darius Sultani

Darius is an alumnus of Darwin College and holds an MPhil in Technology Policy from the Judge Business School, University of Cambridge. He has a background in engineering from FAU Erlangen-Nuremberg, UC San Diego, and TU Munich. Darius’ interests lie in the economics of fighting climate change, as well as sustainable innovation systems, and the interactions between public and private institutions. He has been a peer reviewer and associate editor for CUSPE since the first volume of the Cambridge Journal of Science and Policy.

Networking and Social Leads

Social Officer: Orla Woodward

Orla is a third year PhD student at the Institute of Metabolic Science researching the gut-brain axis in the control of appetite and feeding behaviour. Orla is keen to promote academic engagement in policy and increase collaboration between academics and policy makers. Through her role on the Networking and Socials team, Orla aims to build relationships between current CUSPE members through regular social activities and between previous CUSPE members through assisting with the establishment of the CUSPE Alumni Network (CUSPAN).

 

 

Social Officer: Isabel Esain Garcia

Bel is a second-year PhD student in the Department of Chemistry in collaboration with the Cancer Research Institute. When she is not investigating DNA secondary structure or editing genomes, she is actively involved in science policy. She is particularly interested in bioethics, climate science and environmental challenges. In the past she has presented her proposals at the European and UK Parliaments and she is regularly engaged in discussions with MPs from the Spanish Congress of Deputies. She is energetic and enthusiastic, and always happy to discuss science policy.

Marketing & Communications

Marketing & Communications Lead: Ernestine Hui

Ernestine is a PhD student in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology and the Cambridge Graphene Centre. Currently, she is developing a graphene-based brain on a chip platform for the study of neurodegenerative diseases. She has previously completed a Graphene Technology MRes and a Materials Science and Engineering MEng. Ernestine has a strong interest in the scientific evidence provided when creating policies and is currently tackling the evidence surrounding the type of support care leavers require when transitioning from a supported young person into an independent adult.

Marketing & Communications Officer: Kayla Pincus

Kayla Pincus’ MPhil research at Cambridge focuses on using storytelling to lower death penalty support and social dominance orientation. She wishes to apply the insights gained from her research to a range of additional identity conflicts in order to systematically decrease out-grouping. Previously, she received her BA from Sarah Lawrence College studying how social issues are marketed. Kayla was a mitigation investigator for the Federal Public Defender of the Eastern District of Arkansas where she researched the backgrounds of her clients in an attempt to get them off of death row.

Marketing & Communications Officer: Ellie Fox

Ellie is a final year Geography undergraduate at Fitzwilliam College. She is interested in how theoretical insights into expertise, perceptions and policy about climate change can inform real-world climate decision-making. She has recently completed an internship at Birdlife International, researching threats to EU bird species and using data to support their future science, conservation and policy directions. She is working on tackling climate change at the community level through the 2020 CUSPE Policy Challenges.

Marketing & Communications Officer: Anna McKeon

Anna is a finalist studying history at Fitzwilliam College, with her research focusing on interdisciplinary studies into memory, quantification in historical analysis, and using the past to inform policy decisions. She is very interested in the potential policy advances that combining expertise from multiple fields can offer and is really excited to be on the CUSPE team this year.

 

Webmaster: Sara Pita

Sara is a research assistant at the Department of Oncology. She works on the early detection of urological cancers by leveraging methylome data. Her interests involve the translation of scientific knowledge and innovation into public policy and practice.