Leading in research

While St Catharine’s prioritises the education and support of its students, our scholarly community plays an important role in contributing to the world-leading research taking place in all disciplines across the University. Students and Fellows of St Catharine’s are involved at all levels in the research carried out in the University’s departments and faculties.

We are fortunate to have in our Fellowship many outstanding researchers, whose expertise and enthusiasm for their subjects attracts applications to the College from the very best students at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
There continues to be much that we can do to enhance the research potential of our students and Fellows. The following profiles highlight just a small sample of the exceptional research currently undertaken by our Fellows.

Dr Abigail Brundin

is Co-Chair of the Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages, and specialises in the literature and culture of Italy in the Renaissance and early modern periods. Her latest book, The Sacred Home in Renaissance Italy, explores how the home and the items in it were at the heart of Renaissance religion.

Professor Nick Morrell

is Professor of Cardiopulmonary Medicine and Director of the Cambridge Heart and Lung Research Institute. He has published more than 200 papers and leads national and international genetic research projects, with a particular focus on the molecular mechanisms of pulmonary hypertension.

Dr Alpha Lee

leads a Statistical Physics research group, combining science with statistical models to learn from big datasets, to discover new materials and drugs. Dr Lee’s work is primarily analytical and computational, developing new statistical techniques to make sense of scientific data.

Professor William Sutherland,

Professor of Conservation Biology, is considered a global leader in conservation best practice, regularly providing advice to governments on policy and practice. He researches bird population ecology, applying ecological data and models to understand conservation problems

Dr Sriya Iyer

is a development economist who studies the relationship between religion, economics and culture. Her latest book, The Economics of Religion in India, was published by Harvard University Press in October 2018.

Dr Mairi Kilkenny

focuses her research on understanding the mechanism and regulation of DNA replication and its applications in the design of novel anti-cancer therapies, using state-of-the-art structural, biophysical and single molecule techniques .

Campaign Target

Having raised the funds needed for 5 fully-funded PhD scholarships, our focus now is to raise funds to continue to provide MPhil scholarships through Members’ support.

If you are inspired to support the research life of College, please contact the Alumni and Development Office to discuss this in more detail.