Marshall Sherfield Fellowships - Fellow Profiles


JodililleyDr Jodi Lilley
2013 Marshall Sherfield Fellow
University of Washington
John Innes Centre, Norwich

Jodi is from Susanville, CA and studies how organisms respond to their ever-changing surroundings. She learned biology from several amazing scientists including Dr. Ingrid Parker (UC Santa Cruz), the Cropsolution, Inc. team (Silicon Valley), Dr. Simon Chan (UC Davis), and Dr. Jennifer Nemhauser (University of Washington). Her PhD work with Dr. Nemhauser studied dynamic regulation of early seedling development using time-lapse photography and molecular biology. Jodi is moving on to study plant-microbe interactions with Dr. Giles Oldroyd at the John Innes Centre in Norwich, England. Dr. Oldroyd leads a Gates Foundation funded effort to engineer symbiotic associations into cereals.


SamarmalekwebsiteDr Samar Malek
2012 Marshall Sherfield Fellow
Massachussetts Institute of Technology
University of Bath

Samar will receive her PhD in Structural Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2012. Her doctoral dissertation focuses on the mechanics and efficiency of grid shells. Samar received her S.M. from MIT studying computational mechanics and her B.S. from Johns Hopkins University in Civil Engineering. As a Marshall-Sherfield Fellow, Samar will work with Professor Chris Williams in the Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering at the University of Bath. They will conduct research on computer methods for the geometrical definition and analysis of complex structural forms. Outside of research, Samar's interests include teaching, music, and public service.


mitchkeller-4b7d712968cacDr Mitchel Keller
2010 Marshall Sherfield Fellow
Georgia Institute of Technology
LSE

Mitch grew up on a family farm in rural North Dakota and graduated from North Dakota State University in 2004 with a B.S. in Mathematics. He received his PhD in Mathematics from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2010. His doctoral dissertation focused on the combinatorics of partially ordered sets. As a Marshall Sherfield Fellow, Mitch will work with Professor G.R. Brightwell in the Department of Mathematics at the London School of Economics. They will conduct research on linear discrepancy for partially ordered sets and probabilistic methods in combinatorics. Outside of research, his interests include cooking, baking, and public service.


DanBergstrahl-4b7d710706208Dr Daniel Bergstralh
2008 Marshall Sherfield Fellow
University of North Carolina
University of Cambridge

Dan earned a BS in Cell Biology and Genetics at the University of Maryland, College Park. He began his research career as a National Institutes of Health predoctoral fellow in Paul Roche's laboratory at the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, Maryland. As a graduate student, Dan studied cancer chemotherapy and cell death in Jenny Ting's laboratory at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dan then earned a Lineberger postdoctoral fellowship at UNC and spent a year investigating DNA repair in Jeff Sekelsky's lab. As a Marshall Sherfield Fellow, Dan will be working on cell polarity in Daniel St Johnston's laboratory in the Gurdon Institute at the University of Cambridge. His interests outside the lab include his wife and his Gretsch.


RoseSzabady-484514a904776Dr Rose Szabady
2008 Marshall Sherfield Fellow
University of Wisconsin
University of Oxford

Rose received her B.S. in Microbiology and Psychology from the University of Florida and worked as a postbaccalaureate fellow at the National Institutes of Health in Washington, D.C. for two years before studying bacterial pathogenesis in the Microbiology Doctoral Training Program at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. Her Ph.D. thesis focused on a secreted glycoprotease of E. coli O157:H7 and its interaction with the host immune system. As a Sherfield fellow, Rose will conduct postdoctoral research in gut immunobiology in the lab of Fiona Powrie at the University of Oxford, with the eventual goal of heading her own lab studying intestinal pathogens from both the human and bacterial perspectives. Rose loves travelling and is very excited to explore the English and European countryside and the British music scene.


LawrenceCheungDr Lawrence Cheung
2007 Marshall Sherfield Fellow
Stanford University
Imperial College London

Lawrence graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, in 2001 with bachelor's degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Physics. He completed his doctoral degree in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University in 2007. For his PhD thesis Lawrence studied aeroacoustic noise generation processes from high speed jet engine exhaust. As an Imperial Marshall Sherfield Fellow, Lawrence will investigate the dynamics of interfacial disturbance waves in multiphase flows for turbomachinery applications. He hopes one day to be either a professional taekwondo athlete or enter the NHL draft in London, should the opportunity arise.


JasonHallett-47d024d23addaDr Jason Hallett
2006 Marshall Sherfield Fellow
Georgia Institute of Technology
Imperial College London

Marshall Sherfield Fellow Jason earned his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Maine and then attended Georgia Tech to earn a Ph.D. and thaw out. His graduate research in the Specialty Separations Center focused on green chemistry and environmentally benign processing by focusing on replacing industrial chemical solvents with less harmful alternatives. He plans to spend the fellowship year at Imperial College in London studying advanced catalytic processing in sustainable systems. He is also looking forward to spending time exploring the English countryside.


GregorysuttonDr Gregory Sutton
2006 Marshall Sherfield Fellow
Case Western Reserve University
University of Cambridge

Marshall Sherfield Fellow Greg earned an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering at Case Western Reserve University, where he got introduced to the field of biomechanics. Staying at Case for his PhD, he learned to combine neurobiological techniques with mechanical engineering skills to study the nervous system and the musculature of the marine mollusk Aplysia californica. He then used those techniques to help design and build a mollusc-like gripping robot. As a Marshall fellow, he will be studying the biomechanics of insect jumping in the Zoology department at Cambridge University. Outside of research, Greg enjoys ballroom dancing, fencing, and folklore.


RebeccamosherDr Rebecca Mosher
2005 Marshall Sherfield Fellow
Duke University
Sainsbury Laboratory, John Innes Centre Norwich

Marshall Sherfield Fellow Rebecca started working in plant molecular biology at the ripe age of 15 when she began researching ultraviolet-sensitive mutants of the weed Arabidopsis. She has since studied plants' biosynthesis of color compounds, parthenogenic reproduction, response to growth hormones, and resistance to pathogens. She will take the Marshall Sherfield Fellowship to the Sainsbury Laboratory in Norwich, England where she will join the research group of David Baulcombe investigating the nature of gene silencing. Though she has stayed in the field of plant biology, her undergraduate studies at the University of Arizona (in Molecular & Cellular Biology and Biochemistry) and graduate work at Duke University (in Genetics) have ensured she is more of a molecular than a plant biologist. (A fact which is evident from the number of houseplants she has killed.) Outside of the laboratory, she enjoys socializing, travel, swimming, and yoga.


GabeBrostowDr Gabriel Brostow
2004 Marshall Sherfield Fellow
Georgia Institute of Technology
University of Cambridge

Marshall Sherfield Fellow Gabriel studies Artificial Intelligence with a focus on Computer Vision and the perception of human and animal motion. Previously, he has researched topics in Solid State Physics, Virtual Reality, Robotics, and Animation. He holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and an MS and PhD in Computer Science from the Georgia Institute of Technology. His non-academic activities include rock climbing, swing and salsa dancing, and when possible, skiing and other sports involving alarming speeds. As a Marshall Sherfield Fellow, Gabriel will work at the Vision & Robotics Group at Cambridge University.


AdamGiangreco-47d0262622baaDr Adam Giangreco
2004 Marshall Sherfield Fellow
University of Pittsburgh
London Research Institute (Cancer Research UK)

Marshall Sherfield Fellow Adam Giangreco graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 2004 with a degree in Cell Biology and Molecular Physiology. His studies in Barry R. Stripp's laboratory caused him to become interested in defining how the relationship between stem cells and their environment can influence the outcome of diseases such as cancer. As a postdoctoral fellow in Fiona Watt's laboratory at Cancer Research-UK, Adam will be studying the influence of the local microenvironment in the determination of skin stem cell fates. An avid nature enthusiast, Adam looks forward to exploring Britain and Europe's great outdoors as often as possible.


LauraJansenDr Laura Jansen
2003 Marshall Sherfield Fellow
Saint Louis University
University College London

Marshall Sherfield Fellow Laura earned her Bachelors degree in Chemistry at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, where she first became fascinated by research when she was able to make bacteria glow through exposure to mercury. She then traveled to Missouri to complete a combined MD/PhD program at Saint Louis University, with research in neuropharmacology. For the last several years she has been performing a clinical residency and fellowship in Pediatric Neurology at Washington University in St Louis. She plans to spend the coming year at University College London, utilising electrophysiological techniques to investigate alterations in neuronal signaling which underlie human diseases such as epilepsy.


KarenNuttDr Karen Nutt
2003 Marshall Sherfield Fellow
University of California, Berkeley
University of Cambridge

Marshall Sherfield Fellow Karen studies the behavior of animals in their natural environment through fieldwork and the use of genetic information. She has studied the behavior of wildlife in many countries throughout the world, mostly in Africa and the tropics. As a Marshall Sherfield Fellow, Karen will investigate the cues used by wild mice to choose their mates. She will carry out this research in the Department of Zoology at Cambridge University as a member of both the Large Animal Research Group and the Molecular Ecology Group. Karen holds a BS in Environmental Engineering Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a PhD in Integrative Biology from the University of California at Berkeley. Karen's favourite past-time is horse riding and, although she generally rides Western style, looks forward to improving her English riding skills while in the UK.


RyanOyamaDr Ryan Oyama
2002 Marshall Sherfield Fellow
Harvard University
John Innes Centre, Norwich

Marshall Sherfield Fellow Born and raised in Hawaii, Ryan left paradise to attend college at Lawrence, a small liberal-arts college in Appleton, Wisconsin. After four years of bratwurst, cheesecurds and some rather invigorating winters, he moved to Massachusetts for yet another cultural and climatic shift. There, he received a PhD in Biology from Harvard University using native Californian snapdragons as a model system to investigate the role of pollinators in flower evolution and plant speciation. His lifelong interest in the natural history of the Hawaiian Islands was what propelled him into biology but the extended time spent in locales such as northern California, Spain and Costa Rica as part of his graduate work was a definite bonus. Continuing his eastward migration, Ryan will spend his Marshall-Sherfield Fellowship at the John Innes Center for Plant Research studying the genetic regulation of the anthocyanin pathway.


AradhnatripatiDr Aradhna Tripati
2002 Marshall Sherfield Fellow
University of California, Santa Cruz
University of Cambridge

Marshall Sherfield Fellow Aradhna has a BS in Geology from California State University, Los Angeles and a PhD in Earth Sciences from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Remarkably, she began her college education at the age of 12. As a postdoctoral fellow, she will be a member of the Environmental Change and Marine Geochemistry Group in the Department of Earth Sciences at the University of Cambridge. Her current research emphasis is on reconstructing ancient marine environments during recent intervals of Earth's history characterised by rapid climate change. Aradhna's non-academic interests are extremely varied, and range from community outreach to athletic and creative personal activities. Some of her recent forays include kickboxing, hiking, salsa dancing, running, enamel, and cooking.


carlosDr Carlos Bustamente
2001 Marshall Sherfield Fellow
Harvard University
University of Oxford

Marshall Sherfield Fellow Marshall Sherfield Fellow Carlos holds an AB degree in Biology, an MA in Statistics and a PhD in Biology from Harvard University. He is interested in applying recent advances in statistics to population genetics, the study of naturally occurring genetic variation. Carlos is, therefore, using his Marshall Sherfield Fellowship to work with the Mathematical Genetics Group in the Department of Statistics at the University of Oxford.


bryanhueyDr Bryan Huey
2000 Marshall Sherfield Fellow
University of Pennsylvania
University of Oxford

Marshall Sherfield Fellow Bryan grew up in San Diego, Ca, before heading to Stanford for a BS and the University of Pennsylvania for a PhD, both in materials science. The Marshall Sherfield Fellowship allowed him to live and work at Oxford, which led to positions at EPFL, Switzerland, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology, D.C. Bryan is presently a faculty member at the University of Connecticut. His research continues to focus on the development and application of novel nanoscale property measurements, with a separate emphasis on education. While in the UK Bryan married a Danish citizen, and along with our son we frequently return to Britain and Europe to reestablish our Oxford connections.


gregsmithDr Gregory Smith
2000 Marshall Sherfield Fellow
Duke University
University College London

Marshall Sherfield Fellow Gregory Smith graduated from Duke University in 2000 with a Ph.D. in Chemistry. Greg had pursued his interests in science and archaeology separately until his acceptance as a Marshall Sherfield Fellow allowed him to combine them. His Fellowship allowed him to study the palettes of Gutenberg Bibles, Vermeer paintings, and other artefacts, as well as perform authentication studies for the London auction houses and spectrochemical investigations of pigment degradation processes. Greg's passion for the Arts-Science interface has since led him to a research position at the National Gallery of Art where he studied modern artists materials and eventually to a newly created faculty position as the first Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Conservation Science at SUNY-Buffalo State College's art conservation department.


rorikpetersonDr Rorik Peterson
1999 Marshall Sherfield Fellow
University of Colorado, Boulder
University of Oxford

Marshall Sherfield Fellow Rorik received a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Colorado, Boulder in 1999. His Marshall-Sherfield Fellowship allowed him to work with Dr. Andrew Fowler at the Oxford Centre for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (OCIAM), where he worked on a theoretical model of differential frost heave in freezing soils. From there he went to the University of Alaska, Fairbanks (UAF) to apply the models they had developed to patterned ground features in Northern Alaska. Rorik is currently an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at UAF where he continues to study frost heave both theoretically and in the laboratory.


ushmasavlaDr Ushma Savla Neill
1999 Marshall Sherfield Fellow
Northwestern University
Imperial College London

Marshall Sherfield Fellow Ushma earned her BS, MS and PhD degrees in Biomedical Engineering from Northwestern University, studying airway physiology and mathematical models of wound healing. She used her time as a Sherfield Fellow to study the mechanics of vascular permeability with C. Charles Michel at Imperial College, London. Ushma returned to the US in 2001, and spent 2 years as an editor at the journal, Nature Medicine before moving on to become the Executive Editor of the prestigious biomedical research journal, The Journal of Clinical Investigation.


Peter-47d0276ad7e26Dr Peter Olson
1998 Marshall Sherfield Fellow
University of Connecticut-Storrs
Natural History Museum

Marshall Sherfield Fellow Pete earned his BS and MS degrees in the biological sciences from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where he was introduced to the study of parasites. Although the field has obvious applied aspects, his interests have been primarily in the ecology and evolution of helminths (parasitic worms). He was awarded a PhD in Zoology from the University of Connecticut-Storrs for his work on the evolution of tapeworms which represented the first incorporation of genetic data into our understanding of how this diverse (10,000+ species) group of obligate parasites evolved. In 1998 he became one of two inaugural Marshall Sherfield Fellows enabling him to expand his study of the evolution of parasitism at The Natural History Museum in London. Since that time, and in keeping with (if not exceeding) the wider aims of the Marshall Commission, Pete has become a British citizen, married a Londoner, is raising a dual-citizen daughter and was offered a permanent research post in the Department of Zoology at the Museum in 2005. He is currently resident in south London and can be contacted via http://www.nhm.ac.uk//research-curation/ staff-directory/zoology/cv-6456.html.


andreaviczianDr Andrea Viczian
1998 Marshall Sherfield Fellow
University of California, Los Angeles
University of Cambridge

Marshall Sherfield Fellow Andrea has held a long-term interest in eye development as it relates to eye disease. In 1998, she earned her PhD in Neuroscience from UCLA. She was also awarded one of the two inaugural Marshall Sherfield Fellowships for a project at Cambridge University, where she studied frog retina formation. There, she met and married a fellow US scientist. They had their first daughter in Cambridge and their second in the states. They are happily settled in beautiful upstate New York. Andrea is currently studying retinal stem cells in frogs and mice at the State University of New York in Syracuse, where she has started her own lab.