Meet our four new Research Fellows

  • 07 February 2019

The college has announced the winners of the 2019 Research Fellowship Competition. Four outstanding scholars at the start of their career were elected out of several hundred applicants in the Arts and Sciences. Their expertise covers a diverse range of subjects from developmental biology to Renaissance literature.

Previous Research Fellows have gone on to have successful careers, including four who won Nobel Prizes.

We are delighted to introduce them:


James Briggs – Developmental biology

James graduated from The University of Queensland with First Class Honours in his undergraduate degree and then transferred to Harvard for his PhD in Biological and Biomedical Sciences. In 2018, one of his most significant doctoral publications, ‘The dynamics of gene expression in vertebrate embryogenesis at single cell resolution’, was featured as the cover article of the journal Science and later won ‘Breakthrough of the Year’ by both people's and editor's choice.


Ted Tregear – English

Ted graduated from Trinity with starred Firsts in Parts I and II of the English Tripos; he also achieved the Betha Wolferston Rylands, Margot Heinemann, Mrs Claude Beddington and Austin Dobson prizes. Following an MSt in English Literature 1550-1700 at Hertford College, Oxford – where he achieved a distinction – he returned to Trinity to undertake his PhD in Renaissance literature.


Francesca De Domenico – Engineering

Francesca graduated from the University of Padua in Italy, summa cum laude in both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Aerospace Engineering. Her PhD at Jesus College and the Engineering Department is in Thermoacoustics and Applied Laser Diagnostics, which is entitled ‘Behaviour of accelerating entropy spots’.


Dr Lisa Kattenberg – History

Lisa graduated from the University of Amsterdam with a cum laude distinction in both her BA and Research MA in History. She then completed an MA in the History of Political Thought & Intellectual History, with distinction, at UCL and Queen Mary University of London. This was followed by a PhD cum laude at the University of Amsterdam with the title ‘The Power of Necessity. Reason of State in the Spanish Monarchy, ca. 1590-1650’.


The four will be formally admitted to their Fellowships in October. Congratulations and welcome to Gonville & Caius College.


The 2020 Research Fellowships will be advertised in the summer:

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