Research Fellows recommended for election

  • 07 February 2023
  • 3 minutes

Gonville & Caius College is delighted to announce the four candidates recommended for election as unofficial Fellows from October 2023, following the annual Research Fellowship competition.

Mx François·e Charmaille (English) and Dr Cristian Larroulet Philippi (History and Philosophy of Science) have been recommended for election by the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Research Fellowship sub-committee.

Dr Sanne van Neerven (Cancer biology) and Dr Andrew Docker (Chemistry) were recommended for election by the Sciences sub-committee.

The Master, Professor Pippa Rogerson, said: “We look forward to welcoming Fran, Cristian, Sanne and Andrew in October following another high-calibre Research Fellowship competition.

“Research Fellows bring new ideas and scholarship to our community, supporting the College’s research and education purposes.

“We are delighted they have chosen to further their academic work at Caius.”

The Master also wishes to thank the members of the sub-committees for their roles in the selection process, in particular Professor Joachim Whaley (Chair, Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences), Professor Timothy Pedley (Chair, Sciences) and Professor Sir Alan Fersht (Secretary, Sciences).

For more information on Caius' annual Research Fellowship competition, visit the dedicated page on our website.

More about the competition winners:

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Mx François·e Charmaille (English)

Fran’s research is in the literary, intellectual, and scientific history of gender in medieval Europe. They first came to Cambridge for a BA in English at Robinson College. A move to Christ's College followed for an MPhil in the French Department. Their doctoral project focuses on the relations between grammar, gender, and sexuality in medieval poetry. They have published on topics such as the theory of gay history and medieval medical concepts of intersex.



Dr Cristian Larroulet Philippi (History and Philosophy of Science)

A person in a flat cap and dark green jacketCristian studied economics at Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile and worked as a developmental economist before studying philosophy of the social sciences at the London School of Economics. A Gates scholar, he began a PhD in History and Philosophy of Science at Cambridge in 2019. His aim is to develop rigorous philosophical analyses of the theoretical and normative aspects of science, with a special focus on the practice of measurement in the human sciences.



Dr Sanne van Neerven (Cancer biology)

A woman with blonde hair and a green topSanne completed her Bachelors in Biomedical Sciences at the University of Amsterdam, and her Masters in Oncology at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. During her PhD in the Amsterdam UMC, she studied the competition between normal and mutant cells during tumour initiation. She was recently awarded her PhD in Medicine (cum laude) and has received the International Birnstiel award and the For Women in Science Rising Talent award for her research. Currently, Sanne is a research associate at the Gurdon Institute where she is continuing her work on cell competition in cancer.



Dr Andrew Docker (Chemistry)

A man with a navy jacket and black jumperAndrew obtained an MChem at Christ Church, University of Oxford and remained in Oxford to complete his DPhil in Supramolecular Chemistry concerning 'Chalcogen and Halogen Bonding Host Systems for Anion and Ion-Pair Recognition' under the supervision of Professor Paul D. Beer. He is currently a PDRA, also at Oxford, working with Professor Matthew Langton on stimuli responsive ionophores for facilitated transmembrane transport. His current research interests include working towards combining fundamental aspects of Supramolecular and Main Group chemistry.