Professor Nigel Hitchin awarded Shaw Prize in Mathematical Sciences

Congratulations to Honorary Fellow and former St Catz Maths tutor (1979-1990), Professor Nigel Hitchin, who has been awarded the Shaw Prize in Mathematical Sciences for his contributions to geometry, representation theory and theoretical physics.

The Master of St Catz, Professor Roger Ainsworth commented, "In giving me the news, the Head of Maths said 'I imagine that St Catherine's is one of the places that will take justifiable pride in this great achievement', which is most certainly the case."

Catz Alumnus appears on BBC4

Catz Alumnus Dr Robert Morrison (1984, English), appeared on BBC4’s The Secret Life of Books in November, a show hosted by John Cooper Clarke that explores how classic books shape life and culture. The fourth instalment in the second series of the programme was devoted to Thomas De Quincey’s most famous work, Confessions of an English Opium-Eater and contained two interviews with Dr Morrison, who is a leading expert on De Quincey.


Catz Student to coach Argentinian National Cricket team during Year Abroad

Sian Kelly (2014, Modern Languages & Linguistics) has represented Oxford in Football and Cricket varsity matches during the past year and the double Blue is delighted to have secured the opportunity to work as the manager of the Argentinian women’s cricket team, Los Flamingos, during her year abroad next year.

New Catz Orchestra Formed

In Hilary Term, a newly-formed  Catz Orchestra comprising around 20 undergraduates and graduates was formed. Led by Chloe Rooke (2015, Music), they performed a programme of Mendelssohn’s Hebrides Overture, Wagner’s Siegfried Idyll and Beethoven’s Egmont Overture as part of a spring-themed concert held in the Bernard Sunley Lecture Theatre. 


Regent Lee

MB BS Western Australia, MSurg Sydney, DPhil Oxf

About me

I came to Oxford as an exchange surgical fellow in 2009, having completed a Master in Surgery (Vascular Surgery) at University of Sydney. I subsequently completed DPhil in Cardiovascular Medicine, under the supervision of Prof Keith Channon (RDM Cardiovascular Medicine) and Prof Benedikt Kessler (NDM, Target Discovery Institute). I am currently a Clinical Lecturer with the Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences.


My research focuses on integrative assessments of biomarkers for the investigation of cardiovascular pathologies such as atherosclerosis or abdominal aortic aneurysms. I also have particular interest in the various factors which may affect the quality of biological samples collected for clinical research, as these may have direct implications on the study findings. I am passionate about patient involvement in research .


I am one of the lecturers in clinical medicine at St Catz. In addition, I am a course facilitator for the evidence based surgical based practice course, and the designated marker for the 4th year case studies in vascular surgery.

Graduate supervision

I have co-supervised students at various levels, including MSc, MRes, and DPhil candidates. Our research group members and profile can be reached at:


Research Associate
College Lecturer in Medicine

Saul Moorhouse shortlisted for Industrialist of the Year Award

St Catz alum and former member of the SCR (Lecturer in Biochemistry 2011-2013) Saul Moorhouse (2005, Chemistry) has been shortlisted by the Royal Society of Chemistry for the Young Industrialist of the Year Award in 2016. The award recognises individuals who have created significant impact in the chemical industry. Saul was nominated by a colleague at BP for his innovative and valuable contribution to managing the threat of scale formation in the field of oil and gas production.

The House on Bellevue Gardens

Rachel Hore (1979, Modern History)

The House on Bellevue Gardens (Simon & Schuster, 2016)

Rachel Hore's latest book tells the story of Eleven Bellevue Gardens, which is the shabbiest house of a smart white-painted Georgian terrace in North London.  It’s owner, Leonie Brett, once found sanctuary here following a brief career as a model and a destructive marriage.  Now, she opens her house to others in need. However, the house is now itself under threat.  Can Leonie rescue it? 


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