Prospective Students

Alain Goriely

Lic en Sci Phys, PhD Brussels, MA Oxf
Professor of Mathematical Modelling

Adrian Smith

BSc Keele, MA Oxf, MSc Wales, PhD Nott
Fellow and Tutor in Zoology
Associate Professor in Infectious Diseases

Andrew Bunker

MA, DPhil Oxf

Teaching

I tutor a range of topics in physics for St. Catherine's students in the first three years of their degrees, including special relativity, cosmology and electromagnetism. For the Department of Physics, I give a short option lecture course on "Stars and Galaxies" to the second and third year, and I am Head of the Astrophysics Laboratory for the third year undergraduates (and previously was Head of Lab for first year optics).

About me

I joined St. Catherine's College in 2008 as a Fellow in Physics, and as a Reader in Astrophysics in the physics department. I moved from being Head of Astronomy at the Anglo-Australian Observatory, based in Sydney. I also previously held a Faculty position in physics at the University of Exeter, and was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Cambridge for 5 years, and at the University of California, Berkeley for 3 years. I did both my undergraduate degree and doctorate at Oxford. I am on the Instrument Science Team for the NIRSpec spectrograph on the James Webb Space Telescope (the successor to Hubble, to be launched around 2018), and I am an editor of Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, the main British journal for astronomy and astrophysics.

Research

I am an astronomer, and my main interest is finding very distant galaxies. For this, I use the Hubble Space Telescope, and large telescopes on the ground (involving lots of trips to Hawaii and Chile).  The scientific goal is to explore the formation and evolution of galaxies - as light travels at a fast (but finite) rate, the Universe was a lot younger when the light we see now left these distant objects.  I study the astrophysics of how galaxies form, and when stars are born in the early Universe.

Graduate supervision

I have supervised a number of students in Oxford. Joseph Caruana (DPhil 2009-12) is now a postdoctoral researcher at the Leibniz Institute in Potsdam, Germany, and Silvio Lorenzoni (DPhil 2009-12) has moved on to be a postdoctoral researcher in Lisbon, Portugal. I currently supervise the DPhil of Holly Elbert, who started in 2012. I have also previously supervised PhD students at Cambridge, Exeter and Hertfordshire. I am College Advisor to a number of physics graduate students at St. Catherine's College.

 

Fellow and Tutor in Physics
Professor of Astrophysics

Richard Bailey

BSc Leic, MA Oxf, MSc PhD RHUL

Teaching

In College I tutor all aspects of the Physical Geography component of the undergraduate Geography course. In the School of Geography and the Environment I convene and teach 1st year statistics, 2nd year Earth System Dynamics and a final year option course on complex systems, and provide lectures to the Geographical Techniques 2nd year course and the Biodiversity Conservation and Management MSc.

About me

I moved to Oxford in 1998 as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow, from Royal Holloway (University of London). Between 1998 and 2005 I held various positions including a NERC Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, Postdoctoral Fellowship at St John's College, and Stipendiary Lecturership at Catz. After an 18 month period as a Lecturer at Royal Holloway, I returned to Oxford to take up my present position in 2007.

Research

I research the dynamics of natural environmental systems over a range of timescales, with a focus predominantly, although not exclusively, on Africa. I am Director of the Oxford Luminescence Dating Laboratory, where we study basic physical process of luminescence and apply optical dating methods in studying long term environmental change, earth surface processes and also some aspects of human evolution.  I have a strong interest in Complex Systems research, and this influences my groups' current efforts in developing quantitative models of landscape systems, for the purpose of assessing landscape/ecological resilience in sub-Saharan Africa .

Graduate supervision

I have formally supervised 10 DPhil students (six completed, four underway), on a variety of topics related to both basic/applied luminescence research and landscape dynamics. Current DPhil projects are focused on long-term records and drivers of environmental change in Southern Africa, modelling aeolian sediment dynamics and associated effects on plant mortality, parametrizing spatially-resolved moisture and nutrient dynamics in dryland ecosystems, and the development/assessment of 'safe and just operating limits' for South Africa.

 

 

 

 

 

Fellow and Tutor in Geography
Associate Professor in Geochronology
Dean

Duncan Robertson

BSc Imp, MA, DPhil Oxf, ARCS, CSci, CPhys, MInstP, FCA

Teaching

I teach General Management and Strategic Management tutorials for the BA Economics & Management degree.

About me

I obtained my doctorate in strategic management at the Saïd Business School, University of Oxford, and my undergraduate degree in physics at Imperial College, University of London. I am a chartered accountant, having worked for KPMG in London, Australia, and New Zealand, and have corporate finance and strategy experience within Barclays plc and KPMG Corporate Finance, having provided consultancy services for companies such as Unilever. I was appointed as a visiting scholar in the Management Department of the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, USA, and a visiting professor at Sun Yat-Sen University, People’s Republic of China.   I also hold positions at UEA and at Warwick.

I have been shortlisted for several Best Paper Prizes from the Strategic Management Society. I am the author of The Dynamics of Strategy published by Oxford University Press, and the founder of the travel website passportstamp.com.

Research

My research centres on the dynamics of competitive strategy; competition in high-velocity and turbulent environments; dynamic capabilities; agent-based modeling of inter-firm competition; and the strategic management of network-based firms.

 

Fellow by Special Election in Management
Director of Studies for Management

Gaia Scerif

BSc St And, PhD Lond

Teaching

I oversee tutorial teaching in Experimental Psychology for St. Catherine's students reading for Experimental Psychology, Psychology, Philosophy and Linguistics, and Biomedical Sciences. I tutor students in my areas of specialty (developmental psychology, developmental cognitive neuroscience, attention) across all years and courses. In addition, I lecture Prelim students (1st Year undergraduates), Part 1 students (2nd Year undergraduates), Part 2 students (finalists) and MSc students in developmental psychology and the developmental cognitive neuroscience of attention and control. I supervise final year undergraduate students for their research projects and dissertations.

About me

I am originally from Milan, Italy, but after an International Baccalaureate at the United World College of Southern Africa (Swaziland), I decided not to settle for a while. I completed a BSc in Psychology at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland, spending a year as a visiting student at Queen’s University in Canada. I then read for a PhD in developmental cognitive neuroscience at the Institute of Child Health, University College London.

After a brief visiting fellowship (now developed into an ongoing collaboration) at the Sackler Institute of Developmental Psychobiology, Cornell University and Weill Medical School (New York), I held a permanent appointment as a lecturer at the School of Psychology, University of Nottingham. I have been based at St Catherine's since October 2006.

Research

My research focuses on the processes underlying the development of attentional control and those underlying attentional difficulties, from their neural correlates to their outcomes on emerging cognitive abilities. Addressing these questions involves combining the study of typical attentional control with research on neurodevelopmental disorders of attention that affect molecular pathways and neural circuits involved in attentional control development:

(1) disorders with a well-defined genetic aetiology (e.g., fragile X syndrome, Williams syndrome, Down syndrome, sex chromosomal trisomies); and

(2) complex behavioural syndromes of mixed aetiology (e.g., AD/HD). You can read more about my research group here.

Graduate supervision

I supervise DPhil students in attention, brain and cognitive development, and you can read more about our research themes here.  At the College level, I also mentor graduate students in Psychology and Biomedical sciences taught and research courses.
 

Fellow and Tutor in Psychology
Professor of Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience

Justine Pila

BA, LLB, PhD Melb, MA, DipLATHE Oxf
Justine Pila came to Oxford in 2004 to take up her statutory posts of University Lecturer in Intellectual Property Law and Tutorial Fellow of St Catherine's College. She holds undergraduate degrees in Law and Arts and a Phd in Law from the University of Melbourne, and has previously worked as an intellectual property solicitor and Associate to the Chief Justice of the Australian Federal Court. She teaches intellectual property law and theory at graduate and undergraduate level for the Faculty and EU law for St Catherine's. Her current projects include an Oxford Handbook on Intellectual Property and a monograph on IP subject matter, both for publication by OUP in 2016. A full list of her publications is available on her faculty webpage. Here are the dust jackets of her existing books:
                        The Oxford Handbook of Intellectual Property Law - Rochelle Dreyfuss Justine Pila
Fellow and Tutor in Law

Naomi Freud

MA, MSc Oxf

Teaching 

I am a Biological Anthropologist and I teach Human Ecology to Human Sciences undergraduates. Human Sciences is an inter-disciplinary degree course that provides students with the tools to explore and study people in a variety of different ways. Human Ecology allows students to understand the mechanisms in which human individuals and populations have been both physically and culturally shaped by their environment. And, importantly, Human Ecology provides a lynchpin with the other disciplines within Human Sciences to provide a deeper understanding of what it is to be human.

About me

I came up to St Catherine’s to read Human Sciences in 1985.  I continued to study Biological Anthropology at Oxford and have taught students studying Human Sciences since the early 1990s.  I have at the same time, with my husband, brought up our family of one daughter and two sons.

Research

My interests include predictive adaptive strategies for those living in nutritionally challenged environments; agricultural risk minimisation strategies in contemporary and historical communities; the genetic adaptations that have manifest themselves through chance and selection to benefit individuals under particular circumstances and the serious implications of human group choice on animal populations.

Fellow by Special Election
Director of Studies for Visiting Students
Director of Studies for Human Sciences
College Lecturer in Human Sciences

David Gillespie

MA, DPhil Oxf

Teaching

I give college tutorials on thermodynamics, fluid mechanics and sometimes also on mathematics. I am a Lecturer in the Department of Engineering Science where my teaching is more narrowly focused in Mechanical Engineering.

About me

I attended Jesus College Oxford as an undergraduate and, following a short period in the chemical industry, as a graduate obtaining my doctorate in 1996.  I have been the Rolls-Royce Fellow in Engineering Science since 2003.

Research

Based at the Rolls-Royce University Technology Partnership in Heat Transfer and Aerodynamics, my research interests include: improving the efficiency of internal cooling systems for gas turbine blading; air-seals for high speed, high temperature rotating machinery; computational fluid dynamics for heat transfer applications.

Graduate Supervision

Rolls-Royce Fellow and Tutor in Engineering Science
Associate Professor in Engineering Science

Robert Leese

MA Oxf, PhD Durh

Teaching

I teach the more applied components of Mathematics Prelims, covering Papers III, IV and V in the First Public Examination. For students working towards the Second Public Examination, I give tutorials in Complex Analysis, Probability, Statistics, Quantum Theory, Calculus of Variations and Special Relativity.

About me

Before coming to St Catherine's in 1993, I was a Research Fellow at St John's College, Cambridge, working in mathematical physics.  My main research interests were investigating how topological structures can provide good models for elementary particles in high-energy physics.  On moving to Oxford, I joined the newly created Smith Institute for Industrial Mathematics and System Engineering.  My work took a sharp turn towards more practical applications of mathematics, building on the strong heritage of the College in industrial mathematics. I found new lines of research in the challenges of radio spectrum management, which required drawing on techniques in graph theory and combinatorial optimisation.

Research

I became Director of the Smith Institute in 1999 and since then have overseen its ongoing expansion. My own work in telecommunications continues and these days I am particularly active in the design and implementation of combinatorial auctions for radio spectrum. Along with colleagues at the Smith Institute, I was part of Ofcom's team that delivered the successful UK auction for 4G spectrum in 2013.

Graduate teaching

I have very limited availability at present for supervising graduate students, but am happy to offer advice to students considering pursuing research in my areas of interest.

Fellow by Special Election in Mathematics
Director of the Smith Institute

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