Academic Staff

John Simopoulos 1923-2015

The College is deeply saddened to announce that John Simopoulos (BPhil, MA), Emeritus Fellow and Dean of Degrees, died on 4 March 2015 aged 91.

Tutor in Philosophy at St Catherine’s Society from 1953-60, he was a Founding Fellow of St Catherine’s College from 1960, before becoming an Emeritus Fellow upon his retirement in 1988. John served as the College’s Dean of Degrees until his death, a role he performed 'with all the authority of tradition and lightness of youth'.

Kim-Natalie Mousset

German Lektorin

Jean Tufféry

French Lector

Kia Nobre

MA Oxf, BA Williams College, MS, MPhil, PhD Yale, FBA


My teaching is concentrated in the area of cognitive neuroscience. I lecture in undergraduate and graduate courses, and supervise research projects at all levels.

About me

I grew up in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and completed my higher education and postdoctoral training in the United States (Williams College BA, Yale PhD, Yale and Harvard Medical School postdoctoral fellowships). I moved to Oxford in 1994 to take up a research lectureship position in cognitive neuroscience and the first Oxford JRF position in Psychology, at New College. In 1996, I became a University Lecturer in the Department of Experimental Psychology (Reader 2002-2006, Professor 2006-2014). My post was associated with New College, where I was the first female Tutorial Fellow in a science discipline. In 2014, I became the first holder of the statutory Chair in Translational Cognitive Neuroscience at Oxford, and a Professorial Fellow of St Catherine’s College.


I remain perplexed by that magic between brain and mind. In my research, I investigate how the brain proactively and dynamically shapes our selective and adaptive perception from the streams of incoming sensory stimulation. I combine behavioural experiments in humans with multiple types of safe methods for imaging and stimulating the human brain. For a more in-depth view of the research in my laboratory, please visit my lab web pages.

Graduate supervision

I am committed to supervision and mentoring at all levels. I run a large, productive, and happy research group, with about twenty members. I supervise graduate students interested in understanding the neural basis of healthy human cognition, as well as students interested in understanding the neural cognitive bases of neuropsychiatric and neurodegenerative deficits.


Twitter: @KiaNobre

Brain & Cognition Lab 

Oxford Centre for Human Brain Activity  

Google scholar profile



Oxford Dementia and Ageing Research 

Oxford Sparks – featured scientists  

Research Media profile

Freedom Lab videos  

Cognitive Health in Ageing Study video

Professor of Translational Cognitive Neuroscience

Laura Tunbridge

BA Oxf, MA Nott, PhD Princeton


I teach nineteenth- and twentieth-century music history and analysis at undergraduate and postgraduate level. Current lecture courses include Richard Strauss and the Representation of Women, The String Quartet after Beethoven, Lieder in Theory and Practice, and Musical Thought and Scholarship.

About me

I read music at The Queen's College, Oxford, then completed a MA at Nottingham and a PhD at Princeton. I taught for two years at the University of Reading, and for ten years at the University of Manchester, before joining St Catherine's and the Music Faculty in October 2014. I have been a Visiting Fellow at Columbia University, New York, and at the Max Planck Institute in Berlin.


My new book, Singing in the Age of Anxiety: Lieder Performances in New York and London between the World Wars (Chicago University Press, 2018), investigates vocal recitals in London and New York in the 1920s and 30s, examining the impact of interwar politics on British and American musical life and the influence of Austro-German musicians on repertoire and performance styles, as well as the ways in which live concert practices were informed by early recordings, radio and sound film.

That project builds on earlier interests in singers and songs. The Song Cycle (Cambridge University Press, 2010), traces a history of the genre from Beethoven through to today. It considers how ideas about song cycles have been shaped by performers and recording technology, and how song cycles have interacted with other genres: from symphonies and operas to popular music.

My other major interest is the reception of the life and works of Robert Schumann. I am particularly interested in the influence his biography has had on our understanding of his music, which I wrote about in Schumann's Late Style (Cambridge University Press, 2007) and in Rethinking Schumann (co-edited with Roe-Min Kok, Oxford University Press, 2011).

Further information about my research can be found on my Faculty webpage and at

Graduate supervision

I am the MSt and MPhil convenor in the Faculty of Music and teach seminars on topics such as Aesthetics, Theory and Analysis, and Music and Travel. Enquiries from prospective postgraduate students are welcome.

Henfrey Fellow and Tutor in Music
Professor of Music

Fiona McConnell



At College I tutor all aspects of Human Geography for the undergraduate course and within the School of Geography and the Environment I convene and teach an optional final honours school course on ‘Geopolitics in the margins’.

About me

I joined St. Catherine’s and the School of Geography and the Environment in December 2013. Prior to this I was a lecturer in human geography at Newcastle University and I have also held a Junior Research fellowship at Trinity College, Cambridge (2011-2013) and an ESRC postdoctoral fellowship at Newcastle University (2010-2011). I completed my undergraduate in Geography at the University of Cambridge (Fitzwilliam College) and my MA and PhD at Queen Mary, University of London.


My research is mainly in the field of political geography and aims to develop new areas of thinking regarding governance beyond the state and different modes of political legitimacy. In particular, I am interested in how communities officially excluded from formal state politics are nevertheless engaging with aspects of statecraft, and in using such seemingly anomalous cases as a lens to critically examine the 'norms' of governance. A significant part of my research to date has focused on the political structures and practices of the Tibetan Government-in-Exile based in India. I have ongoing research projects on cultures of diplomacy, social and labour mobility in India's post-liberal economy, geographies of peace, and constructions and contestations of political legitimacy.

Fellow and Tutor in Geography
Associate Professor in Human Geography

Teaching Award for Fellow in Experimental Psychology

Dr Gaia Scerif, the College’s Tutorial Fellow in Experimental Psychology, has won a divisional “Teaching Excellence” award, in the “Excellent Teacher Category”. These are presented by the Medical Sciences Division annually.

These awards formally recognise the excellent contributions to teaching and/or supervision made by individual members of Collegiate University and NHS staff within the Division. This award comes in addition to her Oxford Teaching Excellence award for Innovation in Teaching in 2012.

Philip Torr

BSc S'ton, DPhil Oxf

About me

I studied Pure Mathematics at Southampton University, and first came to Oxford to do my DPhil in the Department of Engineering on automated understanding of images (“Computer Vision”) - this is a topic that has fascinated me ever since. After leaving Oxford I joined Microsoft Research, working there for several years both in Seattle and then later at their research laboratory  in Cambridge (England). I then moved to Oxford Brookes to establish a new research group in Computer Vision that won several academic and industrial awards for its output before returning to Oxford University’s Department of Engineering as University research professor.  In 2007 I was made a Wolfson Research Merit Award Holder.  You can read about it here.

My personal webpage can be found here.


Computer Vision is about getting computers to “see” as well as we do. It is an enterprise involving people in many areas from biologists to mathematicians, from psychologists to computer scientists and engineers, who have been working for many years to understand its underlying mathematical and computational principles.

I have been awarded the prestigious European Advanced Investigator Award which provides 2.5 million Euros to set up a new research group at Oxford.

Publications can be found here.

Some videos of my research can be found here and here.

Graduate supervision

I run a large research group of graduate students and postdoctoral researchers. I am always on the lookout for new recruits but only if you really rank amongst the best of your peers. Details about the group can be found here.







Fellow by Special Election in Engineering Science
Professor of Engineering Science

Eleanor Stride

BEng, PhD UCL, MA Oxf


I currently lecture in Mathematics for first year Engineering Science students and in Nanotechnology and Drug Delivery for D.Phil. Students in the Centre for Doctoral Training in Healthcare Innovation ( in addition to supervising third and fourth year and Masters student projects.

About me

I hold a BEng and PhD from University College London. Following the completion of my PhD in 2005 I was appointed to a lectureship and a Royal Academy of Engineering and EPSRC Research Fellowship and subsequently a Readership in 2010. I joined the Institute of Biomedical Engineering in Oxford in October 2011 when I also became a Fellow of St. Catherine’s.


I am part of the Biomedical Ultrasonics, Biotherapy and Biopharmaceutical Laboratory (BUBBL and my research is focused in two complementary areas:

(1) Drug delivery systems engineering

Advanced encapsulation methods for the fabrication of drug carriers

Controlled release and biophysics of therapeutic delivery -Theranostics and treatment monitoring

(2) Biomedical ultrasonics

Engineering microbubble agents for diagnostic and therapeutic applications

Physics of cavitation in high intensity focused ultrasound

Biophysical effects of ultrasound

Graduate Supervision

I currently supervise 8 DPhil students working in biomedical ultrasonics and drug delivery.

Fellow by Special Election in Engineering Science
Professor of Engineering Science


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