Nora Martin graduated with an MPhys in Physics in 2017 and has been awarded a Gates Cambridge Scholarship to pursue a PhD on the interface of theoretical physics and biology. The Gates Cambridge Scholarship for postgraduate studies at the University of Cambridge was created in 2000 through a donation by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Its selection criteria are “academic excellence, leadership potential and commitment to improving the lives of others”. This year, around 6000 candidates applied for 90 places on this scholarship.
As an undergraduate at St Anne’s, she became fascinated with applying physical, mathematical and computational methods to biology and had the opportunity to work on two projects in this field in the Oxford physics department. In these projects, she used model systems to study what the properties of genotype-phenotype maps are and how they affect evolutionary outcomes. Her goal is to pursue a career in research due to her enjoyment of the process of answering open-ended questions in her research projects during her time at Oxford: She gained insights into experimental work in atomic physics, data analysis in astronomy, and computational work in biological physics, not only in Oxford, but also as a Hoffleit Scholar at Yale University in the US and at the University of Stuttgart in Germany.
'I am honoured to be part of the Gates community in Cambridge and very excited to find out more about the properties of genotype-phenotype maps and their implications for evolutionary dynamics during my PhD at the Cavendish Laboratory.'
Our congratulations go to Nora on being awarded this scholarship.