Sridhar VasudevanRetaining Fee Lecturer
'Clinical Validation of Optimised RT-LAMP for the Diagnosis of SARS-CoV2 infection'
HUANG WEI., (2021), Scientific Reports
'Adenosine integrates light and sleep signalling for the regulation of circadian timing in mice.'
Jagannath A. et al, (2021), Nat Commun, 12
'Effects of the putative lithium mimetic ebselen on pilocarpine-induced neural activity.'
Singh N. et al, (2020), Eur J Pharmacol, 883
'TRESK is a key regulator of nocturnal suprachiasmatic nucleus dynamics and light adaptive responses.'
Lalic T. et al, (2020), Nat Commun, 11
'Patient fibroblast circadian rhythms predict lithium sensitivity in bipolar disorder'
Sanghani HR. et al, (2020), Mol Psychiatry
Vilija VélyvytéBritish Academy Post-Doctoral Fellow
Vilija is a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow at the Faculty of Law.
She teaches undergraduate courses in Constitutional Law and EU Law. She also leads seminars in Law and Public Policy for students reading for the MPP degree at the Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford.
Previously, she was Emile Noël Postdoctoral Research Fellow (2017–2018) at the Jean Monnet Center at NYU School of Law.
Vilija completed her DPhil in EU Law in 2017 at the University of Oxford, thanks to the Weidenfeld-Roland Berger Scholarship and Oxford Law Faculty funding. During her doctorate, she also held a lectureship in EU Law, teaching at five colleges at the University of Oxford.
Vilija’s research interests include public law and EU constitutional law. Her DPhil thesis examined the role of the Court of Justice of the European Union in shaping the EU’s constitutional order. It was supervised by Prof. Stephen Weatherill and Prof. Anne Davies.
As a Louis Dreyfus-Weidenfeld Scholar, Vilija graduated with Distinction from the Magister Juris (2012) and from the MPhil in Law (2013). Her MPhil thesis focused on the status of the right to strike in the EU after accession to the European Convention on Human Rights.
Vilija completed her Bachelor of Laws (2008) and Master in International Law (2010) degrees at the Mykolas Romeris University in Vilnius, Lithuania, where she graduated first in her class for both degrees.
VV Velyvyte, 'A Power to Shape the Internal Market: Implications of CJEU Case Law on the Principle of Institutional Balance' (2016) Croatian Yearbook of European Law and Policy (forthcoming)
VV Velyvyte, 'Right to Strike in the EU after Accession to the ECHR: Identifying Conflict and Achieving Coherence' (2015) 15 Human Rights Law Review 73
VV Velyvyte, 'The Right to Strike in the EU after Accession to the ECHR: a Practical Assessment' in M Freedland and J Prassl (eds), EU Law in the Member States: Viking, Laval and Beyond (Hart Publishing 2014)
Roman WalczakSenior Research Fellow
I arrived in the UK in 1993 to take my fellowship in Somerville and lectureship in the Physics Department. The UK is my fourth country after my native Poland, Switzerland and Germany where I lived and worked for many years; quite a long journey from state schools in Poland to Oxford. In 2019 I retired my Tutorial Fellowship to become a Senior Research Fellow.
Most of my research so far has been in experimental particle physics but in recent years I have been moving my main interests from particle to accelerator physics. In plasma (ionised gas, for example hydrogen), using a laser, one can move electrons away from ions creating a huge electric field; many orders of magnitude bigger then what one can get using current technology. Such a field can be used to accelerate particles and to build accelerators beyond the Large Hadron Collider era and beyond current X ray sources (synchrotron radiation), like Diamond near Oxford. Acceleration using plasma would move particle physics to a new territory and simultaneously would make tuneable wavelength, short pulse X ray sources affordable for Universities and hospitals.
My main expertise in particle physics is in the design of wire chambers and calorimeters and on physics beyond the Standard Model as well as on some aspects of Quantum Chromo Dynamics. I worked at the following accelerators: CERN: PS, ISR, SPS; and DESY: PETRA, HERA. At John Adams Institute for Accelerator Science at Oxford University, I am leading the Lasers for Accelerators (L4A) group.
Besides physics, I am working on a small family farm and I am a keen swimmer; I am holding one national swimming record in my age group.
My advice to my students: Only beginners compete. When you go to a higher level, your aim is quality.
'Guiding of high-intensity laser pulses in 100mm-long hydrodynamic optical-field-ionized plasma channels'
A Picksley, A Alejo, J Cowley, N Bourgeois, L Corner, L Feder, J Holloway, H Jones, J Jonnerby, Hm Milchberg, Lr Reid, Aj Ross, R Walczak, Sm Hooker
Physical Review Accelerators and Beams American Physical Society 23:8 (2020) 081303
Numerical modelling of chromatic effects on axicon-focused beams used to generate HOFI plasma channels
Aimee Ross, Aaron Alejo, Alexander von Boetticher, James Cowley, James Holloway, Jakob Jonnerby, Alexander Picksley, Roman Walczak, Simon Hooker
Journal of Physics: Conference Series IOP Publishing 1596 (2020)
Eupraxia, a step toward a plasma-wakefield based accelerator with high beam quality
D Alesini, A Aschikhin, A Beck, M Chen, E Chiadroni, M Croia, B Cros, A Del Dotto, M Ferrario, RA Fonseca, LA Gizzi, SM Hooker, L Labate, A Martinez De La Ossa, A Mosnier, A Mostacci, D Oumbarek Espinos, A Stella, EN Svystun, D Terzani, P Tomassini, JM Vieira, CP Welsch, SM Wiggins, J Wolfenden
Journal of Physics: Conference Series IOP Science 1350:1 (2019)
Status of the Horizon 2020 EuPRAXIA conceptual design study
G Fiore, RA Fonseca, M Galimberti, A Gallo, A Ghaith, D Giove, A Giribono, LA Gizzi, FJ Grüner, AF Habib, C Haefner, T Heinemann, B Hidding, BJ Holzer, SM Hooker, T Hosokai, M Huebner, A Irman, FJ Jafarinia, DA Jaroszynski, C Joshi, M Kaluza, M Kando, OS Karger, E Khazanov
Journal of Physics: Conference Series 1350:1 (2019)
Laser-driven high-quality positron sources as possible injectors for plasma-based accelerators
A Alejo, Roman Walczak, G Sarri
Scientific Reports Nature Research 9:1 (2019) 5279
Timothy WalkerLecturer in Plant Sciences; Former Director of the University of Oxford Botanic Garden and Harcourt Arboretum
I teach Biology at Somerville, and most of my teaching concerns plant biology because this is the interesting part of the subject.
In the first year the topics I cover include plant life histories including pollination, biological classification, the use of plants in medicine, the emergence of agriculture, and conservation. In the second year I teach about plant adaptations (particularly those found in Mediterranean-type regions), ecology, and ethnobotany. In the final year I run an option on species conservation and I teach on the Tenerife Field Trip.
Prior to coming Somerville I worked at the Oxford Botanical Gardens and Harcourt Arboretum for the best part of 34 years, the last 26 as Horti Praefectus (i.e. director). My particular interests are plant conservation and the genus Euphorbia which is a fascinating group of 2000 species found all over the world.
Plant Conservation (2013) Timber Press
Plants - a very short introduction (2012) OUP
Euphorbias (2002) RHS
Stephen WeatherillProfessorial Fellow; Jacques Delors Professor of European Law and Deputy Director for European Law in the Institute of European and Comparative Law
Stephen Weatherill works on the constitutional, institutional and substantive law of the European Union.
He serves as Deputy Director for European Law in the Institute of European and Comparative Law, and is a Fellow of Somerville College.
His research interests embrace the field of European Law in its widest sense, although his published work is predominantly concerned with European Union trade law. . He is the author of LAW AND VALUES IN THE EUROPEAN UNION (Oxford University Press, 2016), PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICE IN EU SPORTS LAW (Oxford University Press, 2017), THE INTERNAL MARKET AS A LEGAL CONCEPT (Oxford University Press, 2017), CONTRACT LAW OF THE INTERNAL MARKET (Intersentia, 2017), EU CONSUMER LAW AND POLICY (Edward Elgar, 3rd edition, 2013), CASES AND MATERIALS ON EU LAW (Oxford University Press, 12th edition, 2016) and co-author of CONSUMER PROTECTION LAW (Ashgate Publishing, 2nd edition, 2005, with Geraint Howells), EUROPEAN ECONOMIC LAW (Dartmouth Publishing, 1997, with Hans Micklitz), and WEATHERILL AND BEAUMONT’s EU LAW (Penguin Books, 3rd edition,1999, with Paul Beaumont). The areas in which he has published papers in journals and edited collections in recent years include; the impact of subsidiarity in EU law; the involvement of the EU in private law; aspects of “flexible” integration in Europe; the elaboration of strategies for the management of the internal market; sport and the law including the ruling in BOSMAN; and the law and practice of product safety.
In Oxford, his teaching interests focus on EU law. He has taught on the European Business Regulation course, as well as Constitutional Principles of EU Law and and Competition Law, offered to BCL and Mjur students, and also teaches at undergraduate level.
Before joining the Oxford Faculty, he held the Jean Monnet Chair of European Law at the University of Nottingham, and he has also previously held positions at the Universities of Manchester and Reading since beginning his academic career as a research assistant at Brunel University a long time ago.
Borja Garcia, an Vermeersch and S R Weatherill, '‘A new horizon in European sports law: the application of the EU state aid rules meets the specific nature of sport’' (2017) European Competition Journal
S R Weatherill, Principles and Practice in EU Sports Law (Oxford University Press 2017)
S R Weatherill, The internal market as a legal concept (OUP 2017)
Dr Premila WebsterSenior Research Fellow
Premila Webster is an Academic Associate at the University of Nicosia Medical School.
Dr Webster holds MBBS, DA (UK) and MSc (Public Health Medicine) from London University, and MFPHM (UK), FFPH (UK), DLATHE and DPhil from Oxford University.
Her research interests includes examining the impact of urbanisation on health and issues related to tobacco control.
Impact of endometriosis on quality of life and work productivity: a multicenter study across ten countries. October 2019
Family and carer smoking control programmes for reducing children's exposure to environmental tobacco smoke. January 2018
Management of older adults with hip fractures in India: a mixed methods study of current practice, barriers and facilitators, with recommendations to improve care pathways. June 2017
Jennifer WelshSenior Research Fellow; Professor in International Relations
Jennifer Welsh is a Professor in International Relations and a Fellow of Somerville College, University of Oxford.
She offers courses to undergraduates and graduate students in various sub-fields of International Relations; acts as supervisor to masters and doctoral students; and sits on a variety of College and Departmental Committees. Jennifer is also the co-director of the Oxford Institute for Ethics, Law and Armed Conflict within the Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Oxford. She was previously the UN Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on the Responsibility to Protect.
2016 Author, The Return of History: Conflict, Migration, and Geopolitics in the Twenty-First Century (House of Anansi Press Inc.)
2015 Co-editor, The Responsibility to Prevent: Overcoming the Challenges of Atrocity Prevention (Oxford University Press)
2013 Co-editor, Just and Unjust Military Intervention: European Political Thought from Vitoria to Mill (Cambridge University Press)
2008 Co-editor, The United Nations Security Council and War: The Evolution of Thought and Practice since 1945 (Oxford University Press)
2007 Co-editor, Exporting Good Governance: Temptations and Challenges in Canada’s Aid Program (Wilfrid Laurier University Press)
2004 Author, At Home in the World: Canada’s Global Vision for the 21st Century (HarperCollins)
2003 Editor, Humanitarian Intervention and International Relations (Oxford University Press)
1999 Co-editor, Empire and Community: Edmund Burke's Writings and Speeches on International Relations (Westview Press)
1998 Co author, Chips & Pop: Decoding the Nexus Generation (Malcolm Lester Books)
1995 Author, Edmund Burke and International Relations (Macmillan/St. Martin's Press)
Philip WestFellow & Tutor in Early Modern English Literature; Associate Professor of English
At Somerville I teach Renaissance English literature and Shakespeare to second and third year students, and the paper ‘An Introduction to Literary Studies’ to first years. I also greatly enjoy supervising finalists working on dissertations about early seventeenth-century poets such as John Donne, Ben Jonson, and George Herbert.
For the English Faculty at Oxford I give undergraduate lectures on a variety of seventeenth-century poets and writers. For graduates I teach a course in Renaissance palaeography and manuscript culture designed to assist MSt and DPhil students learning how to interpret early modern handwriting and to find & work with manuscripts in the Bodleian Library. I regularly supervise MSt dissertations, and welcome inquiries from DPhil applicants interested in early seventeenth-century poetry, manuscripts, devotional poets, and writing of the 1630s.
My research focuses on literature of the early seventeenth century, particularly the Caroline poets and the work of John Donne. I am currently completing a critical edition of James Shirley’s poems, and have published several articles and chapters about how Shirley’s writing was composed and circulated in the period. My edition will appear as a volume in The Complete Works of James Shirley, gen. eds. Eugene Giddens, Teresa Grant, and Barbara Ravelhofer, 10 vols (Oxford University Press). My previous work has focussed on the poetry of Henry Vaughan (1622-95) and on the work of poets he admired, including Ben Jonson and George Herbert. Alongside my Shirley edition I am also editing a volume of The Oxford Edition of the Sermons of John Donne, gen. ed. Peter McCullough, 13 vols (Oxford University Press, 2013- ) containing the sermons Donne preached to select audiences at private houses.
'The Drama of Shirley's Poems', in James Shirley and Early Modern Theatre, ed. by Barbara Ravelhofer (London: Routledge, 2016)
'Epigrams and The Forest', in The Oxford Handbook of Ben Jonson, ed. by Eugene Giddens (Oxford: OUP, forthcoming)
'John Chatwin's Translations of Henry Vaughan', Scintilla: The Journal of the Vaughan Association, 18 (2015), 138-145
'Editing James Shirley’s Poems', Studies in English Literature, 1500-1900, 52.1 (2012), 101-116
'Little Gidding Religious Community', in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (2009 supplement)
'Nathaniel Wanley and George Herbert: The Dis-Engaged and The Temple, Review of English Studies, 57 (2006), 337-58
Henry Vaughan's 'Silex Scintillans': Scripture Uses (Oxford: OUP, 2001)
Matthew WoodProfessorial Fellow; Professor of Neuroscience
Matthew Wood is Professor of Neuroscience and Associate Head of the Medical Sciences Division (http://www.medsci.ox.ac.uk/support-services/matthew-wood) in the University of Oxford. His laboratory is based in the Department of Paediatrics.
Matthew graduated in Medicine from the University of Cape Town in 1987, working in clinical Neuroscience before gaining a doctorate in Physiological Sciences from the University of Oxford in 1993. His research team works on developing gene therapies for degenerative disorders of the brain and muscles – so-called neuromuscular diseases. This is exemplified by landmark work using small DNA patches called oligonucleotides to correct the genetic abnormalities underlying the fatal childhood muscle disease Duchenne muscular dystrophy
Further information is available at Professor Wood’s page with the Oxford Neuroscience and Department of Paediatrics.
Delivery of siRNA to the mouse brain by systemic injection of targeted exosomes.
Alvarez-Erviti L. et al, (2011), Nat Biotechnol, 29, 341 - 345
Targeting the 5' untranslated region of SMN2 as a therapeutic strategy for spinal muscular atrophy.
Winkelsas AM. et al, (2021), Mol Ther Nucleic Acids, 23, 731 - 742
Immortalized Canine Dystrophic Myoblast Cell Lines for Development of Peptide-Conjugated Splice-
Tone Y. et al, (2021), Nucleic Acid Ther
Molecular correction of Duchenne muscular dystrophy by splice modulation and gene editing.
Hanson B. et al, (2021), RNA Biol, 1 - 15
Molecular and electrophysiological features of spinocerebellar ataxia type seven in induced pluripotent stem cells.
Burman RJ. et al, (2021), PLoS One, 16
Mesyl phosphoramidate backbone modified antisense oligonucleotides targeting miR-21 with enhanced in vivo therapeutic potency.
Patutina OA. et al, (2020), Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A, 117, 32370 - 32379
Faridah ZamanFellow & Tutor in History; Associate Professor of the History of Britain and the World
Faridah Zaman is Associate Professor of the History of Britain and the World at the University of Oxford, and Tutor of Modern History at Somerville College.
After completing her PhD at the University of Cambridge, she held a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Chicago from 2015-2018.
Dr Zaman is a historian of the modern British Empire, South Asia and global intellectual history.
Currently, she has two main areas of research. The first is a study of Muslim political activists, religious scholars, journalists and poets in early twentieth century British India. She situates developments in the thought of these figures within a history of worldwide war, political revolution and imperial decline.
The second research area concerns history as an academic discipline in Britain from the late eighteenth century, and its relationship to the expansion and legitimisation of empire. To date, she has also written on memory and nostalgia, heritage and imperial visual culture and political visions of the future in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
2015-2018 Dorothy and Gaylord Donnelley Postdoctoral Research Scholar, University of Chicago
2010-2014 PhD in History, University of Cambridge
2009-2010 MPhil in Historical Studies, University of Cambridge
2006-2009 BA in History, University of Cambridge
The Young Muhammadans: Indian Muslims in a global age [MS in preparation]
‘The Future of Islam, 1672-1924,’ Modern Intellectual History [forthcoming]
‘Beyond Nostalgia: time and place in Indian Muslim politics,’ Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society, 27, 4 (2017), pp. 627-647.
‘Revolutionary History and the Postcolonial Muslim: Re-writing the “Silk Letter Conspiracy” of 1916’, South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies, 39, 3 (2016), pp. 626-643.
‘Colonizing the Sacred: Allahabad and the Company State, 1797–1857,’ Journal of Asian Studies, 74, 2 (2015), pp. 347–367.
Noa ZilbermanFellow & Tutor in Engineering; Associate Professor of Engineering Science
Professor Noa Zilberman is a network-hardware researcher, focusing on the integration of micro-level architectures and macro level, large scale networked-systems.
Before joining Oxford, she was a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow and an Affiliated Lecturer at the University of Cambridge. Prior to that, she spent close to 15 years in industry, last as a Chip Architect and Engineering Manager at Broadcom.
Prof Noa Zilberman leads the Computing Infrastructure Group at the Department of Engineering Science.
Her research focuses on the integration of micro-level architectures and macro level, large scale networked-systems. Such research requires a breadth of knowledge and expertise, building upon Zilberman’s rich experience. Her research interests range from computer architecture, programmable hardware and networking to data science, with a specific interest in the combination of multiple disciplines (and a touch of measurements). Current research buzzwords include sustainable computing infrastructure, data systems, networked-systems architectures, rackscale computing, in-network computing and in-network machine learning, converged interconnects, memories architecture and performance, performance measurements, and others.
Before joining Oxford, Prof Zilberman was a Fellow and an Affiliated Lecturer at the University of Cambridge’ Department of Computer Science and Technology, where she was the PI on multiple projects and the Chief Architect of the NetFPGA project.
Prof Zilberman has over 15 years of industrial experience. In her last role before moving to academia, she was a Senior Principal chip architect in Broadcom’s Network Switching group.
Finding Hard-to-Find Data Plane Bugs with a PTA
Bressana P, Zilberman N & Soule R (2020)
An artifact evaluation of NDP
Zilberman N (2020), Computer Communication Review, 50(2)
Thoughts about artifact badging
Zilberman N & Moore AW (2020), Computer Communication Review, 50(2), 60-63
P4xos: consensus as a network service
Dang HT et al. (2020), IEEE ACM Transactions on Networking
Toward Trustworthy AI Development: Mechanisms for Supporting Verifiable Claims
Krueger G et al. (2020), arXiv