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Current Graduate Students

A great range and quantity of research is done by graduate students in the Faculty of Classics. In the list below current PhD students are given with their provisional dissertation title (or area), where one has been entered. All the graduates can be contacted by e-mail by adding @cam.ac.uk to their CRSid.

 

Current PhD Students

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Graham Andrews

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Roman political narrative in the third century CE.

Graham has been in Cambridge since starting as an undergraduate. His thesis investigates the ancient narratives which describe the upheaval in the Roman Empire in the third century, and their influence on modern reconstructions of political development. More broadly, he is interested in the depiction of political activity, from the ancient world through to the modern.

Anna Athanasopoulou

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 Lucian's intermedial poetics

Anna studied classics at the University of Athens (including a semester abroad at the Université Paris-Sorbonne, Paris IV) before coming to the UK. She holds a MA from UCL and is currently on her first year of her PhD, funded by the Cambridge Trust: George & Marie Vergottis & Magdalene Leslie Wilson Scholarship and the A. G. Leventis Foundation. Anna’s thesis examines the dynamic tensions between text and other (extra-textual) media forms (dance, painting, sculpture, architecture) throughout Lucian’s work. Her research interests include Imperial Greek literature, intermediality, word and image theories.

Vilius Bartninkas

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Ancient Philosophy

I work on the nature and function of the traditional and cosmic gods in Plato’s later works. It is an interdisciplinary project that combines ancient philosophy (political theory, theology, cosmology) with a study of Greek religion and science. My goal is to discover the ways in which Plato reacted to and reformed traditional Greek notions of the divine.

Chiara Blanco

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The Butterfly Soul

Marco Bonaventura

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Dares Phrygius and Dictys Cretensis

Marc’s PhD examines the texts attributed to Dares Phrygius and Dictys Cretensis, situating them within the tradition of Homeric criticism in antiquity. He previously studied at the University of Melbourne before coming to Cambridge in 2017. His broader research interests include the reception of Homer, epic, historiography, and tragedy (esp. Euripides).

Tatiana Bur

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Ancient religion; ancient technology

Tatiana’s PhD examines the human techniques and technical knowledge employed to manufacture religious aura in the Graeco-Roman world. Tatiana joined Cambridge in 2016 from the University of Sydney and her research interests span anthropological and comparative approaches to religion; intellectual history (especially of the Hellenistic period); new approaches to ancient science (particularly through technical manuals); and ancient entertainment.

Annie Burman

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De Lingua Sabina: A Reappraisal of the Sabine Glosses

Annie’s research uses the tools of comparative linguistics and history of thought to examine words identified by ancient authors as Sabine. She holds a BA and MPhil in Classics from Cambridge and a Master of Arts in modern history from Uppsala University. Her broader interests are ancient bilingualism and constructions of ethnic identity. She also studies gender at Bletchley Park

Daniel Chiritoiu

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Military Writing in the Roman Empire

Mark Darling

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Indo-European verbal morphology

Roeland Decorte

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The politics of iconography in Bronze Age Crete

Olivia Elder

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Language and Romanness

Olivia’s PhD thesis combines historical and sociolinguistic approaches to examine the relationship between language and Roman identity using the evidence of literature, epigraphy and graffiti. She came to Cambridge after a BA in Ancient and Modern History and an MSt in Roman History at Oxford. Her broader research interests include bilingualism, letter-writing and themes of migration and citizenship.

Natalia Elvira

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Early alphabetic writing in Greece

 Natalia’s PhD thesis explores the first written samples of the Greek epichoric alphabets from a linguistic and contextual approach. Before coming to Cambridge, she did her Master’s in Leiden University, where she studied Greek epigraphy and papyrology, and her undergraduate in Classics at Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. Her research interests include linguistics and early writing systems in the Mediterranean.

Giulia Fanti

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The Didactic Poetry of Lucretius. Manilius and Aetna

Maya Feile Tomes

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Neo-Latin America: Classics, Columbus and the Poetics of the Transatlantic Encounter

Sofia Greaves

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The impact of the ancient city in modern Italy

Sofia’s thesis examines the relationship between the ancient city and modernity in 20th century Italy, through art, architecture and urban planning.

She came to Cambridge in 2017 following a bachelors at Durham and a Master’s at Sotheby’s Institute of Art. Broader research interests include Fascism, identity and language planning.

Emma Greensmith

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Homer in the present tense: the Posthomerica of Quintus Smyrnaeus and the poetics of impersonation

Joe Grimwade

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Conceptions of Memory in the Roman World

Joe's PhD concerns the emergence, development and understanding of memoria in Latin texts from the age of Cicero to the death of Augustine. His broader interests include the philosophy, rhetoric and science of memory in the Ancient Greek world, and the reception of ancient ideas about memory today. Joe completed an MPhil at Cambridge and bachelor's at Warwick.

Stephen Hailey

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Philosophies of beauty in the mid-fourth century.

Stephen’s thesis reconstructs Aristotle’s theory of beauty against the background of debate in the Old Academy, especially between Plato and Speusippus.  He came to Cambridge for his master’s degree after graduating from Williams.  His interests include the history of ancient philosophy, ethics (in particular, moral psychology, theories of virtue, the self), aesthetics, political theory, and the ‘methodology’ of historical/ethnographic inquiry.

Talitha Kearey

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The reception of Virgil in antiquity

Talitha is a fourth-year PhD student, following undergraduate and master’s degrees at Cambridge. Her thesis examines concepts of authorship in Virgil’s ancient reception, focusing on the meeting-point of biography, poetics and criticism. Besides Virgil, she maintains research interest in forgeries and impersonation, history of scholarship, literary theory (especially feminist and queer theory), the material text, and Latin literature more broadly.

Christian Keime

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Citations and reformulations in Plato's Symposium

Florence Kipps

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Constructing history in Xenophon's Hellenica

Hannah Kirk-Evans

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Space in Pliny the Younger

Hannah studied her BA and MPhil at Cambridge and is now working on a PhD on the function of space in Pliny’s texts, work which builds on her MPhil thesis on spatial instability in the Panegyricus.  Her wider interests include imperial Latin literature, the reception of Neronian texts by Trajanic authors, and concepts of spatial and textual instability.

 

Benedek Kruchio

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Information Transfer in Heliodorus’ Aethiopica

Benedek’s narratological thesis examines the various principles of information transfer which underlie the plotting of Heliodorus’ Aethiopica and discusses their impact on the reader’s interpretive strategy. Benedek studied at the University of Vienna and at Humboldt University of Berlin. His research interests include imperial Greek literature, literary theory, and the reception of ancient literature in film and modern fiction.

Alina Kozlovski

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Material heritage in the ancient Roman world

Alina’s thesis examines how ancient Romans curated their past using its material remains. Before coming to Cambridge, she completed her BA and MPhil in Sydney and her broader interests include Roman architecture and topography, historiography, and museology. She has also excavated in Italy and Cyprus and has worked in several museums.

Benjamin Kybett

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Pagans and Christians in the Fourth Century AD

Benjamin is writing a thesis on religious tolerance and the ‘secular’ in Late Antiquity. He did his undergraduate degree and an MPhil in Late Antique history at Oxford. He is interested in various aspects of the intellectual history of the later Roman Empire, including theology, philosophy, and political thought.

Thomas Langley

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Concepts of the City in fourth century AD intellectual culture

My background is predominantly in early modern and late antique history.  I’m interested in cities’/civic life’s intellectual/cultural role in the Late Roman Greek East, and the role of the polis in political identity, despite the expansion of Christianity and imperial government.  More generally I’m interested in the political, religious and intellectual history of the late antique period.

Rebecca Lees

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Language and gender in Ovid’s Met

Rebecca’s thesis examines the relationship between Latin grammatical gender and biological sex in Ovid’s Metamorphoses. She came to Cambridge after a Master’s in Durham and a bachelor’s at Oxford. Her broader interests include Augustan literature, sexism in language and the different perspectives offered by the ancient world on gender and sexualities.

Max Leventhal

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The symposium in Hellenistic literature and culture

Michael Loy

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Regional interactions in Archaic Greece

Michael uses computational methods on archaeological ‘Big Data' to investigate how people, objects, and ideas moved around the world of Archaic Greece. He has worked ‘in the field’ in Britain, Greece, and Turkey, and is currently an affiliate researcher on the ERC project ‘LatinNow’. Michael’s interests include Mediterranean archaeology more generally, the digital humanities, Classical art, and museums.

Konstantinos Lygouris

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Ancient Literary Criticism and Early Greek Poetics

Konstantinos’ PhD project explores the critical nature of archaic and classical Greek poetry and prose. He completed his MPhil in Cambridge and Bachelor’s at King’s College London. His main interests include Greek poetics, the relationship between poetry and society (esp. archaic and classical Greece), drama and the chorus, ritual theory, and emotions in the ancient world.

Robert Machado

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Greek oratory from a sociolinguistic perspective

Charles Manklow

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Charles’ PhD explores the relationship between civilian status and military rank in the Roman world, using the Centurion as a case-study. He previously studied at Oxford before moving to Cambridge in 2016. His broader research interests include papyrology, epigraphy, and all aspects of Roman history (especially the role of the army).

Peter Martin

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A comparison of Greek and Roman historiography

Georgy Medvedev

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Research area: Aristotle’s theory of definition and its ontological foundations.

Interests and background:  George’s thesis examines different approaches to defining essence in Aristotle (definitions by division, causal definitions, functional definitions) and discusses the ontology which underlies these approaches in the Metaphysics and Posterior Analytics. Before coming to Cambridge in 2015, George did his B.A. in Classics in Durham, M.A. in Ancient Philosophy in Durham and MSc by research at Edinburgh.

Ricarda Meisl

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Performed Violence: Ancient Tragedies and their Image of Violence

Ed Millband

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The Annals of Tacitus, Book XIII: A Commentary

Chiara Monaco

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Atticism and lexicographical production in the Second Sophistic

Her research examines the development of Atticism in connection with the production of lexica focusing on Hellenistic and Imperial age. She has completed a BA and a two-year master in Classics at La Sapienza in Rome before coming to Cambridge in 2016. Her broader research interests include the history of scholarship, Greek and Latin Comedy, ancient Greek sociolinguistic and dialectology.

Caroline Musgrove

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The Mother, the Virgin and the Child: The changing gynaecologies of the Late Antique World

 

Thomas Nelson

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Markers of Allusion in Archaic and Classical Greek Poetry

Thomas’ thesis investigates how early Greek poets cite, footnote and acknowledge their predecessors within the oral performance context of their works. His broader interests include quotation, allusion, literary self-consciousness (a.k.a. ‘metapoetics’), the interrelation of image and text in antiquity, and Hellenistic poetry in its literary, cultural and political context.

Lea Niccolai

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Rhetoric and religion in the writings of Julian the Emperor and Synesius of Cyrene

Lea studied Classics and Oriental studies in Pisa (Italy) before coming to Cambridge in 2016. Her thesis looks at the way the Neoplatonists Julian and Synesius entered the late antique political discourse and contributed in reshaping it. Her broader research interests include late antique cultural history, Neoplatonism, Greek and Near Eastern world chronicles, and the Syriac reception of the Greco-Roman world. 

Valeria Pace

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Hellenistic literature

Vangelis Pappas

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Aristotelian Mathematics

Tulsi Parikh

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Votive Assemblages in Archaic Greece

Tulsi’s research investigates patterns of votive dedication at archaic sanctuaries across Greece. She came to Cambridge in 2016 after a Master’s in Classical Art and Archaeology and a Bachelor’s in French and Modern Greek, both completed at KCL, and two years of teaching at secondary schools in France. Her broader interests include Greek religion, Greek and Roman art, practical archaeology and museums.

 

Andres Pelavski Atlas

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Consciousness in medical writings

Caterina Pello

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Women in Early Pythagoreanism

Caterina’s research focuses on Pythagoras’ female disciples and the unusually large role they held in the Pythagorean communities. She studied philosophy at San Raffaele University (Milan) and Durham, specialising in the history of philosophy. Besides the Presocratis, she is interested in Platonic and Aristotelian moral-psychology and political theory, virtue ethics, feminist philosophy, gender theory and the study of women in antiquity.

Ludovico Pontiggia

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The presence of Lucan in the Flavian epic poets

Salla Raunio

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Plato’s Timaeus

Hanneke Reijnierse-Salisbury

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Representations of the body in the art of Roman Britain

My thesis examines the figural art of Roman Britain, including funerary and religious sculpture and mosaics. I completed my bachelor's and master's degrees at Cambridge. My broader interests span Roman art more generally, both in Rome itself and the provinces, with a particular focus on gender and identity and a developing interest in the art of the later empire. 

Teresa Roeger

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Authority and Interpretation in Augustine of Hippo

Teresa examines theory and practice of interpretation in the treatises of Augustine of Hippo, with a particular focus on the interpretation of quotations from classical texts. Before coming to Cambridge for an MPhil in 2015, Teresa completed a Staatsexamen degree in Heidelberg. Her interests include late antique centones, Rhetoric, and the city of Rome.

Robert Alexander Rohland

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The carpe diem motif in Hellenistic and Roman poetry

Robert’s thesis investigates how Archaic Greek songs that celebrate the moment are transformed in Hellenistic and Roman book poetry. Before coming to Cambridge, Robert studied at Oxford and St Andrews. His broader interests include Augustan poetry, conceptions of time, and different aspects of textuality in literature, quotations, inscriptions and objects.

Gabriele Rota

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A study of the Italian transmission of Cicero’s Epist. ad Atticum

Ester Salgarella

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Transition from the Linear A to the Linear B Script

Ester’s research interests include Bronze Age Aegean scripts and archaeology. Her PhD explores the emergence of the Linear B script in its palaeographic context, considering aspects of innovation and conservatism in relation to its template, Linear A. Before coming to Cambridge for the MPhil and the PhD, she studied for her Bachelor and Master at the University of Padova (Italy).

Alessio Santoro

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Unity and Being in Aristotle's Metaphysics

Alessio's thesis analyses the relationship between unity and being in Aristotle's Metaphysics, by exploring both the background of this problem and the solution Aristotle offers. He came to Cambridge in 2015 after a Bachelor's and a Master's in Pisa (Scuola Normale Superiore). His broader interests include Greek and Arabic philosophy, logic, ontology, argumentation theory, linguistics and philosophy of language.

Antonia Reinke (nee Schrader)

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Shifting identities in ancient Greek drama

Antonia’s PhD explores how characters’ identity changes on stage, their physical disguises, recognitions, mistaken and/or (un)masked identities, conceptualize the relationship between socio-hierarchical being and performance. Before coming to Cambridge for her MPhil, Antonia studied Classics, English and Mathematics in Freiburg, Germany. Her wider interests include Archaic and Classical Greek literature, social constructions of the body and the sociology of (un)dress.

Anna Stevenson

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Legal capacity and personality in Athenian Law

Martin Szoke

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(Re)inventing the Flavians: writing history during and about the reigns of Vespasian, Titus and Domitian

Livia Tagliapietra

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The development of the ancient Greek dialects in South Italy: a study on linguistic interaction

Henry Tang

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The 'Heroes' of the Thebaid

Abraham Van Der Velden

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Ancient Approaches to Ambiguity in Literature

Di Yan

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To Become a Man: Autochthony, Cosmology and Self-order in Classical Athens

Di’s research investigates ancient Greeks’ understanding of social order through a series of myths on autochthony. She did her BA and MA in Boya College (Liberal Arts College), Sun Yat-sen University in China and then came to Cambridge to pursue her PhD. Her research interest range widely across ancient Greek mythology, Greek literature and philosophy, social theory and gender study.

 

Cristobal Zarzar Munoz

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Ancient Philosophy, esp. Hellenistic Philosophy and Ancient Theories of Perception.

Cris’ doctoral thesis focuses on the phenomenon of conflicting perceptions in Epicureanism and Stoicism – conflicts that some ancient philosophers took to create epistemological and metaphysical problems. Before coming to Cambridge, he completed a Master’s and a MPhilStud at King’s College London, and a Bacherlor’s at Universidad Católica, Chile. His broader research interests include ancient epistemology and ancient philosophy of mind.

Current MPhil Students

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Simon Aitken

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John Anderson

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Charles Bowen

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Zack Case

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Gillian Cooke

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Marcus Ellis

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Ethan Ezra

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Stefano Frullini

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Olivia Godwin

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Solveig Gold

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Daniel Gordon

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Rachel Grewcock

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Poppy Grima

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Thomas Hall

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Jack Hawkins

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Nathaniel Hess

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Federico Ingretolli

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Javed Mahnoor

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Erynn Kim

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Jannis Koltermann

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Georgios Koukovasilis

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Maeve Lentricchia

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Cecily Manson

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Andrew Martin

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Alex Mirosevic-Sorgo

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David Nicholson

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Katie Phillips

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Krishnan Ram-Prasad

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jannik Reiners

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Susannah Roberts

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Patrick Sanguineti

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James Scott

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Lucrezia Sperindio

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Stephan Stephanides

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Douglas Thomas

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Peggy Xu

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