Current Mentors

CABLE Mentors are passionate individuals who have signed up to guide the next generation of researchers and student leaders who will go on to pursue a fulfilling journey within or outside of academia.

Check out the profiles of our Experience and Project Mentors below who are currently participating in our Jan-Mar 2022 cohort.

Experience Mentors

Marleen Haandrikman

Lecturer and Researcher in Psychology

University of Twente | University of Amsterdam

“I am a diligent, curious and open-minded psychologist with a big interest in research and relatives. My area of specialty is in the psychology of conflict, risk and safety. Currently, I am working as a lecturer in which I guide and teach students research related skills, such as experimental studies and developing a personality test.”

Julian Laufs

PhD in Security and Crime Science | Corporate Security Researcher

UCL | Amazon

“I previously studied my BA in International Relations at Malmö University in Sweden and an MSc in Countering Organised Crime and Terrorism at UCL. Between my studies, I worked in the German Embassy in Washington D.C. as well as the Delegation of the European Union to Uganda. I have just joined Amazon’s Corporate Security Team.”

Disha Sharma

Post-doc Researcher in Public & International Affairs

Princeton University

“At Princeton, I study policies for air quality control in different sectors and their effectiveness in alleviating air pollution in India. I am also interested in understanding the consequences of overlap between regional air pollution and climate change and how the knowledge of this conjuncture be used to formulate optimal policy actions.”

Ben TerMaat

PhD in Government and Social Policy

Harvard University

“My research interests are broadly centered around democratic backsliding and breakdowns. Currently, I am working on projects that consider the radicalization of the Republican Party, disinformation through digital technologies, and a comparative study of the politics of human gene editing.”

Victo Silva

PhD In Science and Technology Policy

University of Campinas

“I recently started the international phase of my doctoral research, splitting my time between the University of Campinas and the University of Utrecht. My research area is digital society governance and platformization processes. I’m also interested in the interactions between digital technologies, economy, government and democracy.”

Kian-Yong Lee

Researcher Scientist

Gilead Sciences

“I work on drug development and support clinical and commercial drug manufacturing at Gilead. During my PhD at the University of Cambridge and postdoctoral research at UC San Diego, I focused on cell division and cancer research, using a broad range of approaches, including biochemistry, cell biology, molecular biology and genetics.”

* Kian-Yong is only available for one-off mentorship chats and not the full programme. Therefore please email us directly and we will redirect you to him for a chat.

Anushree Joshi

MA in Social Work

Tata Institute of Social Sciences

“I am a biomedical engineer, currently finishing my Master’s in Social Work. I have interned at various non-profit organizations and have plenty of experience with field work. Communication, I believe, is key in this sector, especially while doing qualitative research. I am preparing myself with this skill for a career in this field.”

Win Ning Chen

Research Associate

Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute

“I am curious about the working machineries of the brain and the diseases that plague it. My research interests broadly encompass aging, Alzheimer’s disease, degeneration, and regeneration. Personal interests primarily include volunteering in activities that advocate education and thrive on educating.”

Jia Xian Law

Research Fellow

National University of Malaysia (UKM)

“I am a research fellow in the Centre for Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine (CTERM) at the National University of Malaysia (UKM). My research interests including stem cells, extracellular vesicles, biomaterials and regenerative medicine. I am interested in studying the potential of using stem cells and extracellular vesicles to treat diseases.”

Kai Xiang Lim

PhD in Psychiatric Genomics

King’s College London

“My PhD involves analysing huge datasets to investigate the aetiology of self-harm using genetically informed methods. My interests lie in the areas of mental health, statistical genetics and data science. I am happy to share my experience in applying for PhD funding as an international student, and also life in academia as a postgraduate student (e.g. experience of publishing a paper).”

Cher Shen Kiar

Wellcome Trust PhD in Advanced Therapies for Regenerative Medicine

King’s College London

Kiar is a protein expression scientist with an interest in synthetic biology and regenerative medicine. Previously, he studied Biochemistry at UCL and undertook a placement year with the Protein Technologies group at GSK.

Project Mentors

Will Chan

MSc in Quantum Fields and Fundamental Forces

Imperial College London

“Prior to my current master’s, I completed an MMath in Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics at Durham University before working as a Data Scientist and Technology Consultant at Deloitte UK. I also have experience in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion project implementation, in addition to mentorship, teaching, and managing charity campaigns.”

Project Outline:

Exploring where quantum field theory and general relativity in the context of black hole physics clash. 

The mentee will develop their research skills as a theorist and improve their mathematical understanding of concepts they should understand at a high level.

Kok-Yong Chin

Post-doctoral Researcher

National University of Malaysia (UKM)

“I am interested in bone health epidemiology, animal models of osteoporosis/osteoarthritis and the use of natural products to manage these conditions. I also have a passion to guide students and young lecturers in scientific writings. Outside of the lab and free of my desk, I enjoy the thrill of horror movies and a stroll in the park.”

Project Outline:

Evaluation of predictive values of osteoporosis screening tools using a secondary data set from a bone health study.

The mentees will learn the basics of systematic literature search, data analysis and scientific writing. They will also have the opportunity to interact with the postgraduate students and postdocs virtually.


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