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Professor and Reader promotions for senior St John’s academics

All university promotions take effect from 1 October

Six Fellows of St John’s have received academic promotions from the University of Cambridge.

Two academics were promoted to Professorships, and four were promoted to Readerships. 

Dr Michael De Volder, College Lecturer in Engineering at St John’s, has also been promoted to a Professorship. His research interests are nanoparticle manufacturing and assembly.

Dr Kristian Franze, Director of Studies in Natural Sciences (Biological) at St John’s, has been promoted to a Professorship. He specialises in Mechanobiology, Neuroscience, Biophysics, and Developmental Biology. His research focuses on the mechanobiology of nervous system development and pathology.

Dr Andrew Arsan, Senior Lecturer and College Lecturer and Director of Studies in History Part II at St John’s, was promoted to a Readership. He specialises in Middle Eastern History and world history.

Dr Adam Yuet Chau, College Lecturer and Director of Studies in Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at St John’s, was promoted to a Readership. His research interests include social and cultural transformations in contemporary China and Chinese religions.

Dr Graham Ladds, College Lecturer in Pharmacology and Director of Studies in Pharmacology at St John’s, was promoted to a Readership. His research focuses on mathematical simulations, computational modelling, G proteins, GPCRs and cell signalling. His research group is interested in RAMP-mediated signaling bias of family B GPCRs.

Dr Helen McCarthy, Lecturer in Modern History at St John’s, has also been promoted to a Readership. Her research focuses on the social, cultural and political history of Britain since the late 19th century. Her latest book, a major history of working motherhood in modern Britain, titled Double Lives, was published to critical acclaim this year. 

Promoted academics
Top row, left to right: Dr Graham Ladds, Dr Michael De Volder, Dr Kristian Franze. Bottom row, left to right: Dr Andrew Arsan, Dr Helen McCarthy and Dr Adam Yuet Chau.

The University General Board considered the recommendations from the Vice-Chancellor’s Senior Academic Promotions Committee and has recommended the establishment of 42 new Professorships, 57 Readerships and 19 University Senior Lectureships in total. These all take effect from 1 October 2020.

Full report in the Cambridge University Reporter.

Published: 25/06/2020

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