skip to primary navigationskip to content

Cambridge Global Food Security

An Interdisciplinary Research Centre at the University of Cambridge

Studying at Cambridge

Past Researcher of the Month

January 2017: Meet Professor Dame Ottoline Leyser

Feb 16, 2017
Appointed Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in the 2017 New Year Honours List, Ottoline Leyser talks about her research in plant developmental biology, its importance to global food security, and the legacy she hopes to leave for future generations.

February 2017: Meet Professor Martin Jones

Mar 17, 2017

March 2017: Meet Dr Helen Anne Curry

Apr 11, 2017
Helen Anne Curry is an historian of science who is fascinated with biology and biotechnology.

April 2017: Meet Dr Fumiya Iida

May 2017: Meet Carol Ibe

Jun 02, 2017
Carol Ibe grew up in Nigeria, studied at some of the world’s top universities, and is now dedicated to helping other Africans advance their careers. In recognition of her leadership potential she received a Gates Cambridge Scholarship to carry out a PhD in Cambridge’s Department of Plant Sciences. The African Diaspora Biotech Summit, held last month in Cambridge, was a flagship initiative of a Foundation she created. It brought together over 70 researchers, students, policy experts and industry leaders to discuss how to build Africa’s bioeconomy.

June 2017: Meet Erasmus zu Ermgassen

Jul 04, 2017
Erasmus zu Ermgassen trained as a vet, but after a short stint working on farms decided to move into academia to investigate livestock production at an altogether different scale. Currently in the final year of his BBSRC-funded PhD in Cambridge’s Department of Zoology, he has just returned from a three-month internship at the European Animal Feed Manufacturer’s Association (FEFAC) in Brussels, helping policy advisors to understand and reduce the global environmental impact of livestock production.

July2017: Meet Dr Shailaja Fennell

Aug 03, 2017

August 2017: Meet Dr Mukesh Kumar

Sep 12, 2017

Meet Professor Ian Hodge

Oct 10, 2017
With Brexit on the horizon, the UK needs a new agricultural policy. Ian Hodge, Professor of Rural Economy in Cambridge’s Department of Land Economy, believes this is our opportunity for a radical rethink.

October: Meet Dr Ksenia Gerasimova

Nov 02, 2017
Ksenia Gerasimova is a Research Associate at the University’s Centre for Development Studies. She compares different modes of agricultural production to understand the complexities involved in each approach.

Meet Dr Dan Tucker

Dec 04, 2017
He was the first in his family to go to college rather than become a farmer, and he’s now a Senior Lecturer in Veterinary Public Health at the University of Cambridge and a consulting vet. Dan Tucker's latest work has taken him to the emerging economy of Myanmar in southeast Asia to look at the pig supply chain.

Meet Dr Tarra Penney

Mar 02, 2018
Tarra Penney is fascinated by human behaviour and why people do the things they do. She’s interested in supporting the prevention of chronic disease by understanding if, and how, changes in the food system influence population diet and health.

Meet Dr Pablo Salas

Apr 03, 2018
This Latin American researcher is not afraid to tackle big issues head-on. He wants to make the world more resilient to climate change, and he’s doing it by pulling together global expertise and using it to help policy-makers and the public make fully informed decisions.

April 2018: Meet Lisanne Meulendijks

May 01, 2018

Meet Dr Stéphanie Swarbreck

Jun 01, 2018
By contributing her expertise on nitrogen to a chain of skills, Stephanie aims to translate her fundamental science into positive benefits for farming and for the environment.

Meet Professor Jaideep Prabhu

Jul 10, 2018

Meet Yuan He

Aug 02, 2018
We've been producing enough food to feed the total population on Earth for the last 50 years, so why are people still starving?

Meet Dr Foivos Anastasiadis

Sep 04, 2018
Coming from a country with an enviable food culture, Foivos Anastasiadis is intent on leading others towards a healthier and more sustainable diet.

Meet Dr Uta Paszkowski

Oct 02, 2018
This scientist loves to talk about communication and intimate physical relationships. But not in humans. She’s been obsessed by plants since a young age, and is now dedicated to understanding symbiosis - the mutually beneficial relationship between plants and fungi.

Meet Dr Lili Jia

Nov 01, 2018
Lili Jia wants to change people’s behaviour without them even realising. She knows that what we eat is influenced by a complex mix of factors, and that sometimes knowledge of what we should eat doesn’t translate to what we actually consume. She’s found a way to interact with big influencers through her role at Cambridge’s Centre for Industrial Sustainability. Her aim is to make the better choice – for health and for the environment - easier to make.

Meet Dr Payam Mehrshahi

Dec 05, 2018
The challenges involved in eating a nutritious diet vary across the world, but this researcher is working on an ingenious solution with global potential: microalgae. These tiny, single-celled species are unique in producing many compounds vital for a healthy diet. Payam Mehrshahi is trying to add to their repertoire. He’s transferring the ability to make specific vitamins from plants to algae, and in doing so he’s creating the potential to relieve pressure on agricultural land, while simultaneously generating a new source of nutrition.